Track trio places at nationals
Baldwin City is now home to three national top 10 track and field performers thanks to their success this summer.
A brother-sister combination placed fourth and ninth, respectively, in the pentathlon, while a high school phenomenon helped a relay to its fourth-place finish. All three athletes competed in late July at their meets.
The results from both summer track and field nationals made Mike Spielman, Baldwin High School track and cross country coach, proud of the athletes.
"The kids that participated in summer track all had a great season," coach Angie Spielman said. "They all did really well at nationals, which is a great honor for them. They worked really hard and deserved their success."
The brother-sister combo of Carson Barnes, BHS freshman, and Kaitlyn Barnes, Baldwin Junior High School seventh grader, competed in the pentathlon at the Amateur Athletic Union National Track and Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
It was C. Barnes' first time competing in the pentathlon at the national meet. He had success as he finished fourth by scoring 2,764 points. The third-place competitor scored 2,766, while the winner tallied 2,864 points to win the event.
"I was really happy," C. Barnes said. "It was the best I've ever done at nationals. It was my first year in the pentathlon, so I was excited to finish fourth."
He even set new personal records in three of the five events. He set a new PR in the 1,500-meter run (4:42.74, second place), long jump (19 feet, 1.5 inches, first place) and the shot put (30-6 Â½, 17th place). A total of 23 boys competed in the event.
The other two events were the high jump and 100-meter hurdles. Although he didn't high jump as well as he would have liked, C. Barnes enjoyed the trip and the meet.
"It was a really neat experience," C. Barnes said. "It got me excited for cross country this fall. When I do good, it makes me want to do better."
His younger sister, K. Barnes competed the day before and also had a successful meet. She finished ninth, just one place from being an all-American, with 2,361 points.
Eighth place scored 2,383 and the winner totaled 2,873. She also set personal records in a couple of events and won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:30.26.
The final competitor at a summer track and field national meet was Garcia, a multi-gold medalist in track and cross country at BHS. Garcia competed on the Kansas Flyers' 3,200-meter relay team at the United States Track and Field Junior Olympics meet in Walnut, Calif.
She ran with fellow Kansas runners Lauren Eck, Annie Martin and Laura Nightengale. The relay placed fourth in a time of 9:32.34.
"It was really fun," Garcia said. "I like running with all of those girls. We just went out and ran without worrying about too much. There were lots of fast girls there, so we didn't worry about our time."
Garcia and C. Barnes have now started practice for the BHS cross country teams. K. Barnes will be playing volleyball for BJHS this fall.