Personal records broken at summer meet
Several Baldwin City competitors went up against area athletes at the Amateur Athletic Union Missouri Valley track and field meet, and had success last weekend.
The seven Baldwin youths combined to win five events, finish second three times and place third twice. None of them finished lower than seventh in any event.
Leading the way with two wins and one runner-up finish was Kaitlyn Barnes, who will be a seventh grader at Baldwin Junior High School in the fall. She competes in the sub youth age group.
"I was really happy," Barnes said. "I did really well."
Barnes won the 800-meter run and 1,500-meter run. She won the 800 by running 2:30.37 and the 1,500 in a time of 5:20.05. Both were personal record best times for her.
"My running events were my best events," Barnes said. "I set PRs in both of them. That was really exciting."
Barnes' brother, Carson, also competed at the meet. The freshman-to-be at Baldwin High School won the 800 in a time of 2:11.14. He finished second in the 1,500, despite tying his PR time of 4:41.
"I was really excited about the meet," C. Barnes said. "I ran some pretty good times in my races. I set one PR and tied my other one. The conditions were really good."
C. Barnes beat out another Baldwin runner to win the 800. Brian Wright, BJHS eighth grader in the fall, placed second in the race. Both compete in the youth age group.
"That was pretty neat, because we are both from Baldwin," C. Barnes said.
Wright ran 2:13.2, but enjoyed competing with a fellow Baldwin runner.
"We were pretty happy going 1-2 in the 800," Wright said. "We are getting ready for the Region 8 meet and go 1-2 again."
Wright also cleared 5-feet-10 in the high jump to place second in the event. That leap tied his personal best, however he was close to clearing 6-0.
"I was pretty happy with it," Wright said. "I got 5-10 which is a PR for me. My first two attempts at 6 foot were pretty close, but I just barely knocked it off."
The final victory of the weekend came from Tony Weiss, BHS freshman-to-be. Weiss won the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:56.62. Weiss also ran in the 1,500 and placed third as he ran 4:29.5.
"It was fun and I had a good time," Weiss said. "I ran pretty well in both of my races. My 1,500 time was a PR. I was pretty happy with it."
Weiss competed in the intermediate age group. His best time in the 3,000 is 9:54. This summer is his second year of competing in the AAU meets.
"I like it," Weiss said. "I don't like the training sometimes. I can take more time off and stuff. It's fun, though. It's more competitive than the track season, too."
Also competing from Baldwin were Allison Howard, Monica Howard and Ethan Hartzell. A. Howard placed fourth in the discus (103-4), fifth in the javelin (82-0) and sixth in the shot put (27-4) in the intermediate age group.
M. Howard finished third in the javelin (66-3), fourth in the high jump (4-6), fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (19.8) and seventh in the 200-meter hurdles (35.5). She competed in the sub youth age group.
Hartzell ran the 1,500 and placed sixth in the midget age group. He ran 5:23.05.
They are enjoying their summer track experience, but some are ready for a break.
"Summer track is pretty fun," Wright said. "You get to compete against kids from all over the place. You get some good competition. I am ready to finish it up, too. I want a little break from it all."
Several of these competitors will be traveling to Joplin, Mo. for the AAU Region 8 meet this weekend.