Records fall at junior high league meet
SPRING HILL -- Brian Wright entered three events and he came away with a trio of school and Frontier League records here Saturday.
Wright, a Baldwin Junior High School seventh grader, led all performances at the junior high league meet. Wright not only won the seventh grade high jump, 800-meter run and 1,600-meter run, he also set new records in each event.
"It was probably the best day that I've had at a meet this year," Wright said. "I sort of predicted I might break one record, but not three. It was pretty exciting to do that."
He began the day by high jumping 5-feet, 9-inches. That leap tied his school record and set a new league record.
Then he moved on to the 1,600. It was his first time racing in the event all season, but he won the race in a time of 5:07.58. That broke the previous school record and league record.
"The mile was kind of tough, because that was the first time I had run it this year," Wright said. "It was pretty exciting to set the record."
In his final event of the day, Wright once again smoked the competition. He won the 800 by 11 seconds. He ran 2:15.53 to set his third league and BJHS record.
"He is a great kid," BJHS boys' coach Bench Currie said. "He is going to compete and do well in any event you put him in."
The Bulldogs had success as a team also. Both Baldwin eighth grade teams won the team titles. The girls ran away with the meet, scoring 127.5 points, compared to Wheatridge's 82 for second place.
"They are a very talented team," Toot said. "Last year they won by quite a bit and we expected the same this year. They were able to have a lot of success on Saturday."
The eighth grade boys had a close competition that came down to the 1,600 relay. Baldwin won the event to wrap up the team championship. BJHS totaled 113 points, edging out Wellsville's 106.
"It came down to the last event and we were hoping our 4x400 would win it," Weiss said. "We took a victory lap after we won."
Both BJHS seventh grade teams finished sixth in the team standings.
Wright was just one of several BJHS athletes to compete well at the meet Saturday. Also winning events on the boys' side were eighth graders Tony Weiss and Carson Barnes.
Weiss won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Weiss won the 1,600 in a time of 5:00.29 despite going for the league record of 4:51.4.
"I don't think I ran very well in the mile," Weiss said. "I did all right, but it wasn't my best race. I just didn't feel very good. I yawned at the start line three or four times."
Weiss also won the 3,200 by running 11:12.25. Barnes placed second in the 1,600 and won the 800. He ran 2:15.19 in the 800, but set personal records in both races. Barnes also placed third in the long jump (17-4).
"I was really happy because I placed in all three of my events," Barnes said. "I was really happy to win since I got a personal record by a few seconds. I was happy with the mile and the long jump."
The BJHS eighth grade girls also had lots of success at the league meet. League champions included Ramie Burkhart, Lyndsey Lober, Heather Karlin and Sam Meisenheimer.
Burkhart won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18.16. Lober finished second in the race (18.43). Lober ran 1:04.72 to win the 400-meter dash.
"I probably could have done better in the hurdles, but the 400 went really well," Lober said. "I got excited about that. I set my all-time record."
Meisenheimer won the 100-meter dash in a time of 14.16. Karlin was victorious in the 3,200. She ran 13:51.27 to win the league race. She also finished second in the 1,600 (6:13.75).
"I thought I did well for being the only girl to run the 3,200 and the 1,600," Karlin said. "I got first and second."
Allison Howard finished runner-up in the shot put (37-4) and discus (98-11), but threw well enough to claim both eighth grade BJHS records. She now owns all throwing records at BJHS.
"I did really well in the shot put," Howard said. "I PR'd by almost two feet. The discus didn't go as well as some other meets, but it was still good. I am glad I have all four (records) now. I have my eye on the discus one for my high school career."
In the seventh grade girls division, Chloe Hay was the only league champion. She won the 800 in a time of 2:43.10. Elizabeth Sigvaldson placed third in the same race (2:45.14).
"I am very pleased," BJHS girls' coach Eric Toot said. "We actually had the opportunity to run in some very nice weather and we had some great results because of that. I think the kids enjoyed Saturday a lot. It was a good experience for them."
The results from the meet can be found at www.usd348.com/bhs/results/track/Jr_High_League_2007.htm.