Four BJHS records broken
Kaitlyn Barnes left her mark on Baldwin Junior High School track last week.
It was only the first meet of her career.
As a seventh grader, Barnes swept her races and set two school records in the process. Not bad for her first official BJHS meet.
Barnes won the 100-meter hurdles (18.2 seconds), 800-meter run (2:29) and the 1,600-meter run (5:42.2). Her records came in the long distance races.
"She was very excited about the records," said Angie Spielman, BJHS girls' track coach. "She ran very hard and she was out there by herself. She was having to push herself quite a bit."
The previous 1,600 record was held by Heather Garcia, Baldwin High School senior and four-time state track champion. Garcia's record was 5:52, which she set in 2003.
Rachel Miles held the 800 record at 2:32. Miles, a 2004 BHS graduate, set the record in 1999.
Although Barnes may have led the way with two school records, she wasn't the only one breaking barriers last week. Fellow seventh grader Kylie Seaman set the pole vault record at 5-foot-8.
"She is our first seventh grade pole vaulter, officially," Spielman said. "We've never had a seventh grader before."
BJHS eighth grader Brian Wright also set another school record. He broke the high jump record, previously held by Eric Black, 2002 BHS graduate. Wright jumped 5-10 to set the record. He also won the 800 and 1,600.
"Brian ran the mile before he high jumped, then he went right into the 800," Spielman said. "There was hardly a break in between each event for him."
BJHS boys' track coach Bench Currie said Wright should once again lead the Bulldogs this spring.
"Last year. he set four school records for us and he is on pace to do that again," Currie said. "He almost got another record in the 800."
The eighth grade boys' team also won five other events last week at Eudora. The event winners were Britton Schroeder (long jump, 17-2.5), Tosh Mihesuah (3,200-meter run, 12:25.2), Will Simmons (100-meter dash, 12.4), Bobby Berndt (200-meter dash, 24.9) and the medley relay team.
The seventh grade boys' team won five events. The winners were Dayton Valentine (discus, 76-2), Caleb Gaylord (long jump, 14-5), Austin Kraus (100 hurdles, 17.1), Gaylord (400-meter dash, 1:05.9) and Mark Harman (200, 29.0).
The eighth grade boys won the team standings with 102 points. The second-place team of Wellsville scored 62. The BJHS seventh grade boys finished runner-up to Eudora (81.5) with 74 points.
"It was a good first meet," Currie said. "We didn't have a lot of practice, but we did some testing during practice. We have a really good eighth grade team and a solid seventh grade team."
Both BJHS girls' teams were victorious last week. The eighth grade girls scored 71 to narrowly beat Eudora (67). The seventh grade team won with 87 points.
"It was a very, very good meet," said Spielman. "It was a little cold and kind of windy, not great conditions. When the sun went down, it got very cold. We were very happy with the first meet."
Individual winners on the eighth grade team were Sara Shields (100, 14.5), Chloe Hay (1,600, 6:34.9), Abigail Hartzell (800, 2:51.6) and the 1,600-meter relay team.
The seventh grade winners were Monica Howard (high jump, 4-8), Kailyn Smith (100, 14.8) and Billiejean Doughty (200, 33.0).
Tuesday's meet at Louisburg was postponed until Friday, because of weather. The Bulldogs will also host a meet at home March 17.