Freshmen boost BHS girls at Girard
A trip to southeast Kansas brought back positive results for the Baldwin High School track teams Friday.
Two freshmen girls highlighted the Girard Invitational and helped boost the BHS girls' team to victory. The Bulldogs scored 111 points to hold off host Girard, which scored 102.
"We scored 111 points to win," BHS girls' coach Ted Zuzzio said. "It was our best meet of the year. We had a lot of kids step up Friday."
Freshmen Lyndsey Lober and Ramie Burkhart got the Bulldogs off to a fast start on the track. In the 100-meter hurdles, the pair finished first and second. Lober ran 16.94 to win with Burkhart on her trail running 17.14.
The duo came back later in the 300-meter hurdles and nearly duplicated their performance. Burkhart led most of the race, but tripped over a late hurdle and never finished. Lober did place third, running her best time of the season (50.13), and junior Corinna Papps finished fourth (51.86).
"Our two freshmen hurdlers set the stage early for us on the track," Zuzzio said. "We were 'wowed' by their performances. Burkhart was even dominating the 300 hurdles until she fell. She would have won easily."
Of course, the hurdlers weren't the only highlight of the meet for the BHS girls. Senior Heather Garcia won the 800-meter run in 2:20.6 and the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:11.7.
The Bulldogs' 1,600-meter relay easily won the final event of the night as it ran 4:12.83. The relay members were senior Courtney Harris, sophomore JaBryanna Wellington, Lober and Garcia. The 3,200-meter relay team of sophomore Connor Twombly, junior Calleigh Durr, sophomore Julie Hill and Papps also won their race. The relay team ran 10:18.65, beating second place by 10 seconds.
"As a whole, it was by far our best meet of the season," Zuzzio said. "We get on the track and we go 1-2 in the 100-meter hurdles, both running their season's- best time. Then we win two of the next events, so we won three of the first four events on the track. To finish with our mile relay running its best time was a nice way to finish. Most kids that competed ran their best times of the season."
Other top performances by the BHS girls included freshman Heather Karlin (second, 12:53.5) and sophomore Connor Twombly (third, 12:57.5) in the 3,200-meter run. Freshman Allison Howard placed third in the discus, throwing 106 feet, 2 inches.
The BHS girls weren't the only ones having success Friday at Girard. The BHS boys' team finished fifth in the nearly 20-team meet.
The boys' team also had a few positive results from the meet. The only individual win came from senior Beau Elder in the shot put. He nearly threw 50 feet, as his best toss was marked at 49-11.5.
Freshman Tony Weiss turned in one of the best performances of the season during the 3,200. Weiss beat his personal-best time by nearly 17 seconds as he ran 10:07.56 to finish second. Another freshman, Carson Barnes, placed third in the 300 hurdles as he ran 43.49.
"We ended up fifth out of about 18 teams so I was really happy with how they placed," BHS boys' coach Mike Spielman said. "Our relays were solid again and Tony ran a great two mile. We had some other guys do well, also. Beau won the shot put and is right there at the 50-foot mark. Carson Barnes even got third in the intermediate hurdles."
Weiss was happy to cut his best time down, but still wants to break the 10-minute barrier before the season is finished.
"I was really happy with my race," Weiss said. "I was shooting for around 10 minutes and I just stuck to the guy in front of me during the race. I was pretty fresh this time around. I still want to break 10, maybe I'll do it this Friday."
To cap the meet off, the BHS boys won the 1,600-relay. The Bulldogs held off Pittsburg as they ran 3:32.16 to win. The relay team members were senior Kyle Smith, senior Dustin Schiller, freshman Carson Barnes and junior Ryan Kennedy.
"Dustin Schiller had a great anchor leg and held off some guys to win that," Spielman said. "All three relays ran right at our season best and we didn't have great handoffs on any of them."
Both BHS teams will next head to Wellsville for the Redbud Classic. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
"It's a close meet and a good meet for everyone to compete at," Spielman said.