BJHS track teams ready to start season Tuesday
Once the Baldwin Junior High School track season gets rolling Tuesday, the Bulldogs stay busy for several weeks.
They will participate in seven meets during a five-week span, which concludes with the Frontier League meet May 9. The Bulldogs’ season starts at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eudora.
“We are all excited to start,” BJHS girls’ coach Angie Spielman said. “It’s time to start. We’ve been practicing for weeks. We handed out sweats and uniforms so they’re all excited to start. As coaches, we’re excited to see what they can do next week.”
The BJHS girls’ squad returns two eighth graders who helped their team win the league title as seventh graders. Kaitlyn Barnes and Monica Howard combined for several league championships a year ago.
“They’re already looking to defend their league titles in their events,” Spielman said. “Someone else to watch in that class is Sienna Durr. She has been running a lot and should surprise some people.”
There are 45 girls out for track at BJHS, but 30 of those are eighth graders. That class of girls won the league title last spring and might do the same this year.
“All of the scorers from that team are back from the team that won league,” Spielman said. “Plus we’ve added eight or 10 girls to the squad. We should have more depth this year.”
Lack of depth might hurt the seventh grade girls’ team as only 15 girls came out this spring. Spielman said Morgan Lober and Hailey Cope might be the standouts on the squad, but it’s tough to judge without a meet.
“It’s hard to say how they’ll do, because we don’t have much experience,” she said. “We’ll know more after Tuesday. They are small in numbers, but they are working very hard.”
On the flip side, the seventh grade boys have high numbers, with 31 participating in their first year. This class went undefeated in football and varsity basketball. However, coach Bench Currie is unsure how their track season will play out.
“I think they will do well, because there is a great group of athletes in that class,” Currie said. “I think they have a chance to have a good season.”
Meanwhile, the eighth grade boys crushed the other schools last year. Yet, some of those students aren’t participating this spring.
“There are quite a few kids that were on some of our relays that were pretty fast, but didn’t come out this year,” Currie said. “I wish they would have, but we’ve got other kids that will fill their spot.”
The eighth grade boys do return league champion hurdler, Austin Kraus. He blew the field away at the 2008 league meet. They will also be looking for big things from thrower Dayton Valentine.
BJHS will host a meet on April 28 at Liston Stadium.