BJHS track teams set two school records at opening meet
School records are already being broken by the Baldwin Junior High School track teams and they’ve only had one meet this season.
All four of the Bulldogs’ squads opened their season with a triangular meet at Eudora on Tuesday. It didn’t take long for two eighth grade records to already fall.
Austin Kraus wasted no time in claiming both 100-meter hurdles records. He set the seventh grade record last spring and the eighth grade mark on Tuesday. Kraus set the record at 15.3 seconds, a hair faster than his seventh grade record at 15.7.
The other record to fall was the eighth grade girls’ 400-meter relay time. Elena Watson, Kailyn Smith, Monica Howard and Kaitlyn Barnes set the new mark at 54.4 seconds.
BJHS had many top performances at the Eudora meet. In the seventh grade girls’ competition, Morgan Lober won the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Katie Jones won the 880-yard run and the team of Jones, Ashton Temple, Alex Rader and Leyena Watson won the mile relay.
Libby Verhaeghe placed runner-up in the 100-meter dash and the 200. Hannah Hutton finished third in the 200, while Jenna Irey placed fourth in the same race. Temple was second in the 880. In the mile, Watson finished second and Rader placed fourth.
In the seventh grade boys’ events, Ethan Hartzell won the mile and high jump. Also placing in the mile was Riley Thomas and Ben Growcock as they were second and fifth. Quinn Twombly finished runner-up in the discus. In the 100, Chad Berg placed third while Skyler Shockley finished in sixth place.
BJHS also placed three runners in the 880. Thomas finished second, while Joey Lyons (third) and Luke Fursman (fifth) also placed.
The BJHS eighth grade girls excelled all over the track and in the field events. Barnes won the 400-meter dash and 100 hurdles. Howard won the high jump and long jump. Mackenzie Johnson won the shot put, while Watson won the 100 dash. Also placing in the 100 was Billiejean Doughty (second) and Smith (fourth).
Sienna Durr finished second in the two mile and third in the 880. Jordan Christian placed runner-up in the mile. Finishing behind Barnes in the 100 hurdles were Annabelle Rosche (second) and Morgan Smith (fourth).
In the 200-meter dash, BJHS took second through sixth places. In finishing order were Howard, Watson, K. Smith, Doughty and Brooke Randels.
BJHS also swept the eighth grade girls’ discus. In finishing order were Johnson, Heidi Halford, Skieler Norton, Kelsey Dighans, Heather Evilsizor and Carly Schumann.
The eighth grade boys also won a few events. Colton Horne won the two mile, while Jake Huggins won the high jump. Dayton Valentine won the discus and shot put. In the mile, Huggins placed first, Tyler Cawley was runner-up and Trenton Russell took fourth.
BJHS will next compete Tuesday at Wheatridge in Gardner.