BHS track squads capture Cardinal Relays titles
EUDORA — Gusty winds weren’t enough to slow Baldwin High School’s track and field teams here Friday night.
Both BHS squads cruised to victory at the Cardinal Relays, despite battling wind gusts up to 30 mph. The BHS girls scored 157 points to beat second place Perry-Lecompton (110) by 47.
“This was a big night,” BHS girls’ coach Ted Zuzzio said. “We had a lot of personal bests today. It was a windy night, so it helped the shorter sprinters.”
The BHS boys tallied 113 points in the 11-team meet. De Soto scored 92 to finish second. This was the first meet for the entire Bulldogs’ squad since the Baker Relays on April 14.
“We just had a great meet today,” BHS boys’ coach Mike Spielman said Friday. “All of the kids competed well and we scored on the track and all over. We had a great day.”
Baldwin’s teams combined to win 13 events Friday night. The BHS boys’ team captured seven golds, four of which came from senior Connor Wright and sophomore Tony Weiss. BHS also won two relays and junior Patrick Pinault won the javelin with a toss of 152-feet-3.
Wright was victorious in the two middle distance events, the 400-meter and 800-meter runs. His 400 time was 54.2 seconds, while his 800 winning time was 2:10.7.
Weiss won the two long distance events of the night. The standout sophomore edged out freshman Brian Wright in the 1,600-meter run, running 4:47.5 and beating Wright by 0.03.
“The mile was sort of like practice,” Weiss said. “Brian and I were both racing hard to the finish. We were going to alternate leading laps, but it didn’t end up that way. It was a fun race.”
Near the end of the night, Weiss was ready for his second and final race of the day. He cruised to victory in the 3,200-meter run, winning by 35 seconds as he ran 10:24.5.
“I was pretty happy with the two mile,” Weiss said. “It was pretty chilly. Coach told me to hang with them for the first couple of laps, but they went out pretty slow, so I thought I would try pushing it against the wind.”
Baldwin boys also won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays with ease. The 3,200 relay team was a bit different Friday, but still managed to bring home gold. The team consisted of sophomore Carson Barnes, junior Brandon Kraus, senior Chris Hecker and senior Andy Thurlow. They ran 9:16 to win.
The 1,600 relay ended the night with gold for Baldwin. The Bulldogs finished in a time of 3:35.8 to win by more than four seconds over De Soto. Running on the relay were senior Ryan Kennedy, freshman Shawn Berndt, sophomore Josh Hoffman and C. Wright.
“I was very pleased with our relays tonight,” Spielman said. “We changed up our two-mile relay and the guys still ran great. They ran smart, too, with the wind gusting like it did. Our 4x400 continues to run well each week for us.”
On the girls’ side, BHS won both hurdle races, a pair of relays, discus and the 3,200 run. Sophomore Allison Howard threw her winning toss in the discus on her second attempt in the finals. Her mark of 111-9 beat second place by more than 2 feet.
“It’s hard to throw the discus into a 30 mph wind,” Zuzzio said. “That was a great victory there. Three of our javelin throwers and two of our shot putters threw personal bests.”
The Baldwin girls also continued their success in both hurdle races. Sophomore Lyndsey Lober ran a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles, 15.4 seconds, to win the wind-aided race. Fellow sophomore Ramie Burkhart finished fourth and senior Olivia Catloth placed sixth in the race.
In the 300-meter hurdles, it was a battle of two BHS sophomores. Myranda Behrens won her first 300 hurdles event in a time of 50.5 to edge out Burkhart by 0.4 seconds. Senior Corinna Papps was in third until she fell over the second-to-last hurdle.
“It was nice to win the race this time,” Behrens said. “There was a head wind down the home stretch that was tough to run against. It’s nice to compete with a teammate every time we run that race. We push each other during the race.”
The BHS girls also won the same relays as their male counterparts. The 3,200 relay team of senior Calleigh Durr, junior Connor Twombly, sophomore Heather Karlin and Papps ran 10:49.2 to win. Meanwhile, the 1,600 relay team won the final event in a time of 4:25.1. Running on that relay were Lober, junior JaBryanna Wellington, Behrens and Twombly.
“We started off with a nice win in the two-mile relay,” Zuzzio said. “Heather Karlin had a great race in the two mile. Our half-milers also ran well.
Baldwin’s other gold medal of the day came in the girls’ 3,200 run. Karlin hung right behind the leader for seven laps, but sprinted to victory on the final lap. Karlin ran 12:54 to win the race.
Baldwin will next compete at the Girard Invitational on Friday. Then BHS will be at Wellsville next week.