BJHS track records keep falling as season closes
It seems like a broken record, but once again the Baldwin Junior High School track and field teams continue to set new school records.
On April 28, the Bulldogs hosted a meet and broke four BJHS records. The Bulldogs won 19 events at their home meet.
The only boys’ record to fall was one that’s been broken several times this spring. BJHS eighth grader Austin Kraus continues to chip away at his 100-meter hurdles time. He ran 15.00 to set a new mark for his school record.
Two more eighth grade girls’ records fell last week. Kaitlyn Barnes added another to her collection when she snapped Heather Garcia’s 800-meter run record. Garcia was a 2008 Baldwin High School graduate who won eight individual gold medals at the state level while at BHS.
Barnes smashed the 2:28 record by running 2:22.8. On an unofficial list, that time places her 10th in the state among high school runners.
She came back later in the meet to help break the 1,600-meter relay record. The four Bulldogs ran 4:18.8. The runners were Monica Howard, Elena Watson, Billiejean Doughty and Barnes.
The other BJHS record came in the seventh grade girls’ pole vault. Katie Jones cleared a height of 6-feet-6 to set the record.
Other winners on the seventh grade girls’ team were Libby Verhaeghe (100-meter dash), Morgan Lober (400-meter run), Jones (1,600-meter run), Jenna Irey (long jump) and the 1,600 relay team of Verhaeghe, Hannah Hutton, Irey and Lober.
On the eighth grade girls’ side, it was Sienna Durr winning the 1,600 run and Howard winning the long jump and high jump. In the 800, Durr placed second and Howard third behind Barnes’ record time. Barnes also won the 100-meter hurdles.
The seventh grade boys’ winners were Ethan Hartzell (high jump), Nate Clem (pole vault) and 400-meter relay team. Ben Growcock finished second in the 1,600 run.
The eighth grade boys won five events, including Kraus’ hurdle race. The other winners were Trenton Russell (1,600 run), Tyler Cawley (3,200-meter run), Jake Huggins (high jump) and Cameron Christian (pole vault). Colton Horne placed second behind Cawley in the 3,200.
The Bulldog squads will be heading to Gardner on Saturday for their final meet of the season. The Frontier League meet will begin at 9 a.m. at Wheatridge Middle School.