Bulldogs set relay school record, advance to Saturday finals
WICHITA — Baldwin High School’s track and field teams only completed three events, two of which scored, here Friday, but things look promising for Saturday’s finals.
The Bulldogs placed competitors in the top five of two events. Sophomore Allison Howard threw 121-feet-5 in the discus to place fourth. Her regional mark entered her in the bottom half of the event, but she moved up with a mark of 119-5 in the first flight. Her throw of 121-5 came in the finals.
Fellow sophomore Tony Weiss broke 10 minutes for the first time in the 3,200-meter run. Weiss ran 9:57.93 as he placed fifth in the race. He improved from seventh a year ago. He will run the 1,600-meter run on Saturday with freshman Brian Wright.
Baldwin’s other final was the girls’ 3,200-meter run. Sophomore Heather Karlin finished ninth in a time of 12:30.76, which is near her personal best in the event.
The Bulldogs also qualified for the finals in five events. The BHS girls set the school record in the 1,600-meter relay. The Bulldogs ran 4:03.77 to win their heat. That time beat the previous record by two seconds. Concordia ran a 3:59.85 in the second heat so the Bulldogs will be seeded second in the final event of the night.
Baldwin also ran well in the boys’ 1,600-meter relay. BHS ran a season-best time of 3:24.82, which will seed them second in the finals, behind Atchison. BHS is the defending champion in the event.
The other three events BHS qualified in are on the girls’ side. The Bulldogs will be sending all three sophomore girls’ hurdlers to the finals. Lyndsey Lober ran 15.89 in the 100-meter hurdles, which seeds her fifth in the finals.
Myranda Behrens and Ramie Burkhart made it out of the 300-meter hurdles as the sixth and eighth seeds. Behrens ran 47.69, while Burkhart finished in a time of 47.93.
Last event that BHS qualified in was the girls’ 400-meter relay. Despite some bad handoffs, Baldwin ran 51.57, which snuck BHS into the finals in eighth place.
Lober will begin the Saturday morning competition for Baldwin. Then the girls’ and boys’ 3,200-meter relays will run. Both Bulldog relays enter with one of the top times.
Updates from the state meet will be made as the events finish Saturday.
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