Bulldogs compete well at Baker Relays
Baldwin High School’s track and field teams continue to roll during the early portion of their season.
On Friday, the Bulldogs competed at the Shocker Pre-State Invitational in Wichita and competed at a high level. They participated in their final home meet Tuesday, the Baker Relays.
Both BHS teams won the second home meet of the season. The BHS girls’ squad scored 185 points, while Blue Valley West placed runner-up with 133 points. Baldwin’s boys’ team held off Bishop Miege by scoring 141 points and winning by 15 team points.
“We’re doing a lot of wonderful things,” girls’ coach Ted Zuzzio said. “We got everybody into the meet and in two to four events. We ran some very fine times tonight. We also had nice times and distances in other events. It makes you happy and proud that these kids are just competing. This was our last home meet of the year and we showed well.”
BHS boys’ coach Mike Spielman was also proud of the way his squad is performing.
“I’ve just been really happy with the way things are rolling right now,” Spielman said. “We are getting better and better and that’s the whole key to the season. We just have to keep getting a little better each week. We’re going to have some ups and downs, but we just have to minimize the negatives and keep trying to get better.”
The Bulldogs combined to win 16 of the 36 events at the nine-team meet Tuesday. They swept the boys’ and girls’ shot put, discus, 400-meter throwers relay, 1,600-meter relay and 6,400-meter relay.
BHS junior Jesse Austin and freshman Katie Kehl won the shot put and discus events. Austin threw 122-feet, 10-inches in the discus and 45-1.5 in the shot put to win. Kehl threw 123-6 in discus and 38-1.25 in shot put to earn her two victories. Junior Allison Howard finished second in the discus with a toss of 121-2.
Baldwin finished the night with two victories in the 1,600 relay. The girls’ squad ran its best time of the season, 4:09.1, and won by eight seconds. Running on the relay were sophomore Elizabeth Sigvaldson, junior Lyndsay Lober, freshman Kaitlyn Barnes and senior JaBryanna Wellington.
The boys’ team also ran its season best, 3:32.77. The Bulldogs on the relay were sophomore Asher Hannon, junior Carson Barnes, sophomore Brian Wright and sophomore Dayshawn Berndt.
“Our younger kids are getting more experience each week and they are enjoying it,” Spielman said. “It’s fun to end with a great 4x400 like that where everybody is cheering. That’s what you want to happen. You want the whole team involved and cheering for each other.”
BHS won six other events Tuesday. Senior Patrick Pinault threw 168-8 in the javelin on his first toss. It was enough to win the event. Junior Carson Barnes set a mark of 20-11.25 in the long jump to earn a victory. Sophomore Tosh Mihesuah won the 2,000-meter steeplechase by less than a second, running 7:08.87.
“We scored all over the track and in the field, too,” Spielman said. “Patrick had a big throw in the javelin for us. Jesse Austin threw 54 in the shot put. They both had PRs in those events.”
On the girls’ side, junior Ramie Burkhart won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.32. BHS also won the 3,200-meter relay and distance medley. The 3,200-relay team ran 10:14.69, while the distance medley squad won in a time of 14:01.5.
“We are competing everywhere,” Zuzzio said. “We had a lot of girls step up and win some races tonight.”
Last week, the Bulldogs were in Wichita on Thursday night and Friday. They competed against several schools from Classes 4A-6A and many from the Wichita area. Some BHS athletes competed in the 4A-6A class, while others were bumped up to the “elite” class, which was the top performances turned in before the meet.
Junior Lyndsey Lober was the only Bulldog to win an elite event. Lober won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.23 seconds.
The other victory came in the 4A-6A boys’ shot put. Freshman Dayton Valentine threw 44-5 to win the event. His toss would have placed him seventh in the elite class.
Kehl didn’t win the elite discus event, but she did break the school record Friday. She threw 128-2 to beat the old record by nearly 4 feet. She now owns the BHS shot put and discus records.
“We were really happy with how we did,” Spielman said. “It was a windy day, but we had some really good performances against some really good competition.”
The Bulldogs will be competing in the Kansas Relays this weekend in Lawrence. The boys’ team will have competitors in the 1,600 run, 2,000 steeplechase, 300 hurdles, javelin, sprint medley and the 1,600 relay. The BHS girls will be competing in the 400-meter run, 800-meter run, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, shot put, discus, 400 relay, 1,600 relay and 3,200 relay.
“We’ve got several kids competing in the KU Relays,” Zuzzio said. “That’s the very best out of four states, so we hope to get some better times and distances this weekend.”