BHS track teams win Spring Hill meet
Although Monday’s track and field meet at Spring Hill was only a triangular, the Baldwin High School teams came away with many season-best performances.
Baldwin won both team competitions over Spring Hill and Osawatomie. The BHS girls scored 106 points, which won easily over the Broncos (52) and the Trojans (20).
“The kids got to compete in three or four different events, which is great,” Zuzzio said. “We got to be together as a team. We even had some kids who set their personal record for the year in various events. We were rewarded with many medals.”
The BHS boys had a closer contest as coach Mike Spielman changed his lineup. He also entered several Bulldogs in one or two events, instead of the usual three or four. BHS held off Osawatomie with 77 points. The Trojans scored 73 to beat Spring Hill (34).
“We did some specialized stuff Monday,” Spielman said. “The kids got to enter in just a couple of events, but they ran quality events. They just got a chance to get out there and compete after being off Friday. It was a good day for us.”
The BHS boys’ team swept the discus and shot put events. Junior Jesse Austin, sophomore Jake Mindez and freshman Dayton Valentine placed first, second and third in those events. Austin threw 137 feet, 4 inches to win the discus. Valentine won the shot put with a mark of 45-2.
Baldwin placed first, second and fourth in the boys’ javelin. Senior Patrick Pinault won by throwing 157-7. Mindez was second, while senior Camdon Schwartz finished third.
The Bulldogs also finished first, second and fourth in the boys’ 400-meter dash. Sophomore Dayshawn Berndt won in a time of 52.16. Junior Josh Hoffman placed runner-up and sophomore Asher Hannon finished fourth.
Sophomore Tosh Mihesuah won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:08. Senior Andy Woods finished second in the race.
“We had some really good performances,” Spielman said. “Jesse Austin had a big throw in the discus. Dayton threw 45 in the shot put. We put all of our 4x400 guys in the 400 and 100 and they ran well. All of our relays had new guys on them and they ran well, too.”
On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs won 12 of the 18 events. They swept the relays, hurdle races and throwing events. Freshman Katie Kehl won the shot put, discus and javelin.
Junior Lyndsey Lober won the 100-meter hurdles and junior Ramie Burkhart won the 300-meter hurdles. Fellow junior Sammi Meisenheimer won the 100-meter dash. Senior JaBryanna Wellington earned gold in the 400-meter dash.
The other victories came in the 800-meter dash and pole vault. Senior Connor Twombly won the 800 and sophomore Nicollette Haskell was victorious in the pole vault.
“It was our coldest day that we’ve ran this year,” Zuzzio said. “Being our smallest meet, the events went right after each other pretty quickly. It was more of a workout, in a competitive fashion.”
On Friday, the Bulldogs will compete at De Soto, instead of the Girard Invitational as they have in past years. The 10-team meet will start at 3:30 p.m.
“We get to go against some different teams, which should be great,” Zuzzio said. “There are some teams that will be in our regional, plus some Kansas City schools.”