State track blog: Day 2 — BHS girls take state
Baldwin High state track: Day 2
Baldwin High School's girls' and boys' track and field teams competed at the state meet in Wichita on Saturday May 29.
WICHITA — Baldwin High School girls’ track and field team won the Class 4A state championship by a nose — or 0.03 seconds to be precise.
In the final race of the night, the BHS girls’ 1,600-meter relay edged out a victory over Colby. BHS senior JaBryanna Wellington leaned past the Colby runner at the finish line. The Bulldogs’ time was 4:04.96, just ahead of Colby’s 4:04.99.
The relay victory scored 10 points for the Bulldogs. That put them two points ahead of Kansas City Sumner for the team title. A second-place finish in the 1,600 relay would have resulted in a shared team title.
However, those 0.03 seconds were enough to bring home the first state championship in BHS girls’ track history. The relay members were senior Connor Twombly, sophomore Elizabeth Sigvaldson and freshman Kaitlyn Barnes.
On the boys’ side, BHS placed fifth in the 1,600 relay finished fifth. The Bulldogs ran 3:27.84 to finish the day. The relay members were sophomore Asher Hannon, junior Carson Barnes, sophomore Brian Wright and junior Josh Hoffman. As a team, the Baldwin boys finished in 14th place with 14 team points.
There will be stories and photos from the meet in Thursday’s Signal.
Updated at 5:55 p.m.
WICHITA — Since the girls’ 3,200-meter relay victory, Baldwin High School track and field teams have medaled in five events.
The highest placing in those events was junior Ramie Burkhart’s third-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. She ran a personal-best time of 47.11 seconds to place third. Fellow junior Myranda Behrens finished seventh in the race.
Burkhart and Behrens also ran in the 400-meter relay, which finished fifth in a time of 50.76. Also on the relay were senior JaBryanna Wellington and junior Sammi Meisenheimer.
Wellington ran her second race of the day when she competed in the 400-metere dash. She ran 59.45 to place fifth.
Medaling in individual events were junior Tony Weiss and freshman Kaitlyn Barnes. They both finished sixth in their events. Weiss ran the boys’ 1,600-meter run and Barnes ran the 800-meter run.
The only races remaining for the Bulldogs are the 1,600-meter relays. The BHS girls are currently tied for first place in the team standings and the title will be decided during the 1,600 relay. The Signal will update the story after the relays.
Updated at 1:25 p.m.
WICHITA — Baldwin High School’s girls’ track and field team continued its success from this morning’s discus into the 3,200-meter relay.
After finishing second last year, the Bulldog’s 3,200 relay avenged the loss with a record-breaking victory. Baldwin ran 9:39.14 and won the race by six seconds. The winning time broke the school record by two seconds that was set in 2008 when the Bulldogs also won the state title.
Senior Connor Twombly ran on both winning relays. Also on this year’s team was sophomore Elizabeth Sigvaldson, sophomore Carol Whaley and freshman Kaitlyn Barnes.
The Baldwin boys’ team also ran the 3,200 relay. The Bulldogs finished fifth in a time of 8:14.92. The relay members were junior Tony Weiss, sophomore Tosh Mihesuah, junior Carson Barnes and sophomore Brian Wright.
Baldwin’s two girls’ discus throwers got the Bulldogs off on the right foot here this morning.
Junior Allison Howard and freshman Katie Kehl medaled in the Class 4A event. Kehl finished runner-up to Ottawa’s Kearsten Peoples with a mark of 127 feet, 5 inches. Howard placed fourth in the event for the second straight year with her throw of 122-11 on her final attempt. Howard has medaled in the discus all three years at BHS.
The 12 team points in the discus give the Baldwin girls’ team 18 points for the meet, which ties them for third place right now. The other six points came from Kehl’s third-place finish in the shot put Friday night.