BHS girls break sprint medley record at Baker Relays
Baldwin High School’s track and field teams sure enjoy running at Baker University’s Liston Stadium.
In two meets at home this season, the Bulldogs have run or performed at their best on the track and in the field and the meets started just two weeks ago. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs continued competing well at home as the BHS girls’ team won the Baker Relays, while the boys’ squad finished third.
The BHS girls’ team scored 197 points at the meet. Blue Valley West finished runner-up with 91 team points.
“We rocked and we rolled,” coach Ted Zuzzio said. “They competed today. They just keep getting better every week. They keep setting PRs across the board.”
On the boys’ side, Bishop Miege won the meet with 148 points. Baldwin placed third with 106.
“I was really happy,” coach Mike Spielman said. “We have a few guys kind of dinged up, so we didn’t have everything full today, but the ones who competed today did a great job. I was really happy with our effort. The guys in the field events came through again today. I was happy with everything.”
The BHS girls’ team broke a school record that has been in tact since 1975. The Bulldogs set a new record in the 800-meter sprint medley. They ran 1:54.57, which broke the previous record of 1:57. The relay members were senior Myranda Behrens, senior Samantha Meisenheimer, senior Lyndsey Lober and freshman Morgan Lober.
Baldwin High won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays, both of which are Class 4A defending state champion relays. Both relay teams improved their times from the home meet April 1.
The 3,200 relay team ran 9:57.55, which was 14 seconds faster than their first time of the season. The relay members were junior Elizabeth Sigvaldson, junior Carol Whaley, sophomore Kaitlyn Barnes and M. Lober.
Sigvaldson, Barnes and the Lober sisters teamed up to run the 1,600 relay once again. They won their race in a time of 4:10.01, a three-second improvement from the first meet.
“Their times are going down all over the track,” Zuzzio said. “We had a very successful day.”
Baldwin High also won two more girls distance events. BHS won the distance medley and the 6,400-meter relay. BHS placed first and second the 6,400 relay.
The Bulldogs finished second and third in the 2,000-meter steeplechase Tuesday. Freshman Katie Jones and junior Abi Hartzell placed second and third in the race.
“Our distance kids had a big day,” Zuzzio said. “We went 1-2 in the 4x1,600 and second and third in the steeplechase. They ran their best times of the year in the steeplechase. The distance girls also won the distance medley.”
In the field events, senior Allison Howard won the discus. She threw 119 feet, 7 inches to win the event. Sophomore Monica Howard finished second in the high jump with a height of 5-2. Also sophomore Jessie Katzer placed third in the shot put as she threw 31-3.
“She won the discus,” Zuzzio said of A. Howard. “She didn’t have a great day in the shot put, but she threw well in the discus today. Her sister jumped well in the high jump and improved from the first meet.”
A. Howard and Katzer were also part of the 400-meter throwers relay that won. The BHS boys throwers relay was victorious, too. Junior Jake Mindez held off Kansas City Central to win the race. He was joined on the relay by senior Jesse Austin, sophomore Dayton Valentine and sophomore Caleb Gaylord.
“It’s always fun,” Valentine said. “I was more nervous for it than the actual events. Baker’s coach told us he’d bring us cupcakes sometime for winning. It’s always fun when food is involved. Jake is a running back so he’s a good anchor. We may have been the heaviest team, but we are all pretty fast.”
Valentine and Austin swept the shot put and discus Tuesday. Valentine beat Austin in the discus by throwing 140-3, but Austin won the shot put with a mark of 49-9.75.
“I think we had 46 points between us with the throwers relay,” Valentine said. “It was fun to get first and second in both shot put and discus.”
Spielman has been thrilled with the development of his two throwers, who went to state last year for their first time.
“Every meet, they get a little bit better,” Spielman said. “That’s what they have to keep doing. They have to stay relaxed and stay with their technique and they’ll have great seasons.”
On the track, the BHS boys won the 3,200 relay. They ran 8:33.94 as they won by seven seconds. The relay members were junior Brian Wright, senior Tony Weiss, junior Tosh Mihesuah and freshman Ethan Hartzell.
In the 110-meter hurdles relay, BHS finished second as a team. Sophomore Austin Kraus and senior Carson Barnes placed fourth and fifth individually, but combined to finish second.
“Austin Kraus ran really well in the hurdles tonight,” Spielman said. “He ran a really good high hurdle race. He looked really good.”
Baldwin finished the meet with another strong 1,600 relay. The Bulldogs ran 3:30.48, which improves their team from the first meet by more than one second. They finished runner-up to Ruskin in the race. The relay members were junior Asher Hannon, freshman Chad Berg, Barnes and Wright.
“Our three normal relays ran unbelievable tonight,” Spielman said. “Running 3:30 in the 4x400 is a great time and we still got second. We are getting after it and early in the season.”
Both BHS teams will compete in the Pre-State Meet today and Friday in Wichita. The distance runners will race tonight and the rest of the Bulldogs will compete Friday.