BHS girls track squad wins five events, team title at De Soto meet
De Soto For the first time in school history, the Baldwin High School girls track and field team scored more than 1,000 points at a meet.
The Bulldogs accomplished that feat here Friday night. They scored 1,079.5 points to win the De Soto Invitational by 48.5 points over runner-up Saint James (1,031).
“They scored the meet for 36 athletes in each event, so we had more than 1,000 points,” coach Ted Zuzzio said. “We still won the meet.”
Officials scored the meet much differently than normal. Instead of the top six or seven placers receiving points, every competitor scored at the meet.
Each event was scored with the maximum number of competitors in mind. The winner received 36 points, followed by second with 35, third with 34 and so forth. Even if 10 runners competed, the last runner received 27 team points.
Another difference from previous meets this season was the weather. For the first time all season, the temperature climbed over 70 degrees for one of the Bulldogs’ meets.
“It was unusual that we weren’t layered up,” Zuzzio said. “We still had the wind element that we dealt with, but we competed well.”
Baldwin competed well on the warm, windy day. BHS won five events, including two relays. Sophomore Kaitlyn Barnes and freshman Morgan Lober won all three of their events Friday.
Both runners were part of the Bulldogs’ 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams that easily won. In addition to the relays, Barnes won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:23.38. Lober won the 400-meter dash as she ran 1:02.13.
“Kaitlyn Barnes cranking out a 2:23 half-mile was maybe the most exciting race of the day,” Zuzzio said. “She ran a fast time in the wind. Morgan Lober also ran well in the open 400.”
Teaming up with Barnes and Lober on the 1,600 relay were senior Lyndsey Lober and sophomore Elena Watson. They ran 4:11.27 and won by 11 seconds.
Junior Carol Whaley and freshman Hannah Hutton joined Barnes and M. Lober on the 3,200 relay. BHS ran 10:28.25 to win the race by 24 seconds.
“On the track, we did well,” Zuzzio said. “Our relays ran OK. The 4x400 ran well to end the meet.”
Baldwin athletes also won one other event and finished in the top three in seven events on Friday. Senior Allison Howard won the discus with a mark of 123-3.5.
“Allison Howard had her best throw in the discus for the year,” Zuzzio said. “She continues to improve each week and throws very consistently for us.”
In the 300-meter hurdles, senior Ramie Burkhart brought home the gold. She won in a time of 48.7. Senior Myranda Behrens finished runner-up in the race, running 49.9.
L. Lober finished runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles to Le'Tristan Pledger of Kansas City Washington, who won the Kansas Relays in a time of 13.98. Pledger didn’t run that fast Friday, but Lober ran 16.1 to finish second.
“They only have a six-lane track, so we had two girls get cut out,” Zuzzio said of the 100 hurdles finals. “One girl hit the hurdle so that cost us because of the small track.”
Senior Samantha Meisenheimer finished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.04. Sophomore Sienna Durr also placed third in the 3,200-meter run. She held off Eudora’s Danelle Topil at the finish line and ran 12:17.61.
In the field events, sophomore Monica Howard cleared 5 feet to finish third. She also finished second in javelin with a mark of 1134.5. Sophomore Jessie Katzer placed third in the javelin, throwing 107-4.5. Katzer also finished third in the shot put (33-2.5) and fourth in the discus (97-5.5). A. Howard placed fourth in the shot put (32-7).
In the pole vault, junior Nicollette Haskell and freshman Katie Jones tied for second by clearing 7-6. The BHS 400-meter relay team placed second in a time of 52.76. The relay members were L. Lober, Behrens, Burkhart and Meisenheimer.
The Bulldogs will compete at the Red Bud Classic in Wellsville Friday. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m.
“I’m very pleased with our effort,” Zuzzio said. “We continue to improve. We look forward to going to Wellsville where there will be 20 schools competing.”