Hannon, Wright pace BHS boys to Redbud victory
Wellsville Asher Hannon displayed speed that he didn’t know existed here Friday at the Red Bud Classic track and field meet.
The Baldwin High School junior had enough speed to nearly win the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. He also anchored two gold-medal relays to help the BHS boys team win the meet.
The Bulldogs scored 113 points to win the Red Bud. They edged out Paola (100) and Louisburg (90) for the team championship.
“We had a great meet and we had a few guys that had some bad luck even,” coach Mike Spielman said. “Carson fell in the hurdles and Jesse didn’t throw well in discus. We keep getting better though and that’s the important thing. We want to keep getting better each week.”
Hannon scored 14 points as an individual on Friday, as well as helped the Bulldogs score 20 points in two relays. He finished third in the 100 dash with a time of 10.8. The winner ran 10.6 on a slightly wind-aided day.
Three events later, Hannon was back on the track in the 400 dash. He ran side-by-side with Louisburg’s Sitek, who also won the 100. Sitek ran 50.8 seconds to narrowly beat Hannon, who’s time was 50.8 seconds.
“I was really happy with my day,” Hannon said. “There was a lot of good competition at the meet. I didn’t know I had that much speed in the 100. The 400 was fun, too, but I knew that kid was the best coming in. I came close to beating him, but I ran well.”
His coach was proud of him, too.
“When you run 10.8 and 50.8, that’s a really good day,” Spielman said. “He beat some really good kids in that 100. He gave the kid in the 400 all that he wanted. He has a lot of confidence right now.”
Hannon also anchored the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays for the Bulldogs. The 400 relay team ran 44.6 to win the race, while the 1,600 relay team won in a time of 3:27.8.
“That was our best time by two seconds,” Spielman said of the 1,600 relay. “We keep dropping our time down each week.”
The other members on the 400 relay were senior Carson Barnes, sophomore Mark Harman and sophomore Max Combest. Barnes also joined Hannon on the 1,600 relay team, along with juniors Tosh Mihesuah and Brian Wright.
Wright won both of his individual races. He won the 1,600 in his season-best time of 4:30. He followed that up with a 1:59.2 to win the 800.
“He ran well in the 800 and the mile,” Spielman said. “It’s good for him to get out there and run that well in both races on the same day.”
Also winning an event for the Bulldogs was freshman Ethan Hartzell. He won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:21.9. Hartzell and Mihesuah placed third and fourth in the 1,600 behind Wright.
Sophomore Dayton Valentine improved his mark in the discus Friday. He threw 156 feet, 0.5 inches to win the event. Junior Jake Mindez placed sixth in the event. In the shot put, senior Jesse Austin finished runner-up, while Mindez and Valentine placed fourth and sixth. Mindez also placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 161-7.
“Dayton had a huge throw in discus,” Spielman said. “Jake had three big throws in shot put, discus and javelin. All three of those guys keep throwing well for us.”
In the long jump, Barnes finished third with a mark of 21-4.5. Barnes was leading the 300-hurdles by a wide margin when he tripped on the second-to-last hurdle. He rolled on the track, but got up and finished sixth.
“Carson is jumping well,” Spielman said. “He’s consistently in the 21-foot range, which is nice.”
The Bulldogs will compete at the Frontier League meet today in Eudora. The field events will start at 3:30 p.m. with the prelims beginning at 4:30 p.m.
“Now is when things start to really count,” Spielman said. “Our previous meets have led us to this spot and this is where we want to be right now. We are familiar with Eudora’s track now.”
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