Baldwin track and field athletes have busy week
Baldwin High School athletes stayed busy and successful in the last week while competing in three very different kinds of track meets.
The boys and girls teams competed Thursday against a large 10-team field in the Eudora Invitational, select members from both teams competed Friday and Saturday in the Kansas Relays and full squads again traveled Monday to Spring Hill for a triangular that also included Osawatomie.
After skipping the Eudora event, junior Katie Kehl added to her stack of gold medals in the shot put with first-place finishes at the KU Relays and Spring Hill. She earned a fourth-place finish in discus at the KU Relays and won the event at Spring Hill, where her throw of 138-9 established a new school record.
Fellow junior Dayton Valentine finished second in the shot put to Lawrence High School senior Blake Hocking at the KU Relay, but the big stage and the chance to go one-on-one with the state’s top thrower propelled Valentine to a personal best and school record throw of 58-2.
Three Baldwin athletes competed in 2,000-meter steeplechase events at the KU Relays. Senior Tosh Mihesuah finished fifth among high school boys with a time of 6:40.18. In the girls race, Abi Hartzell finished third with a time of 8:02.84 and Katie Jones sixth at 8:23.55.
The relay team of Chad Berg, Mihesuah, Joel Halford, Asher Hannon placed fifth in the Sunflower Showdown competition of the KU Relays in the 4 by 400 and had its best time of the year in the 4 by 100.
The girls continued their winning streak, which includes every meet they’ve attended this year and of course the Frontier League, regional and state meet from a year ago, with first-place team finishes at Eudora and Spring Hill. The girls earned 143 team points at Eudora, far outdistancing the 85.5 points of second-place Eudora. The girls dominated Monday’s triangular, winning nine of the 19 events and scoring 85 points. Spring Hill was second with 66, and Osawatomie third with 31.
First-place finishers at Eudora included junior Glenn Kelly McCabe in the 400 meters (59.8), sophomore Hannah Hutton in the 300-meter hurdles (51.9), the 4 by 800 meter relay team of Hutton, Elizabeth Sigvaldson, Carol Whaley and Kaitlyn Barnes, and the 4 by 100-meter and 4 by 400 relay teams of Elena Watson, Sigvaldson, Barnes and McCabe. The team ran a time of 51.1 in the 4 by 100 and 4.10.7 in the 4 by 400. Coach Ted Zuzzio said he didn’t take the 4 by 400 team to the KU Relays because Barnes went to Washington, D.C., with Baldwin High School’s national champion Real World Design Team.
Austin Kraus was the lone first-place finisher for the boys in Eudora, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 0.15.7. With several athletes sitting the meet out for the KU Relays, the team finished seventh with 45 points.
“We had some kids get a chance to run in the varsity, and they stepped up and did a good job,” coach Mike Spielman said.
The boys finished second 61 points Monday to finish second to host Spring Hill (86 team points).