Baldwin’s Valentine, Kehl bring home gold at state 4A track meet
Baldwin High School junior Dayton Valentine won the 4A shot put title Friday morning with a throw of 55-02.25.
Finishing fourth and helping the Bulldog boys to an early lead in the 4A points standings was senior Jake Mindez with a throw of 50-09.5.
Mindez also finished 10th in the javelin.
Katie Kehl was first in the discus with a throw of 137-05. Kehl followed up with a second-place finish in the shot put, in which her throw of 44-04 was an inch shorter than that of the champion, Cassie Caswell of Nickerson.
Kehl vies for the shot put title later today, and Valentine with compete in the discus as the favorite Saturday morning.
Ethan Hartzell was the first Baldwin High School athlete to score points at the meet with his sixth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run. Winning the event was Frontier League champion Angel Vasquez of De Soto.
In other early action, the boys and girls 4 by 100 meter teams qualified from Saturday’s finals. The girls team of Elena Watson, Kaitlyn Barnes, Elizabeth Sigvaldson and Glenn Kelley McCabe qualified with a fifth-place finish time in its qualifying heat of 50.82. The boys team of Chad Berg, Tosh Mihesuah, Mark Harman and Asher Hannon finished second in its heat with a time of 44.09.
Hannon qualified for tomorrow’s 400-meter finals with a fifth-place time of 50.37. McCabe qualified for the finals in the same event on the girls side with a fourth-best qualifying time of 59.35.
Sophomore Maddie Ogle finished 12 and junior Harman 15th in the 300-meter hurdle preliminaries.
Both the boys and girls teams are defending state champions. The boys will enter the second day of competition tied of second place with 16 points, which in three less than early leader Andale.
BHS boys with a chance to score for the Bulldogs at the state meet's final day are Valentine in the discus, Mihesuah in the 800 meters, Hannon in the 400, Hannon and Berg in the 100, and all three relay teams.
The girls enter Saturday tied for second. The team's 18 points in eight less than Paola, who wrested the Frontier League crown from the Bulldogs earlier this month. The girls team has a chance to pick up points Saturday in six event. Barnes will take the best 4A time this year into the finals of the 800 meters, and senior Carol Whaley will also run in the event. McCabe should be in the mix in the 400 meters, and the 4 by 400 relay team of Whaley, Sigvaldson, Barnes and McCabe also owns the best time this year in 4A. The 4 by 800 has the second best time and the 4 by 100 team should score points.
Jess Katzer and Jordan Hoffman will throw Saturday in the girls javelin finals.
Check back tomorrow for updated results.