Baldwin stars prove elite in Wichita
Baldwin High School’s top track and field athletes tested themselves last week against the state’s best and in some instances proved themselves to be the elite.
The Bulldogs competed Thursday and Friday in the 66-team Pre-State Meet at Wichita State University, home of the state track and field finals next month. Baldwin athletes could compete against those from other 4A to 6A school or an elite category of the best at the meet.
The senior pair of Katie Kehl and Dayton Valentine once again displayed their excellence in the shot put and discus, although Valentine had to settle for a rare silver medal in the discus.
Kehl’s throw of 133-01 in the discus was best in elite class, and she squeaked out a gold medal in the shot put with a throw a millimeter better than the runner-up. Her throw of 44-6 was a personal best and broke her existing school record.
Her performance earned Kehl recognition of as MVP of the throwing events.
Senior Jessie Katzer won the 4A-6A shot put competition with a throw of 38-11.5. Alexia Stein was fifth in the elite shot (36-0.25) and second in the 4A-6A discus (120-8). Jordan Hoffman finished fifth in the elite discus (116-11.75).
Valentine captured elite gold in the shot put with a throw of 56-7 and finished second behind Bryce Sonday of Dodge City in the discus.
The Baldwin girls relay teams were also recognized with an MVP award for their accomplishments at Wichita. The 4-by-400 meter team of Elena Watson, Morgan Lober, Kyna Smith and Glenn Kelley McCabe and the 4-by-800 meter team of Hannah Hutton, Morgan Lober, Fayth Peterson and Kaitlyn Barnes both won golds in the elite division and the 4-by-100 meter team of Watson, Lober, Smith and McCabe was second.
Barnes finished fifth in the elite 800 meters and sixth in the elite 1,600 meters. Coach Ted Zuzzio said her time of 5:25.62 in the 1,600 was the second best in 4A this year.
Running in the 4A-6A class, senior Sienna Durr was second in the 3,200 meters and Addie Dick earned silver in the 1,600 meters.
“They only gave away three MVP awards, and we captured two of them,” girls coach Ted Zuzzio said. “We had a monster meet, competing well all over the track and field.”
The boys 4-by-800 relay team of Ethan Hartzell, Joe Pierce, Joel Halford and Dakota Helm was second in the 4A to 6A competition to Bishop Carroll of Wichita with a time of 8:29.94.
Boys coach Mike Spielman said Hartzell was fifth in the elite 3,200 meters (9:40.70).
The teams will have a busy schedule through Monday. The Eudora meet has been rescheduled for Friday and will now conflict with the Kansas University Relays. The coaches said they would take split squads to both events. On Monday, the teams will compete in a triangular against at Spring Hill that will also include Osawatomie.
For more Baldwin results at Wichita, visit baldwincity.com.