Baldwin track teams capture league titles
The Baldwin High School girls and boys track teams outpointed nemesis Paola to claim Frontier League titles Thursday at Louisburg.
The girls won by the thinnest of margins, finishing with 173 points to Panthers’ 172. Third-place De Soto had 74.5 points.
The Baldwin boys defended their league title by turning back strong challenges from Paola and Ottawa. The Bulldogs 124 points were four more than Paola’s total and eight more than Ottawa earned.
“Going into the meet, the team probably projected to be third,” boys coach Mike Spielman said. “The field events were again solid for us, but the track was were we made a big push. We had to guys score in the 100-, 200-, 400- and 3,200-meters and the 300-meter hurdles. That helped us in the standings and then we capped it off with a big win in the mile relay.”
Baldwin and Paola athletes contested nearly every event as they battled for the girls team title. The Bulldogs’ Katie Kehl and Paola’s Kelsey Slawson split the shot put and discus title. Kehl beat her rival in the discus, but came up short in the shot put.
It was a big day for Bulldogs sprinters on both Baldwin teams.
Baldwin senior Glenn Kelley McCabe and freshman Carlyn Cole were first and second in the 100 meters, and McCabe and sophomore Morgan Lober duplicated the feat in the 400 meters.
Paola junior Lauren Frederick wan the 200-meter dash with Baldwin freshmen Carlyn Cole and Kyna Smith finished second and third, respectively.
Kaitlyn Barnes defeated Paola’s Kaylee Farmer to win at 800 meters and the Panthers’ Rebecca Wright to win at 1,600 meters.
Once again, the Baldwin girls teams won gold in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays with Paola earning silver medals. The Bulldogs 4x800-meter relay team finished second to a Panther team.
Senior Mark Harman was the only Bulldog to win an individual gold medal with a victory in the 300-meter hurdles (41.62). The Baldwin relay teams won the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays and were second to De Soto in the 4x800 relay.
Helping the boys to the team title were Chad Berg, second in the 100-meter and third in the 200-meter; Dayton Valentine, second in the shot put and discus to Ottawa junior Ford Ferguson; Ethan Hartzell, second in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run; Joel Halford, second in the 200-meter dash, and Joe Pierce, second at 800 meters.
Team scores: Baldwin 124, Paola 120, Ottawa 116, De Soto 91.66, Louisburg 65, Spring Hill 35.33, Eudora 24
Baldwin individual results (point scorers):
100 meter dash, Chad Berg second 11.56, Tim Craig, fifth 11.84; 200-meter dash, Joel Halford second 23.51, Berg third 23.55; 400-meter dash, Darius Johnson, third 53.12 and Dakota Helm, fifth 54.99; 800-meters, Joe Pierce second 2:03.83; 1,600 meters Ethan Hartzell second 4:41.02; 3,200 meters, Hartzell second 10:05.35 and George Letner sixth 10:45.80; 110-meter hurdles, Jake Katzer sixth 17.69; 300-meter hurdles, Mark Harman first 41.62 and Joel Katzer fifth 45.29; 4x100 Baldwin first 44.66; 4x400 relay, Baldwin first 3;22.34; 4X800 relay, Baldwin second 8:45.12; pole vault, Joel Katzer third 11-06; triple jump, Darius Johnson sixth 37-8; shot put, Dayton Valentine second 56-9.75 and Christian Gaylord seventh 44-03.50; discus, Valentine second 164 and Gaylor 127-2; javelin, Quinn Twombly fourth 145-9
Team scores: Baldwin 172, Paola 172, De Soto 74.5, Spring Hill 64.5, Louisburg 57, Eudora 37, Ottawa 26
Baldwin individual (point scorers)
100 meters, Glenn Kelley McCabe first 12.81 and Carlyn Cole second 13.13; 200 meters, Cole second 27.68 and Kyna Smith 27.80; 400 meter, McCabe first 59.61, Morgan Lober second 1:00.21 and Kelsey Kehl seventh 1:08.11; 800 meters, Kaitlyn Barnes first 2:25.86, Hannah Hutton sixth 2:35.07 and Addie Dick seventh 2:35.60; 1,600 meters, Barnes first 5:39.01, Addie Dick fourth 5:51.81; 3,200 meters, Kelsey Dighans sixth 12:01.95; 100-meter hurdles, Maddie Ogle fourth 17.12 and Emma Burnett fifth 17.95; 300-meter hurdles, Maddie Ogle third 49.29 and Emma Burnett sixth 52.03; 4x100 relay, Baldwin first 50.64; 4x400 relay Baldwin first 4:01.98; 4x800 relay, Baldwin second 10:07.44; long jump, Emma Burnett fifth 14-09; triple jump, Kelsey Kehl fifth 29-10.50, Maddie Ogle sixth 29-06.75 and Corey Valentine seventh 27-08.75; shot put, Katie Kehl, second 42-08.75, Alexia Stein fourth 40-11.25; Jessie Katzer fifth 40-0.50; discus, Katie Kehl first 142-08, Alexia Stein third 129-03 and Jordan Hoffman sixth 121-04; javelin J. Hoffman third 111-07 and Kelsey Kehl sixth 103-03