Baldwin High School athletes do well at KU Relays
Baldwin High track and field coaches were pleased with how their athletes performed at last weekend’s KU Relays against some of the top stars in the Midwest.
Girls coach Ted Zuzzio said he knew the event drew athletes from at least five states, as well as those from Kansas. Excelling once again for the Bulldog girls were senior Morgan Lober, junior Alexia Stein and the 4x400 relay team of Kyna Smith, Hannah Hutton, Carlyn Cole and Lober.
Lober finished sixth in the elite high school 400 meter dash, despite having difficult lane assignments in both the preliminaries and finals. Zuzzio said.
“Finishing sixth in that event was a major feat,” Zuzzio said. “Alexia showed that she was one of the elite throwers competing.”
Lober also anchored the 4x400 relay team that also finished sixth and was clocked Friday at 4:07, the third best in the state this year at any level.
The elite competition ended a string of 20-straight 4x400 relay wins for Baldwin teams, Zuzzio said. The team has the goal of winning the school’s fifth-straight 4A title in the event this year.
Stein was third in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
Boys coach Mike Spielman also pointed to the performance of his relay teams. The 4x1600 team of Joe Pierce, Ethan Hartzell, George Letner and Dakota Helm set a new school record with the time of 18:38.56. The 4x100 Joel Halford, Tim Craig, Darius Johnson and Chad Berg of had its fastest time of the year and the 4x400 of Helm, Halford, Berg and Pierce qualified for the elite finals.
“This will really help down the road at league, regionals and state,” Spielman said.