Baldwin boys surprise with 3rd-place finish at state track
The Baldwin High boys won one gold medal and scored points in seven other event to earn a third-place finish at last weekend’s state 4A track meet in Wichita.
Boys state 4A track results
Boys -Team results: Andale, 69; Winfield, 58; Baldwin, 38; Coffeyville, 33; Osawatomie, 32; Ottawa, Wichita-Trinity, 28; KC-Piper, Perry-Lecompton, 27; Paola, 26
3200-meter run – Ethan Hartzell, 3rd, 9:45.21
4x100-meter relay – BHS (Caden Carmack, Joel Halford, Darius Johnson, Tim Craig), 11th in prelims, 44.78
Pole vault - Joel Katzer, eighth, 12-06
Javelin - Quinn Twombly, fifth, 183-06
Discus - Christian Gaylord, third, 163-01; Twombly,
Shot put - Twombly, 10th, 48-02
4x400-meter relay – BHS (Joe Pierce, Dakota Helm, George Letner, Hartzell) first, 7:59
1,600 meters – Hartzell, 4th, 4:30.92; Letner, 4:50.20
800 meters – Pierce, 5th, 1:57.63; Helm, 15th, 2:04.67
4x400 relay – Baldwin (Pierce, Helm, Johnson, Halford), seventh, 3:30.60
“We just had a great meet,” coach Mike Spielman said. “Coming in, it was going to take a lot of work to get a trophy. They just did a great job and were able to get a third-place trophy.”
The BHS boys finished the meet with 38 points, which was 20 shy of second-place Winfield and five more than fourth-place Coffeyville.
The highlight for the Baldwin boys was the 4x800-meter relay. The team of junior Joe Pierce, sophomores George Letner and Dakota Helm and senior Ethan Hartzell has been the top team in the state all year and its gold-medal performance at state didn’t disappoint. The team won with a time of 7:59, just .17 of a second off the meet record set in 2009.
Hartzell earned an individual medal and scored the first points for the team in Friday morning’s 3,200-meter run. The senior finished third with a time of 9:45.21. Hartzell also picked up points for the Bulldogs at 1,600 meters with his fourth-place finish.
“Last year, Ethan was hurt,” Spielman said. “We had him healthy this year, and he had a really great meet.”
Also medalling for the Bulldogs was junior Christain Gaylord with a third-place finish in the discus with a throw of 174 feet, 8 inches. His senior throwing mate, Quinn Twombly, didn’t medal at state but scored valuable points for the team with a fifth-place effort in the javelin (183 feet, 6 inches). Spielman said Twombly recorded a personal record in the event with a throw of more than 16 feet better than his best previous mark.
Other athletes scoring points for the Bulldogs were Pierce in the 800 meters with a fifth-place finish and personal record (1:57.63) and sophomore Joel Katzer’s eighth-place effort in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches).
Pierce teamed with juniors Joel Halford and Darius Johnson and senior Tim Craig for a seventh-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.
The Bulldogs weren’t completely healthy at the state meet. Senior Chad Berg qualified for the 100 meters at regional before injuring a hamstring. He would have ran legs in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays and was a contender to qualify for the open 200 meters.
It was unlikely the Bulldogs could have jumped to second had Berg been healthy, but he could have improved the standings of the two relay teams and probably made the finals in the 100 meters, Spielman said.
“It’s sad when that happens to a senior,” he said. “Chad has been a big part of our program. He has helped us out so much throughout the years.”
The team loses four-quality seniors in Berg, Craig, Hartzell and Twomby, Spielman said. But returns a cadre of underclassmen who have now tasted success at state.
“I think we’ll keep getting better and better if the kids put in the time and we stay healthy,” Spielman said