Baldwin High School taking deep track team to state after regional success
Baldwin High School girls track coach Ted Zuzzio will take a deep and talented team to Wichita this weekend as the Bulldog girls attempt to defend their state championship in what will be the retiring coach’s last meet.
The Bulldog girls finished first in a Class 4A regional Friday at Basehor-Linwood with 112 team points and, as importantly, qualified seven athletes for 11 individual events and two relay teams for the state finals, which will be Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University.
The BHS girls flashed their talent at the regional, bringing home six gold medals. Junior Alexia Stein collected two of those, winning both the shot put and discus. Stein led a Bulldog medal sweep in the discus with teammates Kelsey Kehl and Jordan Hoffman finishing second and third, respectively.
The Bulldog trio of Kehl, Kylee Bremer and Hoffman duplicated that feat in the javelin. Kehl, who finished second to Bremer’s personal-best effort of 131-02.5 at the Frontier League meet the week before, won the regional with a distance of 132-10. Hoffman was second with her personal record throw of 127-04, and Bremer third (125-07).
Senior Morgan Lober will return to Wichita to defend her state title in the 400 meters. She won the event with the time of 56.8, the best time posted in the event at the four 4A regional meets.
Junior Maddie Ogle earned a trip to state in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with her second-place finish in both events.
As expected, the girls 4x400 relay team of sophomores Kyna Smith, Carlyn Cole and Fayth Peterson and Lober finished first at regionals and will be the favorites to win the event in Wichita. Also earning a state bid with a gold medal was the 4x800 relay team of senior Hannah Hutton, sophomore Addie Dick, sophomore Peterson and Lober (9:59.47).
The Bulldog boys team will also be well represented at Wichita with eight individual members competing in 11 events and all three relay teams making the trip. The team finished second at regionals with 97 points to KC Piper’s 105.
Baldwin senior Ethan Hartzell earned an individual gold medal at the regional with his first-place finish in the 3,200-meter run (10:00.09). Hartzell’s second-place finish in the 1,600 meters qualified him for the state meet in that event, as well.
Hartzell will also run a leg on the state-qualifying 4x800-meter relay team with junior Joe Pierce and sophomores George Letner and Dakota Helm. The team has the best time in the state this year and will be the favorite in Wichita.
Junior Christian Gaylord won the discus with a mark 150-09. Joining him at state in that event will be senior Quinn Twombly, who qualified in the javelin and shot put, as well.