Baldwin High School track athletes prove among elite
Two Baldwin High School relay teams proved they are among the best in the state at a couple of meets in the past week.
The Bulldogs traveled Friday to compete in the Shocker Pre-State Classic at Wichita and was back in action Tuesday at the Baker Relays.
They were two very different events, said BHS boys coach Mike Spielman. The Wichita event drew the teams’ top athletes while everybody got to participate in the Baker Relays with its many different and rare relay events.
At the Pre-State Classic, BHS coaches could place athletes in competition against other 4A through 6A athletes or in an elite division of the best of all classes.
The Bulldogs girls 4-by-400 relay team has won gold at the 4A state meet the past four years and regularly posts the best time in Kansas, regardless of class. This year’s team is proving to be worthy of that tradition, winning the elite 4-by-400 Friday at Wichita with a time of 4:09.63. It backed up that performance with a first-place 4:11.96 effort at the Baker Relays. The team of Sydney Bergan, Carlyn Cole, Madeline Neufeld, Fayth Peterson, Abby Ogle and Kyna Smith has qualified for this weekend’s the Kansas Relays.
Among the BHS athletes joining them will be the boys 4-by-800 relay team of Joe Pierce, Dakota Helm, George Lettner and Parker Wilson, which also is defending state champions, It, too, won the elite event in Wichita and was second in the Baldwin Relays.
The girls 4-by-100 team of Smith, Kylee Bremer, Neufeld and Cole took gold at Wichita in the 4A-6A event with a time of 50.65. The BHS girls 4-by-100 team was third at the Baker Relays.
Baldwin’s top throwers found stiff competition in Wichita. Senior Alexia Stein was second in the elite shot put and discus to Peyton Roberts of Newton. She bounced back to win both events Tuesday and will compete at the Kansas Relays.
Senior Christian Gaylord got a glimpse of his future state final competition at the two meets. He was third in the elite shot put and second in the discus in Wichita with a number of what Spielman said was a strong field this year of 4A competitors. He was second in both events to Tuesday to Dawson Downing of Bishop Meige.