Baldwin track athletes compete against best at KU Relays
Baldwin High School girls track coach Ted Zuzzio maintains perspective when it comes to the performance of BHS athletes at the Kansas Univerity Relays.
“Anytime you can place at the KU Relays, you’ve done something,” he said.
As evidence, he offered the performance of the girls 4-by-400 meter relay team of Kyna Smith, Abby Ogle, Madeline Neufeld and Carlyn Cole, who finished with a time of 4:04.42. That was second-best time in the state to date with only the Lawrence High team doing better at the same event. But it was only good enough for eighth at the KU Relays that drew 40 high school teams from eight states.
The team notched that time despite running out of the inside lane, a handicap that also hampered the 4-by-100 meter relay team of Smith, Neufeld, Kylee Bremer and Cole. That team finished 17th with a time of 51.21.
Two Baldwin High School girls placed in the javelin. Defending 4A state champion junior Kelsey had her best throw of the year at 139-03, which was good for third, and Jordan Hoffman continued her consistent senior season with a fifth-place throw of 132-05.
Senior Alexia Stein was fourth i the shot put (42-09.25) and sixth in the discus (139-03).
For the boys, senior Christian Gaylord was seventh in the discus (162) and 22nd in the shot put (47-00.5).
The team of Joe Pierce, George Letner, Parker Wilson and Nevin Dunn was 13th in the 4-by-1,600 meter relay and Dunn finished eighth in the steeplechase.
Boys coach Mike Spielman said he was pleased with how his athletes responded to the best competition they will face this year.
“It is always a great experience to go against the best in the multi-state area,” he said. “These are the things we need to do to make a run during league, regionals, and state.”
The teams will travel for a meet in Eudora today. Unlike the past two weeks at the pre-state classic in Wichita and the KU Relays, nearly all the school’s athletes should compete at the event.