Baldwin High School girls win 3rd-straight state title, boys 3rd
The Baldwin High School girls easily won the school’s third-straight 4A track and field title thanks in no small part to Alexia Stein, Jordan Hoffman and Kelsey Kehl’s domination of the three throwing events. The three throwers racked up 53 of the 85 points Baldwin scored on its way to the state title.
The BHS boys team finished third with 46 points behind state champion Andale (68.5 points) and Bishop Miege (47 points).
Stein concluded her stellar career at Baldwin High School, repeating as state champion in the shot put and discus at the 4A state track and field championships in Wichita.
BHS girls coach Ted Zuzzio said he came to rely on the dependable first-place points Stein gave the team the past two years, but her dominance shouldn’t have been taken for granted because it came from hard work and competitive fire. An example of that fire was her winning state throw in the shot put.
“That was the eighth-best throw ever in the state,” Zuzzio said. “That says something that a girl from Baldwin can have the eighth-best throw ever in the state of Kansas.”
It’s the same with the teams, Zuzzio and boys coach Mike Speilman said. With all the success the school has experience in track, they preach to the students not to take it for granted and enjoy the accomplishments.
Senior Hoffman contributed another 10 points for the girls with her gold medal winning performance in the javelin with a throw of 133-09. Last year’s state champion in the event, junior Kehl, was third (130-03).
The trio of Stein, Kehl and Hoffman were one, two, three in the discus.
“That’s the first time that’s ever been done at Baldwin,” Zuzzio said.
He gave credit for the Bulldogs’ throwing success to throw coaches Frank Perbeck and Kris Kehl. The boys and girls teams are blessed with very good assistants in Perbeck, Kehl, Richard Ebel and Brant Brittingham, the two head coaches said.
“It’s different in track,” Speilman said. “Assistants are in charge of their events.”
The Baldwin girls added another gold in the 4x800-meter relay. The team of Addie Dick, Abby Ogle, Fayth Peterson and Madeline Neufeld finished with a time of 10:03.03.
For the first time in five years, the BHS girls 4x400-meter relay team didn’t claim first, but the team of Kyna Smith, Neufeld, Peterson and Cole was a solid second behind Independence with a time of 4:03.94.
Zuzzio said it was disappointing, but the relay team ran its two fastest times of the year in Wichita.
When that last race of the day was finished, the Baldiwn girls claimed the team title with 85 points to the 67 of second-place Independence.
On the boys side, the team of Joe Pierce, George Letner, Parker Wilson and Dakota Helm defended the school’s 4x800-meter relay title with a gold-medal winning time of 8:16.68.For the boys, junior Letner was second in the 3,200 with a time of 9:51.37. In doing so, he finished ahead of Dylan Brenneman of Spring Hill and Luis Murillo of De Soto, who beat him at the Frontier League and regional championships the past two weeks, and broke his personal record by 28 seconds.
“It was the first time this year he’s been able to run it fresh because it was on Friday,” Speilman said. “He stayed in there and was able to finish strong”
The boys 4x400-meter relay team of Pierce, Joel Halford, Darius Johson and Dakota Helm finished second with a time of 3:25.972. The team ran hard for first, which would have placed BHS second in the team standings, Speilman said.
Also scoring points for the Bulldogs was senior Christian Gaylord, who was second in the discus (163-07) and fifth in the shot put (51-06). His efforts looked to be good enough for gold before competitors had good final throws, Speilman said.
In addition to anchoring the two medal winning relay team, junior Dakota Helm earned the silver medal in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:57.29.
Kansas 4A state track results
Javelin: Jordan Hoffman, first, 133-09; Kelsey Kehl, third, 130-03
Shot put: Alexia Stein, first, 47-01.4; J. Hoffman, 37-09
Discus: A. Stein, first, 142-08; K. Kehl, second, 128-05; J. Hoffman, 116-03
100-meter dash: Carlyn Cole, seventh, 12.74
4x400-meter relay: Baldwin (Kyna Smith, Madeline Nuefeld, Fayth Peterson, Cole_, 2nd, 4:03.939
4X100-meter relay: Baldwin, fifth (Smith, Kylee Bremer, Neufeld, Cole)
1600-meter run: Addie Dick,
4x800 meter relay: Baldwin first (Dick, Peterson, Abby Ogle, Nuefeld).
Shot put: Christian Gaylord, fifth, 51-06
3200-meter run: George Letner, second, 9:51.37.
4x400-meter relay: Baldwin, (Pierce, Joel Halford, Darius Johnson, Dakota Helm) second.
4x800-meter relay: Baldwin (J. Pierce, George Letner, Parker Wilson, Dakota Helm), first, 8:16.68.