BLHS relay team breaks 15-year-old school record
The BLHS track team was in action last Friday, competing in the 40th annual Baldwin Relays at Liston Stadium.
Both the boys and girls showed the effects of a lack of outdoor practices, with the girls finishing seventh and the boys in 12th place.
But some quality individual performances had head coach Leroy Scharnhorst and his team in good spirits despite a disappointing first meet.
It is always important to get the first competition out of the way, and the Bobcats are glad this one is over. But with such a young team Scharnhorst sees his glass as half full and feels his team has nowhere to go but up from here.
"All things considered it was a good outing," Scharnhorst said. "We see some areas that can be improved on, but there were many personal bests established and I can only see things getting better."
As the weather continues to get better Scharnhorst feels, so will his team. The Bobcats have utilized their indoor facilities as best as they could, but there's no replacement for being outside and competing against each other. Scharnhorst believes that his team's technique wasn't where it should be, but will only get better with time.
The girls 4x800 relay team led the way, and the freshman class continued to impress, setting a new school record with a time of 11:05.17. Freshmen Caren Chellgren, Ashley Jeannin, Amanda Stroud and sophomore Megan Tush were flying around the track and shaved 15 seconds off the old record. Jeannin also competed individually in the 800 meter, taking second place.
"I told them we were going to order name plates for the record wall, but not their times because they are going to get better and better, and they'll break their own record every week," Scharnhorst said.
Taking the Bobcats' only first place finish was Cassie Lombardino in the triple jump. Lombardino won the competition with a distance of 9.44m. Senior Jackie White wasn't far behind and took fourth at 9.09m.
Sophomore Tiffany Waxmonski seemed to be all over the place and looks good for upcoming meets. Waxmonski took third in the 100 meter with a time of 13.36 seconds, and took fourth in the 200 meter dash finishing at 27.76.
"Tiffany is doing great, she's just really gritty and tries harder and harder," Scharnhorst said. "She is just going to continue to take time off."
Shinning for the boys were sophomores Josh Ross and Dustin Weimer. Ross took sixth in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 18.52 seconds, and Weimer took fourth in both the 800 meter at 2:14.14, and the 2000 meter steeplechase with a time of 7:39.27.
"The boys are young, and as time goes on they're just going to improve. I keep telling them it's not where you start it's where you end up," he said.
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