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BALDWIN GIRLS CONTINUE TRACK DOMINANCE

May 15, 1999

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— Mother Nature's rain stopped early Friday afternoon, but it will be at least another year before Baldwin High's reign in girls track stops.

The Bulldogs claimed their fifth straight Frontier League track title Friday at Eudora Middle School.

Kim Sledd was one of several Bulldogs to claim multiple gold medals. She won the triple jump (32 feet, 2 3/4 inches) and ran with Liz Stockdale, Molly Mundinger and Melanie Pelot in the winning 4x100-meter relay team (52.79).

"I just can't believe it. I'm so excited we did so well," Sledd said. "The triple jump is more of a surprise for me. I haven't been doing so well, but I pulled one off and that's all you need."

"This would be our fifth in a row, and everybody's out to beat us."

As the meet wound down, BHS coach Ted Zuzzio couldn't wipe the smile off his face.

"I don't know how to explain it. This is pretty special," said Zuzzio, now in his 23rd year as coach. "That was the goal of this senior class, to win every year and they've done it. Now they can go off to college and sit in their dorms and talk about winning the league championship every year."

Zuzzio was especially proud when the gun went off at the start of the girls 200, in which BHS finished 1-5-6.

"To see three Baldwin girls line up for the finals, that was phenomenal," Zuzzio said. "That just ain't heard of. You set school records with times and all that, but this, woo, this was really sweet."

Zuzzio credited talent and luck.

"We've just had a really strong run of girls who like to compete," he said. "We've got kids who will sacrifice and do different events. They may not win, but those points help. It's the little things."

Wellsville senior Jason Bell won the pole vault (13-6), not surprising considering his first-place finish at state last year.

"This league is a little tougher, though. There's a lot of good competition," he said. "I'm happy, but I wish I could have gone higher. I was going for 14 feet."

Friday was the last league meet in which Jim Wright will coach his own students. The Wellsville boys track coach is retiring from teaching after this year, but he will keep his coaching job.

"I'm afraid I'd die if I quit altogether," he said. "We did all right today, but we didn't have too many surprises which you'd like to have."

Wellsville's Jeff Walker won the shot, and Jackie Caruthers won the 400.

Eudora didn't have a winner, but sophomore Aaron Slaven placed second in the 1600 (4:46.87), less than 2 1/2 seconds behind Baldwin's Matt Noonan.

"That was better than I expected. I just tried to stay up with Noonan because he's a quicker runner," Slaven said. "It wasn't my quickest time, but it was a good time."

Baldwin will play host to regionals Friday.

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