Baugh shines in Eastern Relays

Baugh shines in Eastern Relays


Baugh shines in Eastern Relays


With an impressive kick down the stretch, Eric Baugh of Villa Madonna won the exciting mile run in the 30th annual Eastern Relays Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Park.

“I don’t where that (kick) came from and I don’t know if I can do it again,’’ said the lanky Baugh, who won a close, four-lap race over Kendall Muhammad of Lexington’s Paul Dunbar with a time of 4 minutes, 12.9 seconds.

“That’s my PR (personal record),” said Baugh, who has signed to run for Butler University next fall. “My previous best was 4:13, but this race was considerably harder. I didn’t come here to finish third. I took the lead with 100 meters to go.”

Just after his win, Baugh said, “I’ve never been this tired before.”

Baugh was especially happy after finishing seventh in the 3,200 meters on Friday night, despite running a respectable 9:13. Baugh won the 800 and 1,600 meters at the State Class A Meet last spring, but his rated his latest triumph his best. “I’d rather win this race,” he said.

Muhammad, a senior, placed second in 4:13.79 in a race where five runners went under 4:18, including Madison Central’s Brennan Fields, fourth in 4:16.47, and Eastern’s Kris Cambron, fifth in 4:17.05.

Baugh’s next goal will be to win the annual Dream Mile Friday at St. Xavier High School. He ran second there a year ago on Derby Eve. Most of Kentucky’s elite runners will compete at the race.

Annie Hefferman of Cincinnati St. Ursula won the girls’ mile for the second straight year, but her time of 4:53.27 didn’t match last year’s 4:49.28.

Sacred Heart’s Maggie Allen, who ran third to Hefferman last year, didn’t run Saturday because she was ill.

St. X’s Will Mulloy, second in the mile a year ago, missed Saturday’s boys race for the same reason.

Taliyah Townsend, a junior at Male, and Gaige Klingsmith, a senior at Floyd Central, swept the 100 dashes.

“My start was great and I was really, really confident,” said Townsend after winning in 12.41 seconds. “Over the summer I worked on my start. I used to hate the 100. I love it now.”

That was Townsend’s only race of the day. “I have to get ready for the Junior Prom (Saturday night),” she said.

Klingsmith, who ran seventh in the 100 at Indiana’s state meet last spring, also had a good start in winning the boys’ 100 in 11.13.

“The start is something that had been bothering me, but I came out of the blocks pretty good,” Klingsmith said. “It’s always nice to win, but I wanted to get under 11 seconds. I ran a 10.99 last weekend.”

The wet track didn’t bother Klingsmith, “but it was cold and I had to work up a sweat before the race,” he said.

Klingsmith’s effort sparked Floyd Central to a second place finish behind Mason, Ohio, in the team standings.

Some 150 high schools from the Midwest and South regions sent athletes to the Eastern Relays, but Kentuckiana products fared well.

Kentucky went 1-2-3-4 in the 3,200, with Assumption senior Abbie Wright winning in 7:36.09, ahead of Simon Kenton’s McKenzie Lachmann (7:48.59), Christian Academy of Louisville’s Callie Donaldson (7:49.36) and Assumption’s Maggie Kaelin (8:01.48).

Floyd Central had another winner in Antonio Villegas, a sophomore who long jumped 22 feet, 8 ½ inches.

Austin McKinley, a senior at Borden, Ind., cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault over Anthony Coppola of Jeffersonville and Slade Stevens of North Oldham.

Alexis Gibbons, a sophomore at Butler, won the long jump by one inch at 17-9, and she finished third in the 400.

Christian Academy’s Lilli Popovich took first in the discus throw at 128-7. Manual sophomore Emma Kuntz won the 800 in 2:14.15. St. X won the 3,200 relay in 8:03.87. Brown’s John Kolb was second in the discus at 164-10.

Gahanna Lincoln of Columbus, Ohio, won the girls’ team title over Mason, Ohio, 80-54.


Top teams – Mason (Ohio) 87 1/2, Floyd Central (Ind.) 56, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 41, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy 41, Belleville (Ill.) West 40, Houston (Tenn.) 37, Jeffersonville (Ind.) 29, Gallatin (Tenn.) 28, St. Xavier 27, Lexington Catholic 26.

Individual events (overall winners and high-placing Kentuckiana athletes in selected events listed):

3,200 (Friday) — 1. Andrew Jordan, Watkins Memorial, 9:05.82. 110 hurdles — 1. George Patrick, Brentwood Academy, 14.45. 2,000 steeplechase — 1. Daniel Glick, Rome (Ill.), 6:14.64. 3,200 relay — 1. St. Xavier (Matthew Thomas, Ben Kleine-Kracht, Eli George, Tyler Just), 8:03.87. 100 — 1. Gaige Klingsmith, Floyd Central, 11.13; 3. Alex Veneman, Highlands, 11.27. Long jump — 1. Antonio Villegas, Floyd Central, 22-8 1/2; 2. Guy Oliver, Jeffersonville, 22-4; Garland Webb, Fern Creek, 21-9. Pole vault — 1. Austin McKinley, Borden, Ind., 14-6; 2. Anthony Coppola, Jeffersonville, 13-6; 3. Slade Stevens, North Oldham, 13-0. Discus — 1. Brett Neely, Gallatin, Tenn., 173-8; 2. John Kolb, Brown, 164-10. 300 hurdles — 1. George Patrick, Brentwood, 38.75; 4. Evan Charles, Oldham County, 40.99. High jump — 1. Patrick Kelly. Lexington Catholic, 6-2; 2. Guy Oliver, Jeffersonville, 6-0; 3. (tie). Tequan Claitt, Bryan Station, 6-0; Trase Milburn, Bullitt East, 6-0. 400 relay — 1. Belleville 43.16. 800 relay — 1. Mason. Ohio, 1:28.48. 1,600 relay — 1. Mason, Ohio, 3:26.42.


Top teams – Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio) 80, Mason (Ohio) 54, Houston (Tenn.) 32, Evanston (Ill.) Township 31, Assumption 28, Central Magnet (Ill.) 26, Danville (Ill.) 25.

Individual events (overall winners and high-placing Kentuckiana athletes in selected events listed):

2,000 steeplechase — 1. Abbie Wright, Assumption, 7:36.09; 3. Callie Donaldson, Christian Academy, 7:49.36; 4. Maggie Kaelin, Assumption, 8:01.48. 100 — 1. Taliyah Townsend, Male, 12.41. Long jump — 1. Alexis Gibbons, Butler, 17-9. 800 — 1. Emma Kuntz, Manual, 2:14.15. 3,200 relay — 1. Mason, Ohio, 9:36.80. Mile — 1. Annie Hefferman Cincinnati St. Ursula, 4:53.27. 100 hurdles — 1. Ayanna O’Neal, Withrow, 14.42; 3. Ke’Asia Johnson, Eastern, 15.33.0. 200 — 1. Doneasha Brewer, Withrow, 25.09. 1,600 relay — 1. Gahanna Lincoln 4:02.15. Pole vault — 1. Jordan Banker, Rock Ridge, 10-6; 2. Heather Klusman, North Oldham, 9-0. Shot put — 1. Amaya King, Mason, Ohio, 40-8; 3. Maggie Mollak, North Oldham, 39-5 3/4. Discus — 1. Lilli Popovich, Christian Academy, 128-7; 2. Maggie Mollak, North Oldham, 126-8. 3,200 (Friday) — 1. Alexandra Dalton, Greenwood, Ind., 10:38.76. High jump — 1. Grace Campbell, Murray, 5-4. Triple jump — 1. Kenyah Smith, McClure (Mo), 35-5 1/2; 2. TeeKay Brown, Bullitt East, 35-4 1/2. 300 hurdles — 1. MiAngel Daniels, Gahanna Lincoln, 44.83. 800 relay — 1. Mason, Ohio, 1:28.48. 400 — 1. Amber Tanner, Ravenwood, 57.08. 400 relay — 1. Morgan Park 49.48. 1,600 relay — 1. Gahanna Lincoln 4:02.15. 3,200 — 1. Alexandra Dalton, Greenwood, Ind., 10:38.76.


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