Coaches experimental at Baker Relays
Tuesday's Baker Relays track and field meet in Baldwin City presented the De Soto coaching staff with the perfect opportunity to do a little tinkering.
It's not that Lori Brooks and Chris McAfee aren't satisfied with their team's performance at this point in the season. They just didn't want to overlook an athlete or an event.
"Oh yeah, definitely, everybody does," McAfee said of coaches willingness to experiment at a relay meet of this type. "It also gives the kids a chance to build confidence, have fun and try new things."
Lauren Karnitz was one such athlete who tried something new and produced results.
"We decided to place her in the 3200-meter relay to see if we wanted to keep her there, or if we would want to try her in the open 800 meters," McAfee said.
Karnitz proved she could compete as either a member of the relay or in the open 800 by running a 2 minutes, 40 seconds split time on her leg of the 3,200 relay. Her time was the third best for a Wildcat so far this season.
Michelle Faircloth stepped forward Tuesday in the pole vault. The freshman vaulted herself over the seven foot height to help her team, which also consisted of Brianna Cooper, take second. Cooper tied Faircloth for third individually as the duo of Wildcats came in second at the meet.
Just two weeks earlier Faircloth failed to make the five-foot opening height in her event.
Tom Beaver failed to place in any of his events. But he was able to set personal bests in all of them. Beaver is involved in the shot put, discus and javelin.
Besides the pole vault, De Soto placed in nine