It's a name that has forced many announcers to pause... and then take a wild guess that is usually off-base.
Baaijah Loggins doesn't mind. The freshman sprinter at East (pronounced Bay-jah) doesn't mind her teammates jokingly nicknaming her "Baha" after other's confusion saying her name.
By the time she's done with what she wants to accomplish in the 400-meter dash, she hopes people will know her name.
"I run my heart out in that race every time," Loggins said. "It's devastating when I lose. It just seems hard to be able to be up there with girls older than me. I just can't wait until state."
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Big stages have always been where Loggins has performed her best. She's a regular on the national AAU track scene in the summer.
"I'm looking forward to (state)," Loggins said. "It's not going to be nothing new to see a lot of people there. I'm just ready for the state finals in the 400."
So far this season Loggins has ran a 1:00-flat twice. Only four girls in Class 6A have broken the minute threshold this season, and Loggins knows she will have to as well to compete.
"I don't want to just break a minute though," Loggins said. "I'm trying to run a 56."
Protect your turf _ Jake Wike brought home the last two Class 6A 3200 titles to Derby. Now Derby senior Neil Metler feels like its his duty to make in three in a row for the Panthers.
"I'd like to keep it on Derby soil for another year," Metler said. "Honestly, I did the same thing (Wike) did with our coach this year, so I think I can do it."
Metler will likely be the favorite entering the state meet after posting a time of 9:23.70 at the Kansas Relays on April 16.
"The (3200) is always a real tactical race," Metler said. "You've got to play the wind, you've got the play the laps and let the people go out and burn up."
45 or bust — It's been bugging Kapaun Mount Carmel triple jumper Clint Hitt that he hasn't broken 45-feet the last two meets.
Since he landed 44-7 on Apr. 23, which sits as third-best in Class 5A, he has yet to reach his goal. He's hoping that changes today at the City League meet.
"I got a 44-7 landing with my feet uneven," Hitt said. "I know I can get to 45. All I have to do is make sure all my phases are where they need to be."
League meets — While the City League will converge on Northwest for its league meet today, the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League divisions will be spreading out. Division I is in Salina, Division III in Buhler and Division IV in Clearwater.