BHS boys poised to run tough again
With over half the team returning and an outstanding previous year record, the Baldwin High School boys cross country team is greeting the upcoming season with plenty of excitement and ambition.
The team has placed first in Class 4A State for the last two years and hopes to achieve the same feat again for the 2000 school year. Priority goals for the year have been established to improve everyday, win league and qualify for state in hopes of finishing in the top three, according to head coach Mike Spielman.
"We had many get a good summer of running and that will pay off at the end of the year," Spielman said. "We'll be solid. We've got to have a race before I can say anything else. Thursday I'll be a little more talkative.
"It's been really hot and they've been running well," he said. "It's going to be hot Thursday, so we have to be ready for it."
Returning runners have a positive outlook on their ability to help new runners and lead the team.
"I'd like to be the best leader I can be," said junior Matt Noonan, who was the individual state champion a year ago. "I'm a third-year runner and there are no experienced seniors, so I hope I can keep improving and help the team do so as well."
Noonan has placed in the top two at state for the last two years in a row.
There are three freshmen and four upperclassmen new to the team.
"We lost a lot of good seniors last year," said sophomore Eric Jorgensen. "But we've got a lot of good freshmen to fill the roles."
All runners will compete together for the first time at Anderson County Thursday.
Joining Noonan as varsity runners are Eric Black, Glen Stansberry and Corey Martinez, juniors who were on last year's state championship team; sophomore Brayton Gladhart, another member of that team; junior Hans Broers; and freshman Jonathan Strong. Another freshman, Phil Wagner, just missed a spot and is expected to be in the hunt during the season.
"It's been pretty close between those three Hans, Jonathan and Phil," said Spielman. "Phil Wagner was really close and I know he'll be working his way into the varsity group."
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