BHS boys cruise to fifth league crown
Continuing its great season, the Baldwin High School boys cross country team won its fifth straight Frontier League title at Rim Rock Thursday.
"We did really well," said coach Mike Spielman. "This is the fifth year in a row that we have won the league title."
One more first place finish for junior Matt Noonan, with a time of 16:52, was good enough to beat out all of his competition and earn the title of Frontier League Champ.
"I had a good race," Noonan said. "I have been having less emotion towards my individual races and more feelings about the team as a group."
Also contributing to the great team effort was third-place finisher junior Eric Black, at 17:24. Also with strong showings were sophomore Brayton Gladhart in sixth place with a time of 18:05 and ninth-place finisher, junior Glen Stansberry, at 18:30. Just behind them were freshman Jonathan Strong coming in 11th with 18:32, junior Hans Broers placing 13th at 18:46 and junior Corey Martinez ran 19:03 for 18th place.
Baldwin easily outdistanced second place Anderson, 30-78. Gardner was third with 98 points, followed by Paola (104), Wellsville (106), Louisburg (149), Spring Hill (216), Eudora (219) and Prairie View (229).
The junior varsity team is also having a great season. They have placed first as a team once again. Freshmen Phil Wagner received an individual first place with a time of 19:11. A time of 19:30 was enough to get senior Chris Brown second place. Also contributing were: sophomore Nathan Deel getting fourth place at 20:19; sophomore Eric Jorgensen was fifth with 20:53; at 21:04 senior Sam Reznicek placed seventh; and sophomore Curtis Thomas was 16th with a time of 22:28.
Up next is Class 4A Regionals in Ottawa on Saturday.
"I think Regionals will be good," Black said. "We have never ran at Ottawa so we don't really know what the hills are like."