BHS girls take fourth straight league title
Once again the Baldwin High School girls cross country team has stepped up and shown up all the other teams from the Frontier League.
The team took first place in the Frontier League Cross Country Championships on Thursday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. It was the Bulldogs' fourth-straight league title. BHS finished with a score of 33, followed by Paola with 52, Wellsville (73), Gardner-Edgerton (95), Eudora (131), Spring Hill (179) and Prairie View (190).
Individually the girls did outstanding. Senior Megan Noonan took first for the second time this year with a time of 13:21. It was her third straight individual league crown.
"It wasn't exactly an ideal day to run, but I think we ran well as a team. It gives me confidence for regionals and state," said Noonan.
Freshman Erica Ogle finished third, senior Shawna Trarbach eighth, sophomore Kayla Pringle 10th, freshman Michelle Pressgrove 11th, sophomore Abby Hofmeier 12th and junior Nicki Frerking 14th. Those seven girls will go on to compete at regionals on Saturday at Ottawa. Freshman Katy Frerking will go as an alternate.
For the junior varsity team, this was the last meet of the season. K. Frerking finished 24th with a time of 15:58, freshman Leah Clay finished 28th, sophomore Ashlea Abel 37th, freshman Anna Gillispie 40th, junior Janelle Regnier 47th, freshman Leslie Gillispie 51st, sophomore Grace Roach 52nd, junior Callie Pahcoddy 55th, senior DeAnna Darting 58th, and sophomore Kora Anderson 65th out of the 71 runners competing.
Seven teams from the Frontier League plus nine teams from around the state will compete at regionals. The top three finishing teams plus the top 10 runners and the first five finishers that were not on a winning team will go on to state. BHS hopes to finish first at regionals, but will have tougher competition at state.
"Our main goal is to qualify for state. We need to go in and compete to the best of our ability and hopefully make state," said coach Mike Spielman.