BHS boy runners roll … again
From Signal Staff Reports
While winning a meet with all runners in the top 12 places and topping the second place team by 57 points might seem like the highlight event of a cross-country team's day, the Baldwin High School boys cross-country team is not your average team.
No doubt these runners were hurrying to the finish line for something other than the glory of victory. But for what?
"Mama Spielman's is great," answered senior standout Eric Black. "Strawberry Jell-O cake is soooo good!"
"Really, the only reason we like coach Spielman is because he takes us to eat at his mom's house in Sabetha each year after the meet," joked teammate Glen Stansberry about the annual dinner staged at coach Mike Spielman's childhood home.
Each year following the Sabetha Invitational the entire boys and girls teams partake in a "re-fueling" feast at "Mama Spielman's." This year's menu included tacos made with 13 pounds of ground beef. But, the favorite was, hands down, the Strawberry Jell-O cake as echoed by nearly the entire team.
As for the athletic side of the day, the Bulldogs fared even better. Leading the varsity to a convincing first-place finish was familiar victor, Matt Noonan who finished in the top spot with a time of 15:51. He was followed by classmates Eric Black in second (17:07) and Glen Stansberry in third (17:27). Sophomore Phil Wagner (17:53) and junior Brayton Gladhart (18:02) finished in eighth and 10th place, respectively, while sophomores Jonathan Strong (18:03) and Edd Stansberry (18:05) rounded out the pack.
In the junior varsity race, freshman Zach Towns cruised to his fourth win this year in a time of 18:20. Claiming the second, fourth and fifth place finishes were Brian Gerstner (18:49), Cy Kueffer (20:11) and Sam Hinton (20:13). Adam Hofmeier and William Elniff made their mark on the result board with times of 22:45 and 22:57, respectively.
"The meet was a lot of fun," said Hinton, a freshman. "Everyone turned in some great times."
The Bulldogs looked to use the Sabetha race as an opportunity to tune their stride on a fast course in preparation for Thursday's Frontier League Meet in Gardner.
As the season heats up, the BHS team has been focusing more on quality as opposed to quantity, turning in faster, lower mileage practices.
"We want to get our fastest times at the end of the year, so we have been running a lower volume of miles with greater intensity. We are trying to taper practices a little bit," said Spielman.
The Bulldogs will try and continue their season-long success Thursday with a win of the league meet in Gardner.