BHS runners win easily again
Baldwin High School's boys cross country team picked up right where they left off last year winning in dominating fashion. The BHS girls were also convincing in their season opener.
After lightning forced the postponement of the season opener Thursday at Anderson County for the squads, they showed back up at Garnett on Friday and were off to the races. BHS easily won the boys division with 26 points, followed by host Anderson County with 86. On the girls side, Baldwin had 23 points to outdistance Paola's 62.
"We got a great start on the season," said coach Mike Spielman. "We ran very well and the hard work is showing."
BHS also had both individual champions. Senior Matt Noonan turned in a 5:16 clocking to top second-place runner David Cox of Anderson County by 21 seconds. Sophomore Erica Ogle won the girls division with a 6:16 time, 17 seconds ahead of junior teammate Kayla Pringle.
Other finishers for the boys and their times were: Eric Black, third, 5:42; Glen Stansberry, fifth, 5:53; Jon Strong, sixth, 5:53; Phil Wagner, 11th, 6:03; Edd Stansberry, 12th, 6:04; and Hans Broers, 13th, 6:05.
"I feel we did very well," said Broers, who made the trip to Prairie View after running to handle the place kicking duties in Baldwin High's 44-0 victory. "We kept it real, we kept it simple, we kept it real simple.
"Next is Wamego and that is kind of like an early state," said Broers. "It is our first real test to see how good we actually are."
Other finishers for the girls and their times were: Abby Hofmeier, fifth, 6:50; Michelle Pressgrove, eighth, 6:58; Missy Westgate, 11th, 7:04; Nicki Frerking, 21st, 7:18; and Leah Clay, 29th, 7:34.
Next up for the runners is the trip to Wamego on Saturday.