Archive for Wednesday, September 11, 2002

BHS cross country dominates again

September 11, 2002

From all indications, the Baldwin High School cross country teams are picking up right where they left off last year first place.

Both the BHS boys and girls teams finished first in the Anderson County Invitational Thursday. And, they did it in dominating fashion. The boys scored 31 points to second place Independence's 80. The girls had a similar margin, scoring 17 points to Pomona's 61.

Coach Mike Spielman liked what he saw. He knew it was the result of dedicated runners who spent the summer getting ready to continue the strong Baldwin High cross country tradition.

"We were excited about the start," said Spielman. "The first meet is always good to see where we're at. We had a pretty good summer with quite a few kids running."

The top finish of the day was turned in by Erica Ogle, who won the two-mile race with a time of 12:23.

"Yes, she ran well," Spielman said of Ogle. "She had a real good summer, ran a lot. She's going to be tough to beat."

Teammate Kayla Pringle was third at 13:15, Holly Hofmeier was fifth at 13:27 and Missy Westgate finished out the top 10 finishes with a 13:38 time for eighth. BHS also had three in the next 10 with Denise Orloff finishing 11th (13:54), Amy Craig 14th (13:57) and Michelle Pressgrove 17th (14:10).

On the boys' side, there wasn't the first-place finish that now-graduated Matt Noonan always turned in, but this year's Bulldogs were bunched together. Junior Phil Wagner led the pack with a time of 18:07 for fourth and fellow junior Edd Stansberry was right behind him in fifth at 18:08. Keith Cowart was eighth (18:48), Jonathan Strong was ninth (18:51), followed by Sam Hinton (18:52), Brian Gertsner (19:23) and Zach Towns (19:44).

"Our pack is going to be a lot closer this year," Spielman said of the boys. "They're going to come in like a flock."

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