BHS girls bring home second title
The Baldwin High School girls cross country team has started a streak of it's own. Saturday, Baldwin won its second straight state Class 4A title in outstanding fashion.
"We all had a really great day," said junior Missy Westgate. "We packed up really well and improved our times tremendously."
BHS was once again led by senior standout Erica Ogle. After her first-place finish and personal-best time of 11:46 at regionals, Ogle put on another great showing, finishing fifth at 12:08 in her last high school race.
The Bulldogs placed all seven runners in the top half of the pack. Ogle was followed by freshman Kelsey Verhaeghe, who finished 13th at 12:31. Westgate finished 23rd at 12:45 and sophomore Amy Craig was right behind her placing 24th at 12:47. Sophomore Denise Orloff finished 29th at 12:53 and was followed by senior Michelle Pressgrove in 31st place with a time of 12:58. Junior Lesley Haeffner finished just over the 13-minute mark in 37th place.
"The girls really packed up well," said coach Mike Spielman. "They all ran their fastest times of the year on the Wamego course."
The girls seemed to enjoy this win just as much as last year's.
"The competition was more competitive this year," said Westgate. "I thought it was worth a lot more to win."
Spielman has coached the boys and girls to nine state titles during his reign.
Spielman credits the success to, "Tradition, and all the summer workouts and extra work the girls put in."
The Bulldogs credit it to Spielman.
"Some coaches get lucky and have real talent, but ever since coach has been here he is able to turn athletes into great runners," said Ogle. "It's his style. He's found what works because he knows from experience."
Whatever it is, Baldwin could continue to compete at the state level for years to come.