BHS girls win seventh league cross country title
The Baldwin High School girls cross country team almost did the impossible. Winning its seventh league title in a row, the girls put on an outstanding showing at the Frontier League meet Thursday. Baldwin scored a 19, just four points higher than a "perfect" score of 15.
"It's really tough at the end of the year for the girls to score well," said coach Mike Spielman. "Everyone is in their best shape and the idea to score 'perfect' or even 19 is pretty remarkable."
The Bulldogs have been known to score "perfect," but never in a high caliber meet like league.
The Bulldogs ran in somewhat of a pack to carry them to the title.
"We really packed up well," said senior standout Erica Ogle. "In bigger meets it could be the difference between winning a state title and not."
BHS swept all but one of the top seven spots.
Leading the way for her fourth individual title this year was Ogle. She finished at 12:32, 23 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Eudora's Brittney Graff.
The Bulldogs then swept the next six spots. Freshman Kelsey Verhaeghe came in third at 13:07, followed by senior Michelle Pressgrove at 13:11. Sophomore Denise Orloff finished fifth at 13:22 and junior Lesley Haeffner finished out the team score in sixth place with a time of 13:22. Sophomore Amy Craig rounded out the top seven just behind Haeffner with a time of 13:23.
Junior Missy Westgate finished 15th at 13:49. Freshman Amanda Vander Tuig finished 17th at 13:55. Senior Leah Clay crossed the line 25th at 14:42. Senior Katy Frerking finished 42nd at 15:29 and was followed by freshman Katie Frank, who finished 47th at 15:58.
Baldwin will have six girls on the "All-League Team" and two girls on the "All-League Honorable Mention" team. To receive all league honors one must place in the top seven. Runners 8-14 are considered second team all league, and runners 15-21 are all league honorable mention.
"The league is doing a different deal this year so we have eight girls winning league recognition," said Spielman.
After an excellent showing at league, BHS hopes to continue its domination. The Bulldogs will carry the momentum into Saturday's regionals.