Ogle paces BHS girls for state title defense
The Baldwin High School girls cross country team was in full stride for the regional competition on Saturday and won the title easily.
The Bulldogs won their division with a near perfect score of 20. Their closest competition was Eudora, with 72 points, and it went downhill from there.
The individual placers were senior Erica Ogle, placing first with a time of 11:46.24, breaking the course record and setting her own personal record; freshman Kelsey Verhaeghe, second with a time of 12:11.00; sophomore Amy Craig, fourth with a time of 12:20.00; junior Missy Westgate, sixth with a time of 12:27.00; sophomore Denise Orloff, seventh with a time of 12:29.00; senior Michelle Pressgrove, eighth with a time of 12:31.00; and junior Lesley Haeffner, ninth with a time of 12:32.00.
"We all ran really well and improved our times," said Westgate. "Together we packed up well and dominated the top 10."
The girls had all seven of their runners in the top 10, which at regionals is an amazing feat. The Bulldogs won regionals for the fourth time in a row this year.
"I thought that how we scored 20 points in a regional meet gave us a lot of confidence going into state," said Ogle. "We know if we just go out there and run like we have all season, then we'll hopefully repeat as state champions."
The runners will be traveling to Wamego on Saturday to compete at the state competition. The girls will try to continue their domination by trying to add another state championship.