BHS girls second at Wamego meet
It was another fast paced meet for the Baldwin High School girls varsity cross country team. Baldwin placed second in a strong 18-team field Saturday at Wamego.
In front of Baldwin was Class 4A Clay Center. Clay Center dominated the field with a low score of 47. The Bulldogs beat third-place El Dorado (98), by just two points, coming in second with 96 points.
"We all competed well and now that Clay Center has beaten us, it gives us something to work hard for so we can come back and beat them at state," junior Denise Orloff said.
Freshman Heather Garcia led the way for the Bulldogs, coming in fourth place overall. Sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe placed 11th, freshman Madison Shoemaker came in 18th to round out Baldwin's top 20 finishers.
Sophomore Amanda Vander Tuig then placed 24th and was followed by junior Amy Craig with her 45th place finish. Baldwin's loan senior, Missy Westgate, was the sixth Bulldog to cross the finish line, placing 67th. Orloff rounded out the Baldwin seven in 78th place.
"It was a beautiful day, and we ran our hearts out," Vander Tuig said. "Although in the end we came up a little short, it gives us something to concentrate on during practice in preparation for state."
Baldwin will look to respond at an always tough meet at Rim Rock Saturday. Races start at 8:30 a.m. in North Lawrence at the Rim Rock Farm.
"We all ran pretty well, but now we need to work harder to achieve our goals of winning state and that starts this weekend," Craig said.