BHS girls win close league competition
The Baldwin High School Girls cross country team pulled off its ninth straight Frontier League title Thursday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence.
"Everyone ran well," coach Mike Spielman said.
Altogether Baldwin took 13 runners to the league meet, and out of those 13, Baldwin placed seven runners in the top 20.
Junior Kelsey Verhaeghe was the first BHS runner to cross the finish line with a third place finish overall. Sophomore Madison Shoemaker trailed right behind finishing in fifth place.
Baldwin placed first in the competition with 44 points. Following close behind was Desoto with 55 and Eudora in third with 58 points.
"At league we ran really good," freshman Calleigh Durr said. "We did pretty good for a hard course."
During the race, sophomore Heather Garcia began feeling sick as a result of a flu shot and asthma, causing her to fall behind a little. Despite the sickness Garcia fought hard to finish the race, placing 19th overall.
"We competed well and even with Heather getting sick, the rest of the team stayed strong and won it for her," Verhaeghe said.
The Bulldogs team will be running Saturday at the regional competition in Labette County. The girls will compete at regionals for a chance to run at the Class 4A state meet in Wamego on Oct. 29. The top three teams qualify for state.
Frontier League results
3. Kelsey Verhaeghe, 12:14
5. Madison Shoemaker, 12:32
7. Corinna Papps, 12:58
14. Amy Craig, 13:19
15. Calleigh Durr, 13:24
17. Amanda Vander Tuig, 13:25
19. Heather Garcia, 13:42
23. Jessica Hill, 13:49
34. Hannah Sigvaldson, 14:07
46. Courtney Harris, 14:53
58. Keisha Collins, 15:21
61. Hannah Harris, 15:27
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