Bulldogs off to quick start
Nervous runners were abundent Thursday as the Baldwin High School cross country teams experienced the first meet of the season at the Anderson Couty golf course.
The varsity girls claimed the crown by beating second-place DeSoto by 11 points. Sophomore Heather Garcia won the race.
"It went by very fast and I hardly can remember it at all," senior Jessica Hill said. "For the first race it was exciting but definitely intense and tough."
Coach Mike Spielman was very pleased with everyones performances.
"I'm very happy for the first meet of the season," Spielman said. "It was a great chance to see where everyone was at and what we need to work on."
The varsity boys also took home first place, but with much more ease. The Bulldogs won with 26 points, which was 44 less than second-place Louisburg.
The boys' team had all seven runners finish in the top 16 of the race. Spielman thought the boys ran really well.
"I was very happy with our start," Spielman said. "They did a great job for the first meet."
Senior Spencer Wilson said he wasn't too nervous before the race.
"I was pretty calm before the race just because I've ran so many meets," Wilson said. "I knew that it was only the beginning of the season."
The junior varsity boys scored a perfect score of 15, even though the Bulldogs didn't all finish in the top five. The third and fourth place runners weren't on a full team, giving Baldwin a perfect score.
For the first time in years, the girls' junior varsity was able to compete as a team due to a full roster. They placed second to DeSoto and freshman Corinna Papps won the two-mile race.
Freshman Hannah Harris is enjoying the team so far.
"The first cross country meet was kinda hard but really fun," Harris said. "Hanging out with the other cross country runners is a blast."
The Bulldogs next meet will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Wamego.