Garcia paces Bulldogs on soon-to-be league meet course
The Baldwin High School girls' cross country teams competed in one of their toughest meets of the season in the Gold Division of the Rim Rock Classic Saturday.
Both teams competed against some of the most prominent schools of the Midwest. The varsity finished in 11th place with a team score of 246, losing to teams from larger schools including Topeka-Seaman, Manhattan High School, Marquette (Mo.), and Sioux Falls Roosevelt (S.D.). The junior varsity team placed 10th with a score of 289.
Despite the feelings of the runners, coach Mike Spielman was satisfied with the results of the meet.
"We ran a good race on Saturday against some very tough teams," Spielman said. "I think the girls wouldn't say it was their best race of the year, but we did OK considering the conditions."
The lone medal winner for the Bulldogs, junior Heather Garcia, once again led the team with a second-place finish and a time of 14:35.60.
Senior Kelsey Verhaeghe followed in 29th place, out of a total of 151 runners, with a time of 15:56.60. Next for the Bulldogs was sophomore Calleigh Durr, who was followed by sophomore Corinna Papps, junior Madison Shoemaker, freshman Julie Hill and senior Amanda Vander Tuig.
"I thought the course was better than last year," Papps said. "It wasn't as hard as I thought. The competition was a bit harder than last year though."
The junior varsity runners completed the 2-mile course at the Rim Rock Classic.
Placing 35th out of 115 competitors, was junior Colby Heckathorne, in a time of 13:49.70. Next were freshman Misty Emery in 42nd place with a time of 13:57.30 and sophomore Hannah Sigvaldson in 51st place with a time of 14:13.00.
Sophomore Hannah Harris completed the course in 14:27.50 and earned herself 72nd place. Junior Courtney Harris and freshman Chloe Gaylord followed in 103rd and 111th place respectively.
This meet was a learning experience for all as it helped the runners prepare for the Frontier League, which will be run at Rim Rock on Oct. 12.
"I think it was good for us to be on the course since that's where league's going to be," Spielman said. "We had the chance to get a feel for it and that will help us a bunch at league."
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams compete at 4 p.m. today at Sabetha.
2. Heather Garcia, 14:35.60
29. Kelsey Verhaeghe, 15:56.60
67. Calleigh Durr, 16:45.50
71. Corinna Papps, 16:47.60
82. Madison Shoemaker, 16:55.10
96. Julie Hill, 17:13.30
146. Amanda Vander Tuig, 19:04
Junior Varsity results
35. Colby Heckathorne, 13:49.70
42. Misty Emery, 13:57.30
51. Hannah Sigvaldson, 14:13.00
72. Hannah Harris, 14:27.50
103. Courtney Harris, 15:18.70
111. Chloe Gaylord, 16:17.90