BHS girls ready for important meets
A clear, cool day over the Sabetha Golf Course brought another win to the Baldwin High School girls' Cross Country team last Thursday.
The Bulldogs nearly ran a perfect race as they beat their closest competitor by 39 points. All of the varsity runners placed in the top 15 with fewer than three minutes separating the whole team as they crossed the finish line. Many of the runners name Sabetha as their favorite meet.
"It is some of our most fun meets," junior Heather Garcia said. "It is nice to relax and just run before we go into our big meets."
Coach Mike Spielman agreed that it was a good meet, but wanted to reinforce that the hardest is yet to come.
"We had a good meet," Spielman said. "We are improving each meet as we are now in the championship season."
As the team heads into the championship season, which includes league, regional and state meets. Spielman hopes to have the team running their best times.
"We are going to start peaking and trying to hit our best times and run our best races," Spielman said.
The next three weeks will be the most important races for the Bulldogs all year. It will also bring competition that wants to end the Bulldogs' dynasty in both the boy's and girls' titles.
"We have to be prepared physically and keep after it," junior Madison Shoemaker said. "De Soto is after us and we are after them. We definitely have to keep working."
The Bulldogs will hope to defend their Frontier League title at 4:30 p.m. today at Rim Rock, located north of Lawrence.
1. Heather Garcia, 15:22
2. Kelsey Verhaeghe, 16:16
4. Corinna Papps, 16:45
7. Calleigh Durr, 17:23
8. Madison Shoemaker, 17:45
9. Julie Hill, 17:45
15. Amanda Vander Tuig, 18:22
Junior varsity results
1. Colby Heckathorne, 18:07
2. Misty Emery, 18:15
3. Hannah Sigvaldson, 18:50
4. Hannah Harris, 19:07
5. Courtney Harris, 19:27
14. Chloe Gaylord, 21:12
25. Kim Moore, 26:07