Two straight wins for girls
Even though the weather did not cooperate for the Baldwin High School girls' cross country team in Wamego, it did not damper their sprits Saturday.
"The weather was nice to run in," freshman Chloe Gaylord said. "The rain made it cool, it was great."
With the Bulldogs winning their second meet, the team is progressing well in their season.
"They ran really well," coach Mike Spielman said. "They were first out of 18, Class 4A schools."
Starting off the season winning two meets has set a high level of determination for the rest of the year.
"Winning our first two meets makes us more determined to win all of our meets," freshman Julie Hill said.
Just winning their second meet did not stop other records from being broken. Junior Heather Garcia set a new school record of 14:22 on the new 4-kilometer course.
"I did not think that I ran that fast," Garcia said. "I improved from the last meet by almost a minute."
Although she was leading the pack, Garcia acknowledges the team's effort to run together.
"We all got into a pack and stayed there," Garcia said. "We stayed together and ran the race. We also have a really good team with a lot of people switching back and forth between the varsity and junior varsity teams."
Even with much success Spielman is a little worried about the Baldwin Invitational this Saturday.
"It is a meet with seven Class 6A schools and us," Spielman said. "It will be very challenging."
The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course.
1. Heather Garcia, 14:22
6. Kelsey Verhaeghe, 15:29
14. Madison Shoemaker, 16:12
19. Calleigh Durr, 16:29
33. Corinna Papps, 16:47
39. Julie Hill, 17:04
82. Hannah Sigvaldson, 18:46
Junior varsity results
5. Amanda Vander Tuig, 17:54
6. Colby Heckathorne, 17:54
8. Hannah Harris, 18:09
9. Misty Emery, 18:12
12. Courtney Harris, 18:16
33. Cassidy Burkhart, 19:25
56. Luna Novelo, 20:29
66. Chloe Gaylord, 20:56
98. Kim Moore, 24:24