Garcia paces girls to second straight win
Despite the fact that all the other teams were Class 6A schools, the Baldwin High School girls' cross country team took advantage of an opportunity that only occurs once a season: running on its home course.
Competing at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course at the Community America Invitational on Saturday, both BHS teams were successful. The junior varsity girls earned a third place finish, while the varsity team brought home its third consecutive first-place plaque of the season.
"I was very happy with the way they ran considering the weather," coach Mike Spielman said. "It was tough competition, but we were able to rise to the occasion."
Junior Heather Garcia led the Bulldogs finishing in first place, but was followed closely by Kelsey Verhaeghe in sixth place.
"It was a tough course and the weather wasn't that great, but we ran well and pulled out a win," Verhaeghe said.
The Bulldogs competed only against six schools in the 6A division. The varsity won the meet with a score of 53, beating second place Shawnee Mission South by a mere margin of 4 points.
The JV took third place with 93 points, losing only to Shawnee Mission East and Shawnee Mission Northwest.
The Bulldogs compete again today at the Prairie View Invitational with races beginning at 4 p.m.
1. Heather Garcia, 14:56.03
6. Kelsey Verhaeghe, 16:10.89
13. Julie Hill, 16:54.32
15. Calleigh Durr, 16:57.12
18. Madison Shoemaker, 17:05.55
20. Corrina Papps, 17:16.80
39. Amanda Vander Tuig, 18:28.29
Junior Varsity Results
5. Colby Heckathorne, 18:00.36
12. Misty Emery, 18:20.12
17. Hannah Sigvaldson, 18:36.55
30. Hannah Harris, 19:01.19
35. Courtney Harris, 19:22.09
55. Chloe Gaylord, 22:07.73