BHS boys tune up for Rim Rock run
For the Baldwin High School boys cross country squad, all it needed was a little bit of time before it got back on track to winning its meets.
Last Thursday the varsity Bulldogs scored 29 points to win the Prairie View Invitational with senior Chris Elniff leading the pack.
Elniff won the race with a time of 17:02, out-sprinting Jason Rose from Louisburg, who beat him earlier this season. Elniff was satisfied with how he ran.
"It was nice to run against such a great individual competitor," Elniff said of Rose. "We both ran a great race and I just had a little more left at the end."
Following Elniff was senior Caj Kueffer in third place (17:48), junior Aaron Karlin in fourth place (17:49) and sophomore Brad Canterbury in sixth place (17:50). The other varsity runners were senior Nathan Dick, senior Paul Minor and sophomore Blake Randels.
Several of the runners improved their time, earning themselves a new personal record.
Canterbury was thrilled with how he ran and that he PR'd.
"I got sixth place, but was inches from fifth," Canterbury said. "I'll get them next time. I was happy to finally break 18 minutes."
Randels was very happy with his performance as well as the team's overall performance.
"We ran great," Randels said. "I finished 20th and I PR'd with a time of 19:00, which is awesome."
In the junior varsity race, things went just as well for Baldwin. The team finished first, while the second-place team was quite a few points behind them.
Continuing the senior leadership, senior Michael Thurlow won the race, running a 19:09. Thurlow was proud of how he did, but knows he can still improve.
"I took first, but I can still improve," Thurlow said. "But overall as a team we did great."
Following close behind him was Sophomore Conner Wright, who was happy to finally be healthy enough to finish a race, since horrible cramps caused him to not finish races earlier this season.
"It was good to finally get a race in, and quite a few of us PR'd," Wright said. "I liked it because it was a good relaxed meet before a tough one like Rim Rock."
Wright is determined to get better and work on making his way into the varsity line up.
"I want to keep getting better and work on closing the gap between our first and fifth runners," Wright said.
Junior Alex Coffey always likes the Prairie View race because everyone usually does really well.
"This is always a great race every year," Coffey said. "Everyone does very well and it boosts morale."
Next up for the runners is the Rim Rock Invitational Saturday at the Rim Rock Farm north of Lawrence. The meet begins at 8:30 a.m.