Trio of top 10 finishers help BHS boys take fourth
Three runners placing in the top 10 helped the Baldwin High School boys' cross country team to its fourth-place finish at the Wamego Invitational Saturday.
The Bulldogs raced the best competition in Class 4A at the prestigious meet. Although they finished fourth, coach Mike Spielman said the team could have placed higher, but just didn't have the type of races it needed.
"I thought we ran well," Spielman said. "We had some guys that ran well, but just didn't finish strong. I thought we did a good job. We are still learning and we are still young. We will keep improving as the year goes on."
Baldwin scored 116 points to place fourth at the meet. Mulvane won the meet with 50 points, while De Soto and Wamego finished second and third with 87 and 91 points, respectively. Defending state champion El Dorado finished fifth by scoring 126.
Freshman Tony Weiss once again led the way for BHS. He placed fifth in a time of (17:39.82). He was followed closely by junior Connor Wright (seventh, 17:44.13) and senior Aaron Karlin (10th, 17:49.72).
"We had three in the top 10, which is a really good showing," Spielman said. "Those three guys had great races. We will get the other guys up there."
Junior Brad Canterbury was the fourth finisher for Baldwin. He placed 36th in a time of 19:05.20. Freshman Carson Barnes (60th, 20:02.93), senior Alex Coffey (62nd, 20:05.90) and sophomore Braden Phillips (82nd, 20:42.78) rounded out the varsity boys' squad.
Spielman said Barnes ran about half of the race with the lead runners, but fell back many spots during the next half of the race. He knows Barnes will improve during the season and probably not have another race like that.
"Carson Barnes had a race that he will probably not have again," Spielman said. "He just had one of those days where things didn't go very well for him. He is still a freshman and still learning. Once he figures it out, he will do very well for us."
The Bulldogs will race their only home meet of the season Saturday. The junior varsity boys will begin the day with a 9 a.m. start, while the varsity boys begin at 10 a.m. The meet is held at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course. The competition will include several Class 5A and 6A schools from around the area.
"It will be fun for the kids to run at home and not have to ride the bus," Spielman said. "It will be exciting for them to have people out cheering for them. It will be a tough meet, because of all of the big schools that will be there."
5. Tony Weiss, 17:39.82
7. Connor Wright, 17:44.13
10. Aaron Karlin, 17:49.72
36. Brad Canterbury, 19:05.20
60. Carson Barnes, 20:02.93
62. Alex Coffey, 20:05.90
82. Braden Phillips, 20:42.78
11. Blake Shields, 20:37.97
25. Andy Woods, 20:59.07
29. Cody Kruger, 21:10.88
42. Patrick Pinault, 21:49.44
52. Tom Taylor, 22:15.83
82. Ethan Horne, 24:01.24
106. Lex Jones, 25:46.76
117. Derek Wallace, 26:43.92
132. Colby Willard, 31:05.09