BHS girls fare well at Rim Rock without top-three runner
On Saturday, the Baldwin High School girls’ cross country team competed at the Rim Rock Classic, known for its difficult course and competition.
Baldwin placed 10th out of 25 teams with a total of 267 points in the Gold division. Those results pleased BHS coach Mike Spielman.
“I was very happy with the way the teams performed,” Spielman said. “It was a big meet on a hot day and they did a great job.”
Baldwin did beat its rival De Soto for the first time all season. The Wildcats placed 15th with 399 points. All other schools that placed above Baldwin were either larger schools or from a different state.
Senior Calleigh Durr was the top Baldwin runner, placing 26th with a time of 16:32.25. She missed earning a medal by one spot as the top 25 runners were medalists at the meet.
Durr was followed by junior Connor Twombly (42nd, 16:59.36), junior Julie Hill (50th, 17:10.15), sophomore Heather Karlin (68th, 17:26.13), freshman Abi Hartzell (82nd, 17:41.97), freshman Elizabeth Sigvaldson (98th, 17:52.19) and junior Misty Emery (150th, 19:20.91).
The Bulldogs were without senior Corinna Papps, who took a family trip to the east coast. She is one of the Bulldogs’ top runners, which made the results that much more impressive.
“Abi and Elizabeth stepped up when we needed them,” Durr said. “They are having a great first season.”
The Rim Rock course was slightly changed this year, but the team was not fazed.
“The new course was fun to run for a change, but I liked the old one because I like running up Billy Mills Hill,” Hill said.
Baldwin had three girls run in the junior varsity race Saturday. They were senior Hannah Sigvaldson (51st, 19:20.86), junior JaBryanna Wellington (92nd, 20:46.20) and freshman Carol Whaley (20:50.25).
Baldwin will run at home this weekend as it hosts the Community America Invitational at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course. The meet begins at 9 a.m. with two junior high school races. The varsity races start at 9:30 a.m. and the junior varsity races begin at 10:30 a.m. The boys run first on all levels.