Opening meet postponed; BHS teams sweep competition
GARNETT — It took two days to complete the first cross country meet of the season, but the Baldwin High School teams easily won it here Friday.
On Thursday, the Anderson County Invitational began, but storms soon rolled through the area. After the junior varsity girls’ race finished, lightning delayed the JV boys’ race. Nearly 45 minutes later, the meet was postponed to Friday.
“I was ready to run yesterday, because I like the cooler weather,” senior Tony Weiss said Friday. “It was a little disappointing that we had to wait until today, but it worked out OK for us.”
On Friday afternoon, the meet resumed where it left off. The JV boys’, varsity girls’ and varsity boys’ races ran smoothly on a bright, sunny day. The Bulldogs swept all four varsity and JV races. The delay didn’t affect the Bulldogs, but sophomore Kaitlyn Barnes said it was tougher to prepare for the race on Friday.
“It was hard to get motivated again,” Barnes said. “I think all of the other teams around us were excited, so that made us ready to go today. The wind was tough today, but it cools you off.”
Despite having to prepare for a second day of racing, Barnes was pleased with the results.
“It went better than I expected,” she said. “It was weird coming back for a second day, but everyone still had the nerves and excitement to run well.”
Barnes was the first Bulldog across the finish line for the varsity girls’ squad. Her second-place finish helped the Bulldogs win the opening meet with a score of 27 points. Chanute (47) finished runner-up while De Soto (52) placed third.
De Soto’s Lacey Erickson won the race, but a trio of Bulldogs were the next three across the finish. They were Barnes, sophomore Sienna Durr and freshman Hannah Hutton.
Freshman Katie Jones was the Bulldogs’ fourth runner as she finished seventh. The three remaining varsity runners were bunched up in 11th, 12th and 13th place. They were junior Elizabeth Sigvaldson, junior Abi Hartzell and freshman Ashton Temple.
“This year we have a strong team,” Barnes said. “It really helped having Sienna there with me to cheer me on at the end. It gave me a boost of energy. It’s really exciting to finish with all of our runners together.”
Several of the BHS boys’ team members also ran together during Friday’s race. As a team, the Bulldogs scored 36 points to win. De Soto finished second with 61 points.
Weiss led the Bulldogs with a second-place finish behind De Soto’s Angel Vasquez. Freshman Ethan Hartzell was the next Bulldog to finish as he placed third. Junior Tosh Mihesuah finished sixth for BHS.
Baldwin’s next three runners packed up all race and nearly finished together. Seniors Nate Growcock, Kyle Garcia and Carson Barnes placed 13th, 14th and 15th. Junior Brian Wright didn’t finish the race.
“I think the team ran really well,” Weiss said. “I thought everybody ran really hard and that produced great results for the team.”
On the JV side, Baldwin easily won both races. The JV boys’ squad scored 22 points, while the JV girls’ team scored 23. Seniors Brandon Baltzell and Joey LaBuda finished first and second. Junior Carol Whaley won the JV girls’ race.
The Bulldogs will compete at the Wamego Invitational on Saturday. The meet starts at 9 a.m.
“It will be a good early test for us,” Weiss said. “It will give us a good look at who is good around the state and see where everybody is at as far as the big picture.”
Baldwin High results
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