Bulldogs win Sabetha meet
After four-consecutive meets against tough competition from Class 4A, 5A and 6A opponents, the Baldwin High School cross country teams enjoyed an easy victory Thursday at the Sabetha Invitational.
“We did a really nice job on Thursday,” coach Mike Spielman said. “We finally got to run against some 4A and 3A competition. We did a great job of competing.”
The BHS girls scored 19 points ― four points shy of a perfect victory ― as they cruised to victory. Sabetha (69) and Clay Center (78) placed second and third.
“I'm really proud of what we did,” senior Elizabeth Sigvaldson said. “It was a fun meet in general. I'm proud of the girls. Everyone is starting to run faster and we're headed toward peaking at state. I can definitely see everyone getting better each week.”
The BHS boys won the meet with 37 points. Jefferson West (85) and Nemaha Valley (91) finished second and third as a team.
“They changed the course a bit, so it was a nice, hilly course,” Spielman said. “It was a bit windy that day, too, but they did a nice job of fighting through everything so I was happy.”
On the boys' side, sophomore Ethan Hartzell, senior Brian Wright and senior Tosh Mihesuah finished first, second and third in the 5-kilometer race. Sophomore Tucker Clark placed 13th, while junior Colton Horne finished 18th for the Bulldogs. Junior Acea McFarlane (35) and freshman Brock Randels (52) rounded out the Bulldogs' lineup.
“The front guys did a great job,” Spielman said. “They ran up front and ran well. Tucker also ran well. Colton and Acea had nice races, too.”
Sophomore Katie Jones placed second in the girls' race, just one second behind the winner. Spots five through 10 were all filled with BHS runners as seven BHS girls finished in the top 10.
“The two Holton girls and the Jeff West girl have a chance to be top 10 at state and Katie got in there and split them up,” Spielman said. “After that, we were able to pack up a bunch. It was nice to pack up and run together at the front.”
In order, they were senior Carol Whaley, senior Abi Hartzell, junior Kaitlyn Barnes, sophomore Libby Verhaeghe, junior Sienna Durr and senior Elizabeth Sigvaldson.
“It's nice to get back up there,” Sigvaldson said. “I'm happy to get back into the mix of things with the varsity girls.”
Junior Elena Watson (12), sophomore Hannah Hutton (16), sophomore Ashton Temple (18) and junior Glenn Kelly McCabe (19) all finished in the top 20.
The Bulldogs' latest meet was the final tune-up before the three-most important meets of the season ― Frontier League championship, Class 4A regional and 4A state.
Baldwin will run its league meet today at Rim Rock Farm north of Lawrence. The girls race will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the boys at 5:30 p.m.