BHS girls cross country dominates league; boys finish runner-up
BHS Frontier League cross country
Baldwin High School's cross country teams competed at their annual league meet. The girls' team won the league title, while the boys placed second.
LAWRENCE — Baldwin High School's girls' cross country team continued its dominance on the Frontier League Thursday at the Rim Rock Farm.
For the 14th time in the past 15 years, the Bulldogs won the league championship. Meanwhile, the BHS boys finished runner-up to De Soto.
The BHS girls' squad scored 30 points, which more than doubled runner-up Paola, who scored 63 team points. De Soto finished third with a score of 80.
Baldwin's top seven runners finished in the top 15 and medaled at the meet. Two more Bulldogs earned all-league honors, as the top 21 runners were divided into first, second and third team all-league runners.
Sophomore Katie Jones continues to lead Baldwin. Jones finished between two Paola runners to place second. She finished the 4-kilometer course in a time of 16:41.03.
The next five Bulldogs finished between the fifth and 11th spots. They were senior Abi Hartzell (5), junior Kaitlyn Barnes (6), junior Sienna Durr (8), senior Carol Whaley (9) and senior Elizabeth Sigvaldson (11). Sophomore Libby Verhaeghe was the seventh runner and she placed 15th. Juniors Elena Watson (16) and Glenn Kelley McCabe (17) also earned all-league honors.
“It's pretty exciting to win league as a team my first two years,” Jones said. “This is our first step of our three big races to end the years. We were really packed together today. Our top seven medaled, so we did a great job today.”
On the boys' side, the Wildcats scored 34 points to win, while Baldwin (58) edged out Paola (61) for second place. Baldwin was without its second runner, senior Brian Wright.
Sophomore Ethan Hartzell and senior Tosh Mihesuah led the Bulldogs. They finished second and third in the 5-kilometer race. Hartzell's time was 16:53.9, while Mihesuah ran 17:35.17.
The next five Bulldogs were freshman Joe Pierce (16), sophomore Tucker Clark (18), junior Colton Horne (11), senior Cory Stephens (27) and junior Acea McFarlane.
“I was pretty happy we pulled out second without Brian,” Mihesuah said. “We've all been training really hard and it paid off.”
Baldwin will next run at 3 p.m. Oct. 22, when it will compete at the Class 4A regional at Wyandotte County Park. The Bulldogs will go up against runners from Atchison, Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Ward, Bonner Springs, De Soto, Eudora, Jeff West, Perry-Lecompton, Piper, Santa Fe Trail, St. James Academy, Spring Hill, Sumner Academy, Tonganoxie and Topeka-Hayden.
The top three teams in each race qualify for state, as do the top 10 runners, with the possibility of additional individual qualifiers.
A full story on the league meet will be in next Thursday's Signal.
Frontier League Meet
Thursday at Rim Rock Farm
Girls team scores: 1. Baldwin, 30; Paola, 63; De Soto, 80; 4. Eudora, 100; 5. Spring Hill, 113; 6. Louisburg, 162; 7. Ottawa, 173.
Boys team scores: 1. De Soto, 34; 2. Baldwin, 58; 3. Paola, 61; 4. Ottawa, 98; 5. Eudora, 134; 6. Louisburg, 161; 7. Spring Hill, 166.