Baldwin cross country teams first at Sabetha
After a month of competing against athletes from larger schools, Baldwin High School cross country teams vied against runners from 4A and smaller schools Saturday at Sabetha.
Both the boys and the state’s top-rated 4A girls teams finished first. The boys finished with 28 points, fending of a strong challenge from Clay Center, which finished with 32 points. The girls had a easier time, with its 33 points 42 points better than that of second-place Sabetha.
“We had a great day,” coach Mike Spielman said. “We ran some great times, especially the boys.”
Junior Ethan Hartzell finished second at Sabetha with a time of 15:45.6, crossing the finish line 11.2 seconds behind winner Austin Sturdy of Clay Center. Sophomore Joe Pierce was third with a time of 16:51.8 and Dakota Helm fourth (16:58.78). Also earning top-10 finishes were freshmen George Letner (ninth at 17:24.38) and Zach Smith (10th at 17.27.37).
Senior Kaitlyn Barnes was the top Baldwin finisher in the girls race, finishing second with a time of 16:11.1. Addie Dick was fourth with a time of 16:13.5. Sienna Durr (16:27.42) then led a parade of five Baldwin varsity and junior varsity runners in positions eight through 12. The runners were Libby Verhaeghe (ninth at 16:29.85), Fayth Peterson (10th at 16:32.40), Elena Watson (11th at 16:33.04), and Jill Dick (12th at 16:34.34).
This week, the cross country teams will begin post-season competition with the Frontier League meet. Races will start at 4 p.m. today at Paola.
“The league meet will be tough,” Spielman said. “Paola will battle for the girls’ crown with us. On the boys’ side, De Soto is running really well. It will take a great day to beat them.”