Baldwin boys earn perfect score in opening cross country meet
The Baldwin High School boys cross country team gave notice its No.1 4A state ranking was deserved at last Thursday’s Jerry Howarter Invitational.
The Baldwin boys claimed the top five spots in the eight-team Anderson County High School event, finishing with the best-possible or perfect score of 15. The top-four Baldwin runners crossed the finish line in a pack with sophomore Dakota Helm’s first-place finish timed at 18:07.80 and senior Ethan Hartzell’s fourth-place finish clocked at 18:08.30. Sophomore George Letner (18:07.85)and junior Joe Pierce (18:07.92) were second and third. Sophomore Zach Smith finished fifth at 18:15.30.
The girls team also finished first with five runners among the top 11 finishers. Sophomore Addie Dick was third (17:19.61), senior Hannah Hutton fourth (17:32.55), senior Libby Verhaeghe sixth (17:29.28), sophomore Mackenzie Russell eighth (17:45.67) and senior Katie Jones 11th (18:22.74).
“We had a great meet,” coach Mike Spielman said. “The teams ended up winning three races and the junior varsity girls only lost by three points. The kids really showed a lot of promise at the first meet. It was great seeing all of them really work hard during their races.”
Junior varsity sophomore Nevin Dunn was 10th overall with a time of 18:59.27 and sopohomore Phil Carrol 19th (20:02.86).
Sophomore Fayth Peterson finished 12th (18:25.78) to lead the junior varsity girls.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a trip Saturday to Wamego, where the teams will compete on the course used for the 4A state championships in November.
Jerry Howarter Invitational team results
Baldwin, 15 points
Spring Hill, 107
Anderson County, 122
Baldwin, 28 points
Anderson County, 103