Baldwin High School teams claim titles at season-opening cross country event
Baldwin High School swept team titles Thursday at the Anderson County’s Jerry Howarter Invitation cross country meet.
The two-time defending state champion boys had six runners place in the top 15, finishing with a team score of 27. The girls had six in the top-12 and seven in the top 18 as they finished with a team score of 19.
Senior Addie Dick finished first in the girls race with a time of 20:04.56. In her first competition for Baldwin High School, freshman Natalie Beiter crossed the finish line in fifth place (22:17.24) ahead of the three other scoring Bulldogs of senior Mackenzie Russell, sixth, 22:20.1; junior Taylor Cawley, seventh, 22:43.51; and junior Daelyn Anderson, eighth, 23:00.19.
Seniors Fayth Peterson (23:39.91) and Hollie Hutton (24:16.93) finished 11th and 18th, respectively, increasing the Bulldogs margin of victory by displacing scorers from rivals.
Senior George Letner paced the boys with a second place finish (17:10.36), followed by senior Dakota Helm’s fourth-place finish (1j8:44.52). Also scoring for the Bulldogs were senior Nevin Dunn in sixth place (18:56.44); sophomore Parker Wilson, seventh (18:58); and senior Jackson Barth, 11th (19:06.78).
The Bulldogs also won the girls junior varsity race, paced by first- and second-place finishes from sophomores Abby Ogle (24.11.71) and Olivia Flory (24.58.53). The boys junior varsity was second but had the top two finishers in junior Max Tuckfield (20:18.48) and sophomore Jayce Dighans (20:22.59).
The Bullldogs will sext compete Sept. 12 at Wamego Country Club. The event draws some of the top 4A teams in the state. looking to gain experience on the course that is home of the state championships in November.