Baldwin High School cross country teams serve notice
Baldwin High School cross country teams served notice Saturday they are a serious threat to sweep state cross country titles.
Both the Bulldog girls and boys team finished first in the Wamego Invitational ran at the Wamego Country Club, which happens to be the course where the state championships are ran in November.
“All the runners did a great job of handling the bigger meet on the state course,” Baldwin coach Mike Spielman said. “It is always good to have a race on the course, so you know what to expect when state rolls around.
“It was nice weather, so the kids got a chance to run fast. As usual, we had great senior leadership, with the younger runners helping to add to the total team effort.”
With a team loaded with members who contributed to two-straight state championships, the boys team’s success in Saturday’s 4A race was expected. That might not have been the case, had fans known two key seniors, Dakota Helm and Phil Carroll, would be unavailable because they were taking ACT tests. The Bulldogs overcame their absence to claim the team title with 86 points, or 35 less than second-place Towanda-Circle. Pacing Baldwin was George Letner, who finished third with a time of 16:34.7. Next across the finish line for the Bulldogs was freshman Jacob Bailey, who finished 10th at 17:13.7. It was his first race as he missed the first meet for a soccer game.
Also scoring for Baldwin were sophomore Parker Wilson, 18th at 17:37.9, senior Nevin Dunn, 25th at 17:52.1, and senior Jackson Barth, 45th at 18:25.5.
“I thought the boys did a great job, considering two of the top seven were not there,” Spielman said
The girls claimed first with 52 points, which was 26 points better than second-place Towanda-Circle. Senior Addie Dick again led the Bulldogs finishing third with a time of 20:12.7. As with the boys, a freshman, Natalie Beiter, was Baldwin’s next finisher, claiming fifth at 20:30.5. Mackenzie Russell also crossed in the top-10 in 10th place at 20:44. Rounding out the Bulldog scorers were junior Taylor Cawley, 13th at 21:10.9, and Fayth Peterson, 24th at 21:40. Junior Daelyn Anderson crossed in 25th place with a time of 21:40.4
Hometown fans will have to opportunity to cheer on the Bulldogs Saturday. The junior varisty and varsity teams will host the Baldwin Invitational at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course.