Baldwin romps as THS boys take third at regionals
The Baldwin Bulldogs made it clear Saturday that they would be returning to state in Wamego to defend their dual state titles.
The lowest possible score a team can attain in cross country is 15. The BHS girls scored 20, and the Bulldog boys tallied 23 at a Class 4A regional in Tonganoxie.
In the girls race, Eudora came in a distant second with 72, while Lansing finished third with 98.
Baldwin's Erica Ogle won the meet with a time of 11 minutes, 46.24 seconds in the girls race. Baldwin held every place in the top nine except for third and fifth -- Eudora's Brittney Graff and Megan Ballock held those spots respectively.
On the boys side, De Soto finished second with 75, while Tonganoxie was a close third with 78.
De Soto's Casey Johnson helped his team with a second-place finish, while Tonganoxie's Andy Kolman led the Chieftains with a ninth-place finish.
That's roughly where Kolman anticipated finishing, but at the beginning of the season, he wasn't sure whether he'd make a trip Saturday to Wamego.
"This season I didn't know what to expect," Kolman said. "Toward the middle of the season I was looking forward to it."
Baldwin's Brian Gerstner won the meet with a time of 16:21.
Matt Chenoweth finished 14th with a 17:43 time, while Corey Brest finished 20th with an 18:01 time. John Davis finished 22nd (18:17), Colt Coffin finished 23rd (18:37) and Ben Brest finished 24th (18:44). Brett Garrett finished 39th with a 19:35 time.
Tonganoxie will advance to state as a team after taking third at regionals. Last year, the team placed second at regionals and third at state.
The boys race begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wamego Golf Course.
Girls cross country
For the Chieftain girls, the regional meet would be their last competition.
In seventh place, the Chieftains didn't finish high enough as a team to move onto state. But a few THS runners just missed qualifying as individuals.
Kelley Stauch was two places away from qualifying after finishing 27th with a 13:33 time. The top three teams qualify for state, while the top 10 finishers not on those three teams advance as individual runners. Elizabeth Smith finished her final race at Tonganoxie in 28th as the senior ran the course in 13:35. Jennifer Wagner was close behind in 30th (13:35), while Kezia Huseman placed 39th (14:29). Senior Amanda Chenoweth placed 59th (15:55).
1. Baldwin, 23; 2. De Soto, 75; 3. Tonganoxie, 78; 4. Osawatomie, 136; 5. Lansing, 138; 6. Eudora, 154; 7. Louisburg, 160; 8. Atchison, 253; 9. Spring Hill, 253; 10. Piper, 258. Basehor-Linwood, Fort Scott, Prairie View and Sumner did not field full teams.w
1. Baldwin, 20; 2. Eudora, 72; 3. Lansing, 98; 4. Fort Scott, 101; 5. De Soto, 113; 6. Louisburg, 154; 7. Tonganoxie, 168; 8. Basehor-Linwood, 209; 9. Piper, 232; 10. Bishop Ward, 257. Atchison, Osawatomie, Prairie View, Spring Hill and Sumner did not field full teams.