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Archive for Friday, November 6, 1998

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November 6, 1998

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Baldwin High and Ottawa brought home plenty of hardware from the Class 4A state cross country meet held on Saturday in Wamego.

The Baldwin boys placed first, the Ottawa girls won their third consecutive state title and the BHS girls finished third. The Bulldog boys needed a tiebreaker to nip Ulyssess for the team title, the school's first since 1993.

"They run to win," Baldwin coach Mike Spielman said of his boys squad, which finished first in eight of nine events this fall.

Baldwin and Ottawa runners dominated the Journal-World all-area cross country teams. Four Bulldogs were selected for the boys' squad.

On the girls' squad, Ottawa and Baldwin both placed three runners on team.

Spielman was selected J-W area coach of the year.

Here are capsules on the area's top seven boys and girls runners:

Boys

Eric Black, Baldwin

One of three freshmen to run at state for the Bulldogs, Black placed 21st in 18:08. He was ninth at league and 11th at regional.

Michael Curran, Baldwin

Ninth at state last year as junior, Curran collected his second state medal by placing 12th in 17:48 last Saturday in Wamego. He finished sixth at league and at regional.

Jeff Gresnick, Baldwin

Gresnick, a senior and the Bulldogs' top junior varsity runner last year, placed seventh at the Frontier League meet, eighth at regional and ninth at 4A state in 17:43.95.

Brad Kramer, Wellsville

Kramer, a junior, placed third at the Frontier League meet and second at the Class 3A regional at Central Heights. He finished ninth at the 3A state meet in 17:35.01.

Matt Noonan, Baldwin

A freshman, Noonan won six of nine races, including the Frontier League meet and Class 4A regional in Baldwin. He placed second at the 4A state meet in 17:08.08, finishing less than two seconds behind the winner.

Seth Sheldon, Ottawa

Sheldon, a junior, finished third at Huron League, 10th at regional and 16th at state in 17:51.

Ryan Stringer, Ottawa

Also a junior, Stringer finished second at the Huron League meet, fourth at the Baldwin regional and 22nd at the 4A state meet in 18:00.

Girls

Megan Morford, Baldwin

One of four sophomores on Baldwin's state squad, Morford was fifth at league, eighth at regional and 17th state in 13:11.

Bridget Morrisey, Ottawa

The lone senior on Ottawa's 1998 state team, Morrisey was a key figure on all three Cyclone championship squads. She was state runner-up as a sophomore and finished 10th on Saturday in 12:54.25. She was the Huron League champion and third at regional.

Megan Noonan, Baldwin

Noonan, a sophomore and state runner-up last year, won seven of nine races, capped by the 4A state title in 12:24.19. She was a Frontier League champion and regional champ as well.

Jessa Stein, Eudora

Stein, a senior and four-time state medalist, finished fourth at the 4A meet in 12:34.65. She won the Eudora Invitational and was the Frontier League and regional runner-up.

Jessica Sylvester, Ottawa

A junior and another key runner on Ottawa's three championships, Sylvester was Ottawa's top placer at the 4A state meet, finishing seventh in 12:46.53. She finished second at the Huron League meet and fifth at regional.

Kathryn Sylvester, Ottawa

One of two freshmen to run at state for the Cyclones, Sylvester was fourth at league, 11th at regional and 19th at state in 13:12.

Shawna Trarbach, Baldwin

A sophomore, Trarbach peaked late in the season. She was Baldwin's No. 2 runner at state, finishing 16th in 13:10.

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