Baldwin Tony Weiss led Baldwin High’s boys cross country team to a first-place finish at the Baldwin Invitational on Saturday morning.
The BHS senior held off Free State High’s Logan Sloan at the finish to win the boys’ 5-kilometer race in a time of 16:33.31. Sloan finished less than one second behind Weiss.
“It was nice to get my first individual win of the season,” Weiss said. “For most of the race, it was a pack of four at the front. With 800 left, it dropped to three. Then it was a sprint to the finish. My speed came back today, which felt nice. It definitely helps knowing the course.”
As a team, Baldwin won the boys race with 45 points. Free State took sixth.
Baldwin’s Ethan Hartzell (sixth) and Brian Wright (10th) finished in the top 10, along with Free State’s Kain Anderson.
On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs lost their first meet of the season. They finished third with 61 points. Free State took fourth.
Freshman Katie Jones was the first Baldwin runner to cross the finish line, in fifth at 16:08.34. Sophomore Kaitlyn Barnes also placed in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish.
Free State was led by Lynn Robinson, who finished 17th. Hayley Francis placed 19th for the Firebirds.