By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
Baker ran away from the competition Thursday at the Baker Invitational cross-country meet.
Both the Bulldogs boys and girls easily swept to victory on the course at the Baker City Golf Club.
Our kids ran really well. We had a lot of season bests, said Baker coach Suzy Cole.
This was the last meet for our JV kids and they all ran tough, Cole said.
Im very proud of our young kids. They showed a lot of heart, did a great job and had a great day.
Baker won the boys meet with 25 points. Ontario was second with 60 points.
Our boys are right where they need to be before district. They ran strong as a pack, Cole said.
Dan Temple won the individual title in a time of 17:30, topping Tim Shipp of Burns by 30 seconds. Temple led the race from start to finish.
Dan ran an amazing time, Cole said.
Six other Bulldogs finished in the top 10 runners. Matt Hensley was fourth, John Aguirre fifth, Josh Stanley seventh, Casey Curtis eighth, Jesse Webb ninth and Andy Johnson 10th.
The Baker girls, ranked third in the latest Class 3A poll, also had an easy time winning their race.
The Bulldogs finished with 25 points. Union, the states top-ranked Class 2A team, was second with 36 points.
Danielle Jordan ran away from the field at the starting line, winning in a time of 20:18. Her time was almost a minute faster than Unions Stephanie Upshaw, the second-place finisher.
Like the boys, six other Bulldogs finished in the top 11. Rebekah Duby was fourth, Tessa Vergari fifth, Katelyn Anderson seventh, Danielle Martin eighth, Sara Jury 10th, and Cody Cook 11th.
Cole said the Baker girls still need to become more consistant as they enter the district and state competition.
Katelyn had a heck of a race, Danielle Jordan was running strong, and Tessa and Rebekah ran consistant, Cole said. Physically were ready to go. But, mentally we have to get all seven of our top girls together on the same day.
The next action for the Bulldogs is the district meet Oct. 27 at Vale. Baker is the two-time defending girls district champion.
Were going to show up ready to run, Cole said.
Baker Invitational Cross-Country Meet
Team scores Baker 25, Ontario 60, Union 69, Burns 96, Powder Valley inc., Grant Union inc., Riverside inc.
Baker individual 1. Dan Temple, 17:30. 4. Matt Hensley, 18:20. 5. John Aguirre, 18:29. 7. Josh Stanley, 18:34. 8. Casey Curtis, 18:35. 9. Jesse Webb, 19:03. 10. Andy Johnson, 19:26. 16. Clay DeMastus, 19:56. 19. Travis Cook, 20:10. 25. Jed Rembold, 20:42. 30. Brandon Rempel, 21:15. 31. Kyle Johnson, 21:43. 35. Chad Kleger, 22:18. 36. Matt Bunch, 22:24. 41. Steve Stuchlik, 23:39. 42. Jeff Sherman, 23:40. 45. Brett Kelso, 29:52.
Powder Valley individual 27. Dylan Smith, 21:05. 29. Shane Records, 21:12. 33. Riley Bender, 22:10. 43. Kevin Hopson, 24:19.
Team scores Baker 25, Union 36, Burns 85, Riverside 129, Powder Valley inc.
Baker individual 1. Danielle Jordan, 20:18. 4. Rebekah Duby, 21:40. 5. Tessa Vergari, 21:49. 7. Katelyn Anderson, 22:36. 8. Danielle Martin, 24:10. 10. Sara Jury, 24:18. 11. Cody Cook, 24:19. 15. Jessica Hensley, 24:52. 18. Jill Nielsen, 25:12. 19. Carina Nichols, 25:14. 20. Amy Servid, 25:15. 25. Tori Black, 25:50. 28. Tara Wilson, 26:25. 31. Lacy Olsen, 28:04.
Powder Valley individual 33. Trista Wendt, 29:20.