By COREY KIRK

Baker’s girls and boys cross-country teams both finished first in the team standings at the Vale Dash-N-Splash meet on Thursday, Aug. 26.

It was the first meet of the season for the Bulldogs, who competed against Nyssa and Vale.

In the boys race, Baker junior Thaddeus Pepera finished first in a time of 11:13.71.

In the girls race, Baker senior Emma Baeth crossed the line first in 13:09.14.

Two Bulldogs also were the first freshmen to finish — Sofia Kaaen in the girls race (14:22.3; fourth overall) and Daniel Brown in the boys race (12:23.74; fifth overall).

Baker Coach Suzy Cole was pleased with the results.

“I thought they did excellent — our veteran runners had very good times and it was our first chance to see where they were, and they were where we were hoping they would be,” Cole said. “Our novices competed really strong. I was very happy across the board.”

Baker boys results

1.Thaddeus Pepera; 3. Jordan Mills, 11:44.14; 5. Daniel Brown, 12:23.74; 7. Seth Mastrude, 12:32.6; 9. Payton Waters, 13:25.55; 12. River Clark, 13:34.84; 16. Tanner Lucas, 14:59.65; 19. Karsten Cikanek, 15:52.33; 22. Tristan Mulkey, 20:00.51

Baker girls results

1. Emma Baeth, 13:09.14; 2. Sydney Lamb, 13:22.86; 4. Sofia Kaaen, 14:22.3; 5. Emma Timm, 15:12.96; 7. Paige Marlia, 16:28.2; 9. Lilly Collins, 18:05.78; 10. Katie Spaugh, 18:32.74; 11. Avery Collier, 18:38.68; 13. Jessica Dotson,19.32.2

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