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Ashlynn Baker is getting the hang of this cross country thing – quickly.
One week after placing second in the Norfolk Catholic Invitational, Baker took gold medalist honors and led the Boone Central/Newman Grove girls to their second straight team title in Thursday’s Scotus Invite at Columbus.
In her first year of cross country competition, the senior state track qualifier is filling the void left by standout Catherine Weeder’s graduation from BC/NG’s Class C state championship team. Her emergence and some gutsy efforts by her teammates resulted in Thursday’s triumph – which was a bit of a surprise to Coach Tom Dickey.
“I did not expect us to run as well as we did, especially the girls,” Dickey commented. “Taylor (Starman) had been sick most of the week, Sheldon (Beierman) didn’t run because of a sore hip, and Katie (Goodwater) had a sore knee.
“So, it was a pretty impressive accomplishment to win the race!”
Dickey was also happy with the performance of his boys squad.
“The boys also improved a great deal. I’m impressed with how they have been working together,” he said. “We had big personal bests out of Thomas (Hosford), Al (Bader), Will (Dyer) and Jacob (Nore).”
The BC/NG boys placed sixth in a tough 12-team field, with Hosford leading the way as the 13th individual finisher in a time of 18:28.
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