Baldwin cross country makes debut

BALDWIN — Cross country is officially back at Baldwin.

For the first time in many years, the Panthers participated in the sport with a West Michigan D League jamboree on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Walkerville.

Baldwin was sixth out of six teams and was led by HB Nichols in 21:19. Dexter Hossler was next (22:08), followed by Lenny McNeilly (23:21), Logan Cheisen (26:40) and Dylan Hibma (26:58). Places were not available.

“I was very impressed with our guys’ team and our lone girls runner,” Baldwin coach Rob Atwood said, referring to Monique Rowland (29:18).

“For the very first cross country race of their career, I thought they ran very well and tough. There’s a lot of potential going forward especially with the dual sports we have with football and volleyball.”

The next league jamboree was on Sept. 13 at Bear Lake, followed by another jamboree at Mason County Eastern on Sept. 20

“We’ll try to improve on our first race as a measuring stick,” Atwood said. “We’re looking to improve every day. Right now, the dual sport guys run on Monday, do football on Tuesday and run with us again on Wednesday and go to their primary sport on Thursday and Friday. I try to encourage them to go for a longer run on Saturday to continue to improve on their endurance and improve on their speed.”