The Baldwin girls’ cross country team has been developing a solid starting lineup during the 2013 season.
The finishing time between the Lady Highlanders’ first and fifth runners at the Central Catholic Invitational last Saturday was less than 16.2 seconds.
Little wonder that the local runners took first place in the varsity girls B division at the annual competition at the Schenley Oval.
Senior Alicia Mastroianni is the team’s No. 1 runner, and she led the way at the Central Catholic invite with a 21-minute, 21.8-second time and a ninth-place overall showing.
The next four Baldwin finishers — junior Stephanie Bott, sophomore Alex Barr, freshman Abby Barr and sophomore Dighan Kelly — placed 11th, 13th, 14 and 15th, respectively, with times of 21:26.2, 21:30.5, 21:34.3 and 21:38.
Sophomores Erica Koenig (21:56.3) and Daria Och (22:48.2) were next in line for the Lady Highlanders, ending up 19th and 27th, and were flanked by Mackenzie Nolan, a sophomore, and Stephanie Swift, a junior.
The Baldwin girls wrapped up the varsity B division team championship with a 62-point total, comfortably ahead of runner-up Freeport’s 75-point performance.
Knoch, with 80 points, Bishop Canevin, with 121, and Beaver, with 126, rounded out the top five.
Taylor paces Highlanders’ squad
Baldwin corralled 10th place in the varsity boys A division at the Central Catholic Invitational.
The Highlanders were led by sophomore Kevin Taylor, who posted a time of 17:18.5 and placed 18th overall.
Taylor set the pace for teammates Dennis Doyle (17:49.4), Mark Demore (18:00.5) and Sean McLaughlin (18:42.5), all juniors, and sophomore Alex Murray (18:47.6).
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or [email protected].