For the fourth consecutive year, the Baylor girls' cross country team has been selected by the TSSAA for its Distinguished Academic Achievement Award.
The award is based on the team’s collective GPA, with 3.0 to 3.24 entitling a team to receive the Outstanding certificate, and 3.25 to 4.0 meriting a team to receive the Distinguished certificate. The Baylor team, with 22 members, posted a collective GPA of 3.72. The school will receive a certificate recognizing the team and each member of the team will also receive a certificate.
The Individual Academic Achievement certificate is awarded to student-athletes who earn a GPA of 3.5 or above. Eighteen team members, 82% of the team, were recognized individually for this award.
The Red Raiders were not only sharp this season, they were also fast. Baylor took titles at the Tiger Two-Miler, the Raider Rumble, the Fast Break Invitational, and the Front Runner Area Championships this season. Led by All-State performances by Hannah Rosser and third-place finisher Helen Webb, the Raiders were third at the state championships.
Baylor head coach Heather Ott is understandably proud of the group, both as students and athletes. "They run fast, study hard, and care deeply--a coach cannot ask for more than that," says Ott.
The 2018-19 team members are seniors Merrit Newton, Sydney Cansler, and Beth Harrison; juniors Emmy Davis, Daniela Lofgren, Hannah Rosser, Isabella Allan, Ashlyn Celichowski, Riley Murdock, Kali Cromie, Emily Hale, Lauren Hill, Caroline Imsand, Sabrina Francke, Jade Liu, and Sarah Rutledge; sophomores Emrick Garrett, Janie Pippenger, Rosa Anderson Barrera, and Shirley Zhang; freshman Sarah Kathryn Oliver; and eighth grader Helen Webb.