Admirals Cross Country


bayside academy’s cross country commitment

With Bayside Academy’s Mission Statement and Core Values in mind, our goal through Bayside Academy Cross Country is to continue the excellence established in the past and press on to achieve our best today. Our program competes in the AHSAA at the 4A classification for athletes in the 7th through 12th grade, from beginners to multiple season performer. Each athlete should seek to do his/her best, give 100% effort in all that he/she does, and encourage one another not just in our sport. To do this, we will do all things with TEAM as our focus, although training will be individualized based on the ability and experience of the athlete. Our athletes will not only train together to become better runners, but to learn how and why the training he/she does develops him/her into a stronger runner and person. We will hold to this COMMITMENT as our sense of responsibility and respect to self and others, striving for excellence in all of our endeavors. 

These three words and descriptions will be our point of emphasis this year!

  1. Team: We will enjoy what we do with one another, building up one another through common experiences and trials.
  2. Excellence: We will do all things to the best of our ability, disciplined to do all things the right way and all the way.
  3. Commitment: We will always be there for one another, realizing this is what keeps us together and helps us reach our goals.

 “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

~ Steve Prefontaine, All-Amereican Distance Runner & Legend

Last season
Fall 2019
For the fourth consecutive year, both our girls and boys teams qualified for the AHSAA State meet. Our girls finished 4th overall at State, led by 7th grader Catherine Doyle, sophomore Leah Jha, and senior Lauren West who finished 17th, 23rd, and 32nd respectively. Our girls have finished 4th three out of the last four years. Our girl’s top five 5K average of 21:55.26 at the AHSAA State meet is the fastest during those four years. 

Our boys finished State Runner-Up for the second consecutive year, led by seniors Myles Cook and Spencer Gaberino. Myles earned All-State honors with his 6th place finish. All of our boys competed strong, finishing the season with seasonal best times. Our boys finished 2nd at Baldwin County Championships and 2nd at Sectionals. 

Due to the competitive balance factor enacted by the AHSAA in the last reclassification period, our cross country program at Bayside Academy has reclassified as a 4A school for the 2020–2022 school years.

the history of Women’s baxc
Team History
Since 1991, our Bayside women’s cross country has been one of the strongest teams in its classification, qualifying a team for State 28 times and finished in the top four a total of 22 times.  Top two finishes are listed below:

Women’s Team

  • 2013 AHSAA 3A State Champions
  • 2012 AHSAA 3A State Champions
  • 2007 AHSAA 1A/2A State Runner-Up
  • 2006 AHSAA 1A/2A State Runner-Up
  • 2005 AHSAA 1A/2A State Champions
  • 2002 AHSAA 1A-3A State Runner-Up
  • 1992 AHSAA 1A-4A State Runner-Up

 

AHSAA All-State Runners
Since 1996, we have had sixteen athletes earn All-State honors 41 times by finishing in the top 15 of her classification, with three of those being State Champions. All-State Runners are listed below by year and finish.

All State Young Women

  • Cason Crosby – 96*, 97*, 98
  • Lindsay Overton - 96
  • Nikki Pilot – 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02
  • Caroline Reehl – 00, 01, 03, 04
  • Mary Johnston – 02
  • Elizabeth Dumas – 03, 04, 05
  • Anna Hammond – 03
  • Crawford Hodgson – 05, 06
  • Celeste Sullivan – 06, 07*
  • Charlotte Gil – 07, 08, 09
  • Izzy Harrison – 07, 09
  • Molly Pinnix – 12
  • Mary Catherine Branyon – 12, 13, 14, 17
  • Abby Warner – 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Delaney Klutes – 13
  • Lauren West – 16, 17

*Denotes State Champion that year!

Top Fifteen 5K Times
For athlete’s time to be consider for the Top Fifteen 5K Board, the 5K course must be a course that has been competed on for at least three years without severe changes to the course so that the course can be verified 5,000 meters. Sectional and State Meet courses automatically qualify. 

Female Athlete/Time/Year

Mary Catherine Branyon 19:08 (2012)

Abby Warner 19:15 (2014)

Celeste Sullivan 19:47 (2007)

Mary Johnston 19:51 (2002)

Nikki Pilot 20:09 (2000)

Delaney Klutes 20:26 (2013)

Caroline Reehl 20:35 (2003)

Izzy Harrison 20:38 (2007)

Charlotte Gill 20:45 (2007)

Molly Pinnix 20:52 (2012)

Lauren West 20:58 (2017)

Elizabeth Dumas 21:02 (2005)

Carlisle Clametti 21:03 (2011)

Crawford Hodgson 21:20 (2005)

Annie Kasuba 21:22 (2015)

 

5K Records by Grade Level
We keep up with the accomplishments of our athletes and recognize them when new first are accomplished. You will find below our best times by grade and gender for our XC program. 

Grade

Female Athlete/Time/Year

Middle School

Mary Catherine Branyon 19:08 (2013)

Freshman

Mary Catherine Branyon 19:10 (2014)

Sophomore

Abby Warner 19:32 (2015)

Junior

Abby Warner 19:58 (2016)

Senior

Celeste Sullivan 19:47 (2007)

 

Top Ten Young Women’s 5K by Grade

 

the history of men’s baxc
Team History
Since 1997, our Bayside men’s cross country has been one of the strongest teams in its classification, qualifying a team for State 18 times with an average finish of 5th place. Top two finishes as well as recent team accomplishments are listed below:

Men’s Team

  • 2019 AHSAA 3A State Runner-Up
  • 2018 AHSAA 3A State Runner-Up
  • 2017 AHSAA 3A Section 1 Champions
  • 2016 AHSAA 3A Section 1 Champions
  • 2007 AHSAA 1A/2A State Champions

 

AHSAA All-State Runners
Since 1997, we have had 12 male athletes earn All-State honors 28 times by finishing in the top 15 of his classification, with two of those being State Champions.  All-State Runners are listed below by year and finish.

All State Young Men

  • Peter McGavin – 00
  • Sam Crosby – 00
  • Hunter Pilot – 04, 05
  • Dennis Dowd – 06, 07, 08
  • William Dorriety – 06, 07
  • Gil Walton – 07
  • Stew Shoemaker – 07, 08, 09*
  • Ryan Shankle – 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Ash Midyett – 12, 13, 14, 15*
  • Ernest Ladd – 15, 16, 17
  • Myles Cook – 17, 18, 19
  • Bradley Schmidt – 18

*Denotes State Champion that year!

Top Fifteen 5K Times
For athlete’s time to be consider for the Top Fifteen 5K Board, the 5K course must be a course that has been competed on for at least three years without severe changes to the course so that the course can be verified 5,000 meters. Sectional and State Meet courses automatically qualify. 

Male Athlete/Time/Year

Ash Midyett 16:23 (2015)

Ernest Ladd 16:36 (2016)

Stew Shoemaker 16:41 (2009)

Ryan Shankle 16:50 (2013)

Bradley Schmidt 17:04 (2018)

Myles Cook 17:06 (2019)

William Dorriety 17:26 (2008)

Dennis Dowd 17:35 (2007)

Spencer Gaberino 17:36 (2019)

Hunter Pilot 17:38 (2005)

Weston Robles 17:50 (2012)

Austin Chesire 17:50 (2013)

Ty Postle 17:50 (2019)

Gil Walton 17:53 (2007)

Christopher Drayton 18:01 (2019)

 

5K Records by Grade Level
We keep up with the accomplishments of our athletes and recognize them when new first are accomplished. You will find below our best times by grade and gender for our XC program. 

Grade

Male Athlete/Time/Year

Middle School

Ernest Ladd 17:14 (2015)

Freshman

Ernest Ladd 16:36 (2016)

Sophomore

Ash Midyett 17:05 (2013)

Junior

Stew Shoemaker 16:45 (2008)

Senior

Ash Midyett 16:23 (2016)

  

Top Ten Young Men’s 5K by Grade


MEET HEAD COACH JOE SWAGART

Through 14 seasons as head cross country coach of young men’s and women’s cross country programs, six years at Bayside Academy and eight years at Cottage Hill Christian Academy, Coach Joe Swagart has helped hundreds of young people develop a passion of running while also developing them in responsible young adults.

Coach Swagart places an emphasis on team, excellence, and commitment. Success in cross country is found through commitment, discipline, and desire. Individuals on a team show commitment by attending team practices and events, by finishing what they start, and by having patience with the process. Individuals on a team show discipline by how they follow instruction, how they change the way they live (nutrition, sleep, etc.), and how they finish what they start. Individuals on a team show desire by how they compete and train, how they take care of themselves, and how they treat others. When individuals come together with the same purpose, we will compete as a team at the highest level we can. We will commit to a level of excellence that shows we are giving our best in all that we do, that we give 100% in achieving our goals, and by how we encourage each other along the way.

In Coach Swagart’s first two seasons with Cottage Hill, his programs competed in the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) where his young men’s teams finished State Runner-Up both seasons, including ten All-State performers and one undefeated regular season athlete who, as a sophomore, was State Champion.  In six seasons with the AHSAA, under Coach Swagart’s leadership, CHCA qualified sixteen individual athletes, five young men’s teams, and one young women’s team for the AHSAA State meet. In these six seasons, Coach Swagart’s young men’s team earned an AHSAA 1A/2A State title in 2011, an AHSAA 1A/2A State Runner-Up in 2010, and an AHSAA 3A State Runner-Up in 2013.  His young men’s teams finished 4th or better each year they have competed at the AHSAA State Meet.  In these six seasons with the AHSAA, he has coached fourteen All-State Runners and has been recognized by the Mobile Press Register as Men’s Coach of the Year three times (’10, ’11, ’12). 

In Coach Swagart’s six seasons with Bayside Academy, eight individual athletes, five young men’s teams, and five young women’s teams have qualified for state. During this time, Coach Swagart’s young men’s highest finish came these past two years with a State Runner-up title in 2018 and 2019. Our young women’s highest finish came in 2014 with a 3rd place finish; however, our young women have finished 4th three out of four years. Seven of Coach Swagart’s athletes have earned All-State honors 16 times, including an individual 3A State Champion and an individual 3A State Runner-up. In the Inaugural AHSAA All-Star XC during the summer of 2017, Coach Swagart represented the girl’s south team as head coach.

Coach Swagart attended college at the University of South Alabama, earning a B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics in 2004 and M. Ed. in Secondary Education in 2018. He has been married to Nancy Swagart for ten years. He and his wife have an eight-year-old son, Owen (a 3rd grader at Bayside Academy); another son, Isaac, who is four and in PK4 at Bayside Academy; and a daughter, Emersyn, who will be one in March.  

 












Joe Swagart

Cross Country Head Coach 
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