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 3A 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 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-American Distance Runner & Legend

 Last season
 Fall 2018
For the third consecutive year, both our girls and boys teams qualified for the AHSAA 3A State meet. Our girls finished 11th overall at State, led by junior Lauren West and freshman Leah Jha who finished 28th and 38th respectively.  Our girls finished 4th at Baldwin County Championships and 4th at Sectionals. 

Our boys finished State Runner-Up, led by senior Bradley Schmidt and junior Myles Cook, both finished in the top 15, 3rd and 6threspectively, earning All-State honors.  All of our boys competed strong, finishing the season with personal best times.  Our boys were narrowly beat by Pleasant Valley for the State Championship by 3 points, however, we are extremely proud of their efforts and the way each left everything they could out on the course.  Our boys finished 3rd 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 will reclassify as a 4A school when reclassifications are done in the winter of 2019 for the 2020-2022 school years, if they continue their current plan.

the history of ba xc
Team History
Since 1997, Bayside cross country has been one of the strongest teams in its classification, for both young men and women.  Both teams have competed well at Sectionals and qualified many teams to the AHSAA State meet almost every year.  Some highlights are listed below:

Women’s Team

Men’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
  • 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 twenty-five athletes earn All-State honors fifty-eight times by finishing in the top 15 of his/her classification, with four of those being State Champions.  All-State Runners are listed below by year and finish. 

All State Young Women

  • Cason Crosby – 97*
  • Nikki Pilot – 97, 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 Pinix – 12
  • Mary Catherine Branyon – 12, 13, 14, 17
  • Abby Warner – 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Delaney Klutes – 13
  • Lauren West – 16, 17

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
  • Bradley Schmidt – 18

*Denotes State Champion that year!

 5K Records by Grade Level

We keep up with the accomplishments of our athletes and recognize them when new grade level records are accomplished.  You will find below our best times by grade and gender for our XC program.  Only certain courses throughout the season can be used to accomplish new records.  

Grade

Female Athlete/Time/Year

Male Athlete/Time/Year

Middle School

Mary Catherine Branyon 19:08 (2013)*

Ernest Ladd 17:14 (2015)

Freshman

Mary Catherine Branyon 19:10 (2014)

Ernest Ladd 16:36 (2016)

Sophomore

Abby Warner 19:32 (2015)

Ash Midyett 17:05 (2013)

Junior

Abby Warner 19:58 (2016)

Stew Shoemaker 16:45 (2008)

Senior

Celeste Sullivan 19:47 (2007)

Ash Midyett 16:23 (2016)*

*Indicates School Record

 

Top Ten Young Women’s 5K by Grade

Top Ten Young Men’s 5K by Grade


Top Ten 5K Times by Gender
For athlete’s time to be consider for the Top Ten 5K Board, the 5K course must be a course that has been competed on for at least three years, therefore can be determined to be truly 5,000 meters or be a Sectional or State Meet course.  

Rank

Athlete

Year

Time

1

Mary Catherine Branyon

2012

19:08.0

2

Abby Warner

2014

19:15.0

3

Celeste Sullivan

2007

19:47.0

4

Mary Johnston

2002

19:51.0

5

Nikki Pilot

2000

20:09.0

6

Delaney Klutes

2013

20:26.0

7

Caroline Reehl

2003

20:35.0

8

Izzy Harrison

2007

20:38.0

9

Charlotte Gill

2007

20:45.0

10

Molly Pinnix

2012

20:52.0

 

Rank

Athlete

Year

Time

1

Ash Midyett

2015

16:23.0

2

Ernest Ladd

2016

16:36.0

3

Stew Shoemaker

2009

16:41.0

4

Ryan Shankle

2013

16:50.0

5

Bradley Schmidt

2018

17:04.0

6

Myles Cook

2018

17:20.0

7

William Dorriety

2008

17:26.0

8

Dennis Dowd

2007

17:35.0

9

Hunter Pilot

2005

17:38.0

10

Weston Robles

2012

17:50.0

 

 

 MEET HEAD COACH JOE SWAGART

Through thirteen seasons as Head Cross Country coach of young men’s and women’s cross country programs, five 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, ect.), 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 have 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 five seasons with Bayside Academy, eight individual athletes, four young men’s teams, and four young women’s teams have qualified for state.  During this time, Coach Swagart’s you men’s highest finish came this past season with a State Runner-up title in 2018 and our young women’s highest finish came in 2014 with a 3rd place finish.  Seven of Coach Swagart’s athletes have earned All-State honors fifteen 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 K-4 student at Bayside Academy, and new daughter, Emersyn.

 












Joe Swagart

Cross Country Head Coach 
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