The Bayside Academy cross country varsity team consists of 7th–12th students and competes in the 4A classification of the AHSAA. The program practices at the Bayside track.
Since 1997, Bayside’s boys cross country has been one of the strongest teams in its classification, qualifying a team for State 19 times with an average finish of fifth place. Despite a 2020 season plagued by COVID, three hurricanes, numerous injuries, and continual schedule changes, the boys continued to push and grow from each experience and qualified for the State Meet for the fifth consecutive year. They finished 8th overall at State, led by sophomore Ty Postle, who earned All-State honors by placing 13th overall. The boys finished second at Sectionals and 4th at Baldwin County Championships.
About the Coach
Coach Joe Swagart has been a head cross country coach for 15 seasons, seven of which have been spent at Bayside Academy. In Coach Swagart’s seven seasons at Bayside, eight individual athletes, six boys teams, and six girls teams have qualified for state. Twelve of his athletes have earned All-State honors 21 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 girls 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.