Southwestern Cross Country/Track and Field Head Coach Trey Bruton announced today the addition of Joshua Baudler to the program for the 2020-21 season.
Baudler, of Fontanelle, signed his National Letter of Intent today.
The Nodaway Valley senior has left his mark on a tradition-rich program at NV, becoming the school's first boys individual state champion in cross country this past fall. Baudler won the Class 1A state championship with his time of 16:10.6 after finishing runner-up his junior year in the event. He also has a second-place finish in the Class 1A 3,200 meters and a third-place finish in the 1,600 meters under his belt from the 2019 Co-ed State Track Meet.
Baudler, the youngest son of John and Darla Baudler, also owns personal best times of 10:29.76 in the 3,200 meters and 4:37.02 in the 1,600 meters.
"Josh is a born leader. He has the work ethic and drive any coach wants and will be a key piece for our success this upcoming season," Bruton said. "I won't have to worry about him getting up and doing his morning runs; he will just do them because he's already been doing them. It's like getting a sophomore for two seasons. We've spoken with Coach Darrell Burmeister a decent amount these past couple of years and you know what you are getting from him and his program. Josh has the experience and knows how to lead a team, handle the pressure, and how to win."