State champion Baudler chooses Southwestern

Nodaway Valley senior Joshua Baudler recently signed his National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track and field at Southwestern Community College.

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."