October 31, 2014
Young team takes MVC title and qualifies for state As JV wrapped up their season with an MVC title, varsity has continued to prepare for the state meet on November 1st. Both varsity and JV teams won MVC champions, a title City High hasn’t had since 2010.
ABOVE: The Girls’ Cross Country team poses for a photo after learning about their MVC title. Pictured from left to right: Bridgette Brown ‘18, Mary Arch ‘17, Emily Bywater ‘17, Hazel Crew ‘15, Celeste Chadwick ‘17, Maddy Denninger ‘17, Molly Shepherd ‘15. PHOTO BY KIERRA ZAPF
tion of how the girls perform, and if they didn’t perform well I behind West High’s first place finish. wouldn’t have had that honor,” Mittman explained. “But it’s good “I knew the potential was there,” Coach Mittman said. “I exfor the program, and it’s good for the school. There is a little extra pected us to improve, I expected the team to accept the challenge pleasure this year because everybody really worked hard.” put before them. I’m very happy for these girls to enjoy some espite being such a young team, the varsity With captain Molly Shepherd being the only four-year runsuccess.” girls proved themselves against solid teams like West High, ner, the team had to push younger, less experienced runners up Despite rampant sickness and injury, the team strived for allHempstead, and Cedar Falls at the state-qualifying meet last onto varsity. However, the underclassmen on varsity have proved around improvement. A highly-infectious virus swept through week. Strong performances from every runner on varsity helped themselves as invaluable to the team, both with their times and as the team at the beginning of the season, knocking out a large the team to a second place finish. future leaders. fraction of runners. However, many girls came back to greatly Molly Shepherd ‘15 led the team, “I wasn’t worried. I knew comimprove their personal records. Being lucky enough to avoid finishing third with a time of 15:30. ing into the season that a lot of the illness, Bywater shaved 1:22 off of her time, landing a spot on the “I KNEW THE POTENTIAL WAS THERE...I Mary Arch ‘17 took fourth with a younger kids were going to step up,” varsity team for state. time of 15:37. Shepherd said. “It is really nerve-racking, but it is also a really fun and EXPECTED US TO IMPROVE, I EXPECTED “I thought our varsity ran a With everyone stepping up as awesome experience,” Bywater said. “I have been placing THE TEAM TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE very good meet,” head coach Tom a whole, the team held a “run-off ” much better than I ever expected and it feels really good to PUT BEFORE THEM. I’M VERY HAPPY Mittman said. “We’ve come from to determine which runners would know that you did something great for your team.” worrying about being able to make make up the lower half of the varsity Verdick shared a similar experience. FOR THESE GIRLS TO ENJOY SOME it to state to being able to be a top team at the state-qualifying meet. “I cut a minute off my time from last year. I improved a lot. SUCCESS.” ten team at the state meet.” Arch, Shepherd, Bywater, MadLast year I wasn’t even close to being an alternate, and this year I -COACH TOM MITTMAN Both JV and varsity were eline Deninger ‘17, Hazel Crew ‘15, made it,” Verdick added. awarded MVC District ChampiCeleste Chadwick ‘17, and Bridget The team’s progress was truly evident at the state-qualifying ons, a title City High hasn’t had Brown ‘18 made up the varsity top meet, with a 58-point lead over Cedar Falls, a school that City since 2010. seven with Amelia Morrow ‘18, GaHigh had had close races against in earlier meets. “In the past couple years, the team hasn’t been as strong briel McCormick ‘18, Mollie Hansen ‘17, and Verdick qualifying “Our varsity really has nothing to worry about. They’ve made as we’re used to, so the coaches have been trying to build up the as alternates. With a score of 55, the team surpassed schools like it to state,” Coach Mittman said. “What we want to do now is program a lot more,” varsity alternate Hailey Verdick ‘16 said. “I Hempstead and Cedar Falls to qualify for state, but came in just show that this is a step. We want to take it up another notch. We think it’s finally starting to want to be top-ten, to have a come back and we’re getsingle digit in front of us at the ting some younger leaders. state meet. It’s a challenge, but I Winning MVC champions think they can do it.” says something about our As the state meet approgram. It shows a step in proaches, the varsity girls have the right direction.” been keeping to their regular “I would say we routine, being careful not MVC Divisional Class 4A State Qualifier achieved our goals,” varsity overwork themselves before 1 Mary Arch - 15:15 3 Molly Shepard - 15:20 runner Emily Bywater ‘17 the race. added. “I have become much 2 Molly Shepard - 15:35 4 Mary Arch - 15:27 “We started tapering so closer to my teammates over we can recover and be at our 9 Emily Bywater 16:03 11 Emily Bywater 15:59 the course of the season and best for the meet,” Shepherd we are definitely a better 11 Maddy Deninger - 16:09 12 Maddy Deninger - 16:02 explained. “We’re just going team than we were last year.” 13 Hazel Crew - 16:29 25 Celeste Chadwick - 16:33 to go out there and compete Coach Mittman was to the best of our ability and also honored as MVC 14 Celeste Chadwick - 16:33 27 Bridget Brown - 16:34 see what happens.” Coach of the Year. “It’s really just a reflec-
By Innes Hicsasmaz
Girl’s Varsity Cross Country Times
October 31st, 2014