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April 19, 2009

Local Drake Relays Qualifiers



Chloe Hoagland, West.

Jessica Gehrke, West.



Nichole Engelhardt, West

Rachel Hegeman, West.


Rachel Hegeman, West.

Nicohole Engelhardt, West.

Allison Fick, West.

Taylor Fehlberg, West.


100 hurdles

Brooke Ludvicek, West



West High.


West High.


West High.

Sprint medley

West High.

Shuttle hurdle

West High.

Long jump

Jessica Gehrke, West.

Shot put

Courtney Fritz, West.

Micaela Haight, West.


Micaela Haight, West.

Courtney Fritz, West.


April 19, 2009

Late Friday Night Roundup

Girls track

• WEST: The Women of Troy won 14 of 19 events and scored almost double any other team Friday at the Draxton Stier Wilkinson Invitational at Linn-Mar.

"We have a team that has depth like we've never had before," West coach Mike Parker said.

On a night of impressive finishes, junior Jessica Gehrke broke her own record in the 100, crossing the tape in 12.39. She also helped anchor the 4x100 to the state's fastest time of 49.71.

Micaela Haight topped 43 feet for the first time this year with a Class 4A-best 43-1 heave.

Parker said his team, which has 19 event entries -- more than any other program -- in the Drake Relays, is looking forward to that challenge.

"We know what next week holds, and we're looking forward to it," Parker said.

Team scores -- 1. West 241; 2. C.R. Kennedy 125; 3. Mount Pleasant 76; 4. Dubuque Hempstead 74; 5. C.R. Prairie 64.


100 -- 1. Jessica Gehrke 12.39; 3. Chloe Hoagland 13.07.

200 -- 4. Mariah Hinton 27.24; 6. Tiffany Roth 27.89.

400 -- 1. Jessica Shull 1:01.88; 4. Erin Davidson 1:04.88.

800 -- 1. Paige Engelhardt 2:27.77; 2. Taylor Fehlberg 2:27.79.

1,500 -- 1. Nichole Engelhardt 5:01.37; 2. Allison Fick 5:10.30.

3,000 -- 1. Nichole Engelhardt 10:31.67; 2. Jenna Broghamer 11:29.65.

100 hurdles -- 3. Nicole Jensen 17.48.

400 hurdles -- 1. Liza Minor 1:08.58; 3. Erin Davidson 1:12.73.

4x100 -- 1. West (Brooke Ludvicek, Rachel Hegeman, Morgan Roskos, Jessica Gehrke) 49.71.

4x200 -- 2. West (Brooke Ludvicek, Katelyn Kelley, Lauren Stoner, Kalee Schilling) 1:48.47.

4x400 -- 1. West (Kalee Schilling, Shahana Williams, Liza Minor, Jessica Shull) 4:09.93.

4x800 -- 1. West (Allison Fick, Griffin Reed, Alison Stephen, Sara Stewart) 10:08.29.

Sprint medley -- 2. West (Lauren Stoner, Rebecca Tanner, Katelyn Kelley, Whitney Schuette) 1:57.28.

Distance medley -- 1. West (Alex McDougall, Mariah Hinton, Tiffany Roth, Rachel Hegeman) 4:25.19.

Shuttle hurdle -- 1. West (Brooke Ludvicek, Rebecca Tanner, Liza Minor, Natalie Mason) 1:09.46.

High jump -- 2. Ashley Weinschenk 4-10; 3. Caroline Van Voorhis 4-10.

Long jump -- 1. Jessica Gehrke 18-10; 4. Elizabeth Ebot 15-8.

Shot put -- 1. Micaela Haight 42-6; 2. Cara Jansen 38-4.

Discus -- 1. Courtney Fritz 128-7; 2. Micaela Haight 120-1.



West High track clinic Saturday

West High's girls track and field coaching staff and athletes are holding an instructional camp for boys and girls grades two through eight from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The cost is $30 for the camp and T-Shirt.

Entry forms can be downloaded at the West High athletics Web site and also at Forms can be dropped off or mailed to West High at 2901 Melrose Ave., Iowa City. Questions can be directed to coach Mike Parker at 354-7682.


West freshman is athlete of week

West High freshman Rachel Hegeman was named the Mississippi Valley Conference girls track athlete of the week for March 30 through April 4.

Hegeman won the 800-meter run by nearly three seconds at Muscatine's Washburn Invitational, and she owns the best times of the season in the MVC in both the 800 and 1500 at 2:24.99 and 5:01.83, respectively.

April 16, 2009

Dual-threats help West soccer, track

Prep sports notebook

Susan Harman
Prep sports notebook

The West High girls' soccer team was ranked ninth in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union preseason rankings, and the Women of Troy have done nothing to dim their top-10 luster with a 3-0 start.

West is carrying 19 players this year, a handful more than usual, because it has returned to a prior policy allowing students to try two sports at once in the spring. Four girls are playing soccer as well as competing on the track team: Micaela Haight, Rachel Hegeman, Erin Davidson and Mary Hausler.

"I think there are a lot of factors that have gone into this," West High soccer coach Dave Rosenthal said. "One of the deciding factors to go back to this was that we've got kids doing multiple sports. We've got kids, they'll play a high school sport, but then they'll finish that and go off to a club sport practice. They seem to be finding ways to jam it all in."

Girls track coach Mike Parker said the idea was raised by parents and students last fall, and principal Jerry Arganbright and athletics director Marv Reiland were amenable to trying to make it work for the athletes involved.

"It seems to come up every year," Parker said. "For a whole long list of reasons we've decided we weren't going to do it, and this year it's been working great for both of us."

Parker said Arganbright and Reiland deserve the credit for agreeing to try to work something out that would benefit both programs and all four athletes.

Rosenthal and Parker began working last December to set up a schedule to prioritize practices, meets and games.

"We set that schedule in stone," Rosenthal said. "We said, 'Here's the schedule. This is what it's going to be. If you can't abide by this then you need to choose one or the other.' There's some flexibility built into it for one reason or another."

Haight is a goalkeeper and also the leading thrower on the track team. Hegeman, a distance runner, was just named the MVC track athlete of the week and plays midfield on the soccer team. Davidson has been primarily a soccer athlete but when presented with the opportunity to do both this spring, she jumped at it. Hausler is a freshman goalkeeper.

For years City High has allowed athletes to try two sports at once, but West's participation numbers were so high that administrators felt compelled to limit kids to one sport. But Parker pointed out that West Des Moines Valley, the last team to best West High in any kind of track meet and one of the biggest schools in the state, has shared elite athletes like Whitney Sharpe in both track and soccer.

"She helped them win three events in the state championships in 2005," Parker said. "They got the benefit of doing both.

"I don't know who (West's decision to share) benefited the most, but it's definitely benefited both of us."

The change has required cooperation among coaches, kids, parents and administrators. It's also required that the one-sport athletes accept the fact that some of their teammates will be absent at times.

"There are several varsity kids that are upset, that they feel that track athletes are spending more time with track than soccer," Rosenthal said. "It is a little track heavy because they are hitting their tough time of the year. But we've all made that agreement. We all understand what's going on, and once track is over we've got them all specifically for soccer."

At this point both teams are unbeaten. A year ago West's girls soccer team was almost 1-for-April, having lost five of its first six games before getting it together for a run to the state semifinals. So this start is welcome.

What's interesting is that West is doing so with a bizarre schedule that has it playing one home game before May 7. One.

"I was talking to another coach the other day, and he was saying that's happening just the opposite with them," Rosenthal said. "Next year will be just the opposite (for West)."

West graduated five seniors, three of whom were key cogs. But the Women of Troy returned a number of players who started or have extensive experience, and that's helped with the heavy road schedule.

West beat Dubuque Wahlert, North Scott and an improved West Waterloo all on the road so far. Rosenthal takes particular pleasure in the victory at North Scott, accomplished without its leading goalkeeper. The Lancers are the team that West beat to reach the state tournament a year ago, and they remain a tough team.

"That was a very good game for us," he said. "This is a group of kids that's doing well with respect to coachability. We've got some good pace. They've been making the changes that need to be made during a game, which is really nice to have."

All-state midfielder Kelsey Dolder, who will play at Northern Iowa next year, has had a nice start both scoring and assisting.

"We're doing pretty well," Rosenthal said. "We've still got work to do. One of the things about the MVC this year, for lack of a better term, there's a lot of parity. It's really nice for soccer to constantly have competition."

• DRAKE BIDS COMING: Drake Relays prep qualifiers will be posted for coaches today (for verification purposes) and for the general public no later than 4 p.m. Saturday at The high school events begin a week from today at 3 p.m. with field events and on the track at 4:20 p.m. with the girls 3,000 meters.

The Relays will present the 20 "athletes of the century" at 7:30 p.m. that night at the Knapp Center . The public is invited.

 Tuesday April 14th
West Girls came home victors after the FT. Madison meet winning 14 events in the Varsity division and 13 in the JV division. Many of the performances solidified qualification for the Drake Relays this next weekend. Some outstanding performances were the Discus where we went 1-2, with Courtney Fritz and Micaela Haight, Jessica Shull winning the 800 on her first try at that event in 2:222 and Rachel Hegeman winning the 1500 in 4:50, giving her the 3rd fastest time in the state thus far. West won all the field events in teh JV Division with Summer Burch winning the HJ, Cara Jansen winning the Shot Put, Nicole Titus winning the Discus and Katie Kelley taking the long jump.
West travels to Linn-Mar on Friday for the Kennedy Relays at 5pm.

.C. West's Gehrke makes it look easy

MARION — She has been asked by many. Her fans. Her family.

How does Jessica Gehrke make it look so easy?

"They say I make it look effortless," said the star from Iowa City West. "They ask me if I'm running hard. Yes, I'm running hard."

Such is the life of the gifted.

Gehrke competed in three events at the J-Hawk Relays girls' track meet Saturday afternoon at Armstrong Field, winning all of them.

The junior captured the long jump (18 feet, 1/2 inch) and the 100 meters (12.77 seconds) before anchoring West's sprint medley to gold with a sub-60 split.

West Coach Mike Parker said Gehrke makes it look easy because of her form.

"She doesn't have the high knee drive. She's very efficient," Parker said. "The stopwatch proves she's running as fast as anybody."

West won its 38th straight meet — the Women of Troy haven't been outscored since the 2005 state meet — in convincing fashion. Parker is more eager to talk about the number of days (1,421) it has been since the last defeat.

West won 12 of 19 events and compiled 190 points. Cedar Rapids Washington was second with 100.

"You come to a nine-team meet — and these are decent teams — and win 12 events, that's a good day for us," Parker said. "We take a lot of pride in our depth. Our success later this season will ride with our depth."

In addition to Gehrke's triple, West got titles from Rachel Hegeman (3,000), Courtney Fritz (discus), Micaela Haight (shot put), Morgan Roskas (200), Nichole Engelhardt (1,500) and the shuttle hurdle, distance medley, 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays.

April 12, 2009

West High girls first in 13 events

West High lapped the field at the J-Hawk Invitational Saturday at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

The Women of Troy won 13 events, the most they've ever won there, and took the team title with 190 to 90 for second-place Cedar Falls.

Jessica Gehrke had another strong meet, winning the long jump, 100 and running anchor on the sprint medley.

Team scores -- Not available.

Winner, West placewinners

Shot put -- 1. Micaela Haight (W) 42-1; 3. Courtney Fritz (W) 36-5.

Discus -- 1. Courntey Fritz (W) 128-7; 3. Micaela Haight (W) 114-5.

Long jump -- 1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 18-; 2. Shahana Williams (W) 15-10.

High jump -- 1. Layloni Beard (CRW) 5-0.

3,000 -- 1. Rachel Hegeman (W) 10:40.35; 4. Alison Fick (W) 10:51.88.

4x800 -- 1. Cedar Falls 9:56.79; 2. West (Taylor Fehlberg, Jenna Broghamer, Paige Engelhardt, Sara Stewart)10:04.67.

Shuttle hurdle -- 1. West (Brooke Ludvicek, Rebecca Tanner, Rachel AAscoli, Liza Minor) 1:10.41.

100 -- 1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 12.77; 5. Morgan Roskas (W) 13.46.

Distance medley -- 1. West (Mariah Hinton, Kalee Schilling, Tiffany Roth, Jessica Shull) 4:25.40.

400 -- 1. Megan Titler (CRP) 62.86; 3. Whitnie Schulte (W) 63.48.

4x200 -- 1. C.R. Jefferson 1:49.22.

100 hurdles -- 1. Layloni Beard (CRW) 16.5; 2. Liza Minor (W) 17.03; 6. Rebecca Tanner (W) 17.17.

800 -- 1. Lydia Martin (M) 2:25.51; 2. Taylor Fehlberg (W) 2:27.11; 6. Paige Engelhardt (W) 2:31.72.

200 -- 1. Morgan Roskas (W) 27.17; 4. Katie Kelley (W) 27.90.

400 hurdles -- 1. Brooke Foreman (CRW) 1:09.62.

Sprint medley -- 1. West (Brooke Ludvicek, Chloe Hoagland, Shana Williams, Jessica Gehrke) 1:51.76.

1,500 -- 1. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 4:54.05; 2. Rachel Hegeman (W) 5:01.30.

4x100 -- 1. West (Lauren Stoner, Chloe Hoagland, Brooke Ludvicek, Morgan Roskos) 51.82.

4x400 -- 1. West (Kalee Schilling, Whitney Schuette, Liza Minor, Jessica Shull) 4:09.43


April 8, 2009

West’s records fall

Women of Troy dominate at home relays

By Susan Harman
Iowa City Press-Citizen

It’s a wonder any teams want to come to the Women of Troy Relays. West High puts out the red carpet with a well-run event, to be sure, but then the team pulls that rug right out from under the visitors.

West won 12 of the 19 events, setting a couple meet records to boot, in capturing its home meet by 127 points over runner-up Cedar Rapids Xavier.

“It was a great overall performance,” West coach Mike Parker said. “That’s something we continue to take great overall pride in. We have superstars, no doubt about it. But we take more pride in making it to state in 19 events rather than winning. That’s what will make us successful this year when we get there.”

Junior Jessica Gehrke shattered the meet record in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 7.75 inches. The previous mark was 16-10.25, set 11 years ago by Prairie’s Fiona Asigbee.

Gehrke wasn’t through, breaking the meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 25.79. That was .11 better than the 2006 mark set by Benton’s Callan Jacobson.

She later anchored the winning 4x100 relay that included Brooke Ludvicek, Chloe Hoagland and Lauren Stoner. Gehrke and Stoner overcame a deficit caused by a sluggish handoff between the second and third legs.

Senior Nichole Engelhardt got the Women of Troy off well with a near-record time of 10:42.82 in the 3,000 meters. Engelhardt’s time was just one second off the 2004 meet record set by Sarah Wickman.

“It was nice to run the (3,000),” Engelhardt said. “This was the first outdoor meet I’ve run it in.”
Engelhardt doubled up with a victory in the 800 meters in a time of 2:25.53. Teammate Taylor Fehlberg was second.

“I normally run eights and 15s and 3s,” she said. “I love (the 800). It’s probably not my best event, but I really like the speed. I really like being on the 4x8.”

West followed up with a victory in the 4x800. Leadoff runner Jessica Shull established a five-second lead on her leg, which was increased to eight by Paige Engelhardt and 10 by Whitney Schuette. Anchor Taylor Fehlberg finished off the strong showing as West won by 16 seconds.

The 4x200 team of Katie Kelley, Chloe Hoagland, Morgan Roskos and Shahana Williams won in a time of 1:47.85. Roskos’ third leg was instrumental in handing the lead to Williams, who cruised in for the victory.

Senior Kalee Schilling won the 400 and anchored the winning 4x400.

“(Schilling) is the only returnee from our 4x400 at state last year,” Parker said. “She’s kind of the leader of that group. We have a freshman, Jessica Shull, who led off our 4x400 and had the fastest split in the 4x4 and led off our 4x800 that won.”

Juniors Micaela Haight and Courtney Fritz continued West’s dominance by going one-two in the shot put and discus for West High. Fritz’s 38-4 in the shot was a personal best, and Haight had her best throw of the year with 42-6.

Senior Liza Minor captured the 400 hurdles in 1:10.02. Rachel Hegeman and Allison Fick finished one-two in the 1,500 meters.

“There’s no area where we’d say this is what we’re banking on and no one else is going to help out,” Parker said. “Obviously, whatever Jessica Gehrke is in, that’s something we plan to do really well in. But our speed is as good as it ever has been in my 13 years here, and our field events are as good as ever.”

Women of Troy Relays
Team results: 1. West High 215, 2. C.R. Xavier 88, 3. Burlington 71, 4. Linn-Mar 57, 5T. Kennedy and Prairie 53, 7. Mount Pleasant 34, 8 Muscatine 18.
Individual results (Top 3 and all West placewinners)
3000—1. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 10:42.82, 2. Carolyn Newhouse (LM) 11:06.04, 3. Mackenzie Eland (Bur) 11:16.32, 4. Jenna Broghamer (W) 11:26.30.
4x800—1. West High (Jessica Shull, Paige Engelhardt, Whitney Schuette, Taylor Fehlberg) 10:16.24, 2. Mount Pleasant 10:32.44, 3. C.R. Prairie 10:32.79.
Shuttle Hurdle relay—1. Mount Pleasant (Rebekah Kimzey, Laura Alderson, Hannah Sinclair, Kim Scarbrough) 1:11.96, 2. Burlington 1:12.45, 3. Linn-Mar 1:13.88, 4. West High (Rebecca Tanner, Ali Hansen, Jesse Robinson, Rachel Ascoli) 1:13.93.
100—1. Aubrey Lindgren (CRX) 12.67, 2. Brooke Ludvicek (W) 12.69, 3. Kate Steingreaber (CRX) 12.94, 5. Shahana Williams (W) 13.11.
Distance medley—1. Linn-Mar (Krista McCright, Chelsea Thayer, Chelsie Burkle, Emily Saville) 4:29.52, 2. West (Tiffany Roth, Mariah Hinton, Erin Davidson, Rachel Hegeman) 4:30.12, 3. C.R. Xavier 4:38.18.
400—1. Kalee Schilling (W) 1:03.36, 2. Katie Carver (CRP) 1:03.57, 3. Whitney Schuette (W) 1:04.05.
4x200—1. West High (Katie Kelley, Chloe Hoagland, Morgan Roskos, Shahana Williams) 1:47.85, 2. C.R. Xavier 1:49.97, 3 C.R. Kennedy 1:50.32.
100 hurdles—1. Brena Peterson (Bur) 16.63, 2. Mackenzie Welsh (CRK) 17.27, 3. Liza Minor (W) 17.28.
800—1. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 2:25.53, 2. Taylor Fehlberg (W) 2:29.49, 3. Hannah Rohlings (CRK) 2:34.94.
200—1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 25.79*, 2. Daysha Lichty (CRK) 27.47, 3. Aubrey Lindgren (CRX) 27.47, 5. Brooke Ludvicek (W) 27.89.
400 hurdles—1. Liza Minor (W) 1:10.02, 2. Kris Hanson (CRX) 1:12.26, 3. Rebekah Kimzey (MP) 1:14..46.
Sprint medley—1. C.R. Xavier (Kate Steingreaber, Erin Lynch, Tyler Sampson, Eimly Whitters)1:51.69, 2. Linn-Mar 1:56.65, 3. West High (Morgan Roskos, Mariah Hinton, Tiffany Roth, Erin Davidson) 1:57.04.
1500—1. Rachel Hegeman (W) 5:03.40, 2. Allison Fick (W) 5:09.25, 3. Mackenzie Eland (Bur) 5:17.35.
4x100—1. West High (Brooke Ludvicek, Chloe Hoagland, Lauren Stoner, Jessica Gehrke) 50.15, 2. C.R. Xavier 50.04***, 3.. C.R. Kennedy 52.02.
4x400—1. C.R. Xavier (Tyler Sampson, Emily Ries, Emily Whitters, Hannah Breitbach) 4:10.88, 2. West High (Jessica Shull, Whitney Schuette, Liza Minor, Kalee Schilling) 4:12.98, 3. Linn-Mar 4:22.86.
Shot put—1. Micaela Haight (W) 42-6, 2. Courtney Fritz (W) 38-4, 3. Alissa Martin (Mus) 35-5.
Discus—1. Micaela Haight (W) 120-1, 2. Courtney Fritz (W) 118-1, 3. Amanda Picke (LM) 107-4.
High jump—1. Khanishah Williams (Bur) 5-3, 2. Rachel Peters (CRP) 5-1, 3. Victoria Ita (Bur) 5-1, 5. Caroline VanVoorhis (W) 4-10, 6. Ashley Weinschenk (W) 4-10.
Long jump—1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 17-7.75*, 2. Shelby Crist (CRP) 15-8.75, 3. Shahana Williams (W) 15-7.5.
*Meet record.

__________________________________________________ April 4, 2009

Gehrke lifts West

Prep track roundup

West High's Jessica Gehrke won three events and broke the school record in the 100 meters as the Women of Troy dominated the Dick Washburn Invitational on Friday in Muscatine with 218 points.

Gehrke won the 100 in 12.20 seconds, breaking Lisa Mellecker's old school record of 12.31 from 2006. The time was also a meet record. Gehrke also tied the meet record in the 200 by winning in 25.93, and won the long jump with a leap of 17-feet, 6-inches.

Kalee Schilling won the 400 for West, Rachel Hegeman won the 800, Micaela Haight won the shot put, Courtney Fritz won the discus, and the Women of Troy won the 4x100 relay.

Team scores -- 1. West High 218; 2. Pleasant Valley 141; 3. Cedar Rapids Washington 95; 4. Bettendorf 72; 5. Cedar Rapids Prairie 61; 6. Clinton 60; 7. Dubuque Hempstead 55; 8. Muscatine 29.

Winners, West place-winners:

3,000 -- 1. Maddy Becker (CRW) 10:55.48; 2. Taylor Fehlberg (W) 10:58.95; 5. Jenna Broghamer (W) 11:24.11.

4x800 -- 1. Pleasant Valley 9:52.37; 2. West High (Whitney Shuette, Jessica Shull, Paige Engelhardt, Rachel Hegeman) 10:01.06.

Shuttle hurdle relay -- 1. Pleasant Valley 1:07.94; 2. West High (Brooke Ludvicek, Erin Davidson, Rachel Ascoli, Liza Minor) 1:11.17.

100 -- 1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 12.20; 3. Chloe Hoagland (W) 12.55.

Distance medley relay -- 1. Bettendorf 4:22.41; 2. West High (Morgan Roskos, Katie Kelley, Alison Stephan, Nicole Engelhardt) 4:24.72.

400 -- 1. Kalee Schilling (W) 1:03.61; 8. Sara Miller (W) 1:08.53.

4x200 -- 1. Pleasant Valley 1:49.00; 4. West High (McDougall, Hoagland, Roth, Hinton) 1:51.83.

100 hurdles -- 1. Layloni Beard (CRW) 15.86; 3. Ludvicek (W) 16.13; 8. Rachel Ascoli (W) 17.68.

800 -- 1. Rachel Hegeman (W) 2:24.99; 3. Taylor Fehlberg (W) 2:29.48.

200 -- 1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 25.93; 2. Shanana Williams (W) 26.61.

400 hurdles -- 1. Susan Rodriguez (PV) 1:05.72; 2. Minor (W) 1:10.98.

Sprint medley relay -- 1. Clinton 1:57.24; 3. West High (Mariah Hinton, Chloe Hoagland, Tiffany Roth, Erin Davidson) 1:58.00.

1,500 -- 1. Payton Strawder (PV) 4;58.85; 2. Nicole Englehardt (W) 5:02.05; 3. Allison Fick (W) 5:09.44.

4x100 -- 1. West High (Ludvicek, Roskos, Kelley Williams) 51.31.

4x400 -- 1. Bettendorf 4:10.50; 2. West High (Whitney Shuette, Stephan, Minor, Jessica Shull) 4:15.44.

Shot put -- 1. Micaela Haight (W) 41-4; 3. Courtney Fritz (W) 36-9.

Discus -- 1. Fritz (W) 122-10; 2. Haight (W) 110-11.

Long jump -- 1. Gehrke (W) 17-6; 4. Williams (W) 15-2.

High jump -- 1. Layloni Beard (CRW) 5-2; 4. Ashley Weinschenk (W) 4-8; 5. Caroline Van Voorhis (W) 4-8.


March 31, 2009

Hitting her stride

Engelhardt has risen from worst to first

Susan Harman
Iowa City Press-Citizen

To runners at Northwest Junior High, a "duck pond" isn't necessarily a location. A "duck pond" is a distance, and not a particularly long distance at that.

Running from the school to the pond in Morrison Park was enough for Nichole Engelhardt back then. Track and cross country were things to do with friends. They were not activities that demanded concentration nor required passion.

"We called them 'duck ponds,'" Engelhardt remembered. "They were probably less than 800 (meters), and we would do two of them. That was like our killer workout. We would dread those days."

Engelhardt spent the summer before her freshman year at West High running with her friend Jen Barrick to get ready for the season. Again, Engelhardt's connection to the sport and the team were largely social.

"She and Nichole trained as far back as they possibly could," West High coach Mike Parker recalled. "Wherever the tail is to the workout, they were back there."

Engelhardt had played basketball for six years but confessed she wasn't very good. She knew that anyone could go out for cross country regardless of skill level.

"I had fun with my friends in junior high, so I was just totally doing it for fun," she said.

Engelhardt said that she and her friend walked a lot during those "workouts."

"We used to play a game where we would run in the sun and walk in the shade," Engelhardt said. "That's kind of what we did that summer."

But when Barrick decided to hang up her spikes before the season began even though she had done the summer workouts, Engelhardt decided to stick around with the other girls on the team.

No one would have predicted that to be a particularly fateful decision for either Engelhardt or for West High.

But four years later, the reluctant runner is the recipient of a Division I scholarship from Iowa State and is one of the top distance performers in the state. It is such an unlikely story that Parker uses it in his career as a motivational speaker.

"I tell her that I should provide a little bit of my fee to her," Parker said. "I often use her as an example in a story that has to do with no matter where you start, it has nothing to do with where you can finish."

Engelhardt's early expectations were hardly the stuff of dreams. She just wanted to run in the races..

"I had fun with the team and had fun at the team dinners," she said.

Her first year was predictable.

"In cross country I remember we took 30 people to our first meet, and she was 27th, and the three people behind her were sprinters that just were on the cross country team," Parker said.

But that changed. She still continued to have fun with her teammates, but there was a point at which Engelhardt's vision of the future began to mesh with Parker's.

"I remember having a conversation with her during track," Parker said. "She was one of those people who looked like she was willing to do the work and maybe wasn't the most talented person, but I said if you're willing to do the work and you're a distance runner, you'll be amazed where you can go."

Engelhardt said she remembers the day she "decided to start trying," as she termed it.

"I've always liked track, and I've always wanted to be good in track; I just wasn't performing well," she said. "It was our last home meet my freshman year, and I had finally broken 2:30 in the 800, and I was so excited about it. He told me that if I tried I could maybe be an asset to the cross country team and be on varsity."

She credits Parker with recognizing what almost no one had heretofore recognized in her and then providing the kind of workouts she needed and the encouragement to follow through.

"If he hadn't come up and told me to try, I don't know what would have happened," she said.

No longer did she run in the sun and walk in the shade. No longer was she a distant straggler in the summer workouts. She pushed herself to do more, even as the workouts became more rigorous, moving up to the "gold group" of varsity runners.

"Her summer between her freshman and sophomore year, you think she should have signed up under a different name," Parker said. "Right away her sophomore year she was no longer climbing the ladder. She was one of our top runners her sophomore year. And she's continued to make the climb."

"Sophomore year was kind of surreal," Engelhardt said. "I didn't really know what I was doing. I was kind of just following Sarah (Wickman) and Jordan (Stahlecker)."

But Engelhardt's progress came because she had different goals, and the work she put in gave her the confidence to believe she could meet them. The team's more established runners helped push her and encouraged her.

By the time she was a junior she started to think about continuing to run in college. She was surprised when Parker suggested that he could help her train toward that end.

As a senior she won the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet individual cross country title and the Class 4A regional individual championship. She won the 3,000 meters at the MVC indoor championships. And she earned a scholarship to run in college.

She remains a living, breathing example to everyone in West's program who has ever looked at the team leaders and thought, "I'll never be able to do that."

"No one has gone from being as far back to being as high," Parker said. "I'm not sure there could be a bigger extreme than being last place on a high school team and then signing a Division I scholarship."

March 25, 2009

Engelhardt is MVC Athlete of the Week

the Press-Citizen

Nichole Engelhardt has been named Athlete of the Week for Mississippi Valley Conference women's track.

The Iowa City West senior has been on the outstanding distance runners in the MVC throughout her career. She won the 3000 meter run at the MVC Indoor Meet with a time of 10:58.80. Engelhardt has also posted the best 1500 meter time so far in the conference with a 5:09.15.




Jessica Gehrke runs like a prized automobile.




 She’s has the speed of a Porsche and the elegance of a Rolls-Royce. But the Iowa City West junior lacks something those cars possess — cruise control.

“It’s always go, go, go,” Gehrke said.


It was no different Tuesday when she displayed her wheels on the UNI-Dome track. Gehrke sped to two individual titles and contributed to a championship relay at the A.D. Dickinson girls state indoor track meet.


“She did a great job,” West Coach Mike Parker said. “Everything she’s doing is what we expected of Jessica, and that’s to be as good as anybody.”


Even away from competition, she has a similar approach,

“I’m a big competitor in pretty much everything,” Gehrke said. “I still try to have fun no matter what I’m doing.”


The powerful sprinter’s explosiveness is matched by few. Parker said it’s a “good combination” of natural ability and hard work.


“Obviously, she’s just a naturally talented athlete,” Parker said. “That’s always good to see, but we have respect for people that train like animals and she does.”


West has had elite competitors with multiple state titles serve as leaders, and Gehrke is playing that role now. Parker said Gehrke hasn’t missed one off-season workout and called her a strong leader by example and a good teammate.


“I work as hard as I do as a meet in practice,” Gehrke said. “I always give my all.”


Gehrke’s trophy case was missing an individual state title.


She’d shared in team and relay state titles. She captured her first solo crown Tuesday, accelerating to the 60-meter dash title in 7.81 seconds.

She improved her qualifying time by .02 seconds, after being the only runner to break the 8-second mark in prelims.


“I worked really hard for that,” Gehrke said. “I worked on my blocks to get faster and then keep my speed. Keep pushing down the whole runway.”


The full-throttle attitude was displayed when she finished the 60 and almost immediately reported to the long jump area for the final flight.


She wasted little time, jumping 18 feet, 3 1/4 inches on her first attempt.

Waukee’s Ar’tiana Black-Scott took the lead with a jump of 18-4 1/2, but Gehrke responded on her final jump with a personal best 18-10.


“It felt great,” Gehrke said. “It was really important for me, because it showed my mental toughness.”


She gathered her thoughts before the final try with a goal of 18-9.


“I just said, ‘Go for it. Do my best,’” Gehrke said. “I really wanted to get that jump in.”


Gehrke anchored the winning 800 relay team with a 24-second split, helping Brooke Ludvicek, Shahana Williams and Morgan Roskos to a time of 1:46.23.


“it was really exciting,” Gehrke said. “I was really ready today. I just felt great.”


Few motors can run as high or hard as Gehrke’s. The never-slow-down traits seem natural to her.


“I don’t think it’s very hard for me because I’m a very competitive person,” Gehrke said. “Especially when I go from event to event and I have that adrenaline, it kind of keeps going the whole day.”


The day was filled with top performances.


A Mount Vernon foursome of Holly Salzbrenner, Emily Ryan, Alex Wilson and Karly Cochrane won the 3,200 relay in 9:30.20. West had raced to a big lead, but the Mustangs raced to the title with an impressive anchor-leg by Cochrane, who caught and passed the Women of Troy.


Dike-New Hartford’s Hannah Willms wowed the crowd by winning the high jump at 6-0 1/4, the top prep height in the country this season and in the top 10 at all levels of female competition.


March 25, 2009

Gehrke leads Women of Troy

Jessica Gehrke won three events to lead the West High girls track team at the State Indoor Meet on Tuesday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Gehrke won the long jump with a meet- and school-record leap of 18-feet, 10-inches. She beat her own indoor school record of 18-9 set last season, and topped the indoor meet state record of 18-9.

She also won the 60 meters in 7.81 seconds, and anchored the winning 4x200 relay, which also featured Brooke Lud-vicek, Shahanna Williams and Kailee Schilling.

Gehrke also anchored the second-place 4x100 relay.

"We've never had a three-time state champion, indoor or outdoor," West coach Mike Parker said. "It was spectacular."

West's 4x800 team also was second by 0.1 seconds.

West High place-winners:

Shot put -- 4. Micaela Haight (W) 40-9.

Long jump -- 1. Jessica Gehrke (W) 18-10.

4x200 -- 1. West High (Brooke Ludvicek, Shahanna Williams, Kailee Schilling, Gehrke) 1:46.23.

4x800 -- 2. West High (Rachel Hageman, Nicole Jensen, Taylor Fehlberg, Nichole Engelhardt) 9:50.30.

1,500 -- 3. Hageman (W) 5:02.07; 4. Engelhardt (W) 5:02.31.

60 hurdles -- 7. Natalie Mason (W) 9.82.

60 -- 1. Gehrke (W) 7.81.

4x100 -- 2. West High (Ludvicek, Morgan Roskos, Katie Kelly, Gehrke) 50.65.

4x400 -- 6. West High (Jessica Shull, Liza Minor, Mason, Schilling) 4:15.97.

March 22, 2009
Central College Indoor
Natalie Mason won the 55 Hurdles at the Central college indoor for our lone individual winner but the Women of Troy swept the relays winning the 4x2, 4x4 and 4x8. The 4x800 team of Rachel Hegeman, Nicole Jensen, Taylor Fehlberg and Nichole Engelhardt won by over 15 seconds to capture the win while the 4x200 team of Brooke Ludvicek, Shahana Williams, Morgan Roskos and Jessica Shull took the win by 2 seconds. The 4x4 team of Liza Minor, Rachel Hegeman, Erin Davidson and Jessica Shull led the entire race against Waukee to capture their win.
The Women of Troy head to the Indoor State Championships on Tuesday at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls for the final indoor meet of the year.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 12:05 PM CDT

I.C. West rules UNI-Dome

By BRIAN PALS, Courier Sports Writer

CEDAR FALLS --- Early in the season or late, all Iowa City West knows how to do is dominate.

Falling during many schools' spring break, the season-opening Mississippi Valley indoor meet at the UNI-Dome serves as a tune-up for most teams. The three-time defending state champion Women of Troy aren't most teams, though, and they rolled through Monday's meet in typical fashion, winning 12 of 17 events.

"One advantage that we have is that none of our girls know anything other than this," said Trojans coach Mike Parker. "Our freshmen now were in fifth grade the last time this team lost a track meet, so they've only known success."

Although team scores weren't kept, Iowa City West junior Jessica Gehrke put her individual stamp on the meet, winning both the 60 meters (7.47 seconds) and the long jump (17 feet, 4.75 inches) by significant margins.

Cedar Falls, another squad accustomed to having its way on the track, is sporting a new look this year. With brand-new black warm-ups and singlets, the Tigers bear little resemblance to the senior-dominated squad that placed fourth in last year's state meet.

"For us it was a glorified time trial, because we have so many runners that were in their first meet," said Tigers coach Troy Becker. "It was just a chance for us to see where we're at."

One returning Tiger senior is Paige Hersom, the only holdover from a 4x800-meter relay team that placed third in the state last year. Her individual 800 time of 2:33.50 Monday was good for fourth place.

"We had a lot of seniors last year, and this year it's a lot of freshman," Hersom said. "It's a really different team."

Waterloo East is another metro squad that's dealing with changes, as new head coach Ed Madlock takes over a team well-stocked with newcomers.

"We've got about 30 girls out, and the good part is that none of them are seniors, so we can kind of mold the team into what we want," Madlock said.

The Trojans' 4x200 team of Ashley Cummings, Pershonda Bruce, Keyla Thomas and Diajona Bates placed a solid fourth. The all-freshman and sophomore team came in ahead of powerhouse Iowa City West's squad.

Waterloo West junior Abby Coselman claimed the best metro finish of the day with a 1:04.70 in the 400, an event she qualified for state in last season. She is taking up a new distance this year, running 29.50 in her first 200 of the season.

"It would be nice to qualify in more than one distance this year," Coselman said.

The Wahawks will suit up 40 to 50 athletes this season, and will be just as youthful as their metro rivals, according to coach Ralph Longus.

"We had a couple of real good eighth-graders that ran last year, and they're definitely going to be a major part of the program," Longus said.

The UNI-Dome will host the MVC indoor boys' meet beginning at 4 p.m. today.

Contact Brian Pals at

3,000 - 1. Nicole Engelhardt (Iowa City West) 10:58.80; 2. Rebecca Rathwisch (Iowa CIty High) 11:08.80; 3. Maddy Becker (Cedar Rapids Washington) 11:11.27.

4x800 RELAY - 1. Iowa City West 10:21.05; 2. Dubuque Wahlert A 10:25.71; 3. Dubuque Wahlert B 10:32.86. Cedar Falls - 11:45.00.

SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY - 1. Iowa City West 39.36; 2. Iowa City High 41.72; 3. Dubuque Hempstead 42.59. Cedar Falls - 45.00.

DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Iowa City West 4:34.49; 2. Dubuque Hempstead 4:40.49; 3. Dubuque Senior 4:40.79. Cedar Falls - 4:42.10.

60 - 1. Jessica Gehrke (ICW) 7.47; 2. Ashley Wilkinson (ICH) 7.68; 3. Maggie Schatzel (CRK) 7.85. Cedar Falls: Jacqueline Jordan 7.90, Cassie Crotty 8.34, Kelsey Flemming 8.69. Waterloo East: Shakeyla Scott 8.42, Brittany Madlock 8.67, Pershonda Bruce 8.86, Miosha Quinn 8.86. Waterloo West: Dominique Lyles 8.96, Jori Jacobson 10.00, Cait Denning 11.70, Brandie Lenius 11.80.

400 - 1. Mariah Steinburg-Garner (CRW) 1:04.34; 2. Abby Coselman (WW) 1:04.70; 3. M. Titler (Cedar Rapids Prairie) 1:05.13. Waterloo East: Daytazsha Payson 1:09.30, Jackie Riggins 1:10.60, Janae Stigler 1:12.10, Daeja O'Donnell 1:17.50. Waterloo West: Coselman 1:04.70, Kristina Rudie 1:18.00.

4x200 RELAY - 1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 1:49.64; 2. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 1:50.38; 3. Iowa City High 1:51.19. Cedar Falls A 2:00.60; Cedar Falls B - 2:01.72; Waterloo East A - 1:51.50; Waterloo East B - 2:15.15; Waterloo West 1:57.20.

60 HURDLES - 1. Natalie Mason (ICW) 9.25; 2. Layloni Beard (CRW) 9.80; 3. Katie Naber (CRJ) 9.85. Cedar Falls: Kaitlyn Gillett 10.41, Megan Hartman 10.56, Abby Hermanson 10.76, Hannah Reibkes 11.44. Waterloo West: Rachel Swisher 11.25.

800 - 1. Nicole Jensen (ICW) 2:30.24; 2. Ashley Fuller (ICH) 2:30.25; 3. Hannah Roling (CRK) 2:33.12. Cedar Falls: Paige Hersom 2:33.50, Allie Wirth 2:44.40, Rebecca Oberreider 2:47.90.

200 - 1. Ashley Heffernen (CRK) 27.20; 2. Daysha Lichty (CRK) 27.44; 3. Shahana Williams (ICW) 27.49. Cedar Falls: Jordan 28.30, Crotty 28.35, Alexis Higgins 29.43, Kaitlyn Hennings 30.00. Waterloo East: Daytazsha Parsons 29.36, Ashley Cummings 29.98, Essoria Greer 30.20, Dakia Frazier 30.40. Waterloo West: Zinka Duric 28.00, Coselman 29.50, Dominique Lyles 31.90, S. Tooson 33.60.

SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Dubuque Wahlert 2:00.38; 2. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 2:00.95; 3. Iowa City West 2:02.39. Cedar Falls - 2:13.55. Waterloo East - 2:17.30. Waterloo West - 2:09.90.

1,500 - 1. Allison Frick (ICW) 5:15.87; 2. Taylor Fehlberg (ICW) 5:15.98; 3. Maddy Becker (CRW) 5:20.72. Waterloo West: Haley Waschkat 5:56.41.

4x100 RELAY - 1. Iowa City West 50.70; 2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 53.15; 3. Iowa City High 54.30. Cedar Falls - 57.90. Waterloo East A - 56.10; Waterloo East B - 57.90.

4x400 RELAY - 1. Iowa CIty WEst 4:16.66; 2. Iowa CIty High 4:21.33; 3. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4:24.10. Cedar Falls A - 4:26.12; Cedar Falls B - 4:50.00; Waterloo East - 5:17.32.

HIGH JUMP - 1. Virginia Johnson (ICH) 5-2; 2. Beard (CRW) 5-2; 3 . (tie) Caroline Van Voorhies (ICW) 4-10, Beth Larsen (ICH) 4-10. Cedar Falls: Alexis Higgins 4-0.

LONG JUMP - 1. Gehrke (ICW) 17-4.75; 2. Shelby Crist (CRP) 15-8.5; 3. Caitlin Ward (ICH) 15-3.75. Cedar Falls: Chelsea Herkelman 15-2.0.

SHOT PUT - 1. Micaela Haight (ICW) 39-3; 2. Marion Epperson (CRW) 38-4; 3. Courtney Fritz (ICW) 36-9. Cedar Falls: Carrie Panther 32-0, Mercedes Larson 26-0, Sam Meehan 25-3.

March 11, 2009
Women of Troy Win 3 Events at U of I Indoor!
Tuesday night the Women of Troy put on a great show for the home crowd as they won 3 events and got 2nd in 3 competing in the University of Iowa Indoor that only held 10 events. West had 3 girls in the finals of the 60,60H and Shot Put. The Distance Medley team of Jessica Gehrke, Morgan Roskos, Jessica Shull and Nichole Engelhardt won by over 5 seconds. Overall there were many great performances throughout the team. The team competes next in the MVC Indoor on the 16th and then at the Central College Indoor on the 21st.

March 6th, 2007
Every year at the Girls State Basketball tournament the Iowa Girls Athletic Union recognizes the State Champions in every sport. the girls track and field team traveled to Des Moines on Saturday to attend the Parade of Champions for winning the 4A Track and Field title last year.


March 3, 2009

Women of Troy off to fast start

The West High girls track team got things started off on the right foot Monday at the Loras College Indoor Meet in Dubuque.

West won 11 events and set two meet records as the calendar turned into March and track season. Nicole Engelhardt won the 1,500 with a record time of 5:09.15.

The 4x150 team of Brooke Ludvicek, Chloe Hoagland, Katie Kelly and Jessica Gehrke also set a meet record with a time of 1:26.21.

"That's a great start," West coach Mike Parker said. "That's what we won last year when we were here, and the field is tougher.

"Our freshmen and newcomers shined in our first meet of the year."

Loras College Indoor

Nine teams. No team scores were kept.

West High top 3

50 -- 1. Jessica Gehrke 7.02; 2. Katie Kelly 7.35; 3. Morgan Roskos 7.43.

400 -- 1. Kalee Schilling 1:06.10.

600 -- 3. Alison Stephan 1:54.48.

800 -- 1. Rachel Hegeman 2:30.47; 2. Nicole Engelhardt 2:33.49; 3. Katie Janis 2:47.45.

1,000 -- 1. Allison Fick 3:24.22; 3. Taylor Fehlberg 3:28.98.

1,500 -- 1. Nicole Engelhardt 5:09.15.

3,000 -- 1. Jenna Broghamer 12:00.65.

60 hurdles -- 2. Brooke Ludvicek 8.60; 3. Natalie Mason 8.68.

4x150 -- 1. West (Ludvicek, Chloe Hoagland, Kelly, Gehrke) 1:26.21.

4x300 -- 2. West (Jessica Shull, Shahana Williams, Roskos, Hoagland) 3:12.71.

4x450 -- 1. West (Shull, Nicole Jensen, Liza Minor, Whitney Schutte) 5:19.93.

4x750 -- 1. West (Fehlberg, Sara Stewert, Stephan, Schutte) 10:03.96.

Long jump -- 1. Jessica Gehrke 15-6; 2. Shahana Williams 15-4; 3. Elizabeth Ebot 14-10.

Shot put -- 1. Micaela Haight 39-8; 2. Courtney Fritz 37-6.


December 21st, 2008
Alunmi Track and Field athletes, Lisa Mellecker and Taylor Freeman competed in their intrasquad meets this past week at Iowa and Arizonia, respectively. Lisa competed in the 60, 300 and 800 meter relay, placing 5th, 3rd and 2nd in her events. Taylor competed in the Discus and Weight Throw getting 5th and 11th on her team.

University of Iowa Intrasquad Results

Arizonia Intrasquad Results

November 15th, 2008
The West High Girls Cross Country team competing as Runwest Running Club placed 5th at the Nike Heartland Regional Championships today bettering their ranking going in by 2 places. Eden Praire was first, Sioux Falls was 2nd, Dowling Catholic was 3rd, Bismark 4th, Runwest 5th, City of Iowa City 6th. Nichole Engelhardt led the way for the team placing 28th in a time of 19:20. Rachel Hegeman and Alissa Rothman werent far behind in 19:39 and 19:46. There were 7 out of the 10 ranked teams from the Heartland at this meet competeting for a championhsip and a trip to NXN in Oregon in December. The team ends the season on a great note, running extrememly well over the 5k. Sara Stewart was our number 4, Taylor Fehlberg was our 5th, followed by Jenna Broghamer and Whitney Schuette. Bailee Goodfellow also competed in the race for the team. Everyone PR'd in the race. Great Job Runwest!!!

November 10th, 2008
Engelhardt Wins All-Star Meet
Nichole Engelhardt won the IATC Senior All-Star race on Saturday in Ames. Athletes from all over Iowa are invited by the IATC to particpate in the 5K race. Three seniors particpated from West High. Nichole won the race in 20:22, Jenna Broghamer was 14th in 22:19 and Bailee Goodfellow was 40th in 23:58.

November 2, 2008

City girls behind Dowling

Susan Harman
Iowa City Press-Citizen

FORT DODGE -- City High and West High battled each other all year and did so again at the state cross country meet, but this time it was for second place. West Des Moines Dowling repeated as 4A girls champions Saturday at Kennedy Park.

Dowling scored 69 points and was led by individual champion Ashlie Decker and runner-up Katie Flood. The Maroons had a third runner in the top 10, Kayla Weier in ninth.

City High was 22 points behind Dowling as it outdistanced West High in the final go-round for the two rivals. The Little Hawks were led by Rebecca Rethwisch, who was ninth overall despite coming in ranked 12th individually.

Kelsey Hart also out-performed her ranking, finishing 14th after being ranked 16th. Hannah Kregel was 19th, Emily Fagan 34th and Lindsay McFarland 35th.

"We're such a close team we're like sisters," Rethwisch said. "We all did so well today. It's really emotional. The three seniors (Hart, Kregel and McFarland) have contributed so much to our team, and this is their last meet for City High.

"We like to say that we have 71 runners, and we put that on the back of our state T-shirts this year, 71 with a heart. The reason our team is so good is because we have so many people pushing us."

West High was third, 20 points behind City. Sophomores Bridget Novak and Alissa Rothman led the Women of Troy. Novak was 17th and Rothman 18th. Novak said she ran her best time by more than 10 seconds, as did Rothman.

"Everyone on the team has had a really strong performance at some point in the season," Novak said. "We just wanted to recreate one of our best races."

The team results reflected the rankings coming into the state meet.

The difference for the Little Hawks was that their runners performed at or above their rankings.

"It was incredible there were so many good people," Rethwisch said. "Iowa has such a competitive state meet; there are so many good runners."

The Little Hawks started well, a key in a race with 110 contestants trying to make the first turn before being buried in the pack.

"We wanted to get out better because we've made mistakes getting caught behind a bunch of runners," Rethwisch said.

Hart said the race was "interesting" because of all the emotions at work.

"I had so many mixed feelings because I'm really sad this is my last year running with City High and representing the Little Hawks," Hart said. "But at the same time I'm really happy because our team is so close this year."

Kregel said the race was "hard" because it required such mental toughness, but she was pretty pleased with the result.

"We got out really well, like we were planning to," she said. "Emily and I usually run together. We just wanted to stick together and pull everyone else along."

West High senior Nichole Engelhart, who won the Mississippi Valley Conference Super meet, was 28th and freshman Rachel Hegeman, who was the Mississippi Divisional champ was 40th. Those two have led the Women of Troy throughout the season but trailed their sophomore teammates. Taylor Fehlberg came back from an injury that's kept her out of action since the third week to finish 35th for West.

"We planned all week that we had to have our three and four runners (Novak and Rothman) up close with Rachel and Nichole," West coach Mike Parker said. "If we did that, I thought we'd have a chance to win, and the results show that if we'd have done that we would have."

But Engelhardt and Hegeman struggled while Novak and Rothman did better than expected.

"That's cross country," Parker said, shrugging his shoulders. "But this team showed it is one of the best."


West High Alum named to Big 12 All-Academic Team


LAWRENCE, Kan. Nine Jayhawks have been named to the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Teams, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.


Six KU women’s runners were honored, all of them making the first team. The list includes senior Megan James, junior Lauren Bonds, and sophomores Kaitlyn Coen, Claire Hall, Amanda Miller and Riley Wertenberger. The six Jayhawk women were among 60 first-team selections and 66 overall.

Big 12 Conference Release

October 23rd, 2008
West High Girls Win 12th Regional Title!!
The West High cross country team won their regional meet tonight and qualified for the state meet next week in Fort Dodge. Nichole Engelhardt took the individual title with a time of 15:04. Rachel Hegeman was 4th, Bridget Novak was 5th, Alissa Rothman was 7th and Sara Stewart finished 20th for the team score. Jenna Broghamer insihed 28th and Lizzy Laikhter was 49th for the Women of Troy. The team will compete next Saturday at Fort Dodge Cross Country course at 11:00 am.

Regional Championsips

Regional Photos from Laurie Canady

October 17, 2008

Girls win at the wire with their sixth runner

Susan Harman
Iowa City Press-Citizen

CEDAR RAPIDS -- West and City were fit to be tied. Again.

The second- and third-ranked girls cross country teams in the state are so evenly matched that the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississipi Division championship came down to the sixth runner for each team. Tied after five runners, City High was the winner when its sixth runner, Cassidy White, finished 12th and West's sixth runner was 17th.

It was the second year in a row where the two teams tied and had to go to a sixth runner to break the tie. Last year, West won on the tiebreaker.

Thursday's result reversed the finish at last week's Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet in Dubuque when West High won by three points, moving the Women of Troy to No. 2 in the state rankings this week ahead of City High.

"We knew it was going to be that close," West High coach Mike Parker said.

"Last week, we made a tactical error and didn't get out with West, and we had to wind through the mob, and it really cost us," City High coach Tom Mittman said. "Today, we got out, but West still competed extraordinarily well, and all I can say is we meet them one more time, and I'm sure it will be just as exciting."

West High freshman Rachel Hegeman was the individual winner and named conference athlete of the year. She finished in 14 minutes, 58 seconds, just two seconds ahead of City sophomore Rebecca Rethwisch and 13 seconds ahead of West High's Super Conference champion Nichole Engelhardt.

Rethwisch's performance set the tone for the Little Hawks.

"This week, we just wanted to get out right behind them and stay with them and see what we could do at the end," City High junior Emily Fagan said.

This was Hegeman's first victory after finishing runner-up to her teammate twice this season. Sarah Wickman was the only other freshman in Parker's 14-year tenure to win this race for West High.

"Rachel is a tough competitor, and all week we prepared Rachel and Nichole to run to be the Mississippi Valley athlete of the year," Parker said. "She's consistently getting better."

City's Rethwisch, who was fifth in the Super meet, asserted herself from the beginning by staying with Engelhardt and Hegeman, who figured to lead the pack after their 1-2 finish last week. Her challenge was critical to City's success.

"I wanted to stay with them," Rethwisch said. "It was a good pace. It was really pushing me, but that's what I need. It was really great competition. That's something we really wanted to do today."

"I was (surprised)," Hegeman said. "I thought she did really well. I didn't think she was going to be able to stay with us, but she definitely proved me wrong."

Rethwisch moved ahead of Engelhardt about halfway through the race and continued to challenge Hegeman. With about 400 meters left, she moved to Hegeman's shoulder, but the freshman responded.

"I thought 'Stay with her, stay with her, I think I'll be able to beat her at the end,'" Hegeman said. "Then I heard someone was yelling 'Beat her to the tree, beat her to the tree,' so I tried to do that."

The tree marked the turnaround for the final 200 meters to the finish.

"Sometimes you try; sometimes it just doesn't work," Rethwisch said. "She had a really great kick once we turned the tree. I tried, but I just couldn't get past her."

Mittman had nothing but admiration for Rethwisch's performance.

"Rebecca has really matured and stepped up," he said. "She planned to go with those guys, and she went right from the start and ran the race of her life. She's got more in there yet that she's still realizing. She's still learning every meet.

"She never envisioned herself being the leader of the team, and now she's been thrust into that spot and she's accepted it and has done a marvelous job."

Several of the City and West runners finished in essentially a dead heat as the Xavier volunteers did their best to designate the order of the finishers without benefit of photo equipment. It added to a chaotic sense that made no one 100 percent sure of the outcome.

"It was crazy," Fagan said. "They all ran really good races, and we were right there."

The two teams tend to keep track of each other like spy versus spy which led to the frantic finishes.

"I see the green and also when the whole rest of the team is there I hear them screaming for me that pushes me as much as anything," said Fagan, who was determined to have finished behind West's Bridget Novak even though they had the same times.

It was an extraordinary performance by both teams. All seven City High runners were in the top 13 and earned all-conference honors. Six of the top seven West runners were in the top 17 with five earning all-conference honors. Only one runner outside those two teams crashed the top 10.

MVC Mississippi Division

Team scores- 1. City High 30*; 2. West High 30; 3. Dubuque Wahlert 77; 4. Cedar Rapids Xavier 127; 5. Dubuque Hempstead 134; 6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 172; 7. Waterloo West 178.

• City won on the basis of the sixth runner's finish.

Individual leaders (Top 7 are first-team all-conference. Second 7 are second-team all-conference) -- 1. Rachel Hegeman (W) 14:58; 2. Rebecca Rethwisch (C) 15:00; 3. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 15:11; 4. Bridget Novak (W) 15:18; 5. Emily Fagan (C) 15:18; 6. Hannah Kregel (C) 15:19; 7. Kelsey Hart (C) 15:28; 8. Alissa Rothman (W) 15:38; 9. Sarah McNamara (DW) 15:39; 10. Melanie Holman (C) 15:39; 11. Maria Kalb (DW) 15:41; 12. Cassidy White (C) 15:42; 13. Lindsay McFarland (C) 15:45; 14. Sara Stewart (W) 15:51.


West High -- 1. Hegeman 14:58; 3. Engelhardt 15:11; 4. Novak 15:18; 8. Rothman 15:38; 14. Stewart 15:51; 17. Allison Fick 16:05; 31. Lizzy Laikhter 16:33.

Athlete of the Year -- Rachel Hegeman, West High.

October 10, 2008

West outkicks City

Women of Troy upset rivals for MVC title

Susan Harman
Iowa City Press-Citizen

DUBUQUE -- This really wasn't supposed to happen this way. Was it?

The West High girls cross country team rode the 1-2 finish of senior Nichole Engelhardt and freshman Rachel Hegeman and the better-than-expected performances of sophomore Bridget Novak, senior Allison Fick and sophomore Alissa Rothman to win the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet on Thursday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.

The third-ranked Women of Troy upset second-ranked City High to repeat as Super Meet champs in the MVC. Just as last year, West won by a slim three points.

Three weeks ago, City High finished ahead of West at the Cedar Rapids Invitational, but the Women of Troy have been working on making up the difference ever since.

"Our girls have had that in their minds for four weeks," West High coach Mike Parker said. "I think City would agree that when City and West are in the same meet, it brings out the best in us."

Engelhardt and Hegeman continued their remarkable seasons. Engelhardt, who was fourth individually a year ago, already had won two meets this season and came into the meet with the best time among all MVC runners. She finished in 14 minutes, 50 seconds, with Hegeman 15 seconds behind.

Engelhardt, Hegeman and Linn-Mar freshman Carolyn Newhouse took control almost immediately. Hegeman surged to the lead for the first half of the race before her teammate took over.

"A little bit after the one mile there's a gradual uphill, and we tried to work that," Engelhardt said. "That was basically the only, if you could even call it a hill, in the race. We tried to take advantage of that and kept pushing the pace after that. We kept pushing the pace so it didn't come down to a race the last 400 meters."

Engelhardt has made major strides her last two seasons and has spoken about wanting to make her senior season special.

"We've all been working so hard this year, we just all wanted to be at our best at state," she said.

Parker said he's never had a runner show as much improvement between her freshman season and her senior season as Engelhardt.

"For some girls, if you're good, you're good your freshman year and you're good your sophomore year and then you kind of fight to hang on to that," Parker said. "For Nichole, it's been a constant incline."

Hegeman has been at or near the top of her races this season as well.

"She fought in there with a senior all the way," Parker said. "But if there's somebody who made the biggest difference it was definitely, again, Bridget Novak. She passed people coming in the last 100 and she passed people in red. That was a monumental difference."

Novak was eighth, Fick 11th and Rothman 12th for West High. This was Fick's first meet for three weeks because of a nagging hip injury. Fick was second individually a year ago in this meet.

"She got herself in great position," Parker said. "And for somebody who's only had about five quality workouts in the last 25 days, she was spectacular."

Novak hit upon perhaps the key to turning the tables on City High.

"We focused a lot on having a good start and getting off the line and getting in a good position from the start of the race and not having to work our way all the way up," Novak said.

City was led by Rebecca Rethwisch, Emily Fagan and Hannah Kregel, who finished 5-6-7.

"Hannah ran a really nice race," City High coach Tom Mittman said. "She just has to get used to being one of the top runners and thinking that way."

Kelsey Hart was ninth and Melanie Holman 10th. Remarkably, City finished with five runners in the top 10 and that wasn't good enough to beat West High.

"We lost it in the first 300 meters," Mittman said. "We were dead last coming up the hill here, our pack was near the last pack coming over that hill, and they had to wind through all the mass of humanity to get back into contention. And that's a waste of energy.

"Mentally, it took them out. We made a nice rally from that spot, but you can't spot a team like West 10, 15 seconds in the first quarter or half mile and make it up. So hats off to West. They ran a smart race and competed extraordinarily well."

Mittman predicted that Thursday's MVC Mississippi Division race will be just as interesting.

Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet

Girls varsity team scores -- 1. West High 34, 2. City High 37, 3. C.R. Washington 126, 4. Dubuque Wahlert 133, 5. Dubuque Senior 138, 6. Dubuque Hempstead 177, 7. Linn-Mar 188, 8. C.R. Xavier 192, 9. Cedar Falls 209, 10. C.R. Kennedy 259, 11. Waterloo West 295, 12. C.R. Jefferson 367, 13. C.R. Prairie 386, 14. Waterloo East 446.

Top 10 Individuals -- 1. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 14:50, 2. Rachel Hegeman (W) 15:05, 3. Carolyn Newhouse (LM) 15:09, 4. Maddy Becker (CRW) 15:09, 5. Rebecca Rethwisch (C) 15:19, 6. Emily Fagan (C) 15:27, 7. Hannah Kregel (C) 15:29, 8. Bridget Novak (W) 15:33, 9. Kelsey Hart (C) 15:34, 10. Melanie Holman (C) 15:37.

West High (34) -- 1. Engelhardt 14:50, 2. Hegeman 15:05, 8. Novak 15:33, 11. Allison Fick 15:39, 12. Alissa Rothman 15:41, 37. Sara Stewart 16:16, 40. Whitney Schuette16:20.


Pictures from Super Meet taken by Laurie Canady

October 1, 2008

West hitting stride

Women of Troy look good in home meet

Susan Harman
Iowa City Press-Citizen


The girls race was dominated by the third-ranked Women of Troy. Senior Nichole Engelhardt took the lead out of the first straightaway and lengthened it out to win in a personal-best time of 14:47. Teammate Rachel Hegeman, a freshman, was second in 15:05.

"This is my senior year and my last home course (race), and I just really wanted to do good," Engelhardt said. "It felt great. It's a beautiful day out, perfect for running."

"Coach told me to stick the first mile with her, and so I tried to do that and just went from there," Hegeman said. "I was very happy with my race. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to break 15 (minutes)."

In a battle of third-ranked teams in four different classes, West won the team title with 39 points. Mount Vernon-Lisbon, ranked third in Class 3A, was second with 92 and Pekin, ranked third in Class 1A, was third with 103. Regina, third in 2A, was one point back in fourth.

Engelhardt and Hageman are ranked eighth and ninth in the state among 4A girls.

"I'm actually very surprised at myself," Hegeman said. "I didn't know I could improve this much."

She credited the increased competition within the West varsity for her breakout season.

"Definitely being challenged helps a lot," she said.


West High JV team placed 2nd to Bettendorf by 3 points led by Junior Vi Tran-Phan who placed 2nd for the Women of Troy.


Team scores -- 1. West High 39; 2. Mount Vernon-Lisbon 92; 3. Pekin 103; 4. Regina 104; 5. Marshalltown 122; 6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 129; 7. Bettendorf 131; 8. Muscatine 167; 9. Mount Pleasant 275.

Individual leaders -- 1. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 14:48; 2. Rachel Hegeman (W) 15:05; 3. Lydia Martin (Mar) 15:11; 4. Clesey Conger (P) 15:14; 5. Alex Wilson (MVL) 15:16.

West High -- 1. Engelhardt 14:47; 2. Hegeman 15:05; 7. Bridget Novak 15:30; 11. Alissa Rothman 15:32; 18. Whitney Schuette 15:57; 27. Sara Stewart 16:18; 28. Lizzy Laikhter 16:19.

West JV-- 2. Vi Tran-Phan 16:45; 5. Hannah Skopec 16:57; 6. Alison Stephan 17:01; 8. Jenna Broghamer 17:12; 13. Olivia Lofgren 17:34; 15. Paige Engelhardt 17:35; 17. Griffin Reed 17:39

West JV Team Scores--1. Bettendorf 31; 2. West 34; 3. Regina 96; 4. Pekin 144; 5. Marshalltown 184; 6. Mt. Vernon/Lisbon 189; 7. CRK 208; 8. Muscatine 258; 9. Davenport North 293; 10. Lone Tree 502; 11. Mt. Pleasant 662

September 28th, 2008
Women of Troy Get 2nd at
Rim Rock Classic!


West High girls take second in Kansas

The West High girls cross country team squared off against teams from nine states at the University of Kansas Rim Rock Classic on Saturday and took second place in the elite division high school race in Lawrence, Kan.

West finished with 128 points to finish as the runner-up to Jefferson City (Mo.) with 106 in the 25-team gold division race.

Nichole Engelhardt was the top finisher for the Women of Troy in 10th place in 16:01, while Rachel Haggeman was 17th in 16:23. Alissa Rothman was 22nd, Bridgette Novak was 27th and Whitney Schuette was 52 to round out the scoring five.

"Alissa Rothman and Bridgette Novak both had the best high school races of their careers," West coach Mike Parker said. "For them to get top 30 is an outstanding performance, and we owe our runner-up finish to them as much as anybody."

Team scores -- 1. Jefferson City (Mo.) 106; 2. West High 128; 3. Manhattan (Kan.) 129; 4. Lawrence Free State (Kan.) 160; 5. Lee Summit North (Mo.) 184; 6. Blue Valley Northwest (No.) 214; 7. Derby (Kan.) 232; 8. Parkway Central (Mo.) 241; 9. Blue Valley North (Mo.) 255; 10. Baldwin (Kan.) 267; 11. Maize (Kan.) 255; 12. Topeka Washburn (Kan.) 355; 13. St. Theresa (Texas) 363; 14. Wichita Bishop (Kan.) 387; 15. DeSota (Minn.) 399; 16. St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.) 406; 17. Liberty (Mo.) 414; 18. Lee Summitt (Mo.) 434; 19. Marquette (Colo.) 443; 20. Topeka (Kan.) 512; 21. Lawrence (Kan.) 564; 22. Bishop Miege (Kan.) 565; 23. Emporia (Kan.) 575; 24. Oak Park (Mo.) 613; 25. Mission North (Kan.) 618

West High -- 10. Nichole Engelhardt 16:01; 17. Rachel Haggeman 16:23; 22. Alissa Rothman 16:29; 27. Bridgette Novak 16:35; 52. Whitney Schuette 17:13; 93. Sara Stewart 17:50; 119. Jenna Broghamer 18:22.

September 25th, 2008
West Girls Ranked 8th In Heartland!
After a stong finish at the Heartland Invite last week, the Women of Troy were ranked 8th in the Heartland on DyeStat. Out of the seven states, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin and close to 2000 high schools the girls team moved out of a bubble team spot to the 8th place ranking. Rankings are updated every Thursday on Dye Stat.  
The Heartland Cross Country meet is November 15th in Sioux Falls, SD. The top 2 teams and 5 individuals will qualify for Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon on December 6th.

Heartland Rankings



Iowa City West Win's Traveling Cup Award


The Traveling Challenge Cup is a program designed to recognize Iowa High School students for academic excellence in the classroom and outstanding achievement during athletic competition.


The Traveling Challenge Cup is a combined, statewide, year-long competition among all member high schools of the IHSAA and IGHSAU.


Between Girls Cross Country and Girls Track and Field the teams contributed 224 points to the winning total!

Travelers Cup Standings

September 20th, 2008
West High Girls Place 2nd at Des Moines Roosevelt Invite, 14 points behind top ranked Dowling.
West had 4 girls in the top 20 in the highly anticipated meet that featured over 19 teams, 10 that were ranked teams from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska and 13 ranked girls from Iowa. Senior Nichole Engelhardt finished 7th in 15:15 as West's top finisher. Rachel Hegeman was 10th, Allison Fick was 15th, Whitney Schuette was 17th and Alissa Rothman was 33rd to round out the top 5 for the Women of Troy.
In the JV division they also placed 2nd to Johnston, 31-33. All 5 scorers for West were in the top 16. Sara Stewart was our top finisher in 2nd place with a time of 16:38.
West High's varsity team travels to Kansas this weekend for the Rim Rock Classic.

Press Citizen Article

February 26th, 2008
Jessica Gehrke wins 100 and 200 at time trial and sets a new 100 TT meet record!
Nichole Engelhardt won the 1500 and the 800 and Whitney Schuette won the 400.
Many freshman showed they are going to help out the Women of Troy this year. Jessica Shull, Emma Winstead and Julia Ganda showed promise as they had a outstanding time trial.
West's first meet is Monday at the Loras College Indoor.

February 2nd, 2009
Taylor Freeman sets new Personal Record at New Mexico Invitational!!
Finishing 4th at the Lobo Invite Taylor threw 44-2.50 to set a new PR to continue on with her great season so far as a freshman at the University of Arizonia. In the Weight Throw Taylor finsihed 2nd behind her teammate with a toss of 51-3. Taylor's next meet is on the 6th in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

January 26th, 2009
West High Alum Taylor Freeman has been having a great season so far for Arizonia Wildcats. At her first meet of the season she threw a PR in the Shot Put and placed 5th in the Lumberjack Invitational. This last weekend Taylor traveled to New Mexico and competed threw the shot again finishing 10th.

UNM Cherry and Silver Invitational Results

January 14th, 2009
Nichole Engelhardt and Allison Fick Get Scholarships!
The West High duo will sign Division I scholarships on signing day. Allison is going to UNI and Nichole is going to ISU. Both girls are excited about moving on to the college level after finishing high school track and field this spring.

Press Citizen Story

January 14th, 2009
West High Alums, Danica Haight (Michigan), Kristi Schuette ( U of Wisconsin at Milwaukee) and Taylor Freeman ( Arizonia) came to workout with the team over break during our winter conditioning times. These girls are just some of the Division I athletes that have came out of the Iowa City West Girls Track and Field teams.

Girls at Rim Rock

Coach Bob Timmons Silouette

September 19, 2008

First varsity outing a win for West runners

Running with a partial varsity team, the third-ranked Women of Troy won the Fort Madison Invitational on Thursday.

Bridgett Novak led West in third place overall in 17:45. She was seven seconds back of race winner Kelsey Anderson of Washington.

"For a lot of our runners, it was the first chance to run varsity," West coach Mike Parker said. "It was a really great performance."

Fort Madison Invitational

Girls team scores -- 1. West 31; 2. Burlington 57; 3. North Scott 80; 4. Fairfield 96; 5. Mount Pleasant 132; 6. Fort Madison 149; 7. Washington 177; 8. Keokuk 186.

Top 5 -- 1. Kelsey Anderson (Wash) 17:38; 2. Kayla Neighbor (NS) 17:41; 3. Bridgett Novak (W) 17:45; 4. Mackenzie Bland (B) 17:53; 5. Alissa Rothman (W) 17:54.

WEST -- 3. Novak 17:45; 5. Rothman 17:54; 6. Sara Stewart 17:58; 8. Lizzy Laikher 18:20; 9. Bailee Goodfellow 18:22; 12. Vi Tran-Phan 18:36.

WEST JV- 1. Alison Stephan 18:31, 2. Kayla Brooks 18:43, 3. Hannah Skopec 18:54, 4. Brittany Meints 18:57, 5. Paige Engelhardt 18:58, 6. Griffin Reed 19:15, 7. Chelsee Birt 19:25, 9. Brooke Ludvicek 19:51, 11. Amy McCurdy 19:52, 15. Katie Janis 20:15, 18. JIll Aunan 21:10, 19. Tiffany Roth 21:10, 26. Emily Jacobsen 21:39, 28. Arig Bilal 21:54, 34. Zoe Lewis 23:06, 41. Ciara Boyer 23:36 48. Molly McConnell 24:50, 54. Gaelle Nzombo 25:15


September 13th,2008
Nichole Engelhardt takes 2nd place and Women of Troy score 34 points to win Luther Invitational Saturday!
September 14, 2008

West runners among best at Luther

The Women of Troy scored 34 points and took three the top 10 places. Nichole Engelhardt was second in 15:06 on the 4-kilometer course, losing by a second to Madie Hubbell of Des Moines Roosevelt.

Bridget Novak won the JV race by 26 seconds as West scored 16 points to dominate the competition. Jenna Broghamer was 2nd, Lizzy Laikhter 3rd, Vi Tran-Phan 4th, Sara Stewart 6th for the score and Hannah Skopec was 7th and Kayla Brooks was 10th to round out top JV runners for West.


Team scores -- 1. West High 34; 2. La Crosse Central 87; 3. Decorah 90; 4. North St. Paul 135; 5. Mason City 154; 6. Dubuque Hempstead 164; 7. Platteville 168; 8. Des Moines Roosevelt 225; 9. Monroe, Wis., 233; 10. Minnehaha Academy 265; 11. Chatfield 279; 12. Waterloo West 295; 13. Rochester J M 357; 14. Kingsland-Minn. 421.

Individual leaders -- 1. Madie Hubbell (DMR) 15:05; 2. Nichole Engelhardt (W) 15:06; 3. Alyssa Salava (NSP) 15:21; 4. Allison Fick (W) 15:30; 5. Kaia Miller (D) 15:39.

West High -- 2. Engelhardt 15:06; 4. Fick 15:30; 6. Rachel Hegeman 15:52; 9. Taylor Fehlberg 16:03; 13. Whitney Schuette 16:17; 22. Alissa Rothman 16:33; 35. Bailee Goodfellow 16:59.


September 12, 2008
West Girls Take 2nd Place at Cedar Rapids Invite

CEDAR RAPIDS — City High’s girls won their first meeting of the season with West by a 44-68 margin, thanks to a big advantage by their fourth and fifth runners. Anne Martin of Pleasant Valley won the race in 15:20. City’s Kelsey Hart charged hard late and followed in 15:22.
  Linn-Mar freshman Carolyn Newhouse outleaned Washington’s Maddy Becker for third place. Both were timed in 15:31.
  The Little Hawks’ depth was more than enough to offset a 5-6-7 finish by West’s Nichole Engelhardt, Rachel Hegeman and Allison Fick.


September 6, 2008
Wickman Places Fourth at Don Baker Memorial Meet

USD Cross Country Team Claims Two Individual Titles at Don Baker Memorial Meet

VERMILLION, SD – The University of South Dakota’s Rob Gregoire and Ramsey Fitzsimmons, members of the men’s and women’s cross country teams, claimed individual titles for the second year in a row at the Don Baker Memorial Meet held at the Don Baker Memorial Cross Country Course in Vermillion on Saturday morning.

Rob Gregoire (Wakonda, SD) defended his title by running 26:22 for the 8000 meter course. USD runner Sean Fitzsimmons (Yankton, S.D.) was the second Coyote to cross the finish line taking third place, followed by Mark Hayden (St. Louis, Mo.) and Andrew Duba (Sioux Falls, S.D.) in fifth and sixth place. Rounding out the top five for the Coyotes was freshman Nick Beare (Sioux Falls, S.D.), finishing in 11th place overall.

Ramsey Fitzsimmons (Yankton, SD) defended her title this morning by breaking her own course record with a time of 17:57. USD runners claimed five of the top eight spots with Sarah Wickman (Iowa City, Iowa) and Heather Kuhlmann (Nebraska City, Neb.) taking the fourth and fifth spots and Abigail Duling (Gregory, S.D.) and Kelsey Maloney (Sioux Falls, S.D) placing seventh and eighth.

Both the men’s and women’s teams won the team championship as well. The women scored 25 points, beating Morningside College with 32 points and Mount Marty College with 85 points. The men tallied 26 points defeating Morningside College who scored 42 points, Mount Marty College with 86 and Midland Lutheran College with 91 points.

Both squads will next be in action on Sept. 20 in Lincoln, NE at the Woody Greeno Invitational.

Don Baker Memorial Meet Results

September 9, 2008

Engelhardt running after big goals

Prep Profile

Jon Klinkowitz
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Nichole Engelhardt doesn't mind a little competition on the cross country course, especially when it comes from her own teammate.

The West High senior edged fellow Woman of Troy Allison Fick for first place at the season-opening Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational a week ago.

"It's great running with her," Engelhardt said. "We really push each other. We've been running together since junior high; that's when we started running."

Engelhardt is pumped up for her senior season and wants to go out on a high note.

"We've been training really hard all throughout the summer," she said. "I really want to do well at state this year. I know that it's all the seniors' goals to do well."

Her college plans are still undecided, but Engelhardt plans to study biology to one day become a physical therapist.

Nichole Engelhardt is this week's Prep Profile:

If I could visit any place in the world, it would be: Italy.

What annoys me: People who don't work to their full potential.

When I am not playing sports I am: Hanging out with my friends.

My biggest asset to the team is: Leadership.

My most prized possessions are: My photo albums.

My superstitions are: I always listen to the same songs on my iPod before meets, and I wear the same socks and hair tie.

Best sports experience: Winning state last year in track.

People would be surprised to know that I: Sleep with a stuffed animal.

Three words that describe me: Energetic, outgoing and hard-working.

Dream profession: Physical therapist.

Craziest ambition: Skydiving.

People say I look like: My mom.

Person I most admire is: My mom.

My team/personal goals for the season are: To win state as a team, and to be in the top 10 individually.

If I had $1 million I would: Give some to charity, save for college and buy a new car for my sister and myself.

I can't imagine going a week without: Music.

My favorite --

Athlete: Michael Phelps.

Pro or college team: Iowa Hawkeyes.

Class: Biology.

Food: Lasagna.

Cereal: Hy-Vee O's.

Color: Yellow.

Movie: "The Notebook."

TV show: "The Office."

Music: May Day Parade.

Book: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling or the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

Actor: Orlando Bloom.

Actress: Rachel McAdams.

One final random thought (pearls of wisdom/words to live by): Believe there are no limits but the sky.

September 3rd, 2008
West High Girls Win Prairie Meet by 81 Points!
The Women of Troy had a fine showing at their first competition of the year, winning the Prairie Invitational over 5 other ranked schools. The team scored 22 points, its lowest score at this meet since 2001. Senior Nichole Engelhardt edged out teammate Allison Fick for the win in 15:33. West had all 7 girls in the top 11. Junior Sara Stewart won the Jv race setting the pace for a 1,2, 3 finish and 19 points for the win. Sophmore Alissa Rothman won the Fresh/Soph race by 31 seconds to handedly take that crown. The team heads to Cedar Rapids for the 39th annual Cedar Rapids Invite. This is a 19 team meet where current 2-3 in the state in City and West High will battle it out for the first time this season. The Fresh/Soph race starts at 4:40, Varsity is at 5:30 and the JV is at 6:15 at Noelridge Park.

Press Citizen Article

Cedar Rapids Gazette Article

Full Meet Results

August 30th, 2008
Claire Hall, a junior at the University of Kansas, started this cross country season running 21:14 and finishing 23rd overall and 9th on her team in the Bob Timmons Classic at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas. Her team heads too Missouri in two weeks for the Missouri Cross Country Challenge. The Women of Troy will comptete in Lawrence at the end of September running at the historic Rim Rock Farm Classic High School meet, also home of Head Coach Mike Parkers college team.

Bob Timmons Classic Results

August 29, 2008
08 West High Grad Kristi Schuette who is running for University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, competed in her first college competition last week at the De Paul Open in Chicago. Kristi finished 6th on her team and 39th overall. Kristi's next meet is September 13th at Dekalb. Check out the article and full results below!!

Panthers Take Fourth at Depaul Open

August 28, 2008
Pre-season ranking have been posted by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. The Women of Troy start off the year ranked 3rd as a team, behind cross town rival City High and West Des Moines Dowling. Seniors Allison Fick and Nichole Engelhardt are ranked 16th and 18th respectively in the first poll which is the top returning 25 finishers from the state championships. Stay tuned for the 2nd rankings to come out next week!


August 27th, 2008
The West High Girls XC Team started off racing in their time trial on Tuesday. It was a great day for running and the girls stepped up to the plate. Everyone who ran in the time trial last year improved their time this year. Three new records were set, the Overall Record which was held by former state champion Robdu Adam, was broke by Allison Fick who won the competition for the team. She also set the Senior record with her win. Freshman Rachel Hegeman set a new Freshman Record, taking over Allison's spot, finishing 3rd in a time of 15:54, 7 seconds better than the previous time. The team has their first competition at Cedar Rapids Prairie on Tuesday, September 2nd at 5:00!!

West High Time Trial Results


1.       Allison Fick                          15:15

2.       Nichole Engelhardt          15:24

3.       Rachel Hegeman              15:54

4.       Taylor Fehlberg                 16:21

5.       Jenna Broghamer            16:26

6.       Whitney Schuette           16:50

7.       Bridget Novak                   16:53

8.       Alissa Rothman                 16:57

9.       Lizzy Laikhter                     16:58

10.   Vi Tran-Phan                      16:58

11.   Bailee Goodfellow           17:15

12.   Sara Stewart                      17:17

13.   Nicole Jensen                    17:34

14.   Hannah Skopec                 17:58

15.   Katie Janis                           18:29

16.   Brittany Meints                 18:44

17.   Alison Stephan                  18:51

18.   Kayla Brooks                      18:52

19.   Griffin Reed                       20:11

20.   Brooke Ludvicek               20:12

21.   Paige Engelhardt              20:49

22.   Chelsee Birt                        21:02

23.   Olivia Lofgren                    21:11

24.   Amy McCurdy                   21:13

25.   Ximena Ampuero            21:33

26.   Tiffany Roth                       22:12

27.   Emily Jacobsen                  21:56

28.   Arig Bilal                             22:50

29.   Amberlie Gronewold        24:30

30.   Tasha Scmidt                      24:32

31.   Mackenzie Nielson          25:02

32.   Becca Geissel                     26:17

33.   Zoe Lewis                            27:26

34.   Sam Williams                      27:32

35.   Molly McConnell              27:32

36.   Ciara Boyer                         27:30

37.   Gaelle Nzombo                 27:37



July 31st, 2008

West High Wins Large School All Sports Award from Des Moines Register

Iowa City West won the large school division of Registers All-Sports Award, ending a five-year run by West Des Moines Valley, while Davenport Assumption was the runaway winner in the small-school division.

Iowa City West, which won the initial large-school division in 2000, edged Valley by 2.5 points, buoyed largely by its success in spring sports. The Trojans scored 39.5 of their 59 points in the spring, including a state title in girls' track and three runner-up finishes.

"Our goal is not to be a one- or two-sport school, but to be well-rounded," West athletic director Marv Reiland said. "I can't say enough about the kids and the coaches."

Second-place Valley won four state titles - girls' swimming, girls' soccer, boys' golf and softball - and finished well ahead of third-place Bettendorf.

"Valley had a first-class program, and when we try to compete, we try to compete at the same level they do," Reiland said.


July 21st, 2008

Hall earns second academic honor

As announced by the Big 12 Conference, West High graduate Claire Hall, now competing for the University of Kansas, has collected her second Academic All-Big 12 First Team award.

Hall, an exercise science major just completed her sophomore season for the Jayhawk women's track and field team. The women's team placed fourth at this year's Big 12 track and field outdoor championships, the best team finish in KU history.

To be considered for All-Big 12 First Team honors a student-athlete must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

Claire is the daughter of Dave Hall and Margo Schilling.

June 16th, 2008
Taylor Freeman, Kristi Schuette and Hadiza Sa-Aadu compteted in the Senior Spotlight Meet put on by the IATC last weekend. Teams from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois compete against each other in an all-star competition. Taylor Freeman was named the Outstanding Performer for Iowa at the meet with her new All-Time State Record in the Discus!!!

Senior Spotlight Meet Results

May 24th, 2008
West High Senior Taylor Freeman is awarded the Track and Field athlete of the year by the Press Citizen.
The 3 Time Drake Relays Champion, 2 Time State Champion and 2 Time Nike All-American leaves her mark on West High history graduating this year and going off to compete at Arizona for college. She has been a major part of the success of the West High Track and Field program and set a standard for all her teammates to try and attain. Her drive for perfection kept her training all year round for those moments during the track and field season that will be a part of West High history.

Press Citizen Story on Taylor

May 18th, 2008
The Iowa City West Women of Troy came home from Des Moines on Saturday with their 3rd State Championship and 5th overall under Head Coach Mike Parker. They used the entire team to capture the win. The lone State Champion was Taylor Freeman in the Discus who set a new state meet record but the team placed in 14 of the 19 events for the win.


May 15th, 2008
The Women of Troy finished day 1 with the lead in the Iowa Girls State Track and Field Championships with 27.5 points in Des Moines. Senior Taylor Freeman won the discus and set a new meet record with a throw of 156-4. Sophomore Courtney Fritz finished 5th throwing 119-1. Laura Nierman placed 3rd in the High Jump jumping 5-4 and the 4x800 team of Elise Walz, Whitney Schuette, Nichole Engelhardt and Kristi Schuette placed 4th with their best time of the year in 9:32.24 and a great 2:16 anchor by Kristi. Allison Fick and Nichole Engelhardt finished 7th and 8th respectivley in the 3000 setting all time personal bests in that event. The shuttle team qualified for the finals as well as Jessica Gehrke in the 100 and 200. The first event of the day tomorrow is the Shot Put at 2pm, with Taylor and Micaela Haight throwing for the Women of Troy.

May 10th,2008
West has 26 Event Qualifiers for State and makes it in all 19 events!
The Women of Troy dominated their regional meet on Friday night in Muscatine winning with 217.5 points. 2nd place had a distant 81 points. Qualifiying in all 19 events the team plans to defend their state title next week in Des Moines. You can check out all the state information this week as well as results next weekend at the Girls Union site below.

Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

Press Citizen Article

May 2nd, 2008
West High Wins MVC Divisional Meet!!
The West High Girls won the Divisonal meet for the 6th year in a row, and 9 in 11 years winning by 104 points over 2nd place Cedar Falls and 3rd place City High. The team won 11 events in route to dominating the meet. Tuesday is the JV home meet at West High and Regionals are Friday at Muscatine.

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KCRG TV Interview with Kristi and Whitney Schuette at the MVC Divisional Meet!

April 30th, 2008
West Girls win 10 events to win Prairie Relays by 61 points.
The Women of Troy had a super showing at the Prairie Relays on Tuesday, winning 10 events and setting 1 new meet record in the Discus. Taylor Freeman bested her throw of last year by 5 feet to set a new meet record in the Discus and also won the Shot. Taylor Fehlberg posted a great time in the 3000 to win and another freshman, Nicole Jensen won the 400 hurdles.

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April 28th, 2008
Women of Troy finish of Drake weekend with a Champion in Taylor Freeman and many other great performances. Nichole Engelhardt placed 9th in the 1500 and 11th in the 3000, Allison Fick placed 9th in the 3000 with a new PR. Taylor Freeman got 2nd in the shot to go with her win in the discus, Micaela Haight placed 3rd and Courtney Fritz got 14th in the shot put. Laura Nierman placed 6th in the High Jump jumping 5-4, Jessica Gehrke got 3rd in the Long Jump, and the 4x100 was 3rd, the 4x400 was 4th, the 4x800 was 4th and the Sprint Medley finished up 14th and the Shuttle finished up 10th.
Tomorrow is the Cedar Rapids Prairie Relays and on Friday is the Divisional Championships at City High.

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April 24th, 2008

Freeman excels in track's 'ballet'

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The West High 9th and 10th graders ran away with the Crandic Relays team title. West High scored 171 points, 69 more than runner-up Cedar Rapids Prairie. West High won a total of 11 events.
Winners were Micaela Haight in the Shot Put, Courtney Fritz in the Discus, Jessica Gehrke in the Long Jump, and 400, Taylor Fehlberg in the 3000, Chloe Hoagland in the 100, Natalie Mason in the 100m Hurdles, and Nicole Jensen in the 400m hurdles. The Shuttle Hurdle team of Rachel Ascoli, Lizzy Laikhter, Nicole Jensen, and Natalie Mason recorded a victory as well as the Distance Medley team of Maddy Abel, Elizabeth Ebot, Chelsee Birt and Bridget Novak. The 4x100 team of Lauren Sims, Chloe Hoagland, Maddy Abel and Katie Kelley also won beating 2nd place by over a second. The team heads to the Drake Relays this Thursday and then on to the Cedar Rapids Prairie meet on April 29th.

West has 14 Drake Relays qualifiers!
1,500 Meters— Nichole Engelhardt
3,000 Meters — Nichole Engelhardt & Allison Fick
4x100 Meter Relay
4x400 Meter Relay
4x800 Meter Relay
Sprint Medley Relay
Shuttle Hurdle Relay
High Jump — Laura Nierman
Long Jump — Jessica Gehrke
Shot put — Taylor Freeman, Courtney Fritz, Micaela Haight
Discus — Taylor Freeman

April 19th, 2008

West girls' winning streak 1,063 days and counting

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April 16th, 2008
10 Defending Champs Headline Drake Relays
Drakey Relays Discus Record Holder Taylor Freeman headlines with 9 other defending state champions at the 2008 Drake Relays that starts next Thursday, April 24th.
Check out the article on the Drake site about Taylor!

Drake Relays Article

April 16th, 2008

West Girls Remain Unbeaten!


Women of Troy win 16 of the 19 events at the Don Newell Classic and scored 183 points to win the meet. Second place was a distant 69 points for Ottumwa and Burlington. Jessica Gehrke set a new meet record and broke her own school record to leap 18-9 3/4th, paving her way into the Drake Relays next weekend with the furthest jump thus far in Iowa. Taylor Freeman broke her own meet record of 148-11 to win the discus in 152-2.50, distancing herself from the rest of the competition in the state by 25 feet; Freeman also won the shot put. Allison Fick ran a great 3000 to beat Iowa City West veteran runner, Robdu Adam's record in the race running 10:38.30. Breanna Nelson won the 100, Hadiza Sa-Aadu won the 400, Brooke Ludvicek took the 100 hurdle crown, Whitney Schuette won the 800, Nichole Engelhart won the 1500 and Laura Nierman won the high jump in 5-3. The relays teams of the 4x800, Distance Medley, 4x200, Sprint Medley, 4x100 and 4x400 also took home gold’s for the Women of Troy. The team runs on Friday at the Forwald Relays at City High at 5pm.


April 4th, 2008
Lancer Invitational Dominated by
Women of Troy
The girls track team dominated the Lancer Inviational at North Scott High School on Friday night beating City High 178-81 in the Varsity division and 175-78 in the JV division. Individual winners were Nichole Engelhardt in the 3000, Hadiza Sa-Aadu in the 400 and Taylor Freeman in the Discus for Varsity and Kia Lindsey in the Long Jump, Nicole Titus in the Discus, Courtney Fritz in the Shot Put, Taylor Fehlberg in the 1500, Mariah Hinton in the 100, Liza Minor in the 100 Hurdles and Sami Hansen in the 200 for JV. The Women of Troy head to Ft. Madison on Tuesday and then to Cedar Rapids on Friday of next week.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Off to a flying start

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March 28th, 2008
Women of Troy Win Muscatine Relays!
The Women of Troy dominated the 12 team Muscatine Relays meet, winning 9 events Friday evening. Second place City High was over 125 points behind. Kristi Schuette won the 00 in 1:00.19 while her sister, Whitney won the 800 for her first individual varsity win. Nichole Engelhardt won the 1500 with Anna Murray placing second, 5:07 to 5:08 and Taylor Freeman won the Discus throwing 134 feet winning by over 12 feet. West's 4x100 team, 4x200 team, 4x800 team, Distance Medley team and Shuttle Hurdle also captured wins for the team. In the Junior Varsity division, West also won in dominating fashion by over 101 points to second place Pleasant Valley. Chloe Hoagland won the 100, Taylor Fehlberg won the 800 and 3000 while Rachel Ascoli won the 100 meter hurdles by over half a second. The JV 4x800, Sprint Medley, Distance Medley also recorded wins while our field events came away with wins in the Long Jump (Kia Lindsey) and Courtney Fritz won both the Shot Put and Discus for the Women of Troy.
The team competes in the Women of Troy Relays on April 1st at the West High track starting at 5:00pm on Tuesday.

March 26th, 2008
West High Girls Crowned State Champions!
The West High Girls 4x800 team of Whitney Schuette, Elise Walz, Kristi Schuette, and Nichole Engelhardt became state champions on Tuesday at the Iowa State Indoor meet at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls winning their race by over 5 seconds to Ames. West also had 4 2nd place finishes and a 3rd in the last indoor meet of the year. Friday the 28th marks the first outdoor meet for the Women of Troy at the Musactine Relays at 5pm.

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March 23rd, 2008
West High Girls Win 4 Events at Central College Indoor
The girls track team continued to show their depth winning 4 events on Saturday in Pella. Laura Nierman won the High Jump, Taylor Freeman won the Shot Put and the 4x200 team of Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Katie Kelley, Dani Freeman and Mariah Hinton held off a strong North Tama team for the win and the 4x800 team of Whitney Schuette, Allison Stephan, Taylor Fehlberg and Bridget Novak won by 23 seconds for the Women of Troy.

Tuesday March 18th, 2008
West High girls track continues domination
The West Girls Track and Field team won 8 events at the Mississippi Valley Conference Indoor meet in Cedar Falls on Monday. Taylor Freeman won the shot put with a toss of 45-4.50 to set a new personal best for her career and to set the bar for shot putters across the state. Micaela Haight and Courtney Fritz went 2-3 for the Women of Troy to continue to dominate in the field events.

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March 6th, 2008
Danica Haight competed in the Big 10 Championships for Michigan throwing the shot put and weight throw.
Annie McAleer competed in the IIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships for Wartburg in the 4x800 that placed 6th.
Sarah Wickman placed 9th in the 1000 at the NCC Indoor Championships for South Dakota State.
Lisa Mellecker redshirted the indoor season for the University of Iowa.
Christine Skopec is redshirting the outdoor season for the University of St. Thomas.
Claire Hall redshirted the indoor season at the University of Kansas.
Naomi Hillsman who competes for Coe College ran at the IIAC Championships in the 400.

March 4th, 2008
The West High Girls Track Team started off the season showing they are ready for the challenge of becoming the State Champions again for a 3rd season dominating at the Loras College Indoor on March 3rd. The Women of Troy won 11 events, set 5 meet records and Jessica Gehrke set a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 18'3, breaking the meet record that had been set 23 years ago. Jessica also won the 50 meter and 300 meters. Event winners were Allison Fick in the 3000, Nichole Engelhardt in the 1000, Taylor Freeman in the Shot Put, Dani Freeman in the 400, Elise Walz in the 800 and Laura Nierman in the High Jump. West also won 2 relays and set records in those events as well. Our next meet is March 17th at the UNI Dome for the MVC Indoor meet.

Press Citizen Article March 4th

February 19th, 2008
The 2008 Parent Meeting will be on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 in the Little Theater at West High. This meeting is extremely important for all parents of West High Girls Track and Field Athletes. Please mark your calender to attend. We will go over a lot of information about the season, meets, dinners and expectations of the coming year.
Looking forward to meeting the new parents and seeing the veterans again!
See you then!!!!


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

West's Freeman to be an Arizona Wildcat

West Schuette to be an Wisconsin Panther

West High Track and Field Seniors Kristi Schuette and Taylor Freeman have made their college decisions and will sign letters of intent to particpate in track and field in college. Check out the link below for the Press Citizen and Gazette article on both!

Kristi and Taylor's Articles

Jan 26, 2008
Danica Haight Wins Shot Put Title
Danica Haight won her 1st collegiate Shot Put title in only her second meet of her freshman season. Haight, a freshman at the University of Michigan won the Simmons/Harvey Invitational held in Ann Arbor with a throw of 46'10".

Meet Results and Story about Danica's meet!

Our Pre-Season team meeting will be Wednesday, February 6th at 3:30 in the team room. Anyone who is interested in going out for girls track and field this spring should come to the meeting. We will have Winter conditioning immediatley following the meeting. Our first official day of practice is February 11th at 3:40. Be sure to have your permission to practice and physical on file at West by the 11th. You can turn them into the coaches at Winter Conditioning or to the Athletic office at West.

January 6th, 2008
Iowa City West Girls Cross Country Seniors, Anna Murray and Kristi Schuette have received Academic All-State honors from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. Members must be a senior, have a 3.8 or higher GPA, gotten a 28 or better on their ACT and been a State Meet qualifier or placed in the top 20 at Districts. Anna and Kristi both qualified for state placing, 36th and 49th respectively for the Iowa City West girls team. Both girls will also compete for the Women of Troy Defending State Championship Track and Field team this spring. Only 20 girls throughout the state of Iowa have received the All-Academic award so far this year.

Girls Track and Field Winter Conditioning has started!!! We are meeting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday after school at 3:30 in the hallway outside the varsity girlslocker room. If you are planning on going out for Track and Field this spring and are not out for a winter sport please try and get yourself there to get into shape!!!

Friday, November 9
Junior Allison Fick was named the Press Citizen Athlete of the Year for XC this past fall. Allison, completing her first season after having broken her leg during her freshman and sophmore year of XC finished as West High's number 1 runner and placed 26th with a time of 15:11 at the State Championships for the team that finished 5th at state.  

November 4th, 2007
West High Seniors Compete in All-Star Meet
Seniors Anna Murray, Elise Walz, and Kristi Schuette particpated in the Senior All-Star Cross Country Meet on November 4th in Ames, Iowa. Seniors from all four classes compete against each other on a 5K course for individual, class and region awards. Anna placed 10th in 20:32, Elise was 19th in 21:07 and Kristi was 24th in 21:31.
Check out the results at:

USD's Sarah Wickman and team Qualify for Nationals!
Sarah Wickman a former West High grad, who runs for the University of South Dakota finished 34th in 22:36 at her Northwest Regional and her team finished 4th to qualify for Nationals held in Joplin, Missouri on November 17th. Last year the team finshed 8th and look to better that placing led by So. Ramsey Kavan a former Yankton High school standout and Notre Dame runner who finished 2nd at the regional meet.


Claire Hall Academic All-Big 12 1st Team


Irving, Texas - As announced by the Big 12 Conference, former Iowa City West graduate Claire Hall was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Hall, a exercise science major is currently enjoying an outstanding sophomore season for the University of Kansas women's cross country team. To be considered for All-Big 12 First Team honors a student-athlete must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.20 or better. Hall and her teammates will head to Peoria, Ill. Saturday Nov. 10th for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. Claire is the daughter of Dave Hall and Margo Schilling.

Novemeber 4th,07
Coach Parker Receives Coach of the Year Honor!
Head Coach Mike Parker was named an 4A At-Large Coach of the Year for girls Cross Country. The award is voted on by members of the IATC at their annual meeting. Boys Coach Brain Martz was also named an At-Large Coach of the Year for 4A.

October 27th,2007
West High Girls Place 5th!
The West High Girls Cross Country team placed 5th at the State Championships in Fort Dodge on Saturday finishing the season 125-5 for a tremendous year. Our top finisher was Allison Fick in 26th with a time of 15:12, Nichole Engelhardt wasn't far behind in 15:15 for 29th place. Anna Murray was 36th in 15:22, Elise Walz was 43rd in 15:30, Kristi Schuette was 49th in 15:35 to round out our scorers. Jenna Broghamer placed 76th in 16:11 for her fastest time of the year and Whitney Schuette was 103rd in 16:46 for the Women of Troy. It was a great season and the girls can be proud of themselves for what they have achieved.
Kristi, Anna and Elise were invited to particpate in the Senior All-Star Meet this Saturday in Ames at the Iowa State course. Seniors from all over the state will compete for awards based on region and class. It is quite an honor to have all three seniors participating in this event for West High.

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October 19th, 2007
Girls Claim 11th Straight Regional Title!
The Girls cross country team domimated their Regional Meet winning by 23 points over Pleasant Valley 39-56. This was the 11th straight Regional title by the Women of Troy under Head Coach Mike Parker, a feat undoubtably unmatched throughout the state. Allison Fick lead the team placing 3rd behind the number 2 and 3rd ranked girls in the state in a time of 15:19 over a wet course. Nichole Engelhardt was 5th in 15:31 and Anna Murray was 6th in 15:35 getting closer to the front of the pack each meet. Kristi Schuette had another great race finishing 10th in 15:58 and Elise Walz was 12 in 16:03 for the Women of Troy. Whitney Schuette finished 12th in 16:16 and Jenna Broghamer was 26th in 17:14 to round out our top 7. The top 10 individuals and top 3 teams from the meet automatically qualify for the state championships in Fort Dodge next Saturday. With 4 girls in the top 10, 5 in the top 12 at regionals, West looks to be able contend for a state title next week against a strong Dowling team and also City High, Urbandale, Ames and Cedar Falls.


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Quad City Times Article

October 12, 2007
West Girls Win MVC Divisional Title!!
The Women of Troy won the Conference title last night against a tough City High team by winning the tie breaking 6th place slot. The score was tied through the 5th runner at 37-37 and Senior Elise Walz beat City High's number 6 runner by 8 seconds to win the title for the Women of Troy. Allison Fick, Nichole Engelhardt and Anna Murray went 2,3,4 for the team and were 1st team All-Conference selections and the Schuette sisters, Kristi and Whitney rounded out our top 5 finishing 10th and 18th with Kristi being 2nd team All-Conference and Whitney being Honorable Mention All-Conference for the Women of Troy. Kristi and Anna were also West High's MVC All-Academic award winners. The team competes in the Regional Championships next Thursday at Pleasant Valley at Crow Creek Park. The race starts at 4:30.

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October 5th, 2007
West Girls Win Super Meet!
The Women of Troy captured the Super Meet title against City High winning 40-43. It was a tight race from start to finish with Senior Kristi Schuette running a great race to pass City's number 5 runner to seal the win. Junior Allison Fick finished 2nd in a time of 15:24 for the Women of Troy to lead the girls team to a win. Nichole Engelhardt placed 4th, Anna Murray was 6th, Elise Walz was 12th and Kristi was 16th for the Women of Troy who run against City again next week at the Divisional Championships at Cedar Rapids Prairie on Thursday.
Freshman Alissa Rothman was the high finisher for the 3rd place Fresh/Soph team in a time of 17:04 and Senior Dani Freeman led the JV girls placing 33rd in a time of 18:55.

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Kavan Leads USD Women’s Cross Country Team to Third Place Finish at Woody Greeno Invite; Sarah Wickman #2 Runner for USD


LINCOLN, NEB. – Led by the fourth-place finish of sophomore Ramsey Kavan, The University of South Dakota women’s cross country team finished third at the 2007 Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational meet on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. The Coyote men’s team was sixth in the team race.

Kavan (Yankton, S.D.) who led for a portion of the race, finished in 21:38.95. She was defeated by two runners from the University of Nebraska and the individual champion Beverly Ramos of Kansas State, who finished in 21:21.85.

The Coyotes, who were ranked seventh in the region this week, had a team total of 109 points and finished third in the college division behind Nebraska Wesleyan with 49 and the University of Nebraska-Kearney with 84. USD freshman Sarah Wickman (Iowa City, Iowa) was 25th in 23:14.85. Other USD runners included: junior Kelsey Maloney (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 29th, 23:19.70; sophomore Heather Kuhlmanmn (Nebraska City, Neb.), 56th, 24:08.55; junior Jessica Lundgren (Truman, Minn.), 72nd, 24:33.90; and junior Allison Duba (Sioux Falls, S.D.), 93rd, 25:10.00.

Next on the schedule for the USD cross country teams is the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 29.





West High Alum Runs at Griak for Kansas


Cross country teams back on course this week

Men, women prepare for first race in 2 weeks


After two weeks without a race, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Minnesota to compete in the first NCAA championship qualifier of the year.


By Tyler Passmore

Friday, September 28, 2007


The stakes and importance will be the highest they have been this season when the University of Kansas men’s and women’s cross country teams step foot on the course for the first time in two weeks on Saturday. The Jayhawks travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational. This will mark the toughest competition the Jayhawks will have faced this year because seven of the top 15 teams in the Midwest will be competing. Among those teams are names like Arizona State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The women’s team wants to build off its youth’s production and avenge a loss in its last outing. The women will take the field Saturday with three seniors at the reign, but it may be an underclassman that will be the missing ingredient.


Sophomore Lauren Bonds will run again this Saturday. She had a very strong performance at the season opener.Facing the tough competition this week, the women will need to make a team effort to finish in the top 10. With the underclassmen stepping up and the trio of seniors pushing the tempo, the women will create a stir this weekend when they toe the line at 12:50.


The gun will sound Saturday for the men at 12:10. They go into the meet 2-0, as the women just missed that mark, entering 1-1. This meet also will be the first NCAA championships qualifier of the year.






September 30th, 2007
The Women of Troy won the Crimson Division of the Rim Rock Classic on Saturday the 29th by 50 points over 2nd place scoring 57 points. The meet is held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas on the legendary course developed by former Jay Hawks head track and field and cross coutnry coach Bob Timmons who was also Head Coach Mike Parker's coach in college. Allison Fick won the 4K race with a time of 15:21 for our first individual title at this meet. Nichole Engelhardt was 4th, Anna Murray was 11th, Elise Walz was 19th and Kristi Schuette was 28th for the team in their dominating win.

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September 27th, 2007
The Women of Troy won their home meet against a strong Marshalltown team with a score of 33-52. Allison Fick set a new course record and placed 2nd with a time of 14:37. Nichole Engelhardt was 4th, Anna Murray 6th, Elise Walz 10th and Kristi Schuette was 11th for the Women of Troy. Freshman Taylor Fehlberg placed 2nd in the JV race to lead the JV team to a dominating win with a time of 16:44. The Women of Troy head to Kansas this weekend for the Rim Rock Classic against some steep competition from 6 states.

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September 15th, 2007
Women of Troy Stay Undefeated!!!
The Women of Troy traveled to Decorah, Iowa for the Luther Invite and took home trophy's in both the Varsity and JV division. Teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa participated in the meet. Allison Fick was our leader placing 1st in a time of 15:10. Nichole Engelhardt (2nd), Anna Murray (4th), Elise Walz (8th) all ran great races to finish in the top ten. Whitney Schuette won the JV race in a time of 16:35 a good 30 seconds ahead of the number 2 runner. Alissa Rothman, Vi Tran-Phan, Hannah Skopec, Chelsee Birth and Dani Freeman all placed in the top 10 for the JV team. The JV team won 23-54 and the Varsity team won by 47 points with a team score of 33pts.  A rematch against City High will be on Thursday at the Eastern Iowa Classic at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids. You can check out all the results from the Luther Invite at

September 14th, 2007
West Girls are Regionally Ranked by
Dye Stat
The Women of Troy broke into the regional rankings as put out by Dyestat and the Harrier magazine for the first time since 2004, holding the number 9 spot after beating City High last week. Teams from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The team is also currently ranked 2nd in the state behind Dowling. Allison Fick is ranked 10th, Nichole Engelhardt is ranked 17th and Anna Murray is ranked 25th for the Women of Troy. Check out the Regional rankigns at and the State of Iowa rankings at

September 14th, 2007
The Women of Troy remain undefeated after winning the Ft. Madison Invite scoring 29 points, beating the 2nd place team Mt. Pleasant by 49 points. Nichole Engelhardt led the way for the varsity girls again placing 3rd in a time of 16:36. The JV team took the first seven spots with Taylor Fehlberg placing 1st with a time of 18:05. The Women of Troy and Trojans also took home the combined team trophy for the meet. The team runs September 15th at the Luther College Invite in Decorah, Iowa.

September 11, 2007
Former West High Standouts Compete in College

University of South Dakota Sarah Wickman Second in First Cross Country Invite 

VERMILLION, S.D. -Ramsey Kavan of The University of South Dakota women's cross country team claimed the individual title at the Don Baker Memorial Meet held on Saturday morning at the Don Baker Memorial Cross Country Course on the USD campus.

Ramsey Kavan (Yankton, S.D.) won her first competition in a Coyote uniform. Kavan cruised to a title in the women's division by covering the course in 18:21.99. Sarah Wickman of USD was second in 20:11.55 with Heather Kuhlmann (Nebraska City, Neb.), third, 20:25.41.


Sophomore Claire Hall who is running for the University of Kansas has raced in two meets so far this year. She placed 39th in the Bob Timmons Invitational with a time of 25:22, 10th for the KU. In the Kansas/Kansas State Dual Claire was 16th overall in a time of 21:16.

Christine Skopec makes debut for University of St.  Thomas

Christine Skopec running for the University of St. Thomas this fall competed in her first meet getting 6th on her team and 22nd overall in the Carleton Invite with a time of 22:33.

All three girls will compete in the Roy Griak Invitational on September 29th.


Univsersity of South Dakota Cross Country Website

University of Kansas Cross Country Website

University of St. Thomas Cross Country Site

September 7th, 2007
West High Girls Beat City!!!
At the Cedar Rapids Invite on Tuesday the 6th the girls cross country team beat the defending state champions, City High, 67-74 led by Junior Nichole Engelhardt in 6th place!!!! Allison Fick was 7th, Anna Murray was 12th, Elise Walz was 15th and Kristi Schuette was 27th for the Women of Troy. This is the first time West has beat City since Oct. of 2004 making them undefeated so far this season. The Fresh/Soph team is also undefeated this season thus far winning their division as well, led by Sophomore Whitney Schuette. The teams head to Ft. Madison on the 13th and Luther College on the 15th for more race action.

Gazette Article

Press Citizen Article

Check out Dyestat for article about West beating City!!!


August 29th, 2007
West High Girls win Prairie Invite!
The West Girls XC team got off to a great start on Tuesday winning the Cedar Rapids Prarie Invite against some of the best teams in the state. The Fresh/Soph team also captured their team title winning 46-77 over Cedar Falls. Alissa Rothman was the leader for the freshman placing sixth with a time of 18:33, followed by Whitney Schuette, Katie Janis, Bridget Novak, Vi Tran-Phan, Taylor Fehlberg and Hannah Skopec. The varsity race was exciting and the West team competed against Cedar Falls, argueably one of the best teams in the state, winning 33-46. Allison Fick led the way for the Women of Troy placing 2nd with a time of 16:00. Nichole Engelhardt wasn't far behind in 3rd, Elise Walz was 8th, Anna Murray was 9th and Jenna Broghamer was 11th. The women of Troy wil compete against some of the best teams in the state next Thursday in the Cedar Rapids Invite on September 6th.

Cedar Rapids Prairie Invite Gazette Article

Cedar Rapids Prairie Press Citizen Article


Iowa City Press-Citizen

August 28, 2007


Coach -- Mike Parker (13th season).

Last year's state finish -- Sixth in Class 4A.

Returning letter-winners (3) -- Allison Fick, jr.; Nicole Engelhardt, jr.; Elise Walz, sr.; Kristi Schuette, sr.; Sheila Novak, sr.; Hannah Skopec, so.; Sara Stewart, so.

Outlook -- The Women of Troy are making a fresh start this year. Their sixth-place finish at state last year was the worst of any team under coach Mike Parker, and they lost most of their varsity pack. But Parker is excited.

"I'm having a blast," he said. "With the combination of committed girls and great parents, that's a recipe for success."

Allison Fick won last week's time trial, but the junior has yet to complete a season. She suffered a stress fracture her freshman year and broke her leg in the first race of the season a year ago. Her father, Dan, is a physician as well as a veteran runner himself and has closely supervised her training.

"I know that he has his hand on the pulse of what she can and can't do," Parker said.

Nicole Engelhart and Elise Walz return with state-meet experience, but West will count on a lot of new faces, including senior Anna Murray and junior Jenna Broghamer.

"I don't know if we'll do well the first two or three meets," Parker said. "It's not like years past. But we're looking to be at our best at the end of the year."

First Cross Country Rankings
The first rankings of the 2007 Cross Country Season came out today sent out from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. The Women of Troy are ranked 4th to start off the season after finishing 6th at the state meet last year. The team will start off the season at the Cedar Rapids Prairie meet next Tuesday @5:00 competing against #8 Cedar Falls and #12 Cedar Rapids Washington.
1. West Des Moines Dowling 2. City High 3. Urbandale 4. WEST HIGH 6. Johnston 7. Ames  8. Cedar Falls 9. Pleasant Valley 10. Waukee 11. Dubuque Senior 12. CRW 13. WDV 14. Ankeny 15. (Tie) Mason City and Ottumwa

2006 State Cross Country Results

Time Trials Results
Our first competition of the year was our time trials at the University of Iowa Cross Country course, which is also our home meet course. Allison Fick is back to leading the team after winning at the time trials yesterday. She looks ready to make up for lost time!!!Nichole Engelhardt also ran an outstanding race finishing faster than last year. Whitney Schuette also improved on her performance from last year along with Hannah Skopec. With the adidtion of some new people we are looking forward to a great season throughout the entire team.
Allison Fick
Nichole Engelhardt
Anna Murray
Elise Walz
Jenna Broghamer
Kristi Schuette
Sara Stewart
Sheila Novak
Hannah Skopec
Alissa Rothman
Vi Tran-Phan
Katie Janis
Bridget Novak
Whitney Schuette
Chelsee Birt
Dani Freeman
Amy McCurdy
Ximena Ampuero
Karima Safsaf
Mackenzie Nielson
Shelly Berkowitz
Sami Hansen
Qiong Qiu
The Women of Troy will compete in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational next Tuesday at 5:00 pm.

Girls Cross Country Starts Monday!
The West High Girls Cross Country team starts official practice on
Monday the 13th at 8am at West High.
This is our first two week schedule:
Monday 8/13: 8am & 4pm
Tuesday 8/14: 3pm
Wednesday 8/15: 8am, Team Pictures at 1:00pm and practice about 2:00pm
Thursday 8/16: 2pm
Friday 8/17: 8am & 4pm
Saturday 8/18: 9am & Team Car Wash at UICCU on Morman Trek from 1-4pm
Monday 8/20: 2:40 (1st day of school)
Tuesday 8/21: 3:40 (Team Time Trials at U of I XC Course)
Wednesday 8/22: 3:40pm
Thursday 8/23: 2:40 pm (Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm)
Friday 8/24: 3:40pm & 7pm is Club West Fall Kick Off at West
Saturday 8/25: 9am


Danica Haight Takes Shot Put and Discus Title at State!
The Women of Troy won their 2nd consecutive State Track and Field title scoring 97.5 points the most in state history!!! With a true team effort the team remains unbeaten for two seasons.

Danica Haight Signs With University of Michigan
11-8-06 Two time State Shot Put Champion Danica Haight signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Michigan. Danica had a tough decision to make as she was being recruited by the top throwing schools in the country. Danica made visits to Georgia, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan. A reception was held at West High on November 8th for Danica to celebrate her accomplishments. Danica will be competing for her 3rd straight State Shot Put title this Spring. Congratulations Danica! Go BLUE!

West Places 6th, Wickman 7th at State Cross Country
10-29-06 West High placed 6th as a team at the 2006 State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Senior Sarah Wickman placed 7th to finish one of the most decorated cross country careers in the history of the State of Iowa. Sarah Wickman received 1st team All State honors for the 4th straight year and contiues to hold the 4A meet record. Wickman placed 1st as a freshman, 2nd by 1 second as a sophomore and 1st as a Junior. Wickman has been one of the most successful cross country runners in the history of the State of Iowa. Congratulations to Sarah on an amazing cross country career at West High.

West Wins Regional Championship
10-19-06 West High took the first three places in the Regional Championship Cross Country Meet to cruise to a 1st place finish. West High's Regional win was their 10th consecutive Regional Championship Title. Sarah Wickman won the individual title winning by over 20 seconds. Nichole Engelhardt placed second and Elise Walz placed a close 3rd. West High ran in strong packs during the course of the race and all 7 runners placed in the top 25. Jordan Stahlecker finished 12th, Shelia Novak placed 14th, Christine Skopec 16th and Kristi Schuette 22nd.  West High now advances to the State Championships in Fort Dodge next Saturday. West will be one of 16 teams fighting to be crowned 4A State Champions.

Lobo Invite Results!

2008 Conference Champions

Full Drake Relays Qualifiers

Sarah Wickman Earns MVC Athlete of the Year
10-12-06 Sarah Wickman ran a season best at her home cross country course to bring home the Divisional Title and MVC Athlete of the Year recognition. Sarah helped lead her team to a 2nd place finish in the conference. Joining Sarah with 1st team all conference recognition were Nichole Engelhardt who placed 5th and Elise Walz who placed 6th. Jordan Stahlecker and Shelia Novak earned 2nd team all conference recognition by placing 13th and 14th. Christine Skopec and Kristi Schuette placed 18th and 21st respectively and earned honorable mention all conference. Christine and Kristi also earned MVC all academic recognition. West ran in a tight pack for the first mile of the race until Wickman took the lead and never gave it up. West will take their momentum into next week's Regional Championships.
West recorded numerous personal bests in the JV and Fresh/Soph races as well. Sara Stewart led the Fresh/Soph race with a 3rd place finish followed by Hannah Skopec who placed 8th. The Fresh/Soph team placed 2nd overall. Audrey Keranen lead the JV team with a 5th place finish. This was the last meet for those girls not continuing on to the Regional Championships. West saw great improvements over the course of this year and with such a strong young team looks forward to a great track season and an exciting 2007 cross country season. West will compete in the Regional Championships in Cedar Rapids next Thursday in hopes of earning a spot at the State Championships.

West Brings Home Title From Kansas
10-1-06 West High traveled to Lawrence, Kansas this weekend to compete in the Rim Rock Farm Classic. West brought home the championship trophy from the crimsion division. West outscored the 2nd place team by 49 points. West was led by Sarah Wickman's 2nd place finish. Junior Elise Walz had her best race of the season and finished in 17th place. Her strong hill running helped her to be a major factor in West High's win.
Nichole Engelhardt finished 10th to help West have 3 runners in the top 20. Other West finishers were Jordan Stahlecker 44th, Christine Skopec 49th, Audrey Keranen 53rd and Kristi Schuette 54th. West had a great weekend and enjoyed shopping in downtown Lawrence as well as a Kansas volleyball game. West will compete next Thursday in the MVC Supermeet in Cedar Falls.

Sarah Wickman Wins Eastern Iowa Classic
9-21-06 West senior Sarah Wickman returned to one of her favorite courses and captured the title at the Eastern Iowa Classic. Wickman led almost the entire race and ended up winning by about 20 seconds. Within the first mile Wickman raced to the front and erased former memories of racing to win from almost last place. During her freshman year Wickman fell and lost her shoe during the race and found herself in last place. She struggled to catch up to the leaders and almost did. This year she raced the entire race infront of the pack. Sarah led her team to a third place finish. Nichole Engelhardt had another strong perfomance finishing 9th. Jordan Stahlecker and Elise Walz helped each other throughout the race and end up placing 16th and 17th. Christine Skopec came back after missing the last few races to be West High's #5 runner and placing 33rd. Audrey Keranen was right benind Skopec in 34th place.
Freshman Sara Stewart stepped up as West High's #1 runner in the fresh/soph race. Sara continues to show great improvement and was West High's number 8 runner overall today. Hadiza Sa-Aadu was West High's #1 runner in the JV race.

West Races Well at Multi-State Meet
9-16-06 West ran at the tough Indianola course this Saturday in the Des Moines Roosevelt Invitational. The meet included teams from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Missouri. West placed 6th as a team. West continues to show improvements at each meet. West was led by Sarah Wickman in  7th place. Nichole Engelhardt had a strong finish passing numerous runners and placing 20th. Hannah Skopec stepped in as the 6th runner for the team and had a great race placing 90th. Other finishers for West High were Jordan Stahlecker-28th, Elise Walz-35th, Kristi Schuette-77th and Hadiza Sa-Aadu-91st. West also placed 6th in the JV competition. West was led by Sophomore Natalie Manhica in 39th place. Freshman Sara Stewart ran a great race and placed 52nd. West High's other scorers in the JV race were Mackenzie Nielson-55th, Dani Freeman-56th and Amy McCurdy-57th. West will compete in the Eastern Iowa Classic next Thursday in Dubuque.

Nichole Engelhardt Has Great Race, West Places 2nd at Luther College Meet
9-9-06 The Women of Troy once again showed their desire to improve by placing 2nd at the Luther College Meet this Saturday. Although West High was led by Senior Sarah Wickman who placed 2nd, the star of the day was Sophomore Nichole Engelhardt who placed 8th and dropped almost 3 minutes off her time from last year at this same course. Nichole continues to show tremendous improvement and was West High's #2 runner at this meet.  West's other runners all dropped considerable time off last meet, as well as off last year at this same course. Jordan Stahlecker placed 16th and broke 16 minutes for the first time this year. Elise Walz was just a few seconds behind placing 20th. Kristi Schuette placed 35th, Audrey Keranen 46th and Hadiza Sa-Aadu placed 83rd. All other runners ran in the JV race at this meet. West High's leading JV runner was Junior Dani Freeman who placed 40th. Dani's hard work continues to pay off, she was West High's #8 runner overall this weekend. Freshman Hannah Skopec placed 43rd and Ximena Ampuero placed 60th. West will compete in Fort Madison this coming Thursday and then in Des Moines on Saturday.

West Shows Improvement in Cedar Rapids Meet
9-7-06 The Women of Troy came home with another 4th place finish, but showed great improvement in their 2nd meet of the season. Sarah Wickman placed 5th overall while Elise Walz placed 16th. Rounding out the scoring for West was Sophomore Nichole Engelhardt, 23rd and Jordan Stahlecker 36th.  Natalie Manhica was the top finisher for the West High fresh/soph again placing 42nd. In the JV race Hadiza Sa-Aadu placed 13th and ran fast enough to earn herself on the varsity team for Saturday's meet at Luther College.

West Competes in First Meet of the Season
8-29-06 The West High girls cross country team competed in their first meet of the season at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational. West finished 4th after suffering a tremendous loss. With about 10 meters left in the race and in 3rd place #1 runner sophomore Allison Fick collapsed to the ground and broke her tibia. With West High's #1 runner unable to complete the race,  West's top 3 finishers were Sarah Wickman 6th place, Nichole Engelhardt, in a tremendous race, 19th place and Jordan Stahlecker 20th place. In the JV race Kristi Schuette was crowned the JV champion and the fresh/soph team was led by Natalie Manhica in 5th place. West's competes again next Thursday in the Cedar Rapids Invitational. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Allison during her recovery.

2006 Cross Country Time Trials A Success
8-22-06 The Women of Troy got to see their summer work pay off in the 2006 Time Trials at the University of Iowa Course. Sophomore Allison Fick won the time trial.  West High saw many improvements of runners from last year and had impressive performances by many newcomers. One of the most impressive improvements came from Sophomore Nichole Engelhardt who placed 4th in  this years time trial.  West's first meet will be Tuesday, August 29th at the Prairie Invite.

5-21-06 The West High Girls Track & Field team won the Class 4A State Championship Title this weekend in Des Moines. West High and cross town rival City High battled down to the final event to find out who would be crowned State Champions. West High's school record setting 4 x400 relay team put West High's 3rd Track & Field title in the books by placing 2nd in the 4 x 400 meter relay in a school recording setting time of 3:54. That record setting relay team of Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Elise Walz, Kristi Shuette and Lisa Mellecker knew exactly what they had to do in the day's final event to bring the championship trophy back to West. They rose to the occasion and left no doubt in anyone's mind who was the best team in the state this year. This is West's 3rd track & field title and Coach Parker's 8th State Title, 3 in track & field, 5 in cross country.


Taylor Freeman Crowned Discus State Champion, West in 1st Place After Day 1
5-19-06 After day 1 of the 3 day State Championships the West High Girls Track & Field team is in first place. The highlight of the day was Sophomore Taylor Freeman winning the discus with a throw of 135'9". Throwing partner Danica Haight placed third for a total of 18 points between the two of them. West also double scored in the 400 by Kristi Schuette placing 5th and Lisa Mellecker placing 6th. West's other scorers from day 1 were Laura Nierman in the high jump-tied for 6th, Sarah Wickman 6th place in the 3000 and the 4 x 800 relay team of Jenn Barrick, Annie McAleer, Elise Walz placing 8th. Christine Skopec placed 12th in the 3000,Lisa Mellecker qualifed 4th into the 200 meter dash finals and the shuttle hurdle relay team qualifed 6th for the finals. After day one West High has 29.5 points and Ames is in 2nd with 20 points. West will start off Friday's competition with the shot put and Danica Haight defending her state title from last year, West High's first running event with be the Distance Medley Relay.


West Wins Regional Championships and Qualifies for the State Championships in 17 Events
5-12-06 The West High Girls Track & Field team dominated the competition at the Regional Championships on Friday. West High won 6 events over the course of the night. With West High's dominating performance they qualified in 17 of the 19 events for the State Championships next Thursday-Friday- Saturday. West doubled up in qualifying in 6 events which gives them 23 event entries for State. West's Regional Champions were:
Shot Put- Danica Haight
Discus-Danica Haight
200-Lisa Mellecker
400-Lisa Mellecker
800-Claire Hall
4x400-Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Annie McAleer, Elise Walz & Kristi Schuette

West High's Individual State Qualifiers:
100-Breanna Nelson
100 Hurdles-Tiesha Crutcher
200- Lisa Mellecker
400-Lisa Mellecker, Kristi Schuette
800-Claire Hall, Jenn Barrick
1500-Sarah Wickman, Claire Hall
3000-Sarah Wickman, Christine Skopec
High Jump-Laura Nierman
Shot Put-Danica Haight, Taylor Freeman
Discus-Danica Haight, Taylor Freeman

Qualifying Relays:
4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, Shuttle Hurdle Relay, Distance Medley & Sprint Medley

West Wins MVC Divisional Championships
5-5-06 The Women of Troy cruised to their 4th consecutive MVC Divisional Title in Waterloo on Friday. West outscored a strong 2nd place Cedar Falls team by 82 points. West had numerous Varsity and JV Conference champions. Katie Johnson and Elise Walz were 2 time Varsity Conference Champions and Holly Brechtel, Rachael Park and Tiffany Roth were 2 time JV Conference Champions
Varsity Conference Champions:
Discus-Taylor Freeman
Shot Put-Danica Haight
100 Hurdles-Katie Johnson
4x800 Relay-Christine Skopec, Annie McAleer, Elise Walz & Claire Hall
Shuttle Hurdle Relay-Tiesha Crutcher, Brooke Ludvicek, Liza Minor & Katie Johnson
4x400 Relay-Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Elise Walz, Kristi Schuette & Lisa Mellecker
JV Conference Champions:
400 Hurdles-Holly Brechtel
Shuttle Hurdle Relay-Sarah Minor, Tricia Schlott, Rachael Park & Holly Brechtel
Distance Medley Relay-Sarah Hagen, Tiffany Roth, Nichole Engelhardt & Colleen Lawrence
4x200 Relay-Sami Hansen, Katie Hanson, Rachael Park & Tiffancy Roth
4x400 Relay-Steph Mount, Sydney Protheroe, Ashley Sullivan & Dani Freeman
West will compete on Tuesday in the West High JV Relays and then will travel across town on Friday for the Regional Championships. The Regional Championships are how individuals and relay teams qualify for the State Championships. Please come cheer on the West High girls & boys on Friday, May 12th at City High.

Taylor Freeman Breaks School Record Again
5-2-06 The West Track & Field team bounced back after a long weekend at the Drake Relays to take the Prairie Relays title in both the Varsity and JV divisions. The highlight of the meet was Taylor Freeman breaking her 6 day old school record in the discus with a throw of 146'0". West won 9 Varsity events. Other meet highlights were Claire Hall's 1500-4:55, Elise Walz in the 400-59 seconds, Sarah Wickman 2:24 in the 800, Tiesha Crutcher winning the 100 meter hurdles and Lisa Mellecker winning the 200 meters. Linnay Mitchell placed 2nd in the high jump with a personal best of 5'2". JV Champions were Kolie Eko-long jump, Nichole Engelhardt-800, Allison Fick-1500,  Sprint Medley Relay(Sami Hansen, Tricia Schlott, Katie Hanson, Steph Mount), and 4x400 Relay(Dani Freeman, Meganne Franks, Jenn Barrick, Ashley Sullivan). West had a tremendous night and posted many personal and season bests. West travels to Waterloo on Friday to compete in the Mississippi Valley Conference Divisional Championships. West wraps up the regular season next Tuesday with their home JV meet and then travels across town to City High for the Regional Championships on May 12th.

West Wins 2 Drake Relays Titles
4-30-06 The West High Track & Field team came away from the Drake Relays with 2 individual titles. On Thursday Sophomore Taylor Freeman won the discus title with a school record breaking throw of 145'5". On Friday West swept the throwing events by Danica Haight winning the shot put title for the 2nd year a row. Danica braved the wind and rain to outthrow the rest of the competition. On Saturday West concluded the Drake Relays with a standout performance by the new school record holding 4 x 400 relay team of Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Elise Walz, Kristi Schuette and Lisa Mellecker. The 4 x 400 team ran 3:56 and placed 2nd. Other place winners for West High over the weekend were Danica Haight 4th place in the discus, Laura Nierman 4th place in the high jump and the 4 x 800(Jenn Barrick, Elise Walz, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall) 5th place. West saw many great performances over the course of the weekend and look forward to returning to the newly renovated Drake Stadium in 3 weeks to compete in the State Championships.


West Qualifies in 10 Events for the Drake Relays
4-24-06 The West High Girls Track & Field team qualified in 10 events for the prestigious Drake Relays. West will compete in 10 events with 14 event entries. West qualified in 5 individual events, and 5 relays. The individual event qualifiers are:
3000-Sarah Wickman & Allison Fick
100-Lisa Mellecker & Breanna Nelson
Shot Put-Danica Haight & Taylor Freeman
Discus-Taylor Freeman & Danica Haight
High Jump-Laura Nierman
The relays that qualified are:
4 x 100
4 x 400
4 x 800
Sprint Medley Relay
Shuttle Hurdle Relay
If you would like more information on the Drake Relays click on the link below.


West Wins 9/10 CRANDIC Title
4-24-06 West High had strong performances by their freshman and sophomore athletes on Monday and were able to take home the title in the 9/10 CRANDIC meet. This meet is made up of the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City schools. West High's superstar discus thrower continued to show her strength by winning the discus with a new school record throw of 141'9" West had multiple personal bests throughout the night including, Laura Nierman-high jump, Sami Hansen-long jump, Sarah Egli-long jump, Kalee Schiling and Holly Brechtel-shuttle hurdle splits, Tiesha Crutcher-100, Nichole Engelhardt-800 split, Mariah Hinton-200 split, Sarah Minor-100 hurdles, Breanna Nelson-200, Jenna Broghamer-1500, Alex McDougall, Dani Freeman, Tiffany Roth, Katie McCurdy -400 splits, Shelia Novak-800. West also had numerous people try new events and do spectacular. 400-Skyler Molitor, Lindsey Ogden, Rose Leaven, Meganne Franks, Katie Hanson. 200-Michelle Park, shuttle hurdle-Sarah Egli and Tiffany Roth, Jenna Broghamer-3000 and Alisa Brayton-shot put & disc. West High was able to showcase their future once again by the standout performances of their 9th and 10th graders.


West Wins Forwald Relays
4-21-06 West High was victorious at the highly competitive Forwald Relays Friday. West had to face the defending state champs, West Des Moines Valley and the strong City High team. Danica Haight continued her streak of meet records and broke her 7th meet record of the year in the shot put. Her throw of 47'10 3/4" also broke her previously set school record. West's first place finishers were; Danica Haight(shot put), Taylor Freeman(discus), Lisa Mellecker(100), Hadiza Sa-Aadu(400), Sarah Wickman(1500) 4x800 relay(Jenn Barrick, Annie McAleer, Christine Skopec and Claire Hall)and 4x400 relay(Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Elise Walz, Kristi Shuette and Lisa Mellecker.) West was able to score many points because of the depth it showed by double scoring in many events. West double scored going 1st and 2nd in the discus 2nd place Danica Haight and 400 2nd placed Kristi Shuette. They also placed 1st and 3rd in the shot put by Taylor Freeman placing 3rd and the 100 meters with a 3rd place finish from Breanna Nelson. West continued to show it's team strength by winning 7 events. West will now wait until Monday to see which Drake Relays events they will compete in next weekend.


West Girls Break 3 Meet Records at Don Newell Classic in Ottumwa
4-18-06 West High travelled to Head Coach Mike Parker's hometown of Ottumwa to compete in the Don Newell Classic. West High had a great night breaking 3 meet records and 1 school record. West High's throwers continued their dominance by going 1-2 in both the shot put and the discus. Danica Haight broke her 6th meet record of the year and stayed undeafeted in the shot put with a throw of 45'11.5". Teammate Taylor Freeman broke the meet record and her own school record in the discus with a throw of 141'2". West High's 4x400 team of Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Elise Walz, Claire Hall and Lisa Mellecker broke the meet record while posting a season best in that event running 4:01. West had numerous other stand out performances that were personal bests throughout the night including, Linnay Mitchell in the high jump, 5'1", Christine Skopec s in the 3000 running 10:58, Kristi Schuette in the 400 meters 1:00, Kira Spencer's 1500-5:27. West was able to show it's sprinting strength over the course of the night by winning the 100(Lisa Mellecker), 200(Qiong Qiu), Sprint medley relay(Breanna Nelson, Katie Johnson, Lisa Mellecker and Hadiza Sa-Aadu), and 4x400 relay. West also took 2nd place in the 100 hurdles(Tiesha Crutcher), Shuttle hurdle relay(Tiesha Crutcher, Brooke Ludvicek, Liza Minor and Katie Johnson) and 4x100(Tiesha Crutcher, Qiong Qiu, Brooke Ludvicek and Breanna Nelson). Overall West had a great night and continued to show it's dominance by staying undefeated as a team. West will travel across town on Friday to the Forwarld Relays at City High School. Everyone is encouraged to come cheer on West High as they face a strong City High team and the defending state champions, West Des Moines Valley!


West High's Freshman Compete Well at Washington Relays
4-17-06 The West High Freshman had their own meet on Monday competing in Cedar Rapids at the Washington Relays. West High broke 2 Freshman meet records. Mariah Hinton broke the 200 meter meet record and Nichole Engelhardt broke the 1500 meter meet record. West received 1st place finishes from Mariah Hinton(100), Nichole Engelhardt(1500) and the Distance Medley Relay(Tiffany Roth, Amy McCurdy, Kalee Schilling, Nichole Engelhardt). West also had many 2nd place finishes. Jenna Broghamer(1500), Nichole Engelhardt(800), Alex McDougall(400), Sarah Hagen(200), Mariah Hinton(100) and Kalee Schilling(100 meter hurdles). West ran many relays very well and had strong relay legs from Skyler Molitor, Kayla Garrett-Wilson, Rose Leaven, Arig Bilal and Katie Pypes. Meganne Franks also had a great day jumping a personal best in the high jump. West showed it's young talent by placing 2nd place in this meet by 5 1/2 points! With such great performances by the freshman West High continues to have a bright future.

Danica Haight Breaks 5th Meet Record of the Year
4-15-06 The Women of Troy travelled to Cedar Rapids for the J-Hawk relays on Thursday and Friday. The meet was postponed on Thursday due to severe weather in the area and was resumed on Friday. The highlight of the meet was Danica Haight's shot put of 47'1/2". Danica broke her 5th meet record of the year and broke her own school record for the 3rd time this year. Danica's record breaking throw moved her to the 6th best throw in the country this year. The throwing duo of Taylor Freeman and Danica took 1st and 2nd place respectively in the discus. West's other 1st place finishes were Jenn Barrick-1500, Claire Hall-800, Laura Nierman-High Jump and the Distance Medley Relay. West also proved it's team depth by competing well in the JV events. West's JV 1st place finishers were, Kolie Eko-High Jump, Sarah Egli-Long Jump, Kira Spencer-1500, Christine Skopec-800, Brianna Garrett-400, Qiong Qiu-100, Sarah Minor 100 hurdles and the 4x100 relay. Although the West High team came through the tornados that swept through Iowa City on Thursday night unharmed, we want to send out our thoughts and prayers to all of those who were affected, or have family members who were affected by the devasting tornados. We would also like to thank our bus driver who got us home safely.


Sophomore Taylor Freeman Breaks School Record in the Discus
4-11-06 West High won the Penn Relays in Fort Madison this Tuesday. West had standout performances in the field events once again. Taylor Freeman broke the meet and school record in the discus with a throw of 140'8". Throwing partner Danica Haight broke the meet record in the shot put with a throw of 45'10". West rounded off the field events with Laura Nierman tying a life time best in the high jump with a jump of 5'3". West had numerous stand out performances through out the night. Katie Johnson, in only her 2nd time ever running the event, proved herself to be one of the top 400 meter hurdlers in the state. The shuttle hurdler relay team of (Kate Johnson, Brooke Ludvicek, Liza Minor and Tiesha Crutcher) ran a time that also put them in the top 5 in the state in that event. West High's 1st place finishers were: Christine Skopec-3000, Alison Fick-1500 Danica Haight-shot put, Taylor Freeman-discus, Laura Nierman-high jump,4x800 (Jenn Barrick, Kristi Schuette, Elise Walz and Annie McAleer). West ran the fastest time of the season in the 4x400 to end the meet. Teammates Lisa Mellecker, Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Elise Walz and Claire Hall ran a time of 4:04. West was also able to enter varioius different JV events and saw great performances all around. West High's JV winners were, Liza Minor-100 hurdles, Nichole Engelhardt-1500, Brianna Garrett-400, sprint medley(Katie Hansen, Sami Hanson, Emily Paul, Sydney Protheroe), 4x800(Kira Spencer, Jenna Broghamer, Colleen Lawrence, Shelia Novak), 4x200(Tricia Schlott, Dani Freeman, Tiffany Roth, Amy McCurdy), Distance Medley(Tiffany Roth, Emily Paul, Dani Freeman, Nichole Engelhardt) and the 4x400(Jenn Barrick, Ashley Sullivan, Alex McDougall, Steph Mount.) West has continued their undefeated streak, but will be tested by the a strong Cedar Falls team on Thursday at the J-Hawk Relays in Cedar Rapids.


West Seniors Stay Undefeated at Home Meet
4-3-06 The seniors on the West High Track & Field team have never lost their home meet. Tuesday night made it 4 in a row for the the seniors. West received stellar performances from their seniors but got a lot of help from everyone on the team. West won eight events and scored 200 points, 185 more points then the 2nd place team. Danica Haight continued her streak of wins by winning the shot put and discus. Taylor Freeman took 2nd in both events. Danica set new meet records in both of these events. West also received standout performances from, Annie McAleer, Kristi Schuette, Elise Walz and Claire Hall in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Hadiza Sa-Aadu ran a great time in the 400 open and then came back and ran an equally impressive split in the sprint medley. West's event winner were: Danica Haight (Shot put & Discus), Allison Fick(3000), Jordan Stahlecker(1500), Claire Hall(800), Hadiza Sa-Aadu(400), 4x800(Jenn Barrick, Elise Walz, Sarah Wickman, Claire Hall) and 4x400(Annie McAleer, Kristi Schuette, Elise Walz Claire Hall). West will next at the Fort Madison Relays next Tuesday.

West Wins 1st Outdoor Meet
3-31-06 The Women of Troy battled a strong wind for the entire Muscatine Relays. Despite the cold, strong wind West High won 11 events and scored 520 points. Danica Haight broke her own school record for the 2nd time this season by throwing 46 feet and 1 inch. Danica Haight and Taylor Freeman also went 1-2 in the discus. West recorded varsity 1st places from Sarah Wickman(3000), Allison Fick(1500), Jenn Barrick (800), Hadiza Sa-Aadu4(400), Lisa Mellecker(200), 4x800(Allison Fick, Elise Walz, Annie McAleer, Jenn Barrick),Distance Medley(Lisa Mellecker, Rachael Park, Kalee Schilling, Claire Hall), 4x400(Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Annie McAleer, Claire Hall, Lisa Mellecker). West also received numerous 1st places finish on the JV side. Some of the stand out JV performances were Kolie Eko(High jump), Jordan Stahlecker(800), Brianna Garrett(400) and Qiong Qiu(200). West will compete at their home meet the Women of Troy Relays next Tuesday at West High.

West Shines at Dickinson Relays
3-23-06 The West High track & field team competed at the UNI dome for the 2nd time in 4 days at the Dickinson Relays. West swept 1st and 2nd in the shot put with Danica Haight breaking the meet record she set last year and Taylor Freeman throwing a lifetime best. West's 4 x 800 meter relay team of Jenn Barrick, Annie McAleer, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall finished 1st. West also had strong performances in the 3000 meters by Allison Fick and the shuttle hurdle relay (Liza Minor, Brooke Ludiveck, Tiesha Crutcher and Katie Johnson.) West wrapped up the indoor season with a strong performance and will begin the outdoor season at the Muscatine Relays on Friday, March 31st.

West Competes Well at MVC Indoor
3-20-06 The Women of Troy had 2 1st place finishes at the MVC Indoor meet in Cedar Falls. Sarah Wickman won the 1500 and Danica Haight won her 2nd meet in a row. West also had 3 2nd place finishes. Taylor Freeman placed 2nd in the shot put, Laura Nierman placed 2nd with a personal best in the high jump and Katie Johnson placed 2nd in the 60 meter hurdles. Christine Skopec had a great meet with a 3rd place finish and personal best in the 3000 and a personal best split in the 4x400 meter relay. West had other personal best performances from Kayla Garrett-Wilson and Arig Bilal in the 60 meter dash and Allison Fick and Jenn Barrick in the 1500 meters. West will regroup and compete at the Dickinson Relays on Thursday.

Danica Haight Breaks School Record and ISU Indoor Meet Record
3-13-06 Danica Haight started the school indoor season as she finished the outdoor season last year, in 1st class fashion.  Danica Haight broke her own school record in the shot put with a put of 45'5.5", this throw also broke the meet record set in 1994. Danica's great throw was paired by a 3rd place finish in the shot put by teammate Taylor Freeman. Laura Neirman rounded off a great day of field events for West by jumping a personal best of 5'2".  Claire Hall and Christine Skopec both ran personal bests in the 1500 placing 2nd and 8th. Lisa Mellecker broke the 59.0 barrier by running a 58 split in the sprint medley relay that placed 4th. West finished the day by winning their heat of the 4 x 400 in a back and forth battle. The 4 x 400 team members were Kristi Schuette, Dani Freeman, Ashley Sullivan and Brianna Garrett. West has the rest of the week off from competition and will compete in the MVC Indoor meet in Cedar Falls next Monday.

Danica Haight Competes at the Nike Indoor National Championships
3-12-06 West High's Danica Haight competed in the shot put in Maryland this weekend at the Nike Indoor National Championships. Danica placed 7th overall. Danica missed being an All-American by 1 place. Danica continues to be the top shot putter in Iowa and now is considered one of the top shot putters in the country. Danica returns this year as the West High School record holder, the 2005 State Champion and 2005 Drake Relays Champion in the shot put.  Look for Danica to do great things as this year progresses.

Strong Showing in First Meet
3-11-06 The West High Girls Track team started off the season by competing in the University of Iowa Indoor. West saw numerous personal bests including Taylor Freeman in the shot put and Laura Neirman in the high jump. With Taylor Freeman's 1st place put of over 40 feet it gives West 2 of the best shot putters in the state. Taylor's throw would have placed 2nd in the State Championships last year.  West also received standout performances from Katie Johnson, Liza Minor and Tiesha Crutcher in the 60 meter hurdles. West will compete again on Monday at the Iowa State Indoor.

Time Trial Results
2-23-06 The 2006 time trials were a success. Despite the cold weather many personal bests were recorded. The winners of each event were:
1500 meters-Sarah Wickman
800 meters-Claire Hall
400 meters-Lisa Mellecker
200 meters-Katie Johnson
100 meters-Katie Johnson

Track & Field Parent Meeting Scheduled
2-11-06 The West High Girls Track & Field parent meeting will be help Monday, February 27th in the little theater. It is essential for both the parents and the athletes that each girl have a representative from her family attend. During the meeting we will go over very important details that will help each athlete have a highly successful season. If you can not attend the meeting please contact one of the coaches.

West High Track & Field Season Starts
2-5-06 The Women of Troy Track & Field team's practices will start Monday, February 6, 2006. Please meet outside of the Girls varsity locker room. Be sure to be dressed for practice. You also need to have an updated physical and permission to practice form. See you Monday!

Sarah Wickman Wins Individual State Title
10-29-05 Sarah Wickman brought home her second Individual State Cross Country Championship Title in three years. Sarah ran a strong race and took the lead in the last 800 meters to win her second state title. Sarah had the fastest time of all 4 classes combined. With her 1st place finish Sarah will be awarded First Team All State and First Team Elite All State. The Women of Troy finished the season with a 5th place finish at the State Championships.

West Advances to State by Winning Regional Championship
10-20-05 The Women of Troy advanced to the State Championships as a team by winning the Regional Championship in Pleasant Valley.  West crowned the individual champion Sarah Wickman as well.  Sarah took a comanding lead over some of the best runners in the state by running the hills of the Pleasant Valley stronger than anyone else.  West will compete in the State Championships on Saturday, October 29th at 11am.

West Win's 9th Straight Conference Title
10-13-05  The Women of Troy took their 9th conference title in a row in Dubuque today!  West has the longest conference winning streak in Girls cross country in the conference as well as the longest active conference winning streak at West High of any sport.  Sarah Wickman won the race and took home Athlete of the Year honors.  She also was named 1st team all conference along with   Claire Hall and Jordan Stahlecker.  Elise Walz and Christine Skopec were named 2nd team all conference.  Annie McAleer made honorable mention all conference.  Kira Spencer and Annie McAleer were named to the academic all Conference team.  West beat a great Cedar Falls team who had beat them only a week before. 
West also took home the Fresh/Soph title with Audrey Keranen taking home the fresh/soph individual title.  West had a dominating performance by the fresh/soph runners and showed that West High's future is very bright. 
Amanda Drish led the JV team with a 6th place finish.  West will continue their season at the Regional Championships in Pleasant Valley next Thursday.

West Places 4th at MVC Super Meet
10-6-05 West High placed 4th at the MVC Super Meet that included all 14 teams in the conference.  West was led by Junior Sarah Wickman who took home 1st place individual honors.  West also got outstanding performances from Senior Claire Hall who placed 6th and Sophomore Jordan Stahlecker who placed 9th.  West will defend their 8 year conference winning streak next Thursday in Dubuque.

West Places 2nd at Eastern Iowa Classic
9-22-05 The Women of Troy fell to the #1 ranked team in the state.  West was led by a 2nd place finish by Sarah Wickman and a strong 4th place finish by Claire Hall.  Two weeks ago West lost to City high by a bigger margin than they did today. This shows that The Women of Troy continue to make huge improvements. West's other varsity runners were Jordan Stahlecker, Elise Walz, Maggee Mitchell, Christine Skopec and Kira Spencer.
In the JV race The Women of Troy were led by Senior Annie McAleer with a 4th place finish. Overall West had a day of major time improvements compared to running on the same course just 2 weeks ago.  West will compete at their home meet next Tuesday at the University of Iowa Cross Country Course!

West Beats 8th Ranked Team in the Nation
9-17-05 West High placed 2nd at the very prestigious Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence, Kansas this weekend.  While racing toward their 2nd place finished they beat the 8th ranked team in the nation out of South Dakota.  A team from Woodlands, Texas won the meet.  West was led by Junior Sarah Wickman with a 7th place finish.  West also got strong races from Claire Hall (16) and Jordan Stahlecker (24). West's top 5 was rounded out by Elise Walz (55) and Christine Skopec (63).  West's 6 and 7 runners were Allison Fick (64) and Kira Spencer (82).  West continued to show their strength by competing at such a highly competitive level while racing against numerous nationally ranked teams.

8-30-05 The Women of Troy had a clean sweep of all 3 races at the Prairie Invitational.  Sarah Wickman won the varsity race, Maggee Mitchell won the JV Race and Audrey Keranen won the Fresh/Soph race.  The Varsity team had a strong showing by scoring 25 points. Claire Hall placed 2nd, Jordan Stahlecker placed 5th, Allison Fick placed 6th and Elise Walz placed 11th.  West's Jv team perfect scored by placed 5 runners in the top 5 places.  The top five finishers were, Maggee Mitchell, Kira Spencer, Annie McAleer, Amanda Drish and Sydney Protheroe.  West also took 6th place in that race with Steph Mount.West High's fresh/soph team won while scoring 32 points. West's top 5 finishers were Audrey Keranen 1st, Hadiza Sa-Aadu 5th, Abi Marshall 6th, Bailee Goodfellow 9th and Holly Brechtel 11th.  West will compete again next Thursday at the Cedar Rapids Invitational.  The meet will host some of the top teams in the state including City High and Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

Time Trials Give West a View of the Season
The Women of Troy got to compete for the first time since the season started. The Women of Troy time trials were held at Willow Creek Park.  It was a huge success and many people surprised themselves with how well they ran. 
2005 Time Trial Results:
  1.  Sarah              15:18
  2. Claire               15:41
  3. Allison              16:01
  4. Elise                 16:03
  5. Jordan              16:14
  6. Christine          16:20
  7. Kristi                17;05
  8. Audrey              17:09
  9. Annie                17:29
  10. Maggee            17:42
  11. Sydney              17:48
  12. Kira                   17:53
  13. Amanda             18:00
  14. Bailee                18:28
  15. Abi                     18:28
  16. Steph M             18:29
  17. Hadiza                18:41
  18. Colleen               18:55
  19. Lily                     19:30
  20. Sheila                 19:40
  21. Nichole              19:50
  22. Sarah M            20:03
  23. Katie                 20:04
  24. Rachael             20:05
  25. Dani                  20:20
  26. Mackenzie        20:40
  27. Ximena             20:41
  28. Ashley              20:53
  29. Bridget             20:54
  30. Holly                21:03
  31. Qiong               21:04
  32. Rebecca           21:12
  33. Lydia                21:39
  34. Tiffany              22:40
  35. Sam                   22:46
  36. Danielle            22:56
  37. Brianna             23:11
  38. Sarah E             26:50

West High Girls XC 1st Day of Practice Info
The first day of official practice for the 2005 cross country season will be August 15th at 8:00am.  We will also have a second practice on Monday the 15th at 4:00pm. We will meet in the hallway outside of the gym by the band and chorus room.  You will need a physical on file at West and a permission to practice form before you can start practice.  If you got a school physical last year then you have a physical on file at West. Please be sure to wear clothes to practice in and a pair of running shoes the first day of practice.  See you on the 15th :)  If you have any questions or need to get in touch with the coaches please click on the button below.

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West Runs in Summer Cross Country Race
7-30-05 The West High Girls Cross Country team ran in a summer cross country race put on by Fitness Sports out of Des Moines. The race was held at the University of Iowa Cross Country Course.  The Women of Troy had a good showing in an early season test of where everyone is at.  The results were:











































West Wins Regional Meet, Qualifies in 16 events for State Championships
5-13-05 The Women of Troy had an awesome meet at exactly the right time of the season. West won 11 events and went 1-2 in 3 events.  West started the meet off with a controversial finish to the 3000.  After everything was said and done Sarah Wickman and Jenet Dobyns finished 1-2 and both qualified for the State Championships.  West also went 1-2 in the discus with Danica Haight and Taylor Freeman.  West's 3rd 1-2 punch was in the 1500 with Sarah Wickman and Janet Dobyns again.  West's other Regional Champions were, Danica Haight-shot put, Alison Dirks-High Jump, Claire Hall-800, Lisa Mellecker-200, Lindsay Freeman-100 Hurdles. West's relay champions were, 4x800(Steph Mount, Janet Dobyns, Julia Frudden, Claire Hall), Distance Medley(Katie Johnson, Lisa Mellecker, Naomi Hillsman, Claire Hall), 4x400(Elise Walz, Annie McAleer, Naomi Hillsman, Lisa Mellecker).  West ended up qualifying in 16 different events for the State Championships, but with the double event entries have 21 event entries.  On top of qualifying in 16 different events, West broke 2 school records.  West's star hurdler Lindsay Freeman broke her own school record that she set a few weeks ago.  Lindsay Freeman continues to show that she is the fastest hurdler to ever walk the West High hallways.  West's 4x200 crushed their own record they set 2 weeks ago.  They ran almost 2 seconds faster then their previous record setting time.  The relay team of Katie Johnson, Heather Brechtel, Lindsay Freeman and Lisa Mellecker continue to find themselves breaking numerous records in the West High record books.
The events qualifying for the State Championships are:
100 Hurdles
400 Hurdles
Shot Put
High Jump
Distance Medley
Shuttle Hurdle

5-6-05 The West High Girls Track & Field team won the divisional championship this Friday.  West out scored the 2nd place team by over 50 points.  West won 10 events for the 2nd time this year.  Each individiual and relay that won tonight is crowned an MVC Conference Champion.  West High's individual Conference Champions include; Danica Haight-Shot Put, Alison Dirks-High Jump, Sarah Wickman-3000 & 1500, Claire Hall-800, Naomi Hillsman-400 Meter Hurdles and Lindsay Freeman-100 Meter Hurdles.  West's Relay Conference champions include the Shuttle Hurdle Relay(Katie Johnson, Tiesha Crutcher, Jenna Holida, Lindsay Freeman), 4x200(Katie Johnson, Lindsay Freeman, Annie McAleer, Lisa Mellecker) and 4x400(Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Annie McAleer, Naomi Hillsman, Lisa Mellecker). The 4x200 meter relay team rebroke the school record they had already set once this year by bettering their time by over a second.  Danica Haight also set a new MVC Conference record.  Danica Haight is now in the Mississippi Valley Conference record books as the best shot putter in the history of the MVC. Lindsay Freeman was a 3-time Conference Champion on the night and Sarah Wickman, Katie Johnson, Lisa Mellecker, Naomi Hillsman and Annie McAleer were all 2-time Conference Champions on the evening.  West had a great night as they entered their Championship Phase of the season.  West will travel to City High next Friday to qualify for the State Championships at the Regional Championships.
The JV competition produced a host of great performances.  JV Conference Champions included; Dani Freeman-400 meters, Linnay Mitchell-high jump and the 4x400 relay(Brianna Garrett, Kristi Schuette, Sydney Protheroe, Dani Freeman).  Dani Freeman joined her sister Lindsay Freeman as a multi-event conference champion.  West got great performances across the board including life time bests by Brianna Garrett in the 400, Katie Hanson in the 200, Colleen Lawrence in the 200, Rachael Park and Rebecca Kazinka in the 100 hurdles and Lexi Schulte in the discus.  West High's JV team will finish their season next Tuesday on their home track for the West High JV Relays.

West Wins 10 Events at Prairie Relays
5-3-05 The Women of Troy bounced back from a great weekend at the Drake Relays to win a season best 10 events.  One of the highlights of the night was Sophomore Lisa Mellecker breaking the school record in the 200 meters that was previously set in 1975. Lisa Mellecker is now part of 4 West High school records as only a sophomore. West also got meet record breaking performances by Danica Haight in the shot put and Alison Dirks in the high jump.  West was victorious in the High Jump-Alison Dirks, Long Jump-Kolie Eko, Shot Put-Danica Haight, Discus-Taylor Freeman, 800 meters-Claire Hall and the 1500 meters-Janet Dobyns.  West also won three relays including the Distance Medley(Qui Qoing, Naomi Hillsman, Elise Walz and Sarah Wickman) Shuttle Hurdle(Katie Johnson, Tiesha Crutcher, Jenna Holida and Lindsay Freeman) and the 4 x 100(Katie Johnson, Lindsay Freeman, Heather Brechtel and Lisa Mellecker).  West tried to rest people in order to be ready for the MVC Divisional Championship on Friday. 
West also had some outstanding performances in the JV competition. West won the 4 x 800(Maggee Mitchell, Abi Marshall, Audrey Keranen and Shelia Novak), and the shuttle hurdle(Sarah Minor, Rachael Park, Julia Madsen and Trisha Schlott).  Maria Eck competing in one of her first meets broke into West's top 10 performances of the year in both the 100 and the 200.  Amanda Drish also continued to improve her times in each meet with a great time in 800. 

West Wins 2 Events at Drake Relays
4/28-4/30 The West High track & Field team left the Drake Relays with 2 winning flags. On Thursday night Sarah Wickman ran a great time to win her second Drake Relays 3000 meter championship as only a sophomore. Sarah ran at the back of the pack for the first half of the race and then broke away from the pack to win by over  20 meters. Another super sophomore brought home West's 2nd flag.  Danica Haight won the shot put on Friday morning by over a foot.  Danica threw the winning throw in her first throw of the finals.
West had many other great performances throughout the weekend.  Freshman Taylor Freeman got 3rd in the discus, Janet Dobyns placed 7th in the 3000 and Lindsay Freeman placed 6th in the 100 meter hurdles.  The 4x800 meter relay team of Steph Mount, Janet Dobyns, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall placed 3rd and the 4x400 relay team of Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Annie McAleer, Naomi Hillsman and Lisa Mellecker placed 6th. West's 4x100 meter relay team of Katie Johnson, Lindsay Freeman, Heather Brechtel and Lisa Mellecker failed to make the finals but ran fast enough to break the school record for the 2nd time this season. Lindsay Freeman has been a part of breaking 3 school records this season while Katie Johnson and Lisa Mellecker have broke 2 school records this season.  West was one of two girls team who won 2 Drake Relays flags this weekend.  West had a great weekend and hopes to carry the momentum into their championship phase of the season.

West Qualifies 9 Events for the Drake Relays
4-25-05 The West High track and field team opened up today's paper to find that they had qualified in 9 events for the Drake Relays and have a total of 14 Drake Relays entries.  The individual qualifiers were;
3000-Janet Dobyns, Sarah Wickman and Jordan Stahlecker
100 Hurdles-Lindsay Freeman and Katie Johnson
High Jump-Alison Dirks and Kolie Eko
Discus-Danica Haight and Taylor Freeman 
Shot Put-Danica Haight  
West also qualified in all the possible relays, the 4x100, 4x400, 4x800 and the Shuttle Hurdle Relay.  The Women of Troy will head to Des Moines on Thursday and compete in the 3000 meters and the discus on Thursday night. The rest of the events will take place over the next 2 days at Drake Stadium. Click on the link below to learn more about the Drake Relays. 

West Wins Forwald Relays
4-22-05 The West High Girls Track and Field team stayed undefeated by winning the Forwald Relays.  The Forwald Relays were a highly contested meet that included the Defending State Champions and the Co-State Champion Runner-ups. The Women of Troy won 9 events while breaking 1 school record and tying 1 meet record.  Sophomore Danica Haight continued her dominance in the shot put by breaking the school shot put record with a throw of 45'1.5"and becoming the best shot putter in West High History.  Alison Dirks tied the meet record in the high jump with a jump of 5'5". West got individual wins from Janet Dobyns in the 3000, Sarah Wickman in the 1500, Lisa Mellecker in the 200 and the 100,  Alison Dirks in the high jump, Kolie Eko in the long jump and Danica Haight in both the shot put and the discus.  West High got a relay win from the Distance Medley Relay team of Qiong Qui, Chelsea Bilskemper, Annie McAleer and Claire Hall. West now heads into the Drake Relays with an undefeated record and host of events hoping to qualify.

2005 Track & Field Pictures

Danica Haight New School Record Holder in the Shot Put

West Breaks 4 Meet Records, 1 School Record in Ottumwa
4-19-05 The Women of Troy had a great meet breaking 4 Don Newell Relays meet records. Lindsay Freeman broke the school record set in 1999 in the 100 meter hurdles.  Lindsay is now the fastest hurdler in West High History. The meet records that were broken were the 4 x 800 meter relay (Steph Mount, Janet Dobyns, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall), the 1500 meters-Sarah Wickman, the high jump-Alison Dirks and the shot put-Danca Haight.  West won a total of 7 events and placed 2nd in 8 events.  West continues it's undefeated season and heads in to the highly competitive Forwald Relays on Friday.

West High Prevails in Rainy Conditions
4-12-05  The West High Girls Track & Field team prevailed at the Fort Madison Relays despite very rainy conditions.  The Women of Troy took the team title by over 40 points.  West got Varsity first place finishes from Sarah Wickman in the 3000, Janet Dobyns in the 1500, Claire Hall in the 400, Lisa Mellecker in the 200, Danica Haight in the shot put and Alison Dirks in the high jump. West recorded a 1st place finish in the Distance Medley as well(HaDazia Sa-Aadu, Rachael Park, Lisa Mellecker, Janet Dobyns).  West also had numerous 2nd place Varsity finishes including; Julia Frudden(3000), Claire Hall(1500), Sarah Wickman(800), Danica Haight(shot put) and Lindsay Freeman(100 hurdles).  Relays placing 2nd were the 4 x 800(Steph Mount, Elise Walz, Christine Skopec, Sydney Protheroe), 4 x 100(Katie Johnson, Lindsay Freeman, Tiesha Crutcher, Lisa Mellecker) and the 4 x 400 (Annie McAleer, HaDiza Sa-Aadu, Alison Dirks Naomi Hillsman).
West had a successful day on the JV side.  West earned 1st place JV finishes from Amanda Drish(3000 & 1500), Maggee Mitchell(800), Brianna Garrett(200), Trisha Schlott(100 hurdles) and Qiong Qiu(long jump.)  Victorious JV Relays were the shuttle hurdle realy(Trisha Schlott, Holly Brechtel, Sarah Minor, Julia Madsen) and the 4 x 400(Ashley Sullivan, Brianna Garrett, Christine Skopec, Kristi Schuette).  Although the conditions were very wet West High did a great job of overcoming the weather to stay undefeated on the season. West will travel to Cedar Rapids on Thursday for the Jefferson Relays.

4-5-05 West High had great performances by their sprinters and field events to win their home meet for the 8th year in a row.  West was led by the outstanding 1st place performances of Danica Hight(Shot Put), Taylor Freeman(Discus) and Alison Dirks(High Jump).  Another highlight of West's night was the 4 x 100 meter School Record breaking team of Katie Johnson, Lindsay Freeman, Heather Brechtel and Lisa Mellecker.  West's 4 x 100 relay team broke a 5 year old record.  West hurdle duo of Lindsay Freeman and Katie Johnson  went 1-2 in the 100 meter hurdles.  West also recorded victories in the 4 x 800 meter relay (Janet Dobyns, Elise Walz, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall), 4 x 400 meter relay(HaDiza Sa-Aadu, Steph Mount, Annie McAleer and Naomi Hillsman), and in the 1500 by Janet Dobyns with a great early season time. West had an outstanding day and were able to send their seniors to a victorious last Women of Troy Relays.  West's next meet is the the Fort Madison Relays next Tuesday.

Women of Troy Relays Article

Varsity Wins 11 Events, JV Wins 10 Events at Muscatine Relays
4-1-05 The Women of Troy dominated the Muscatine Relays winning a combined 21 events for the night.  On the Varsity side West also went 1-2 in many events.  West went 1-2 in the 3000 with Janet Dobyns and Jordan Stahlecker, the High Jump with Alison Dirks and Cae Lamb,  the 400 with Naomi Hillsman and HaDiza Sa-Aadu, and in the 1500 with Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall.  West also recorded first place victories in the shot put and discus by Danica Haight and in the 800 meters by Claire Hall.  West won 4 relays on the night winning the 4 x 800 (Elise Walz, Shelia Novak, Sydney Protheroe and Christine Skopec), the Distance Medley(Chelsea Bilskemper, Lisa Mellecker, Ally Weaver and Sarah Wickman), the 4 x100(Katie Johnson, Lindsay Freeman, Qoing Qiu and Lisa Mellecker) and the 4 x 400(Ally Weaver, HaDiza Sa-Aadu, Annie McAleer and Naomi Hillsman).
On the JV side West recorded first place finshes by Maggee Mitchell in the 3000 and the 800 meters.  Amanda Drish in the 1500, Elise Walz in the 400 hurdles, Dani Freeman in the 400 meters and Mikayla Townsend in the 100 meters.  West also won 3 relays on the JV side.  West was victorious in the Distance Medley (Emily Paul, Colleen Lawrence, Kristi Schuette and Kira Spencer), the Shuttle Hurdle(Rachael Park, Julia Madsen, Trisha Schlott and Rebecca Kazinka) and the 4 x 400(Sydney Protheroe, Ashley Sullivan, Brianna Garrett and Kira Spencer.)  West had an outstanding first outdoor meet and will compete again at home next Tuesday at the Women of Troy Relays.

Click on the link below to read the feature article in the Press Citizen about Sophomore Danica Haight

Danica Haight Press Citizen Article

Danica Haight Breaks Dickinson Relays Shot Put Record
3-24-05 Sophomore Danica Haight continued her dominance in the shot put by breaking the Dickinson Relays Meet Record with a shot put of 43'4.25".  The previous meet record was 43 feet.  Danica remains undefeated in the shot put. Danica's meet record throw was also the 8th furthest shot put in the country according to  West also recorded victories in the High Jump by Alison Dirks and Sarah Wickman in the 3000.  West's 4 x 400 team of Hadiza Sa-Aadu, Ally Weaver, Annie McAleer and Naomi Hillsman placed 2nd in an intense battle with a team from Illinois. Naomi Hillsman just missed passing the Illinois' runner at the finish line.  West's time was the fastest for the team this year.  Katie Johnson and Lindsay Freeman had 2 great performances again the 60 meter hurdles placing 2 West High girls in the top 4. West wrapped up the indoor season feeling very confident with their performances.  West competes in their first outdoor meet next Friday at the Muscatine Relays.

West Wins 8 Events at MVC Indoor
3-21-05 West had a great night in Cedar Falls at the MVC Indoor Meet.  West won more events than any other team.  They won half of the events at the meet. West was led by Sophomore Danica Haight in the shot put once again throwing a personal best throw for the 2nd time this year.  Alison Dirks also won the high jump while help take 1st place in 2 of the 3 field events.  West got running 1st places from Janet Dobyns in the 3000, Lindsay Freeman in the 100 hurdles, Lisa Mellecker in the 200, Claire Hall in the 1500.  West also received relay wins from the Distance Medley team of Katie Johnson, Lisa Mellecker, Ally Weaver and Claire Hall and the Sprint Medley team of Lindsay Freeman, Chelsea Bilskemper, Ally Weaver and Naomi Hillsman.   West also had 3 second place finishes.  The Women of Troy had great performances from everyone who competed on Monday including numerous personal bests in many events.  West will travel back to Cedar Falls on Thursday and compete in The Dickinson Relays.



West Shines at ISU Indoor
3-14-05 The Women of Troy had another great performance in their 2nd meet in 3 days.  With a small traveling squad West placed 1st in 2 events, 2nd in 2 events and 3rd in 2 events.  Danica Haight continued her dominance in the shot put staying undefeated and winning her 2nd meet.  The 4 x 800 just missed breaking a meet record while taking the event.  Alison Dirks had another strong performance placing 2nd in the high jump and Janet Dobyns placed 2nd in the 1500.  Katie Johnson placed 3rd in the 60 meter hurdles while Lindsay Freeman placed a close 4th.  Sarah Wickman also placed 3rd in the 3000.  West had a dominating performance having great efforts by everybody.  West takes a week off and will continue their dominating fashion at the MVC Indoor at UNI. 

West Performs Well at 1st Indoor Meet
3-13-05 West High had a very successful day at the Iowa Indoor meet.  The meet was highlighted by Sophomore Danica Haight's 1st place shot put of 42 feet 1/2 inch.  That is a life time best for Danica by almost 2 feet.  West also received a 1st place finish from Sarah Wickman in the 1500 meters.  West received 2nd place finishes from Alison Dirks in the high jump and Janet Dobyns in the 3000.  Overall West had a great day placing in the top 6 in 13 of 14 events. 

Iowa Indoor Press Citizen Article

8th Annual Time Trials A Success
2-24-05 The West High track and field team ran the 8th annual time trial this Thursday. The following champions were crowned:
100-Lisa Mellecker
200-Lisa Mellecker
400-Naomi Hillsman
800-Claire Hall
1500-Janet Dobyns
100 Hurdles-Lindsay Freeman
Shot Put-Danica Haight

Girls Place 10th at National Meet
12-4-04 Today at the Nike Team National Cross Country meet in Beaverton, Oregon, the RunWest Girls Cross Country team placed 10th.  The Nike Team National Meet consisted of the top 20 teams from across the United States.  The Runwest team went in with a number 12 ranking in the country and surpassed their ranking by placing 10th.  The team was led by Sophomore Sarah Wickman who placed 17th.  The Runwest team consisted of Sarah Wickman-17th, Janet Dobyns-22nd, Claire Hall 51st, Julia Frudden-64th, Christine Skopec-94th, Elise Walz-124th, Maggee Mitchell-126th.  Jordan Stahlecker also went to Oregon but did not compete.  The Runwest team had an amazing experience in Oregon that included doing skits, touring Nike buildings, listening to speakers as well as a dance that concluded the 4 day long event.  Click on the links below to read more about the meet and to see pictures from the meet.

National Meet-Press Citizen Article

Nike Team National Recap-Dyestat

10-30-04 The Women of Troy defeated the blistering wind in Fort Dodge and brought home West High's and Coach Parker's 5th State Cross Country Championship title this Saturday. West High won by 23 points over cross town rival City High. West was led by Sophomore Sarah Wickman who placed 2nd and earned 1st Team All State honors. Janet Dobyns was West's 2nd finisher joining Sarah as a 1st Team All State selection by finishing 9th. Claire Hall and Julia Frudden finished 11th and 12th respectively with strong chargers the last 800 meters of the race. Freshman Elise Walz ran a great race placing 32nd and rounding out West High's score of 66. Christine Skopec was 38th and Naomi Hillsman was 87th. This is the second state title for Julia Frudden and Janet Dobyns who won their Freshman year while being led by their sisters who went on to run at Division 1 colleges. West High finished their undefeated season by bringing home the 5th title in 8 years.

Prep Profile-Julia Frudden
Senior Julia Frudden was featured as the Press Citizen Prep Profile this week. Click on the link below to read the article.

West Girls Win Regional Meet, Boys Place 5th
10-21-04 The Women of Troy won their 8th consecutive Regional/District championship and qualitfied for state as a team. West also crowned the individual Regional champion, Sarah Wickman. West placed 5 girls in the top 10. Julia Frudden was 2nd, Janet Dobyns 3rd, Claire Hall 7th, Elise Walz 10th, Christine Skopec 12th and Naomi Hillsman 18th. West won the meet with a score of 23 points. The West boys ran a great race and just missed qualifying for state. Daniel Hegeman was West's top finisher but was closely followed by Brady Fritz, Daniel Novak, Jason Lee and Shaw Akutsu. The team was 5th overall.

West Wins Divisional Meet
10-14-04 The Women of Troy won their 8th straight divisional title. West's Julia Frudden was West's top finisher placing 2nd with a late charge. Sarah Wickman was 3rd, Janet Dobyns 4th and Claire Hall 7th. All 4 of West top finishers were named to the 1st team all conference. Elise Walz placed 8th and was named to the 2nd team all conference. Christine Skopec was honerable mention all conference by placing 18th. Julia Frudden, Laura Shatzer, Daniel Novak and Daniel Hegeman were all named to the academic all conference team. West's boys top finisher was Daniel Hegeman. The team placed 7th overall.

West Girls are Super Champs
10-7-04 The Women of Troy won the MVC SuperMeet Title at the University of Iowa Course. West beat the 2nd ranked team in the state by 48 points. Sarah Wickman was the overall champion. Claire Hall was 3rd, Julia Frudden 4th, Janet Dobyns 8th and Elise Walz 15th. The Women of Troy ran great to lead them into the Championship phase of the season. The boys placed 11th and Daniel Hegeman was West High's number 1 runner. Freshman Brady Fritz, Joel Dotseth and Shaw Akutsu all ran good races for West High. The Fresh/Soph team placed 2nd led by Audrey Keranen. The JV team placed 3rd and was led Sarah Shebek and Naomi Hillsman.

Girls Win West High Invite
9-28-04 Julia Frudden led for the last mile of the race and ran to the 2nd fastest time in her life. Julia in her senior year won West High's home meet just as her sister, standout state champion, Jeni Frudden did. Julia led her team to a 1st place finish scoring just 24 points. Sarah Wickman was 2nd, Claire Hall 3rd, Janet Dobyns 6th, Elise Walz 12th, Christine Skopec 16th and Naomi Hillsman 17th. The West High boys finished 5th scoring 150 points. Palngji Sunday led the boys team with a 23rd place finish. Brady Fritz 24th, Daniel Novak 31st, Daniel Hegeman 24th, Jason Lee 38th, Joel Dotseth 39th and Peter Larson 40th. The JV girls perfect scored using Kira Spencer, Sarah Shebek, Audrey Keranen, Maggee Mitchell and Sydney Protheroe. The JV boys placed 5th being led by Jake Mize in 4th place. The 9/10 boys finished 4th being led by Shaw Akutsu who placed 7th. West returns to their home course next Thursday when they host the MVC SuperMeet which includes all 14 teams from the Mississippi Valley Conference.

West Runs Well at Muscatine Invite
9-21-04 The West High Cross Country teams had several great performances at the Muscatine Invite. The races are run by grade level and this gave many more runners to place well in their respective races. Julia Frudden was the overall winner of all the races winning the Senior division race. Janet Dobyns placed 2nd in the Senior race. Claire Hall won the Junior division, Sarah Wickman placed 2nd in the Sophomore division and Elise Walz won the freshman division. In the boys races, Brady Fritz was the top finisher placing 3rd in the freshman race. Joel Dotseth placed 8th in that same freshman race. In the sophomore race Palngji Sunday placed 22nd. Daniel Novak was the top finisher in the Junior race finishing 7th. As a team the 9/10 girls placed 1st scoring 20 points, the 11/12 girls placed 1st scoring 18 points. The 9/10 boys placed 7th with 99 points and the Junior boys placed 10th with 136pts.

9-18-04 The 12th ranked team in the Nation won the prestigious Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence Kansas this weekend. The race included 2 nationally ranked teams, and 7 teams that were defending state champions. West was paced by Sarah Wickman who placed 5th. She was followed closely by Claire Hall, Julia Frudden and Jordan Stahlecker who placed 12th, 14th and 15th. Janet Dobyns rounded out the scoring with a 27th place finish. Freshman Elise Walz was 37 and Naomi Hillsman placed 79. The team won the meet with a score of 72 points. The 2nd place team scored 117. West had a great day on one of the toughest courses in the country.

West Girls Win and Boys Get 3rd
9-16-04 The Women of Troy dominated the Ft Madison invite with a completely new varsity line up. West ran Naomi Hillsman, Christine Skopec, Kira Spencer, Maggee Mitchell, Audrey Keranen, Sarah Shebek and Sydney Protheroe. With this new line up West still managed a score of 32 which proves that West High is capable of running 2 varsity teams and each would contend for the team title. Naomi Hillsman was West's top finisher placing 3rd. On the boys side the team placed 3rd. Palngji Sunday was West's top finisher placing 7th. Brady Fritz and Daniel Novak were close behind placing 9th and 11th. The JV girls took the top 10 spots in the JV race being led by State Qualifier sprinter Annie McAeer. The JV boys also ran well being led by Daniel Hegeman in his first cross country race.

West Cross Country Teams Volunteer at ChiliDog Fair
9-11-04  For the past few years the West High Cross Country teams have sponsored a booth at the ChiliDog Fair at the Johnson County Fair Grounds.  The ChiliDog Fair is a fundraiser for a group called Kidneeds.  Kidneeds is an organization that funds the research for MPGN 2.  MPGN 2 is a kidney disease that effects the lifes of many children every year.  The ChiliDog fair will be this Sunday September 12th from 11-3pm.  Please come support this great cause, the West High Cross Country teams and enjoy some great chili.

Great Day at All-American Luther Invitational
9-11-04 It was a great all around day in Decorah.  The Girls won handily over some great teams.  They scored only 24 points while placing all seven in the top 15 of the race.  Christine Skopec 15th, Elise Walz 13th, Jordan Stahlecker 7th, Janet Dobyns 6th, Julia Frudden 5th, Claire Hall 4th and Sarah Wickman 2nd.  The boys had a much improved day and were led by Daniel Novak who had the race of his high school career and placing 30th in a very tough field.  Most of the boys had much improved times over Thursday.  The boys are looking forward to training hard this week and seeing how much they can improve before the next meet on Thursday.  Naomi Hillsman won the JV race and led her team to a score of 17 to win the JV division by over 100 points.  Landen Boyer was the top JV boys finisher followed by Brenton Patterson.  The JV boys placed 11th.

West Girls Have Impressive Showing at Cedar Rapids Invite
9-9-04 The Women of Troy continued their trek to an undefeated season by winning the Cedar Rapids invite in an impressive fashion.  Sarah Wickman led the team with a strong 2nd place finish.  Claire Hall and Julia Frudden were strong 2 and 3 runners while placing 6th and 7th.  West won the meet by 50 points over a very talented group of teams including City High, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Ames.  The boys team was tested while placing 11th and they now know what they need to work toward to be a top team in the conference.  The boys were led by Palngji Sunday in 43rd place.  In the Fresh/Soph race Christine Skopec finished first and in the JV race Maggee Mitchell led the team with a 3rd place finish.  Almost everyone improved their time from the first meet and it was a confidence builder for many of the runners.  Shaw Akutsu was the top runner for the JV and Fresh/Soph races placing 9th.

West Starts Cross Country Seasons of With Encouraging Performances
9-2-04 West High came home from the Prairie Invitational with a lot to be proud of.  The Varsity girls won the varsity team title by scoring only 22 points.  The top 5 finishers were Sarah Wickman 2nd, Janet Dobyns 3rd, Julia Frudden 4th, Claire Hall 6th and Jordan Stahlecker 7th.  West also had strong performances by Freshman Elise Walz 12th, and Christine Skopec 17th.  The boys team finished 3rd as a team and Palngji Sunday led the pack finishing 14th.  Freshman Brady Fritz finished 2nd for West High while placing 15th.  Other top finishers for West were Daniel Novak 19th, Jason Lee 20th and Peter Larson 25th.  The JV girls won the team title with Naomi Hillsman winning,  Maggee Mitchell finishing a close second and Kira Spencer finishing 3rd.  In the Fresh/Soph girls division the team placed 2nd and was led by Kristi Schuette (4th) and Abi Marshall (8th).  The JV boys were lead by Joel Dotseth (6th) and Landen Boyer (7th).  Overall West had a great night with many people improving their races from the time trials just a week before.  Based on tonight's performances West has a lot to look forward to for the rest of the season.

West Finishes Weekend as State Championships Runner-Up
4-22-04 As the weekend came to a close the West High Women of Troy finished tied for 2nd place with West Des Moines Valley by 14 points.  West was led by State Titles in the Distance Medley Relay and 1500 Meter Run.  West had numerous great finishes including the Sprint Medley Relay team of Katie Johnson, Amanda Judisch, Lisa Mellecker and Lizz Huntley who finiished 3rd with their 2nd school record in as many meets. Sarah Wickman and Julia Frudden placed 3rd and 4th in the 3000.  Alison Dirks and Cae Lamb finished 3rd and 5th in the High Jump and Danica Haight had a strong performance, being the top freshman finisher in the shot put by placing 5th. Nicole Novak, Julia Frudden, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall made up the 4 x 800 team that finished 3rd.  The 4 x 400 team of Naomi Hillsman, Annie McAleer, Nicole Novak and Lizz Huntley placed 4th and secured the 2nd place finish in the team title race. West also got strong performances by Janet Dobyns in the 1500 and Julia Frudden in the 800.  West had a great weekend and everyone should be very proud.  Congratulations West High we are proud of you!!

Sarah Wickman Wins 1500 Meter State Title
5-22-04 Freshman Sarah Wickman earned her 2nd Individual State Title by winning the 1500 meter run on day 2 of the State Championships.  Wickman's first State Title came last fall when she won the 2003 State Cross Country title.  Sarah's time in the 1500 was a personal best.  Sarah finished her final lap and went from 4th to 1st place in the final 200 meters.  Sarah's title in the 1500 is the first in West High History. 

4-21-04 On the first day of what looks to be a very close team title race, the West High Distance Medley team of Amanda Judisch, Lisa Mellecker, Lizz Huntley and Claire Hall won a heart stopping race that was won by .09 seconds.  Claire Hall fell at the finish line causing her shoulders to cross the finish line .09 seconds before second place finisher Nelle Trefz from City High.  West's title in the Distance Medley was the first State Title in that event in school history.  West also got points from the 3rd and 4th place finishes of Sarah Wickman and Julia Frudden in the 3000.  After day 1 of the 2004 State Championships West High is in the lead of the Team Title race by 1 point. 

5-14-04 The Women of Troy had an excellent Regional Championship meet qualifying in 15 events for the State Championships next week.  West also took home 8 Regional Champions.  The Regional Champions were, Sarah Wickman in the 1500, Claire Hall in the 800, Danica Haight in the shot put, Alison Dirks in the High Jump and the School Record setting Sprint Medley Relay team of Katie Johnson, Amanda Judisch, Lisa Mellecker and Lizz Huntley.  West had numerous 2nd and 3rd place finshes as well.  West doubled qualifed in 7 events. 
State Qualifiers:
3000-Sarah Wickman and Julia Frudden
1500-Sarah Wickman and Janet Dobyns
800-Claire Hall and Julia Frudden
400-Nicole Novak and Naomi Hillsman
200-Heater Brechtel
100 Hurdles-Lindsay Freeman
Shot Put-Danica Haight and Jane Ebot
Discus-Danica Haight and Steph Koepp
High Jump-Alison Dirks and Cae Lamb
4 x 100 Relay
4 x 400 Relay
4 x 800 Relay
Sprint Medley Relay
Distance Medley Relay
Shuttle Hurdle Relay
Girls qualifying the relays that did not qualify in an individual event were: Katie Johnson, Lisa Mellecker, Amanda Judisch, Christina Swift, Annie McAleer, Lizz Huntley. 

5-6-04 The Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote an article on State Cross Country Champion and Drake Relays 3000 meter Champion Sarah Wickman and the success she has had as just a Freshman. Click on the link below to read the article.

West Girls Win Divisional Championship
5-7-04 The Women of Troy walked away from Divisional Championships with the 5th Divisional title in 7 years for Head Coach Mike Parker. West got outstanding performances all around and Coach Parker was named the Coach of the Year. West crowned Divisional Champions in 6 events. Freshman Sarah WIckman was a 2 time Divisional Champ winnning the 3000 and the 1500 meter runs. Claire Hall was also a 2 time Divisional Champ winning the 800 meter run and being a part of the winning 4 x 400 meter relay. Freshman Kolie Eko won the long jump and senior Steph Koepp won the discus. The team of Nicole Novak, Naomi Hillsman, Claire Hall and Lizz Huntley won the 4 x 400 meter relay. West won the meet with a score of 159. West also had strong performances from Julia Frudden in the 3000, Janet Dobyns in the 1500, The Shuttle Hurdle team(Katie Johnson, Christina Swift, Lindsay Freeman and Kristen Shaffer), Lizz Huntley in the 400 and Kristen Shaffer in the 400 meter hurdles. West also had a strong showing by the JV runners. JV Divisional Champs were: Ashley Sullivan-400 meters, Kristen Shaffer-100 meter hurdles, Cindi Klein-800 meters, Rachael Park-200 meters, 4 x 400(Steph Mount, Choloe Mellecker, Brianna Garrett, Sydney Protheroe), Steph Koepp-Shot Put, Sam Simpson-Long Jump, Katie Schweitzer-Shot Put. West had an extemely good day in conditions that were less than ideal. Overall West won 14 events.

West Prepares for Divisional Meet
5-4-04 The Women of Troy ran conservatively in order to get read for the Divisional Championships on Friday and still placed 2nd at the Praire Relays. West crowned 2 varsity champions at the Prairie Relays, Steph Koepp in the discus and Katie Johnson in the 100 meters. Many of the girls only ran 1 or 2 events. West also crowned 2 JV Champions. Sydney Protheroe won the 400 meter dash and Katie Schweitzer set a new JV discus record on her way to winning the JV discus. Katie's throw would have placed her 3rd in the varsity section of the discus. West returns to Pairie High School on Friday to compete in the Divisional Championships with their sites set on a banner for the wall.

West Runs Well in Rainy Conditions
4-30-04 Despite the rainy conditions The Women of Troy finished 2nd at the MVC Super Meet. This meet included all 14 teams from The Mississippi Valley Conference. West got strong performances all around. Freshman Danica Haight got her first Discus win and was a conference champion. Allison Dirks continued her dominance in the High Jump and was the Conference Champion in the High Jump. Sara Wickman, another freshman, rounded out the individual conference champions for West High while winning the 1500 meter run. Relay Conference Champions were, the Shuttle Hurdle Relay of Katie Johnson, Christina Swift, Lindsay Freeman and Amanda Judisch, the 4 x 800 Relay of Janet Dobyns, Julia Frudden, Nicole Novak and Sarah Wickman and the Sprint Medley Relay team of Katie Johnson, Heather Brechtel, Lisa Mellecker and Lizz Huntley. Overall West High had 15 conference champions.

West Has Outstanding Performances at Drake Relays
4-24-04 The Women of Troy returned from the Drake Relays after the best showing in West High History.  Freshman Sarah Wickman outkicked the rest of the field in the final 150 meters to bring home the 3000 Meter Championship and a Drake Relays Flag.  West missed bringing home 8 more flags by less than a second in both relays.  The 4 x 800 team of Nicole Novak, Julia Frudden, Sarah Wickman and Claire Hall just missed winning the 4 x 800 relay title and finished 2nd while running the 17th fastest time in the United States so far this year. The Shuttle Hurdle team of Katie Johnson, Christina Swift, Lindsay Freeman and Amanda Judisch placed 2nd to the defending State Champions and running the fastest time of the year for West by over 1 second. The shuttle hurdle relay placed 2nd by less than 1 second.  Alison Dirks placed 2nd in the high jump and Cae Lamb placed 6th.  Alison and Cae were the top 2 finishers in Class 4A.  Claire Hall ran the fastest time of her life in the 800 meters and the 4 x 100 relay team of Christina Swift, Lisa Mellecker, Katie Johnson and Heather Brechtel ran the 3rd fastest time of the year for West High.  The 4 x 400 relay team of Nicole Novak, Steph Mount, Naomi Hillsman and Lizz Huntley placed 6th while running in the pouring down rain.  Overall West had an outstanding performance at the Drake Relays.  West will use these great performances as a spring board into the Championship Phase of the year.  West has many important meets approaching including the MVC Super Meet, Conference, Regionals and then on to the State Championships.

4-19-04 The Women of Troy qualified in 9 events for one of the most prestigious meets in the country. West qualified 3 girls in the 3000, Sarah Wickman, Janet Dobyns and Julia Frudden. 2 Girls in the 800 Claire Hall and Sarah Wickman. Amanda Judisch in the 100. 2 girls in the high jump Alison Dirks and Cae Lamb. LIzz Huntley in the long jump. West also qualified 4 relays, the 4 x 100, 4 x 400, 4 x 800 and the shuttle hurdle relay. West has one of the fastest if not the fastest time in many of these events. This years Drake Relays has the potential to be the most successful in West High's history.

West Finshes 2nd at Forwald Relays
4-16-04  The Women of Troy came away with 4 meet champions from the Forwald Relays at City High.  West High won four individual events, Sarah Wickman-1500, Lizz Huntley-400, Amanda Judisch-200 and Alison Dirks stayed undefeated in the high jump breaking another meet record.  West also received some strong 2nd place finishes from Lizz Huntley in the 200 and Sarah Wickman in the 3000.  Freshman Danica Haight threw a person best by almost 2 feet in the shot put.  The 4 x 400 team ran a season best but had tough competition and ended up finishing 3rd.

The Women of Troy ran well at the FT. Madison Invite while winning 7 events. Meet champions were; Julia Frudden-3000, Janet Dobyns-1500, Sarah Wickman-1500, High Jump-Alison Dirks, 4 x 100 relay- Amanda Judisch, Christina Swift, Katie Johnson and Lizz Huntley. That 4-some also teamed up to win the Sprint Medley. The other winning relay was the Distance Medley team of Heather Brecthel, Steph Mount, Annie McAleer and Claire Hall. Julia Frudden's 3000 set a new Ft. Madison meet record as did the Distance Medley team. THe JV runners and throwers also did an awesome job in Ft Madison. JV champions were; Brianna Rodriguez-1500, Analisa Russo-800, Jocelyn Figg-400, Steph Koepp-Shot Put, Katie Schwietzer-Discus, Cae Lamb-High Jump. The winning relays were, the 4 x 100 (Lauren Abel, Chloe Mellecker, Kristen Shaffer, Jane Ebot), 4 x 800 (Brianna Rodriguez, Amanda Drish, Brenna Derksen, Analisa Russo), and the Sprint Medley (Liz Wilkinson, Sam Simpson, Sarah Minor, Ashley Sullivan). Overall West won 16 events on the night. It was a very successful evening for the Women of Troy.

Girls Perform Well at J-Hawk Invite
4-8-04 The Women of Troy performed well in many events at the J-Hawk Invite on Thursday.  The 4 x 400 team of Claire Hall, Nicole Novak, Naomi Hillsman and Lizz Huntley ran the fastest time in the state so far this year.  The 4 x 800 team of Claire Hall, Nicole Novak, Julia Frudden and Sarah Wickman won the 4 x 800 also running the fast time in the state so far this year.  Janet Dobyns won the 1500 while Alison Dirks stayed undefeated in the high jump. 

West Wins 10 Events
4-3-04 The Women of Troy won 10 varisty events on their way to capturing the Muscatine Invitational Crown.  West had strong individual performances from many girls.  Varsity individual champions were: Alison Dirks-High Jump, Kolie Eko-Long Jump, Steph Koepp-Discus, Janet Dobyns-3000, Lindsay Freeman-100 Hurdles, Nicole Novak-400.  Relay winners were Distance Medley-Annie McAleer, Steph Mount, Naomi Hillsman, Sarah Wickman and the 4 x 400-Naomi Hillsman, Annie McAleer, Claire Hall, Nicole Novak. West also had numerous 2nd place finishes including Julia Frudden-3000 and 1500, Danica Haight-Shot Put, Lizz Huntley-100, 200 and Long Jump and Cae Lamb-High Jump.  JV Champioins were: Austie Overton-100 and 400 Hurdles, Jocelyn Figg-400, Kristen Shaffer-100 Hurdles, Jenna Holida-200, Christine Skopec-1500, Jane Ebot-Shot Put, Cae Lamb-Long Jump, Kolie Eko-High Jump and Katie Schweitzer-Discus.  Winning JV Relays were: Sprint Medley(Liz Wilkinson, Daisy Jahava, Brianna Garrett, Ashley Sullivan), Distance Medley(Kara Peterson, Liz Wilkinson, Sydney Protheroe, Cindi Klein) and the Throwers 4 x 100(Jane Ebot, Kristin Schwab, Steph Koepp, Danica Haight).  It was a very good day overall winning a 23 total events with JV and Varsity combined.  What a great start to the 2004 outdoor season!

West Crowns 8 Dickinson Relay Champions
3-26-04 West won 4 events and crowned 8 champions at the extremely competitive Dickinson Relays.  Freshman Sarah Wickman had one of the most impressive races of the night.  In the 3000 she took the lead with one lap to go and ended up running a time that would have won the Iowa State Championships in the 3000 last year.  In the 4 x 400 The Women of Troy ran one of the fastest times in the state this year.  The 4 x 400 team consisted of Lizz Huntley, Naomi Hillsman, Claire Hall and Nicole Novak. Other Dickinson Relay champions were Allison Dirks in the high jump and the 4 x 800 team of Nicole Novak, Julia Frudden, Janet Dobyns and Claire Hall.  West's other top place finishers were Amanda Judisch in the 60 meter dash-4th place and the shuttle hurdle relay team of Christina Swift, Kristen Shaffer, Lindsay Freeman and Amanda Judisch-4th. West won more events than any other team at this meet and will use it as a great confidence builder heading into the outdoor season. Our first outdoor competition will be Friday, April 2 at the Muscative Relays.  Thanks for everyone's continued support. 

West Wins 5 Events at Conference Meet
3-23-04 The Women of Troy won more events than any other team at the 14 team MVC Conference meet.  West walked away with Conference Champs Janet Dobyns in the 3000, Claire Hall in the 800, Nicole Novak in the 400, Allison Dirks in the high jump and Lizz Huntley in the Long Jump.  West also saw life time bests from many other athletes.  Freshman Danica Haight threw a life time best in the shot put, Sarah Wickman ran a life time best in the 1500.  Lindsay Freeman ran a season team best in the 60 hurdles and the 4 x 100 team of Lizz Huntley, Lisa Mellecker, Katie Johnson and Amanda Judisch ran a season best.  West had an extremely successful night and it only makes us more excited for the season to come!

Girls Win 4 Events at ISU Classic
3-18-04 West High traveled to the very competitive ISU Classic and came home with 4 event wins.  Junior Julia Frudden ran a great race in the 3000 to win in the 2nd fastest time of her life. Freshman Sarah Wickman captured the win in the 1500 in a lifetime best. The 4 x 800 team of Nicole Novak, Claire Hall, Janet Dobyns and Sarah Wickman were victorious, as was the Sprint Relay team of Katie Johnson, Lisa Mellecker, Amanda Judisch and Naomi Hillsman.  4 evebt wins was the most for West High since the dominating team from 2000.  West also had a very strong day in many other events.  Amanda Judisch placed 2nd in the 60 hurdles in a photo finish.  Katie Johnson and Lisa Mellecker placed 3rd and 7th in the 60 meters.  Janet Dobyns placed 3rd in the 1500 in a very good time and Lindsay Freeman placed 9th in the 60 hurdles.  The 4 x 100 relay team placed 4th, while the 4 x 400 relay team placed 2nd. It was a very good day for the Women of Troy and it is a great confidence builder going into the conference indoor meet on Monday in Cedar Falls.

Girls Run Well at Iowa Indoor
3-13-04 The Women of Troy ran well at their first competition of the year.  The Women of Troy got wins from Allison Dirks in the High Jump and the Distance Medley Relay team of Katie Johnson, Ally Weaver, Lizz Huntley and Claire Hall.  West got 2nd place performances from Sarah Wickman in the 3000, the 4 x 200 and the 4 x 400.  Overall West High had a very good start to the season

Time Trials a Success!!
2-27-04 - The 7th Annual West High Girls Track and Field Time Trial Championships were a major
success! Many meet records were either broke or tied.  Many athletes also ran/threw lifetime bests.  The winners were:
100 Meters-Amanda Judisch-Meet Record
200 Meters-Amanda Judisch & Lizz Huntley(tie)-Meet Record
400 Meters- Nicole Novak
800 Meters- Claire Hall & Sarah Wickman(tie)-tied Meet Record
1500 meters- Sarah Wickman-life time best
Shot Put- Danica Haight
We are off to a great start this season.  We are excited to see the improvement we make over the next 2 weeks when we compete at our first meet, the Iowa Indoor at the University of Iowa Rec Building.  Thanks to all the parents and fans that came and supported our athletes at the time trials. 

Wickman Earns 2nd All American Honor
Sarah Wickman received her 2nd All American honor for her State Champion Freshman season.  Sarah was named to the Nike All American Freshman team. Only 7 freshman from across the United States were given this prestigous honor.  Congratulations Sarah!!

Check out New Link
Our newest link helps you stay in contact with all of our alumni.  We will update this link with individual statistics and happenings in our alumni's lives.  Over winter break we got to catch up with numerous alumni and we wanted vistors to know what was going on in thier lives as well.  Over break we were able to visit and train with, Chris Jones-University of Kansas, Jeni Frudden-University of Michigan, Lesley Smith-University of Missouri, Lindsey Windauer-University of Kansas, Kristin Jacobs-University of Northern Iowa, Lauren Levy-University of North Carolina and Maggie Gill-Luther College.  Click on the link below, Where are they now,  to find out what these and other alumni have been up to.

Where Are They Now?

Sarah Wickman is an All American
Each season the top 50 Cross Country runners in the Nation are named to the Harrier/Nike All American list.  Individual State Champion Freshman Sarah Wickman was honored by being named to this prestigous list of high school runners.  Sarah Wickman is the first freshman in school history to be named a Harrier/Nike All American. Congratulations Sarah!!

Sarah Wickman Wins Individual State Title!
Women of Troy Place 2nd
11-1-03 At the Iowa State Championships Freshman Sarah Wickman outkicked all of her upperclass competition to win the individual title. Sarah's time of 14:06 was a new state record for about an hour until the 3A winner beat her by 2 seconds. Sarah is the first freshman to win the individual title in 12 years. Sarah ran an amazing race. Sarah paced her team to a second place finish. Clarie Hall had the race of her life placing 15th, Janet Dobyns was right behind in 16th place, Jocelyn Figg ran a great race placing 29th, Naomi Hillsman placed 34th, Kira Spencer 67nd and Julia Frudden 80th. The girls ran great races and lost to City High by 9 points. The Women of Troy finished the season with the best record in class 4A only losing once and to only 1 team.

West Girls Win 7th Consecutive Divisional Title
10-16-03 The West High Girls won their 7th consecutive Mississippi Divisional Title at Linn-Mar. Sarah Wickman took home Athlete of the Year honors by winning in her fastest time of the year. Janet Dobyns placed 2nd, also in her fastest time of the year. The West High girls took 7 of the top 8 spots. Sarah Wickman, Janet Dobyns, Claire Hall, Julia Frudden, Nicole Novak and Naomi Hillsman all received 1st team all conference honors. Jocelyn Figg was 8 earning second team all conference honors. The West Girls perfect scored in the Fresh/Soph race and the JV race. Kira Spencer won the Fresh/Soph race and Sarah James won the JV race. The West High boys placed 3rd behind two ranked teams. Mike Clancy battled for the title but ended up getting 3rd. He earned 1st team all conference with his third place finish. Alex Kharbush earned 2nd team all conference honors. The boys team ran well and are looking to use it as spring board heading into The Regional Championships.

West High Win Gets National Attention
The West High Girls team who is ranked 11th in the Nation were recognized nationally on for their win at the MVC Super Meet last night.. Dyestat is the premiere website for National high school track and field and cross country information. The West High Girls beat the 12th ranked team in the nation, City High by 12 points! Janet Dobyns and Sarah Wickman's pictures are featured as well. Click on the link below to go to the story.

Dyestat Story: West High Girls Win

10-4-03 Freshman Sarah Wickman was honored as the MVC Athlete of the Week for this past week.  Sarah heads into the MVC Supermeet having won her last 4 races. As of 10-4-03 Sarah had the 4th fastest time in the conference. 

Wickman Wins, Clancy Places 2nd
10-4-03 Sarah Wickman won her 4th varsity race in a row and Mike Clancy ran a very strong race to place 2nd at the Clinton Classic.  The girls team won the team title scoring 48 points.  Following Wickman was Janet Dobyns 2nd, Claire Hall 8th, Julia Frudden 16th, Jocelyn Figg 21st.  The JV girls placed 2nd led by the 6th place finish of Maggee Mitchell.  Cindi Klein was the number one runner on the JV team.
Led by the strong run of Clancy, the boys team placed 3rd among a strong field of teams.  Clancy was followed by Alex Kharbush , Nick Petersen , Palngji Sunday 50 and Ian Gannon 52.  Drew Lytle was the #1 Fresh/Soph runner and Dan Sorensen placed 5th in the JV race.

West Performs Well at Home Meet
10-1-03 West High had many good performances at their one and only home meet of the year.  Sarah Wickman won her 3rd straight race setting a meet record.  Janet Dobyns placed 2nd for the strong 1-2 punch that West High is establishing.  Claire Hall ran a great race placing 5th.  Rounding out the varsity places were Julia Frudden 9th, Jocelyn Figg 12th, Kira Spencer 13th and Analisa Russo 21st. The girls placed 1st as a team scoring 29 points On the boys side Mike Clancy placed 3rd after a hard fought battle.  Alex Kharbush placed 11th, Nick Peterson 25th, Palngji Sunday 35th, Jake Mize 38th, Daniel Novak 41st and Keene Kernstine 48th. The boys placed 4th as a team scoring 112 points. The JV girls had another awesome performance as they perfect scored and took 1st place.  The also took 6th and 7th place.  Nicole Novak lead the JV girls with a very strong race.  Naomi Hillsman placed 2nd, Cindi Klein 3rd, Sarah Shebek 4th, Sarah James 5th, Steph Mount 6th and Christine Skopec 7th.  In the boys JV race Ian Gannon led the charge placing 5th, Brenton Patterson placed 11th. Overall West High had a great day at their home meet! 

Girls Press Citizen Article

Boys Press Citizen Article



West Wins It All At Fort Madison
9-18-03 West brought home all possible trophies from the Fort Madison Invitational.  Sarah Wickman was the winner in the varsity girls race.  She lead a strong pack that scored only 19 points.  Janet Dobyns was 2nd, Julia Frudden 3rd, Claire Hall 5th and Kira Spencer was 8th. Mike Clancy lead the charge on the boys side with a first place finish. Alex Kharbush was 5th and Ian Gannon 7th. The boys won their first meet of the year scoring 39 points.  In the JV girls race, West High took 1-14th place.  Naomi Hillsman won the JV race.  The JV boys were lead by Dan Sorenson in his first race of the year.  West High also won the overall boys/girls combined trophy. 

Ft Madison Press Citizen Article

Women of Troy stay undefeated
9-14-03 The West High girls kept thier winning streak alive by beating the 3rd ranked team in the state and only scoring 33 points at the Luther All-American Invitational. Sarah Wickman lead the Women of Troy with a 3rd place finish. Janet Dobyns placed 4th, Julia Frudden 6th, Claire Hall 7th, Kira Spencer 13th, Joceyln Figg 18th and Cindi Klein 45th. On the boys side Mike Clancy ran very strong again leading the boys to a 7th place finish. Mike placed 11th as an individual, 34 places better than last year. Alex Kharbush placed 31st, Ian Gannon 37th, Palngji Sunday 50th, Nick Petersen 56th, Keene Kernstine 71st and Daniel Novak 72nd. On the JV side Analisa Russo led the girls pack who placed in order from 4th to 9th place. The girls of that tight pack in order were, Cassye Durkee, Maggee Mitchell, Steph Mount, Sarah Shebek and Amanda Drish. Even with this strong pack running the JV girls placed 2nd. On the guys side Landen led the boys JV runners placing 61st with Jake Mize not too far behind in 77th place.

All American Invite Press Citizen Article

Women of Troy Make National Headlines
9-12-03 After the the West High Girls' victory over the 10th ranked team in the Nation, City High at the Cedar Rapids Invitational, the website Dyestat found it newsworthy enough to make thier main story. Dyestat is a website created to showcase high school cross country and track athletes. Dyestat keeps visitors up to date on the happenings of the cross country and track world from across the country. The Dyestat website is If you would like to read the story click on the link below.


West Women Defeat 10th Ranked Team in the Nation at CR Invite
9-12-03 The West High Women of Troy won the CR Invite by just one point defeating the 10th ranked team in the Nation and the 1st ranked team in the state, City High.  Julia Frudden paced West High with a 5th place finish.  Janet Dobyns and Sarah Wickman were right behind placing 6th and 7th.  Claire Hall was West's 4th runner placing 12th and Kira Spencer rounded out the top 5 placing 23rd.  On the boys side the team placed 7th at a meet that had 7 ranked teams.  Matt Clancy finished 11th, Alex Kharbush 28th, Ian Gannon 34th, Palngji Sunday 63rd, and Nick Petersen 66th.  The 9/10 girls placed 2nd, leading the way was Maggee Mitchell who placed 6th.  The JV races did not keep team scores.  The girls were led by Cindi Klein who placed 6th and the boys were led by Keene Kernstine who placed 31st.




Lynn Dobyns Wins 800 meter State Title
Lynn Dobyns captured the 800 meter title at the State Championships with a time of 2:15.84.  The 4 x 400 team of Steph Mount, Lindsey Windauer, Claire Hall and Lynn Dobyns placed second.  The Distance Medley team placed 3rd with Lizz Huntley, Lindsey Windauer, Claire Hall and Lynn Dobyns.  Robdu Adam placed 5th in the 3000 and Alison Dirks placed 7th in the High Jump.  As a team The Women of Troy placed 5th.   

Women of Troy Break Sprint Medley School Record Again
5-16-03 At the MVC Supermeet, the sprint medley relay team of Lizz Huntley, Lindsey Windauer, Amanda Judisch and Lynn Dobyns broke the school record for the second time in 2 weeks. The relay team ran a time 1:50.62.

Women of Troy Qualify 16 Event Entries for the State Championships.
5-13-03 The Women of Troy had a successful District Championships qualifying 12 events with 16 event entries for the State Championships. 6 of the 7 Relays qualified. The 4 x 100, 4 x 400, 4 x 800, Sprint Medley, Distance Medley and Shuttle Hurdle all qualified. The individuals that qualified were; Lindsey Windauer and Steph Mount in the 400, Lynn Dobyns in the 800, Julia Frudden and Robdu Adam in the 1500, Robdu Adam and Janet Dobyns in the 3000, Christina Swift in the 100 Hurdles and both Alison Dirks and Cae Lamb in the High Jump. West High qualified more event entries then last year.

Women of Troy Mix it Up at Prairie Relays
5-6-03 The Women of Troy ran several people in events for their first time and tried new people in relay events at the Praire Relays. West High got 4th place as a team. Lynn Dobyns set a new meet record and recorded the fastest time in the state this year in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.33. The only other West High winner was Janet Dobyns in the 3000 running a time of 10:58. West High got 2nd place finishes out of Robdu Adam in the 1500 running a season best time of 4:54.27, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Lizz Huntley, Lindsey Windauer, Christina Swift and Amanda Judisch who ran a season best time of 51.17 and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Steph Mount, Kristin Jacobs, Alicia Moberley and Naomi Hillsman who ran a time of 4:13.77. The JV champions were Julia Frudden in the 1500(5:02) Katie Jenn in the shot put (33'11")and Cassidy Hedden in the high jump(4'10").

CR Prairie Relays(CR Gazette 5-7-03)

CR Prairie Relays(Press-Citizen 5-7-03)

West Captures Divisional Championship
5-2-03 The Women of Troy brought home thier 4th Divisional Championship in 6 years. The Women of Troy won 5 events. Individual Divisional Champions were Robdu Adam in the 3000 and the 1500. She ran times of 10:40 in the 3000 and 5:04 in the 1500. Lynn Dobyns also won the 800 in a time of 2:25. West also crowned 2 relay Divisional Championship teams. The Distance Medley team of Lizz Huntley, Annie McAleer, Claire Hall and Janet Dobyns placed first with a time of 4:27. The 4 x 400 team also brought home gold with a time of 4:11. The 4 x 400 team members were Amanda Judisch, Claire Hall, Lindsey Windauer and Lynn Dobyns. Lynn Dobyns and Kristin Jacobs earned MVC All Academic honors. Coach Parker also earned coach of the year.

Divisional Champs (Press Citizen 5-3-03)

West Breaks 5 Meet Records
4-22-03 The Women of Troy won 10 events and broke 5 meet records at the Don Newell Classic in Ottumwa. Robdu Adam set a new meet record in the 3000 by running 10:46. Lynn Dobyns set a record in the 800 with a time of 2:17.68, Alison Dirks jumped to a new meet record in the high jump, clearing 5'4. 2 relay teams also set new meet records. The 4 x 800 team of Julia Frudden, Claire Hall, Shirley Stern and Nicole Novak set a new meet record running a time of 9:45.55 and the 4 x 400 team of Nicole Novak, Claire Hall, Lindsey WIndauer and Lynn Dobyns broke the meet record by running a time of 4:05.69. Other first place finishers were: LIndsey Windauer in the 400, Julia Frudden in the 1500, the sprint medley relay(Lizz Huntley, Annie McAleer, Amanda Judisch, Naomi Hillsman) and the 4 x 100 relay(Lizz Huntley, Annie McAleer, Christina Swift, Amanda Judisch). West won the meet by 58 points.

4 Girls Sign National Letters of Intent
4-17-03 On Friday April 18th at 3:40pm in the West High Cafeteria, 4 West High Girls Track & Field will sign National Letters of Intent to continue thier education and running careers at Division Colleges. Lynn Dobyns -University of Illinois
Lindsey WIndauer- University of Kansas
Kristin Jacobs- University of Northern Iowa
Shirley Stern- University of Iowa
Please come help us celebrate these athletes' achievements by being a part of thier press conference.

4 Girls Sign Letters of Intent(Press Citizen)

Lindsey WIndauer Prep Profile(Press Citizen 4-15-03)

Women of Troy Set 3 Meet Records
4-16-03 The Women of Troy broke meet records in 3 relays last night at the Fort Madison Invitational. The 4 x 400 team broke it's 2nd meet record in as many meets. The team made up of Nicole Novak, Steph Mount, Lindsey Windauer and Lynn Dobyns ran a 4:05.34 breaking the old record by over 7 seconds. The 4 x 800 meter relay team also set a record running 9:43.71. That team was made up of Claire Hall, Julia Frudden, Janet Dobyns and Lynn Dobyns. The third meet record that was broken by West was in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay. That team ran a very good time of 1:05.81, the memebers of the team were Lindsay Freeman, Kristen Shaffer, Christina Swift, and Amanda Judisch. Other Fort Madison Relay Champions: The sprint Medley Relay team of LIzz Huntley, Annie McAleer, Amanda Judisch and Lynn Dobyns, Robdu Adam in the 3000, Lindsey Windauer in the 200 and Steph Koepp in the discus. The Women of Troy also had a very good day in the Junior Varsity races. The JV champions were Katie Jenn in the discus and shot put. Amanda Drish in the 1500. The shuttle hurdle relay team of Cassye Durkee, Chloe Mellecker, Rachel Park and Cae Lamb. The 4 x 800 meter relay team of Amanda Drish, Sydney Protheroe, Brianna Rodriguez and Maggee Mitchell. The Sprint Medley Relay team of Steph Koepp, Rachel Park, Kira Spencer and Alicia Moberley and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Heather Brechtel, Kira Spencer, Sydney Protheroe and Naomi Hillsman. Over all West had a very good day and brought home many 1st place medals.

West Wins Women of Troy Relays
The Women of Troy won their home meet by beating a very talented Mt.Pleasant team. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Claire Hall, Steph Mount, Lindsey Windauer and Lynn Dobyns ran an impressive 4:04 to set a new meet record. West also got victories from Robdu Adam in the 3000, Lindsey Windauer in the 400 and Amanda Judisch in the 200. Overall it was a very good day for the Women of Troy.

Women of Troy Relays (Press Citizen 4-13-03)

Women of Troy Relays(CR Gazette 4-13-03)

West High's Climb(Gazette 4-14-03)

Meet Pictures

Kristin Jacobs chooses University of Nothern Iowa
4-12-03 Kristin Jacobs has decided to further her education and running career at the University of Northern Iowa next year. Kristin has been a part of 2 team track & field state championships, and was a member of the 2002 4 x 400 Relay State Championship team.

West Takes 2nd at Outdoor Season Opener
4-10-03 The Women of Troy competed well at the J-Hawk Relays. West won four relays capturing a meet record in the Distance Medley Relay. The team of Cara Montgomery, Kristin Jacobs, Steph Mount and Claire Hall set a new meet record in the Distance Medley running a time of 4:21.23. Other victorious relay teams were the shuttle hurdle relay, (Lindsay Freeman, Alison Dirks, Amanda Judisch and Christina Swift), the sprint medley(Lizz Huntley, Amanda Judisch, Lindsey Windauer and Lynn Dobyns) and the 4 x 400 relay(Claire Hall, Kristin Jacobs, Lindsey Windauer, and Lynn Dobyns.)

Lindsey Windauer to Become A Jayhawk
Lindsey Windauer has verbally committed to run track & field at the University of Kansas. Lindsey has been a part of 2 State Championship track & field teams. She was a member of the 4 x 400 relay State Championship team in 2002. She also hold the school record in the 4 x 400 meter relay at 3:56.

Women of Troy close Indoor season with strong performance at Dickinson Relays
The Women of Troy finished thier 2003 indoor season with some strong performances. The 4 x 400 Relay team of Nicole Novak, Kristin Jacobs, Lindsey Windauer and Lynn Dobyns once again brought home a gold medal. They were the only Champions for West High. West also had strong performances in the 800 by Janet Dobyns, 2:27, as well as the 4 x 100 Relay team of Annie McAleer, Cara Montgomery, Christina Swift and Amanda Judisch.

Lynn Dobyns picks Illinois
Lynn Dobyns has verbally committed to the University of Illinois to continue her running career. She will sign a National Letter of Intent during the April signing period. The University of Illinois is getting one of the most successful Track & Field athletes to have been in the West High program. Prior to her Senior Track season, Lynn is 4 time team State Champion in track and cross country. She has also won the the 4 x 800 meter relay 3 years in a row at the State Championships as well as being a memeber of the 4 x 400 relay team that won state in 2002. Lynn holds the Iowa All Time 4 x 800 meter record, as well as many school records.

NOV. 2, 2002 ROBDU ADAM IS WEST HIGH'S THIRD STRAIGHT INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPION AND SHE SETS A NEW STATE MEET COURSE RECORD Robdu Adam wins the individual state title going away in the fastest time ever recorded in the state of Iowa and her time of 14:07 is the fastest time in the United States so far this year. Adam led the West High girls to their 6th straight top 2 finish at state, West was the runner-up.  The boys were led by Mike Clancy as they finshed 15th.

OCT. 24, 2002 CLANCY WINS DISTRICT BOYS RACE AS BOTH WEST HIGH GIRLS AND BOYS TEAMS MOVE ON TO STATE  Mike Clancy ran an outstanding race to win his first varsity title ever and led the boys team to their 3rd straight state meet.  The West High girls won their 9th meet in a row this year and are off to state as well.

OCT. 17,2002 WEST
GIRLS PERFECT SCORE AND WIN THEIR 6TH STRAIGHT M.V.C. DIVISIONAL CONFERENCE TITLE Janet Dobyns won the individual varsity girls race and was selected as the M.V.C. Athlete of the Year.  Robdu Adam was second in a photo finish with Dobyns. West had the next 4 girls across the finish line and 6 of the next 7. The West High J.V girls team and the Fresh/Soph girls team both perfect scored as well.  Mike Clancy led the boys team to a 4th place finish.

OCT. 1O, 2002 WEST GIRLS STAY UNDEFEATED AND WIN THEIR 3RD STRAIGHT M.V.C. SUPER MEET TEAM TITLE AND 3RD STRAIGHT M.V.C. SUPER MEET INDIVIDUAL TITLE!!!  Robdu Adam ran an outstanding race to win her first Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet individual title on the hilly Jones Park course.  Janet Dobyns was 5th, Julia Frudden was 8th, Lynn Dobyns was 10th, Shirley Stern was 11th, Claire Hall was 22nd and Jocelyn Figg was 33rd. The girls team title extended their winning streak that dates back to 1999.  Analisa Russo was 2nd in the Junior Varsity race.  The boys took 10th place led by Mike Clancy in 13 place.  Mike Scheib was 38th, John Tearse was 50th, Kemp Kernstine was 51st, Omar Maktabi was 66th, Alex Kharbush was 71st and Keene Kernstine was 82nd. Danial Novak ran well taking 24th place in the Freah/Soph race.

OCT. 5, 2002  WEST HAS ANOTHER GREAT DAY AT CLINTON CLASSIC The West High girls showed why they are the 4th ranked team in the United States winning the team title by 54 points in the 22 team invitational.  Robdu Adam retuned to action after sitting out the last 3 weeks by winning the individual title by 17 seconds in a time of 14:34. She was folled by Janet Dobyns in 5th, Shirley Stern in 7th, Lynn Dobyns in 8th, Julia Frudden in 12th and Claire Hall in 21st.  The Boys team took 5th place and were led by Mike Clancy in 15th place in a time of 17:18, Mike Scheib was 28th, John Tearse was 47, Alex Kharbush was 51st and Kemp Kernstine was 52nd. Brianna Rodriguez took 1st place in the girls Junior Varsity race.

SEPT 24, 2002 WEST HIGH RUN WELL AT MUSCATINE Janet Dobyns won her second race in two weeks winning the Sophomore girls 4K, Nicole Novak was 2nd in the Junior race and Lynn Dobyns was 2nd in the Senior race.  Mike Scheib  led the boys with a 19th place finish in the Senior race and Mike Clancy was 16th place in the Junior race.  The Junior/Senior girls took first place.

SEPT. 23, 2002 WEST GIRLS MOVE UP TWO SPOTS IN THE NIKE/FOOT LOCKER XC NATIONAL RANKINGS TO #4 IN THE U.S.!!! After four great meets to start the season off the West High girls cross country team has moved up from 6th to 4th in the most recent Nike / Foot Locker High School Cross Country National Rankings.

SEPT. 19, 2002 WEST GIRLS 1ST WEST BOYS 2ND!!!  The West High Boys had their best showing of the year placing second as a team at the Ft. Madison Inv.. The boys were led by senior Mike Scheib who placed 5th overall in a time of 17:15.  The J.V. boys were led by senior Frans Hochstrasser who placed 2nd in 19:02.  The Varsity Girls looked very strong again winning their 24th team title in a row.  Sophomore Janet Dobyns led the way winning her first ever varsity race in a time of 14:10. Janet was followed by another outstanding performance from junior Nicole Novak who placed 4th in 14:33.  The J.V. girls placed 6 runners in the top seven led by junior Analisa Russo winning the J.V. race in a time of 16:24.  West also won the Varsity Boys and Girls team Combined Award!

SEPT. 14, 2002 WEST GIRLS STAY UNDEFEATED The West High girls won their thired meet of the season to extend their undefeated streak that is in its 3rd year. The West High girls have not lost a meet of any kind since October of 1999. West High won their 2nd meet in two days 26 to 36 over the 2nd ranked team in the state. The Varsity boys took 13th place and were again led by junior Mike Clancy in 45th place. The J.V. girls were 2nd place and the J.V. boys were 12th place.

SEPT. 12, 2002 FAST TIMES FOR WEST HIGH AT CEDAR RAPIDS INV. The West High Boys and Girls Cross Country teams had some awesome times in their second meet of the year. The West girls, the 6th ranked team in the nation faced an outstanding team in City High, the 12th ranked team in the nation. West was led to the team title by soph. Janet Dobyns who took 3rd in 14:47. West scored 41 points to Runner-up City Highs 56.  West had 3 girls run under 15:00 for 4K.  Mike Clancy led the boys for the second time placing 27th in a time of 17:18. The boys team placed 12th. The Fresh/Soph girls team was 2nd as was Jocelyn Figg. In the J.V. girls race Lindsey Windauer was 2nd and the team placed 2nd as well. The Fresh/Soph boys paced 15th as a team and they were led by Jack Sharkey in 91st place.

SEPT. 5, 2002 WEST HIGH RANKED AMONG THE BEST IN THE UNITED STATES The Iowa City West Girls Cross Country team, for the 6th straight year, is ranked as one of the top teams in the nation. The 1st Nike/Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Rankings have West High ranked 6th in the nation.  The Harrier's Magazine ranks the West High Girls as the 3rd ranked team in the 12 state Midwest Region.  The Iowa High School State Rankings has the West Girls as the #1 ranked team in the state and the West Boys ranked 11th in the state.


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