Monday, March 31, 2003
Prep girls track preview
By Andy Hamilton
Iowa City Press-Citizen
o WEST HIGH: Some faces have changed for the Women of Troy. The standards have not.
West coach Mike Parker said his team will be among those challenging for a state title again in May. The Women of Troy finished
second last year, extending their streak to four consecutive seasons of finishing in the top two at state.
"We're going to contend," Parker said. "The years we were undefeated and dominant, I said we were going to contend. So when
we're the best team or the underdog, it's still the same for us. We've developed our program to where each and every year
we're going to contend.
"It doesn't matter who's here and who's not. ... I know that each year we're able to put together a program that allows us
to contend for a state title and what I've seen in the indoor season just reaffirms that."
West returns a strong cast, led by Illinois recruit Lynn Dobyns, who anchored the Women of Troy to state titles in the 4x400
and 4x800 last year.
"I think we have one of the best anchors in the state of Iowa," Parker said. "When you put Lynn at the end of your mile relay,
your 4x8, your (distance) med, sprint med, whatever, there's something about that team camaraderie and doing it for the other
three girls, Lynn just has phenomenal performances."
Nicole Novak, Kristin Jacobs and Lindsey Windauer are all back after joining Dobyns on the 4x400 team last year. State cross
country champion Robdu Adam leads a strong corps of distance runners that includes 4x800 champions Janet Dobyns and Julia
Frudden. Juniors Amanda Judisch and Liz Huntley return from the second-place distance medley team of a year ago.
Parker said he believes West can be right there with City High, Cedar Falls and Mount Pleasant, among the Class 3A elite teams
"There's an upper-level tier of teams that if everything goes well for them and they get a few breaks, they'll be right there
to win a state championship," Parker said. "Fortunately, again, we find ourselves in that group."