PREVIEW: Wildcats hope to keep improving this season

The Maquoketa Valley boys cross country team, first row from left: Cy Huber, Preston Roling, Michael Schaul, Brock Trenkamp and Canyon Richardson. Second row: Tyler Wallace, James DeMoss, Ashton Goldsmith, Nolan Ries and A.J. Ambundo. Third row: assistant coach Sara Dever, Blake Becker, Jon Seibert, Derek Mensen, Ethan Doyl, Tate Trenkamp, Chance Downs, Mason Lubben, Lane Coyle and head coach Pat Meehan. (Photos by Diane Temple)

The Maquoketa Valley girls cross country team, first row from left: Reece Mensen and Kryia Atwell. Second row: Hannah Lahr, Madison Ott and Kristin Lucas. Third row: assistant coach Sara Dever, Ci’Ann Richardson, Jordan Hogan and head coach Pat Meehan.
Hannah Gray
Express Intern

     The Maquoketa Valley boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are continuing to work towards their “Wildcat goals” this season, with help from coaches Pat Meehan and Sara Dever.

     The girls’ cross country team is made up of seven experienced runners, which include seniors Hannah Lahr, Kristin Lucas, and Madison Ott; junior Ci’Ann Richardson; sophomore Reece Mensen; and freshmen Kriya Atwell and Jordan Hogan. Although none are retuning letter-winners, each has shown improvement this season already.

     This year’s goal for the girls is to enter a varsity team to compete in the conference meet.

     “The group of girls can achieve that if they remain confident and work every day to improve,” said coach Meehan.

     This year the girls’ toughest competition in the conference is believed to be Starmont and Springville/Central City.

     Eighteen boys take part on the cross country team this season. Five of those boys are returning letter-winners. The team placed second in the Tri-Rivers conference and fourth in the state qualifying meet.

     Returning letter-winners are seniors Jon Seibert and Tate Trenkamp; juniors Chance Downs, Mason Lubben, and Derek Mensen.

     “Chance Downs and Mason Lubben had a good summer of training and look in good condition and vastly improved,” said Meehan.

     The goal for the boys this year is to use their talents every day to become the best they can be, Meehan said.

     “Good things will happen if they do.”

     The boys’ team will be challenged by North Cedar and Starmont.



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