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August 29, 2012
Cass Midway High School


By Midway Mass Communications Reporters Jodi Rhodes and Kasey Roberson


The 2012 Cass Midway Cross Country team has changed drastically over the past year.  Bill Best took over as coach after 18-year coaching veteran Doug Carder retired in spring 2012.  “Although I don’t know these athletes very well, I look forward to getting to know them individually, and watching them progress throughout the season.  This year should be fun,” noted Best.

 Midway graduated four exceptional runners from the 2011 cross country girls’ team.  State meet record holder Mackenzie Weis took first in both the 2011 and 2010 State Championships.  She was state runner-up in 2009.  Kayla Robinson was all-state each year of her high school XC career,  placing sixth her junior year and 38th this previous season. Josie Riggs ran her way to state all four years as well, achieving all-state honors  by placing 23rd 2010 and 27th in 2011 after knee-repair surgery.  Hannah Mills competed at the state meet also, after competing in only one year of cross country.

The Lady Vikings have five seniors in 2012. Coming onto their fourth year running are Caitlin Chaffin, Zoe Eberle, and Allie Hayes. Also competing is first year runner, senior, Shelby Admire.  Sophomores Dee Stark and Tessa Mills, and freshman Sydney Admire will add depth to the team.

 “I love cross country. I love how we are all about the team, and we welcome anyone and everyone,” said senior athlete, Zoe Eberle. “This year we have a fairly small girls’ team but we all work very hard and we are always extremely supportive. We all miss Coach Carder and he did have some big shoes to fill, but Coach Best is doing an outstanding job. I think we will have a great season and, as always, not only are we good, but we’re good looking.”

The Midway boys’ cross country team lost no seniors this year, and has added to its numbers. “The boys’ team is full of potential this season. I’m excited to be a part of this team and be more successful than past years,” said senior Justin Fielder.  The boys’ team failed to qualify for state last year, but returning sophomore Conor Hayes made it individually as a freshman, placing 122nd. The boys have four returning seniors:  Cameron Willey, Justin Fielder, Blake Rhodes, and Bailey Scholl. Also competing are junior Jesse Bauerle and sophomores Jackson Eberle, Chris Chandler, Conor Hayes, Cory Mayes, Shayne Brooke, Josh Farris and David Needham. One new freshman, Erik Nance, is added to the roster.

With his sights set on returning to state, Conor Hayes concluded, “It was a good experience running at state..We’re going to be terrific this year. Our goal is to win districts.  I am really excited to have a new coach.  I think he will be good for our team.”

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