Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Freeman XC Preview - Girls

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

CMH not deep, but is talented
New names to help Memorial
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – Rachel Mlsna is providing a boost for her team.

Andrea Sullivan and Bailey Finnegan also are providing a shot of energy to the Catholic Memorial High School girls cross country team.

And those three are helping coach Chris Andacht set some lofty preseason goals.

“Our goal as a team is making it to state,” Andacht said of the WIAA Division 2 state meet. “I’m not sure if that’s a realistic goal – we don’t have a lot of depth – but we’ll see what we can do at the end of the season.”

Mlsna, a junior, qualified as an individual for the 2011 state meet her freshman year. She suffered a seasonending injury last year after running in two meets.

“She’s our lead runner,” Andacht said. “We’re hoping
 to get her back up there (to state).”

Sullivan, a senior, was a hurdler during the track and field season. Finnegan, a junior, was a sprinter in the spring. Both were members of CMH’s state track meet-qualifying 4x100 and 4x200 relays, helping the 4x100 finish fourth.

“They’re really track athletes,
 but we expect them to help out a lot,” Andacht said. “They’re both good athletes, and we expect them up with our top kids at the end of the year.” 

Also returning this year are sophomore Renee Bixby, who finished 36th at the Classic 8 Conference meet, and senior Jess Hyde, the Crusaders’ seventh runner at the Classic 8 meet.

“We are deeper than we were last year,” Andacht said.

Andacht shared the sentiments of most Classic 8 coaches when picking a favorite: two-time defending state champion Arrowhead. The Warhawks return runners who finished 1 through 6 at the Classic 8 meet last fall.

“I see Arrowhead and probably (Waukesha) West,” Andacht said. “(West coach) Chris (Ramsey) has got a good crew. They’re going to give (Arrowhead) a tussle this year.”


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