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Five starters to lead Women of Troy

Iowa City West High girls cross country ready for action

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Five starters will lead the way on the cross country courses for the West High Women of Troy this season as the squad defends its 2013 Conference and Regional Championships.
Seniors Emmie Skopec and Maria Burtch, with sophomores Olivia Moore and Jessie and Gabby Skopec, return to the lineup for 2014. Burtch finished 77th at the State Meet in 16:12.1, Emmie Skopec was 32nd in 15:16.7. Moore completed the State Meet in 88th place in 16:24.1; Jessie Skopec was 25th (and second for West) in 15:07.2 while Gabby Skopec was 50th in 15:34.3.
Other seniors this season include Grace Anderson, Kelsey Beasley, Emilee Benedict, Sabrina Bretz, Rachel Collins, Jenna Mabry, McKenzie Mellecker, Micayla Nicks, Katie Peplow, Haley Roudabush, Abby Walling and Michelle Wise. Juniors this year are Amani Ali, Ally McKeone, Tia Saunders, Anna Stevens, Taylor West, Grace Young and Naomi Shilyansky.
Sophomores include Elisa Abram, Kasey Baller, Asha Irani, Annika Jensen, Hannah Krupp, Sarah Longmire, Emma Olgesby and Valerie Welch.
Coach Mike Parker, in his 20th year with the program, and assistant Peggy McGuire (15 years at West) are excited to have freshman Bailey Nock in the lineup. Nock was second last year at state as an eighth-grader. Also on the freshman roster are Colleen Bloeser, Ellie Gretter, Catie Nielson and Claire Ronnebaum.
Parker and McGuire look for West, Cedar Falls and Linn-Mar to be the contenders for the conference title this year. The season opens Saturday, Aug. 30, at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

2014 Iowa City West High Girls Cross Country Schedule
Sat. August 30: At Cedar Rapids Prairie, 8:30 a.m.
Sat. Sept. 6: At Central College, Pella, 11 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 11: At Noelridge Park, CR, 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 20: At ISU X-Country Course, 9:45 a.m.
Sat. Sept. 27: At Rim Rock Farm, Lawrence, KS
Tues. Sept. 30: UI Ashton CC Course, 4:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 9: MVC at CR Prairie High, 3:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 16: MVC at Cedar Falls, 3:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 23: Regional Meet
Sat. Nov. 1: State Meet, Fort Dodge