Normally some first meet jitters will be present and teams won’t have their best stuff right out of the gate. Well, if that’s true, no one told the Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ cross country team as they used six top medal finishes to capture a second-place finish in Ames Thursday night.
The Fillies placed six within the top 15 runners including a masterful performance by Megan Sterbenz who placed second out of 220 total runners. The junior continues to improve from season to season, something head coach Justin Droppert has been excited about ever since she hit the high school scene.
“Megan is an amazing athlete in that she somehow improves ten times what she did the year before, even though that year was really good,” began Droppert. “She was great at starting and finishing races last season but she’s turned that up a notch for this year.”
Fellow junior Miranda Muhlstein captured a fourth place finish, one of six total Fillie runners to place inside the top 20 and one of three Fillie stars to place inside the top ten. One thing coach Droppert has enjoyed with Muhlstein has been her consistency factor which has carried over nicely from last season.
“Miranda has really worked hard at being a consistent runner and that was one of her big focus points during the off-season,” said Droppert. “She’s improved quite a bit in that department and that’s probably one of her biggest strengths.”
Following Muhlstein was sophomore standout Hanna Little. Following a more than strong freshman campaign, Little opened up the 2019 campaign with a sixth place finish. She was followed by current freshman Meredith McDermott who placed 12th overall. Following McDermott’s performance was four year star Lara Kallem in 13th place and junior Emma Angus in 18th to round out the top six medal winners for the Fillies. Fellow junior Madalyn Haupts was next up on the varsity seven for DC-G, finishing in 22nd place overall.