Trojans looking for a fun (and successful) cross country season
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Brian Martz has seen a lot in 26 years of coaching, including 10 at Iowa City West. This year, however, Martz has more reasons to smile than ever.
“I’m excited for this freshman class,” he said. “This is the largest group we’ve had for several years now, and there is some talent among them.” The multitude of underclassmen join a program led by six seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.
Those seniors are: Akash Borde, Abdalla Ali, Noah Brase, Ian McGillicuddy, Adam Weis and Josh Jensen. The juniors are Nick Feeley and Matthew Schneider while Ali Ali is the sophomore.
Borde was 27th in the State 4A Championship Meet last year while Abdallah Ali was 62nd, Feeley was 75th, Schneider was 98th and McGillicuddy was 100th. The team finished ninth overall.
“All of these athletes are coming off a great spring track season, and had a pretty good summer of preparation,” Martz said. “We should be competitive again this year and will hope to achieve some strong goals in the month of October.”
As for those talented freshmen, Martz said, “Several athletes could come from the shadows to challenge for a varsity position by the end of the season.”