Year in Review: Girls Cross Country

By: Blaire DeWitt & Courtney Vande Vorde

The 2014 Girls Cross Country season was something for Hamilton to be proud of. The girls were undefeated in the conference, took 2nd place at the conference meet, were Conference Co-Champions, Runner-up in the Allegan County meet and overall 4th in their Region.


For a complete review we must talk about the highlights and the hard times of their season. The worst “loss” for the team this year was tying with Holland Christian in the conference meet. The meet ended in a tie causing the finish of the 6th runner to be the tiebreaker, and Holland Christian came out on top. Because of their loss, they became conference co-champions instead of outright champions. Even so, their great achievement is nothing to overlook! The win against Holland Christian in the dual meet takes the cake for best win. The girls won  24-31 and without this win, the girls wouldn’t have been co-champions.


The team smiling with their Conference Championship trophy!



Sophomore Erika Freyhof, was without a doubt the girl’s MVP this season. Freyhof finished 7th overall at state and took 1st team All-State honors. Erika won nine out of her thirteen races this season, and finished in the top 10 in every single race she ran. She dropped 10 seconds off her PR this year, running an 18:38 on September 27 at the Otsego invitational. Coach Pertner is excited to see what Freyhof has in store for her future as a runner.

Team MVP: Erika Freyhof

This year the Hawkeyes welcomed freshman Grace Pate to their team. She started the season running in the mid to high 20’s. At the end of the season her times were in the 23’s and 24’s dropping an average of about 5 minutes off her time. Her best moment was a PR of 23:21. Although not a varsity runner, her improvement is outstanding and we are excited to see her success in the 2015 season.


The 2014 girls XC team was quite young, having only 2 runners who will not return. Hope Fathman and Liz Schondelmayer will be the only teammates to graduate from the girls XC squad this season, and teammates is exactly what they were. Hope and Liz were exceptional teammates,very positive, encouraging and forward-looking. Despite their lack of putting points on the board they were still high contributors to the team’s success this season. Hope encountered an extensive leg injury that kept her from competing for most of the season, this injury would affect the team scores and eventually would cause them to fall short of Team playoffs. Although only two girls will graduate, their presence will greatly be missed in the upcoming 2015 season.


Left to right: Jennica Schaffer, Hope Fathman, Kora Ruiz, Elizabeth Schondelmayer, and Audrey Freyhof.

Melinda Overbeek, Jennica Schaffer, Erika Freyhof and Audrey Freyhof will be back and improved in 2015! When asked, Coach Pertner said, “Our recruiting list is secret and has some very good athletes on it.” It’s exciting to see who next year will bring and what the Coaches have in store.


All-Conference and All-Conference honorable mention athletes.


Overall the program’s year was a success and the outlook to 2015 is bright. To sum up this year’s girls team, there’s nothing better than a quote from Coach Pertner.

“This is probably the most fun I have ever had on a team.  It was a riot from many different perspectives. The family atmosphere was the key.”


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