Four years ago this week, Everest Collegiate cross country ran their first meet as a standalone team. There were nine girls on the team. Six competed at their first meet at the Marine City Invite in August 2016. Over the past four years, the team has almost tripled in size with twenty-three girls on the team this fall.
The team went to states last year for the first time. Their goal is to qualify for the state meet once again this fall, despite facing a more challenging regional field. The team started this year’s season strong at the Michigan Catholic Invite last Saturday.
This Thursday they competed at the Trenton Watermelon Invite, taking fourth out of 15 teams. Four of the Mountaineers medaled in the top fifty runners. The top runners ran together as a team in a way head coach Mary Williams has not seen yet. The pressure is on a fifth place runner to step up to anchor the team. (The finish places of the top 5 runners make the team score in a cross country meet.)
Seniors Molly Milosch and Kate Funke are this year’s team captains. Both have been on the team since its beginning their freshmen year and have been instrumental in forming the team culture, traditions, and spirit. The team prides themselves on being a family. They work hard and have a lot of fun along the way.
The team is also aiming to break the school record this season, currently held by alum Brooke Funke who ran when EC had a co-op team with Cardinal Mooney.
The team’s next meet is Saturday, September 7 at the Detroit Mercy Titan Invite. Good luck Mountaineers! #AllforHim