The MICDS Girls Cross Country team had a solid season with plenty of bright spots. The Rams were Metro League conference champions with Grace Coppel ’25 and Frances Applegate ’27 earning First Team All-Conference honors. Bridget Clennan ’24, Abby Wyckoff ’24, Addison Small ’25, Alexandra Walker ’24, and Maitland Michaelson ’27 all earned Second Team All-Conference.
The Rams were runner-up finishers at the MSHSAA District Championship, earning a trip to the State Championship as team qualifiers. Coppel was the individual District Champion, with Applegate finishing in the runner-up position. The team had several individuals who were state qualifiers based on a finish inside the top 30. Along with Coppel and Applegate, Clennon, Small, and Walker also finished fast enough to earn their ticket to the Gans Creek Course in Columbia.
The team arrived at the State Championship with the goal of finishing in the top 10 of the 16 team qualifiers. The girls managed to race to an 8th-place finish. Applegate finished 9th overall and Coppel finished in 13th. Both earned individual All-State honors.
A team’s good fortune and performance is determined by its leadership. The captains for this season’s team did an outstanding job. Kate Williamson ’24, Annabelle Medler ’24, Clennan, and Wyckoff grew as leaders and were the driving force of this year’s success. Medler won the team’s Harriet Green Award as the team’s most inspirational athlete.