On Saturday, November 13, Maggy Mulholland represented Clear Falls at the state cross-country meet in Austin, Texas. Mulholland’s run was the sole one for the team, even though the cross-country team was successful in placing third at District and moving onto Regionals.
Mulholland’s journey to state has been a long road; she began running cross-country in grade 7 at Seabrook Intermediate, and continued the sport in her freshman year at Clear Lake High.
As a freshman, Mulholland ran her way to a top spot on Lake’s varsity team, a team that ultimately went on to win district.
After being moved to Falls her sophomore year, Mulholland became the #1 girl’s cross-country runner. The season, beginning in early August and continuing until late October, consisted of numerous meets against other schools in the 4A District.
The entire Varsity team placed within the top three at their district meet, allowing the seven fastest runners to advance to the regional competition.
Hannah Korenek and sister Mary Korenek competed along with Courtney Rohlfs, Maggy Mulholland, Madison Huerta, Kristi Spicer, and Makayla Hill. Mulholland placed 8, which sent her running career to Austin the next weekend.
“The State course was hard. Probably the hardest I’ve ever ran, the altitude was also really difficult.” Mulholland said. “I was surprised how good the runners were there.”
Cross Country coach Lisa Crozier accompanied Mulholland to state, along with teammate Courtney Rohlfs. Although Rohlfs was not running in the race, she doubled as Mulholland’s manager and fan club.
At the state competition, Mulholland placed in the 90’s out of 150 or so runners.
Her individual journey was the first for a Clear Falls student to make to a state competition.
“Next year, I hope and plan that the entire team will make it to state.” Mulholland said.