(2009 - 2010) - Cross Country Girls

Head Cross Country Coach - Delmer Howell
Assistant Coach - Lisa Mulvey
MAVS Team Rep - Lynn Bennett 

MAVS Website Reporter - Nancy Neiling

2006-2008 Archives  

Coach Howell's photo album link

Mauldin Team page on www.scrunners.com


Meet the 2009 Mauldin Girls Cross Country team




Caroline McDonough - Palmetto Fellows, 1200 SAT Club, 29-31 ACT Club, SC Academic Honors Graduate, Spanish NHS cord, Top 20 student orange sash, 4.0 white cord!  

Lexi Neiling - Palmetto Fellows, 1200 SAT Club, 4.0 white cord, Spanish NHS cord, Martin Luther King Jr. Athletic award, Wendy's High School Heisman award, Top 20 student orange sash, Woodruff Road Exchange club student of the month!   


Hunter Faulk, Renee Kulik, Sarah Vance, and Caroline McDonough display their many awards from Senior Awards night. 

Hunter Faulk - Palmetto Fellow, SAT 1200 Club, Top 20 Student orange sash, 4.0 white cord!

Sarah Vance - Better Business Bureau Upstate award, President's Volunteer Service award, Palmetto Fellow, SC Academic Honors Graduate, Top 20 student orange sash, 4.0 white cord, Student Council orange cord, 32-33 ACT Club, 1400 SAT Club, 700 SAT Math award, 32 ACT Math award!

Renee Kulik - Honor Graduate, Palmetto Fellow, Psychology Award, Top 20 student orange sash, 4.0 white cord, 1200 SAT Club


The West Point Leadership Award is given each year to one high school junior based on their academic, athletic, community service, good citizenship and leadership. From the West Point Leadership award: "The award is given to the best all-around student in the junior class that is respected and held in highest esteem by both the student body and the faculty." This year we are proud to announce LAURA BERGLIND as Mauldin High's first FEMALE to ever receive the award.  Laura is the 2011 Senior Class President, 2010 Junior Class Treasurer, 2009 Sophomore Class Member at Large, Member of the Cross Country & Lacrosse Team, previously played JV Volleyball, Junior Class Marshall, Member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Youth In Government, and Spanish National Honor Society! Congratulations, Laura!  More on the West Point Leadership Award 



Congratulations to the Class of 2011 Junior Marshals who will be serving at this year's graduation - Laura Berglind, Dru Craft, Alana DeKlerk, Krista Edwards, Rylee Ennis, Catriona Ewing, Shyyon Lari, Jessica Lyles, Emily Olyarchuk, Caitlin Tharpe, Madison Thompson, Thao Vu!! These students represent the top of their junior class!


 February 3, 2010 College signing day

Gwinn Davis photo gallery of Signing Day

Alexa Neiling signs with Clemson Cross Country & Track teams

Kathleen Jacob signs with University of South Carolina Cross Country & Track teams


 December 9, 2009

MHS Senior Cross Country/track standout Lexi Neiling has committed to run Cross Country & Track for Division I Clemson University in the Fall of 2010.  Lexi will be joining three other Mauldin athletes on the team, Chad Holt, Lauren Klas, and Alyssa Kulik all compete for Clemson.  Lexi will sign her National Letter of Intent in February on the NLI signing day for Cross Country.  Congratulations, Lexi! 



Former Mauldin Cross Country/Soccer Standout makes her mark at Clemson!

Michelle's Mauldin High School Highlights: Helped lead cross country team to state championships in 2000 and 2005...team was also Region Champs in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2005...named All-State in 2000...named All-Region in 2000, 2002, and 2003...earned team MVP honors in 2002...helped lead soccer team to Upper State Championships in 2003 and 2004...soccer team also won Regional Championships in 2003, 2004, and 2005...earned five varsity letters in cross country and four in soccer.

Clemson Football Game Program Feature: Michelle Nance

Michelle Nance

Michelle Nance

Nov. 16, 2009

Rower Michelle Nance is unlike most athletes at Clemson in that she had no previous experience in her sport prior to her arrival in Tigertown. But in just three years, Nance has gone from being a walk-on to a competitor in the world rowing championships.

"The whole experience has been a whirlwind," said Nance. "I knew absolutely nothing about the sport when I got here. I didn't even know which side was port and which side was starboard, and then I started learning all of this technical stuff. There is so much to rowing that you don't even realize."

Nance ran cross country and played soccer at Mauldin (SC) High School. She had opportunities to continue her soccer career at some smaller colleges, but her heart was set on going to a bigger school like Clemson. During her first few days on campus, she met someone who encouraged her to walk-on to the rowing team.

"At first, I wasn't really sure about it, but I went through the tryout process and fell in love with the sport," remembered Nance.

Nance spent her first year on the novice team, but she earned a spot in the top boat from the start of her varsity career as a sophomore. She has rowed with the Varsity 8+ in all but one race since she has been on the varsity team. She was a member of the Varsity 8+ crew that reached the 2008 NCAA Rowing Championships for the first time in school history, and she returned to the prestigious regatta again in 2009.

Nance's most memorable accomplishment as a Tiger was as a member of the first ACC Championship team in school history last season. Nance's crew defeated Virginia for the first time in the history of the league regatta en route to being honored as the ACC Crew-of-the-Year. She also took home All-ACC honors for the first time in her career. Nance credits her teammates along with their dedication and hard work in making her experience special.

"The feeling of all of us coming together and keeping at it was awesome," said Nance. "For the first time, we really believed that we could win. It wasn't so much the final outcome, but the journey."



However, Nance's rowing accomplishments have extended beyond her career at Clemson. She is a two-time participant in the Under-23 World Championships. In the summer of 2008, she and three Clemson teammates along with Head Coach Richard Ruggieri traveled to Brandenburg, Germany to represent the United States, as they finished fourth in the world.

She made the world championship team again this past summer, but this year she gave sculling a try for the first time. Always up for challenges, Nance was used to sweep, or using just only one oar while rowing, while sculling involves using two oars at one time.

"On the first day of camp, I had never sculled before and I caught about five crabs and failed miserably," admitted Nance. "The thing about this summer for me was knowing that through my failures, I was getting better and learning a lot."

Nance persevered throughout a long summer of training to finish ninth at the world championships in Racice, Czech Republic.

Not only has Nance succeeded on the water, she has excelled in the classroom and the community. She was selected as the Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year by the ACC last season. Nance has earned a variety of academic awards throughout her career, including twice being named a National Scholar Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, and she is a two-time member of the ACC All-Academic team.

Nance received the Blue Key Academic & Leadership Award last year, which is given to one student in each of the five academic colleges who has distinguished themselves in terms of academic scholarship and campus leadership.

As though getting up before sunrise for rowing practice every day and maintaining a high grade point average are not enough to keep her busy, Nance is also very involved on campus. She currently serves as the president of the Solid Orange Squad, an elite group of over 100 student-athletes who fills all requests for service received by the athletic department.

"It has been a great experience so far this year. Not only does it involve going to the events, but I'm responsible for finding people to go, coordinating where we go, when we go, and what we are doing."

Nance is also the captain of the rowing squad's Relay for Life team. She recently helped organize an ultimate frisbee competition to raise money with her teammates. In addition, she serves as the vice president of the Language & International Trade Society.

"I'm the kind of person who has to stay busy," said Nance. "I'm doing a lot right now...I can't even keep it all straight!"

Nance is majoring in language & international trade with an emphasis in Spanish, although she has also taken German classes for fun.

"We like to say I'm two-and-a-half lingual," smiled Nance.

She will have an opportunity to perfect her Spanish skills when she studies abroad in Alicante, Spain next fall. Her major requires a study-abroad experience prior to graduation, so Nance is looking forward to the opportunity before she graduates in December.

For now, Nance is focused on building upon recent successes during the spring rowing season, which begins March 6 on Lake Hartwell.

Amanda Wolk, a third-year graduate student from Berryville, VA, is a graduate assistant in the Clemson Sports Information Office.



2009 Cross Country Awards

Coach Howell's awards night photos

Congratulations to all the Letter winners and award winners on the Cross Country Team

MVP - Alexa Neiling

All State - Alexa Neiling, Brittany Williams

All Region - Alexa Neiling, Brittany Williams






AAAA State Championship- Sandhills Columbia, SC  November 7, 2009

Meet Results

Sandy's Album

Another Cross Country season comes to a close. The Lady Mavs closed out the season with a third place team finish missing second place by only one point to Dorman. Wando was the winner. The team was ranked 5th going into the meet. Lexi Neiling finished as the state runner up and all state with a time of 18:49. Brittany Williams finished 3rd and was also all state running a personal best time of 19:02. It has been many years since Mauldin has had two in the top three places. Caroline McDonough placed 30th with a time of 20:20. Rachel Neiling ran a season best 20:59 and finished in  53rd place. Alex Dawson was right on her heels finishing in 54th place running a time of 21:02. Lauren Bennett (88th, 21:57) was 6th in for the team. Kathleen Jacob (23:27) rounded out the top 7. Renee Kulik was also a member of the 3rd place team. The day began cool with some very fast times in the earlier races. By the AAAA race the temperatures grew hot and the times slower. Lexi Neiling, along with Tyler Tesch, was named to the Shrine Bowl Run team. Thanks to all team members and their parents who made the trip to Columbia to support their teammates. We had a great showing from our JV teams and their parents. We wish all of our senior girls (Lexi Neiling, Caroline McDonough, Kathleen Jacob, Renee Kulik, Hunter Faulk, Megan Hurt, Katie Flack, Savannah Hiller and Sarah Vance) the best as they begin a new chapter of their lives. We will miss you, girls!

 MAVS TOP 7 Upper State Varsity Runners (10/31/2009)



*top 5 scoring runners





October 31, 2009 AAAA Upper State Qualifier-Dorman

Photo Album

Meet Results

The Lady Mavs had a respectable showing at the Upper State Qualifier finishing second with 65 points  to Dorman's 59. Ft. Mill was the third place team with 73 points. Lexi Neiling (19:42) was the Upper State Champion and had an exciting finish. After running behind Ft. Mill's Meredith Kilburn for most of the race Lexi poured it on to take her on the finish straightaway. Way to go, Lexi! Brittany Williams ran a solid race finishing in 3rd place overall with a 20:09. Caroline McDonough was third for the team finishing in 14th place with a time of 20:51. Alex Dawson ran a 21:09 and finished 21st. Rachel Neiling moved up to the fifth spot with a 21:29 and a 26th place finish. Kathleen Jacob (21:56) was sixth for the team and Lauren Bennett (22:53) rounded out the top 7.The Top 7 teams advance to the State Finals. The girls will compete next Saturday at Sandhills in Columbia. Good luck, Girls!



 MAVS TOP 7 Greenville County Varsity Runners (10/24/09)

1. Alexa Neiling (Senior)                          2. Brittany Williams (Sophomore)

3. Caroline McDonough (Senior)                    4. Alex Dawson (Freshman)

5. Lauren Bennett (Sophomore)                   6. Rachel Neiling (Freshman)         

7. Renee Kulik (Senior)




Congratulations to Coach Delmer Howell - 2009 Region II AAAA

Co-Coach of the Year (Girls Cross Country)



How the State Qualifiers work from the SCHSL Handbook -  

Class AAAA will determine the qualifiers for the State Meet at 3 qualifying sites. The upper-state site, Dorman High School, will host Regions 1, 2 and 3. This site will qualify the top 7 teams and any individual in the top 20 whose team does not qualify. The Mid-State site, Sandhills Research Center, will host Regions 4 and 5. This site will qualify the top 5 teams and any individual in the top 20 whose team does not qualify. The Lower-State site, Wannamaker at James Island State Park, will host Regions 6, 7 and 8. This site will qualify the top 6 teams and any individual in the top 20 whose team does not qualify.



October 24, 2009-Greenville County Championship Heritage Park

Meet Results

Sandy's photo album

The Varsity girls race turned out not to be the race everyone thought it would be. The girls took second place to St. Joseph's tightly packed top 5 scoring 72 to St. Joseph's 56. The rain quit at just the right time and all teams were able to compete in the dry. Wind was the only factor. Lexi Neiling was the Greenville County Champion finishing the race in 18:48 after taking control at the second mile. Brittany Williams finished 3rd for All County Honors running a 19:21. Caroline McDonough ran in a pack of St. Joe's, Mann, and Christ Church girls with a time of 20:27 and 16th place. Alex Dawson (20:51) finished in 24th battling it out with the Riverside girls. Lauren Bennett was close behind in 28th running a 21:00. Rachel Neiling took the 5th position with a time of 21:20. Renee Kulik (22:05) and Hannah Hetzel (22:14) finished 6th and 7th for the team.

The JV girls race results were similar to the Varsity's with Riverside dominating scoring 19 points to Mauldin's 43. Kathleen Jacob took 3rd overall running a 22:04. Sarah Hetzel (22:22) finished 6th. Bridget Walsh really picked up her pace on the last mile to finish 9th with a time of 22:40. Laura Berglind (23:12) took fourth spot on the team in 12th place. Hannah Wood was the 5th scorer running a 23:37. Emily Lide (23:49) placed 16th. Esther Kahng (24:03) set a new PR dropping 6 seconds rounding out the top 7. Other girls running PR's were Sherry Kerns (28:21) cutting off 9 seconds, Samantha Snider (30:10) dropped another 7 seconds off her time. The PR of the day goes to Selina Brown. Selina ran a 24:56, a 1:13 second PR.  The top 5 girls were all recognized for finishing in the top 15. Many of the senior girls ran their last high school race- Sarah Vance, Hunter Faulk, Katie Flack, Savannah Hiller.  The top 7 varsity will compete in the Upper State Meet next Saturday at Dorman to determine who advances to the State Final.

October 22, 2009

Cross country showdown hosts three girls, three boys teams in top 10

Aaron Ramirez, Alexa Neiling look to move up at county meet

By Bob Castello
Staff Writer

When the Greenville County cross country meet is contested Saturday at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, Woodmont senior Aaron Ramirez will be hoping to stay on top.

Mauldin senior Alexa Neiling will be hoping to finally get there.

Last year, Ramirez won the boys competition with a time of 16 minutes, 7.42 seconds.

He was 18 seconds better than J.L. Mann's Parks Edwards, a senior who made all-county (top 10) for the first time last year.

Neiling has been all-county since finishing 10th as a seventh-grader. She followed that performance with fifth-, fourth- and sixth-place finishes, then was runner-up to Mann's Kate Borowicz last year.

In the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association's rankings, Ramirez is second to Fort Mill's Mark Blackmon, and Neiling is second to Fort Mill's Meredith Kilburn.

Greenville County's top teams also are prominent in the poll.

In the girls all-classifications rankings, St. Joseph's is No. 5, Mauldin No. 8 and Riverside No. 9. Mauldin is the three-time defending county champion.

St. Joseph's has never won the county meet, but the Knights are coming off an impressive showing in Wednesday's SCISA Region 1-AAA meet at Hammond School, in which they had the top four finishers.

In the boys rankings, Wade Hampton is No. 7, Riverside No. 8 and Mauldin No. 10.

Wade Hampton has been dominant in the county.

The Generals' victory last year was their 10th in the last 11 years.

Bob Castello can be reached at 298-4472.

Additional Facts


1. Alexa Neiling* (Senior)                      2. Brittany Williams* (Sophomore)

3. Caroline McDonough* (Senior)              4. Alex Dawson* (Freshman)


5. Rachel Neiling* (Freshman)            6. Kathleen Jacob (Senior)


7. Lauren Bennett (Sophomore)


 Congratulations to Mauldin Senior student athletes Alexa Neiling (Cross Country/Track) and Anthony Stephens (Football/Basketball) on being named Mauldin High's 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman winners!  Lexi is the 3rd MHS Cross Country athlete to receive this award!  Lauren Klas '06 and Eric Lawson '09 were also Wendy's Heisman winners.

Results link for South Carolina High Schools

The Wendy's High School Heisman is the high school awards program that recognizes student scholar athletes and their accomplishments. In its 14th year, the program continues to touch the lives of high school seniors. 2007 saw a change in the application process allowing students to nominate themselves and encouraging more students to become involved.

Created to showcase high school students who excel in academics, athletics, and community/school leadership, the Wendy's Heisman program celebrates the well-rounded student in a way that other student academic awards and athletic awards do not. As millions of high school students begin preparing their applications for the college admissions process, it's important to set yourself apart with unique distinctions-having a great college essay and top grades alone just isn't enough anymore to cut through the intense competition.

Previous Mauldin Wendy's High School Heisman winners


 We wanted to thank all the cross country athletes and their families for their outstanding support of the MHS Booster Club dinner on October 12th. We received some numbers at the last Booster Club meeting which showed how well the cross country teams responded. The boys and girls teams accounted for approximately 22% of the total sales from the dinner. Only the baseball team accounted for more sales and they were the team sponsor of the event.


Thank you!

Your Booster Club Representatives

Lynn Bennett

Christa Brackin



 October 14, 2009- Region Meet Heritage Park

Photo Album

Meet Results

Another cold, rainy meet at Heritage Park. The Varsity girls had a disappointing one point loss to Dorman scoring 43 to Dorman's 42 and Spartanburg's 54. Lexi Neiling was the girls Region Champion with a time of 19:13. Brittany Williams finished in 4th place with a time of 19:30. Alex Dawson ran a great race finishing in 10th place with a time of 20:15. Alex ran a new season best by 37 seconds. Caroline McDonough was on her heels with a 20:16 and 11th place.Caroline also ran a season best. Rachel Neiling (21:17) moved up to the fifth spot for the team. Lauren Bennett was next with a 21:26. Kathleen Jacob rounded out the top 7 running 22:00. Lexi and Brittany  earned all region honors. Alex Dawson received a top 10 award.

Renee Kulik (21:39) was the JV region champion. Hannah Hetzel finished 3rd running a 21:57. Sarah Hetzel (22:04) was 5th overall. Bridget Walsh (22:11) finished 6th. Cheyenne Galli (23:08), Emily Lide (23:26), and Hannah Wood (23:28)  rounded out the top 7 in 14th, 20th and 21st respectively. The girls JV team finished first with a team score of 29 to Dorman's 31. Spartanburg was 3rd with a score of 86. Awesome job girls. Many girls ran PR's or season bests in less than desirable conditions including Savannah Hiller who slashed 2:01 off her time.Great job, Savannah! Taylor Meacham set a new PR knocking off 1:41. Emma Haney knocked off 1:27. Katie Flack and Cheyenne Galli dropped 1:03. Megan Dunn dropped 56 seconds. Esther (:51), Lauren Fox (:47),Samantha (:44), Bridget (:39) and Sarah Hetzel (:32) all brought down their times.Emily, Hannah H., Renee, and Selina set new PR's and SB's also. The girls next race is Greenville County next Saturday at Heritage Park.

Alex Dawson 10th place, Brittany Williams All Region, Lexi Neiling Region Champion!      

Renee Kulik JV Champion, Sarah Hetzel 5th place, Hannah Hetzel 3rd place

Start of Varsity Girls race


Start of Junior Varsity girls race

Cheyenne Galli                                                     Emma Haney



October 10, 2009- Furman Invitational

Meet Results

Caroline McDonough (21:39) led the varsity girls team at the Furman Invitational.The girls placed 8th out of 18 teams on a rather difficult course. Alex Dawson (21:50) ran a good race finishing close to Caroline and ran her exact time from last year on this course. Rachel Neiling (22:31) and Lauren Bennett (22:34) ran together most of the race finishing 3rd and 4th for the team. Hannah Hetzel (22:49) and Sarah Hetzel (22:49) ran their first varsity race and had a great finish. Both Hetzels passed numerous girls throughout the race to pull up closer to their teammates. The team spread was just 1:10. Great job girls! Both the Varsity and JV teams were missing several members due to SAT's and prior commitments.

In the JV girls race the team finished 4th out of 12 teams. Bridget Walsh finished with a time of 23:41 leading the team. Bridget advanced herself several spots over the course of the race. Cheyenne Galli did a great job staying up toward the top running a 24:11. Hannah Wood (24:13) followed close behind. Laura Berglind (24:30) and Amy Berglind (24:52) rounded out the top 5. Lauren Fox (25:09) improved her time 1:02 from this race last year and ran 6th for the team. Esther Kahng (25:10)  closely followed to finish the top 7. The team spread for this race was 1:30. Way to go, girls! Jenn Fraser set a new PR today knocking off 11 seconds with a new time of 26:29. Samantha Snider continues to improve. Samantha set another new PR and knocked off 51 seconds. Great job, girls on a difficult course.




October 6, 2009-Mauldin, Hillcrest, Laurens at Heritage Park

Meet Results

Photo Album of Meet

The girls earned their second perfect score of the season yesterday at Heritage Park. Only one opponent slipped through the top 7. The score was MHS 15, Hillcrest 48 and Laurens 79. Brittany Williams led the team followed by Lexi Neiling both at 20:06. Caroline McDonough was close behind with a 20:34. Alex Dawson ran a new season best time of 20:56 with Rachel Neiling also running a new season best at 21:01. Lauren Bennett came in 6th for the team with a 21:20. Hannah Hetzel dropped another 17 seconds off her time setting a new PR of 21:52 and finishing the top 7. Renee Kulik (22:17) finished in 9th place and Sarah Hetzel finished in 11th place dropping 8 seconds and gaining a PR. Cheyenne Galli, Emily Lide and Esther Kahng, and Sarah Vance all saved up and sprinted to the finish. Katie Flack set a season best of 26:07 along with Emma Haney who set a new PR dropping 26 seconds. Samantha Snider also set a PR dropping 34 seconds over her weekend time.  The next race is Saturday at the Furman Invitational. The girls group will be a bit smaller due to SAT's. Great Job, Girls!


Esther, Amy, Taylor and Karleigh share a laugh.                        Caroline and Rachel set new season bests.

Renee keeps pushing.                                                                  Megan Dunn sets a new season best.

Katie Flack sets a new season best.                                     Samantha Snider drops 34 secs. for a new PR.



October 3, 2009 Wendy's Invitational

Meet Results


The Lady Mavs had a good race day at the Wendy's Invitational in Charlotte, NC. Many of the girls slashed time and set new season bests on the course. On the Varsity girls side the team finshed 11th out of 31 teams but were 3rd out of the South Carolina teams missing second place by only one point. The girls performed better than their last outing here at the Providence Invitational earlier this season. Alexa Neiling (18:59) was first in for the team and the 2nd SC girl to cross the line. Brittany Williams (19:09) was next and the 3rd SC girl in. Both girls placed in the top 20 in a very competitive race. Caroline McDonough had the race of the day running a 20:23 and setting a new season best time. Caroline dropped 1:50 off her time at the Providence race. Lauren Bennett also set a new season best of  20:37 dropping 55 seconds off her previous time. Alex Dawson (20:52) dropped 1:04 also a season best and was the final scorer. Rachel Neiling (21:07) 6th for the team set a season best time and dropped 1:05. Kathleen Jacob (22:16) rounded out the top 7.

The JV girls ran the Individual race in the heat of the day. Renee Kulik (21:49) was the top finisher for the team out of a field of 556! This was a season best time for her. Hannah Hetzel (22:09) was next running a PR slashing off 28 seconds! Bridget Walsh (22:50) dropped a minute from her Providence time. Sarah Hetzel (22:53) improved her time by close to 2 minutes over her last race on this course. Emily Lide (23:39) set a new season best time and dropped 26 seconds. Amy Berglind (23:45) and Laura Berglind (24:26) finished out the top 7. Other notable performances include several PR's- Esther Kahng (14 sec), Karleigh Alexander (10 sec), Selina Brown (1:10), Jenn Fraser (1:43) Wow!, Savannah Hiller (1:01), Emma Haney (6 sec), Sherry Kearns (1:11) and Samantha Snider (54 sec).  Hunter Faulk and Katie Flack also ran season bests. Lauren Fox knocked 3:18 off her time from Providence.  The Mavs will compete with Laurens on Tuesday at Heritage Park.

 Photos by  Ken Charnock -  Landsharkphotos.com




September 29, 2009 Dorman Meet

Official Results

Picture Page

The Lady Mavs had a disappointing 2 point loss to Dorman scoring 29 to Dorman's 27. Lexi Neiling and Brittany Williams were the top 2 finishers. Caroline McDonough had a good race setting a season best time of 20:51 in 6th place. Lauren Bennett also came within 4 seconds of her season best with a time of 21:28. Kathleen Jacob was 5th for the team with a time of 21:57. Alex Dawson finished in 12th place running a 22:00. Rachel Neiling 7th for the team ran a season best time of 22:02.

Hannah Hetzel and Sarah Hetzel remained within shouting distance of the top 7 running 22:38 and 23:13. Hannah was just a second shy of her PR. The next race is this Saturday- Wendy's Invitational at McAlpine Park in Charlotte.

Alex Dawson finishes strong.                        Hunter Faulk running down the hill. 

Lauren Bennett races hard.

 September 28, 2009  MHS XC Success

Senior Alexa Neiling and Sophomore Brittany Williams ranked #1 & #2 of all classes in the State by the most recent Coaches Poll by the South Carolina Track & Cross Country Coaches Association!  Mauldin Girls team is currently ranked #3 in the Class AAAA.  Congratulations, Girls!

MHS Alumni Alyssa Kulik '08 recorded her first ever top 10 finish for the Clemson Lady Tigers XC squad.  Alyssa ran a 19:18 5k and placed 9th overall at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, NC.  She also was the third fastest Tiger for the squad in 2008 according to the Tigers Media guide

photo credit Dr. Greg Holt

MHS Alumni Hannah Morgan '08 helped her Furman Paladin XC squad take home the trophy at the Citadel Invitational.  Hannah had her highest place on the team, coming in as the Lady Paladins 5th runner in 9th place with a 5k time of 19:43. Coach Howell was on hand at the race to cheer on his alumni athlete.  Furman's Photo gallery of the race.



 Girls Teams Earns a Perfect Score at Home

September 22, 2009

Meet Results

The Lady Mavs earned a perfect score at their only home meet of the season scoring 15 to Brynes 78. The girls took it out in an easy pace securing the first nine places in the meet with Lexi Neiling and Brittany Williams running stride for stride throughout most of the race and crossing the line together in 21:04. Lauren Bennett came in 3rd running a 22:20. Alex Dawson and Renee Kulik (4th and 5th) came in at 22:29 and 22:40. Hannah Hetzel and Rachel Neiling rounded out the top 7. Sarah Hetzel (8th place), Bridget Walsh (9th) and Laura Berglind(11th)  finished out the top 10 for the team.



Mauldin senior Cross Country & Track standout Alexa Neiling was recently interviewed by scrunners.com along with her teammate and freshman sister Rachel Neiling. 

Click here to see the interview 


September 19, 2009

Meet Results

Girls Teams Take First at Lake Murray Invitational

The Varsity and JV girls teams take first places at Lake Murray. The girls celebrated both their wins and Coach Howell's birthday today. The day began very wet but by race time weather had cleared although it was very humid. The Varsity girls finished ahead of Dutch Fork by 18 points with a score of 62. Eastside was third with 83. Lexi Neiling won the race with a time of 19:45 after battling it out with Samantha Hughes of Dutch Fork. Brittany Williams was next in for the Lady Mavs running a 20:15 in 4th place. Lauren Bennett (21:28) and Caroline McDonough (21:29)in 14th and 16th places ran together most of the race passing Eastside runners near the end to help secure the victory. Alex Dawson (22:01) also passed an Eastside runner. Rachel Neiling (22:38) and Kathleen Jacob ( 22:52) rounded out the Top 7.

Sarah Hetzel (22:36) was first across the line for the JV girls setting a new PR by dropping 55 seconds. The top 7 Mauldin finishers ran in a tight pack scoring 34 points to Lexington's 68 and Chapin's 104. Renee Kulik(23:02) was 2nd in for the Mavs in 5th place overall with Bridget Walsh (23:15, 7th place) closely following. Hannah Wood (23:21, 8th place) had a great race taking 4th position on the team. Amy Berglind (23:33) rounded out the top 5. Megan McCullough (23:36) moved up several positions to the 6th spot with Laura Berglind next. Also running on the championship JV team were Hannah Hetzel, Emily Lide, Cheyenne Galli, Lauren Fox, Megan Hurt, Esther Kahng, Hunter Faulk, Karleigh Alexander, Katie Flack, Selina Brown, Megan Dunn, Sarah Vance, Savannah Hiller, Jenn Fraser, Emma Haney, Taylor Meacham, Sherry Kearns and Samantha Snider. Great Job, Girls!


Sarah Hetzel races to a personal best.                Hannah Wood steps up to the number 4 spot.

Photo credit John Olson(scrunners.com/a milesplitus affiliate)





September 15, 2009

Lady Mavs Win at Boiling Springs

Can you say mudfest? The Lady Mavs defeated Boiling Springs and Spartanburg on a slippery, wet course at Boiling Springs. The margin of victory was small with the Mavericks winning by just 5 points over Spartanburg with a score of 37 to the Vikings 42 and the Bulldogs 46. The girls finished close together with Brittany Williams taking 5th overall. Alexa Neiling was next. Caroline McDonough had a great race closing the gap to just 5 seconds with Alex Dawson , Kathleen Jacob and Lauren Bennett finishing in 9th, 10, and 12th places respectively. Rachel Neiling rounded out the top 7 in19th.

Next in for the Mavs was Renee Kulik, Laura Berglind, and Sarah Hetzel. Amy Berglind, Bridget Walsh, Emily Lide, and Cheyenne Galli made up the next 7. All did well considering the slipping, falling and sliding around in the mud. The next meet is Saturday at Lake Murray. We're all hoping for better weather.

Girls gather before race                                                                                   

Jenn gets a mud bath                                                                                     Caroline has painted legs

Lauren races into finish                                                                                                Esther finishes strong 


September 12, 2009

Neiling and Williams 1, 2 at Coaches Classic

Meet results

Lexi Neiling, running a season best, won the Coaches Classic meet in Columbia with an 18:59. Brittany Williams took second, setting a new PR of 19:06 knocking an impressive 40 seconds off of her previous PR.  Lauren Bennett was next for the Lady Mavs running a 21:24. Lauren was closely followed by Caroline McDonough (21:35) and Alex Dawson (21:50). Kathleen Jacob (22:06) and Renee Kulik (23:05) rounded out the Top 7. The girls placed 4th as a team behind Wando, Hilton Head, and Stratford. There were 19 teams in this race.  

Hannah Hetzel was first across the line for Mauldin in the JV girls race setting a new PR of 22:37, slashing 25 seconds off her previous PR, and finishing in the top 15.  Bridget Walsh (22:42) pushed herself to 2nd on the team after being sick this week. Amy Berglind (23:02) and Laura Berglind (23:05) came in a close 3rd and 4th with Sarah Hetzel (23:31) rounding out the top 5. Hannah Wood and Emily Lide finished the top 7. The top 4 finishers all had times good enough to break into the Varsity Top 7. The girls placed 2nd out of 28 teams in a large field of 289. Way to go girls! The girls next race will be Tuesday at Boiling Springs.

Lexi and Brittany 1,2 in Int'l Race                                             Hannah Hetzel 1st for JV team

Varsity Girls 4th in Int'l Race                                                                                      JV Girls 2nd in JV Division



2008 State Runner up Alexa Neiling is interviewed by www.scrunners.com. Click here to read the interview.


Interview: Mauldin senior Alexa Neiling READ THE FULL STORY
By John Olson / September 10, 2009 1:10 AM

Years on team: This will be my sixth year.
Years running: I have been a runner most of my life, but didn't compete until I joined the cross country team in seventh grade.
Personal bests: 5K 18:36, 3200 11:48, 1600 5:20, 800 2:26
scrunners: How would you rate your summer training?
neiling: I had a good summer with a lot of miles. I am very pleased with the quality of the miles I ran.

scrunners: Did anything change for you from this summer to the past?
neiling: I tried to run my miles at a faster pace than I did last summer.  Last year I ran a lot of miles but at a really slow pace.

scrunners: How did you set your summer training plans?
neiling: I based my summer plans mainly on how I felt.  I try to listen to my body as much as possible to avoid injuries.




 September 7, 2009

Congratulations to the following Cross Country girls that were voted in a Student Leaders for the Mauldin High Student Council 2009-2010. 

Sarah Vance, Student Body Treasurer, Sarah will be taking over as Chairperson for the Spirit Week Stampede for Hope 5k this year.  Let's show Sarah our support to make this the best race year ever!   Laura Berglind was voted in as Junior Class Treasurer and Alex Dawson was voted in as Freshman Class Secretary.  Congratulations, girls!  The girls and their Council will be working hard over the next year meeting and organizing to make the 2010 Spirit Week a huge success!  Let's all show them our support! 



September 5, 2009 Trojan Invitational

Meet Results

The Varsity Girls placed second at the Trojan Invite three points behind Providence. Lexi Neiling led the team with a second place finish (19:29) closely followed by Brittany Williams in third place (19:46). Lauren Bennett (21:28), Kathleen Jacob (21:42), Alex Dawson (21:56), and Caroline McDonough (22:06) were packed tightly together finishing 16, 17, 19 and 20. Rachel Neiling (22:41) rounded out the Top 7 in 28th place. The times listed for the Varsity Girls race were recorded by Mauldin coaching staff and are different from official results due to a timing discrepancy per Coach Howell.

Renee Kulik led the JV race in 5th place (22:37) with 7th grader Bridget Walsh (22:38) on her heels in 6th place. Hannah Hetzel was 3rd in with a 23:03. Amy Berglind at 23:09 was next with Sarah Hetzel (23:35), Cheyenne Galli (23:35), and Laura Berglind (23:48) following. This was a flat, fast course and numerous PR's were set on the JV team. The JV team also finished 2nd as a team 20 points behind Providence.



 September 2, 2009 Christ Church Meet

Picture album from meet

Complete set of meet results

The Lady Mavs had a strong showing against Christ Church, Hillcrest, and Landrum. Brittany Williams again had an excellent race on a difficult, hilly course with a time of 20:35. Lexi Neiling finished second for the team with a 20:48. Kathleen Jacob was next (22:31) followed by Caroline McDonough (22:51), Lauren Bennett (22:51) and Rachel Neiling (22:53) who together improved the time between positions. Alex Dawson finished the top 7 with a 23:18.

Renee Kulik came in 8th for the team with a time of 23:52 followed by Hannah Hetzel (24:00) who continued on her journey to the top. Amy Berglind (24:11), Laura Berglind (24:30) and Sarah Hetzel (24:40) along with Bridget Walsh (24:41) and Hannah Wood (25:11) rounded out the top 25 places. Cheyenne Galli (25:17), Hunter Faulk (26:20) and Lauren Fox (26:28) were next. Lauren Fox improved her time over Saturday's race by almost 2 minutes! The girls team earned 29 points to Landrums 48. Way to go girls!

Lauren Bennett, Caroline McDonough, Rachel Neiling and Kathleen Jacob at the start of the race.

Brittany Williams runs to a second place finish at Christ Church



August 29, 2009 Providence Invitational

Girls Results

Photo link of the race

Coach Howell's photo link

Mr. Sinkele's photo album

David Fox's photo album

Sophomore Brittany Williams had an awesome Cross Country debut at the Providence Invitational placing 9th with a time of 19:46. Lexi Neiling was narrowly edged out of 2nd place running a 19:24.The girls varsity team placed 7th out of 28 teams. Kathleen Jacob was third in for the varsity with a time of 21:31 followed by Lauren Bennett (58th, 21:42), Alex Dawson (69th, 21:56), Rachel Neiling (87th, 22:12), and Caroline McDonough (88th, 22:13). There were 226 runners in this race. Good Job, Girls!

The JV girls placed 3rd out of 18 teams with new runners Freshman Amy Berglind and 7th grader Bridget Walsh placing first and second for the team in their first Cross Country race and times of 23:23 and 23:54. Renee Kulik came in third for the Lady Mavs with a time of 23:59 followed by Hannah Hetzel (24th, 24:03). Laura Berglind (25th, 24:11), Cheyenne Galli (32nd, 24:31) and Hunter Faulk (37th, 24:39) rounded out the top 7. Hannah Hetzel and Sarah Hetzel had course PR's dropping  2:35 and 3:02 off their times. Hannah Wood dropped 1:22 from last year. Wow! Hunter Faulk and Megan Hurt also had personal bests on this course. Way to go, girls!

Varsity Girls Top 7


Bridget Walsh and Amy Berglind in their debut                                                      

Senior Girls-Katie Flack, Hunter Faulk, Renee Kulik, Sarah Vance, Kathleen Jacob, Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling, Megan Hurt


The 2009 Cross Country schedule is up! Click on the schedule tab above to access meet information, last year's results, start times, and directions.

 August 15, 2009

The Cross Country team had a fun morning participating in a carwash fundraiser at Chick Fil A on Woodruff Rd. We had a great turnout of team members and parents. Special thanks to Coach Howell and parents for their help and especially Tom Dawson for organizing everyone.


 FOR 2009 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON Information Flyer


MHS Senior Cross Country/track standout Kathleen Jacob has committed to run Cross Country & Track for Division I University of South Carolina in the Fall of 2010. Kathleen will sign her National Letter of Intent in February on the NLI signing day for Cross Country.  Congratulations, Kathleen!