(2007 - 2008) - Cross Country Girls

 MHS '08 Alumni in College

Alyssa  Kulik '08 - Clemson               Hannah Morgan '08 - Furman  



July 14, 2008

Cross Country Preseason Rankings


SCRunners.com has released the preseason rankings for the 2008 Cross Country season.  Mauldin girl's team is ranked #1 once again.  The boy's team is ranked #4.  Top five returning runners for the girls team are Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling, Lauren Bennett, Kathleen Jacob and Alex Dawson.  Top five returning runners for the boys team are Eric Lawson, Matt Abraham, Daniel Weekes, Tyler Tesch, and Graham Harris.

July 6, 2008
We had one of the largest groups of MHS runners go to camp today.  A total of 23 kids (12 girls/11 boys)  will spend next week running the mountain trails of Brevard, NC. As Coach Howell says, “It will be one of the hardest weeks of their life!”

For anyone not going to camp – there will still be conditioning on the same days and times.
From Coach Howell -  “We will have practice. Larry Koba (MHS Lacrosse Coach) and Quay Scott (former wrestling Coach) will run things.”
Mr. Koba has been helping out with the cross country team during the summers for years.  Mr. Scott is also a teacher at Mauldin.

Front - Megan & Casey McCullough, Lexi Neiling, Megan Hurt, Alex Dawson, Kathleen Jacob, Coach Howell,
Catriona Ewing, Caroline McDonough, Teddy Buckner, Zach Yordy, Brendan Cohens
Back -  Renee Kulik, Sarah Vance, Lauren Bennett, Hunter Faulk, Eric Lawson, Tyler Tesch, Andy Taylor,
Jonathan Panning.  Missing from picture – JD, Matt, Graham and Daniel (don’t worry they got on the bus, though!) 

Congratulations to the following Cross Country runners who were presented Awards:
Team Award -
State AAAA Champions, 1st Place in Region 2AAAA

All Region - Hannah Morgan, Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling
Region Champ - Alyssa Kulik
All State - Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Caroline McDonough
110% Award Girls - Catriona Ewing, Caroline McDonough
Team MVP Girls - Alyssa Kulik

The following sports teams made the top five list for highest overall GPA average of their athletes.  Congratulations!! The Girls Basketball team and the Boys Tennis team had the highest GPA average at Mauldin!

Girls Teams -
#1 Basketball
#2 Cross Country
#3 Swimming
#4 Tennis
#5 Soccer

Boys Teams -
#1 Tennis
#2 Cross Country
#3 Swimming
#4 Soccer
#5 Lacrosse

Click here to see more alumni photos

8th grader Carly Wilson placed 1st in her age group (14 & under) in this weekend's Reedy River Run.  Carly was also the 7th overall female runner. She ran the 5k race in 21:54.  Coming in close behind Carly was Emily Lide (3rd in age group), Brittany Williams, and Rachael Neiling.

Caroline McDonough placed 2nd in the 15-19 age group in the 10k race.  Caroline ran an impressive 44:06 with teammate Alexa Neiling placing 3rd in the 15-19's with a time of 44:34.   

Mauldin Cross Country & distance track runner Lexi Neiling ran the Green Valley 8k road race.  Lexi ran a 34:19 placing 16th overall and was the first female runner in the race!  Teammate Caroline McDonough was the 2nd overall female in the race with a time of 35:04.  7th grader Rachel Neiling placed first in the 0-14 age group with a time of 38:51.  SCRunners.com interview Lexi, Caroline & Rachel

Mauldin & Clemson alumni runner Casey Phillips ran the 10 mile race and placed 2nd overall in the race with a time of 1:08.
SCRunners.com interviews Casey Phillips

Congratulations, girls!!

Morgan and Kulik sign National Letters of Intent
Mauldin's Cross Country and Track runners Alyssa Kulik and Hannah Morgan have both been offered scholarships to compete at the collegiate level next year. 
Alyssa Kulik has chosen to compete for the Clemson team while Hannah Morgan will compete for the Furman team.  Congratulations, girls!!
Signing photos on National Track & Field High School website
Coach Howell's interview
Click here to listen to Alyssa's interview with John Olson of scrunners.com about her college decision. 
Click here to listen to Hannah's interview with John Olson of scrunners.com about her college decision. 

Congratulations to the following Cross Country runners who were presented Awards:
Team Award -
State AAAA Champions, 1st Place in Region 2AAAA

All Region - Hannah Morgan, Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling
Region Champ - Alyssa Kulik
All State - Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Caroline McDonough
110% Award Girls - Catriona Ewing, Caroline McDonough
Team MVP Girls - Alyssa Kulik

State Dinner Picture

Hannah Morgan and Alyssa Kulik were selected to run in the 32 mile relay for the Shrine Bowl.  The state's top seniors were each selected to run a one mile leg of the journey with the football in their hand.  The football was handed off from the Shriner's Hospital and made it all the way to the game.  The girls were then announced and brought out on the field at the game.
Congratulations, girls! 
Mark Morgan's
picture album of the event

Team Rules 1 & 2
 Rules for the Road

Break 21:00 and you will be recognized by www.scrunners.com for your elite performance

Attention all Junior and Seniors:
The National Letter of Intent early signing period (November) for Track/Field and Cross Country has been eliminated.  The date is now February 6 through August 1.
Read more here

Mauldin Girls Cross Country win the AAAA South Carolina State Championships for the third year in a row!!!
Senior Alyssa Kulik places 2nd in 18:40.  Alyssa has been All State for all four years! ( 3rd Freshman year, 2nd Sophomore Year, 1st Junior Year, 2nd Senior Year); Senior Hannah Morgan places 8th in 19:12.  Hannah has been All State for 3 years!  (10th Freshman year, 5th Junior Year, 8th Senior Year);Sophomore Caroline McDonough places 11th in 19:22.  Caroline has been All State for 2 years!  (11th Freshman Year, 11th Sophomore Year); Sophomore Lexi Neling places 16th in 19:40.  Lexi was All State her 8th grade year in 11th place.  Alyssa, Hannah, and Lexi were members of the Championship team for all 4 years.  8th grader Lauren Bennett was the fifth runner in for Mauldin clinching the State Championship.  Lauren was 23rd place setting a new personal best breaking 20:00 for the first time with a 19:59. 7th grader Alex Dawson was 55th with a 20:52. Sophomore Kathleen Jacob was 61st with a 20:59.  Catriona Ewing was the team alternate.  What an accomplishment for these girls and Coach Howell!! State meet results
Greenville News Story
Photo Album of State Meet
Mr. McDonough's Photos
A solid returning cast

Girl's Team History 2004-2007
2004 State Runners-Up (Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Lauren Klas, Lexi Neiling, Eileen Sullivan, Renee Kulik, Casey McCullough, Megan Lyons, Shannon Irvin)
2005 State Champions (Alyssa Kulik, Lauren Klas, Lexi Neiling, Eileen Sullivan, Caroline McDonough, Casey McCullough, Hannah Morgan, Michelle Nance)
2006 State Champions (Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Renee Kulik, Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling, Mandy Weekes, Catriona Ewing, Lauren Bennett)
2007 State Champions (Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling, Lauren Bennett, Alex Dawson, Kathleen Jacob, Catriona Ewing)

John Olson of www.scrunners.com interviews girls for podcast on his website
Eric Lawson was asked to write a journal about his trip to the Great American Festival for www.scrunners.com
Click here to read the journal

Interested in representing your state in post-season races?  Get your Team SC jersey today.
More information here

10/27/07 Region II AAAA - Dorman High

Coach Delmer Howell named Girls Region II Coach of the Year!!!

Alyssa Kulik won the Region Championship title with a time of 18:32 improving her time from last year on the same course by 23 seconds!  Hannah Morgan placed 4th with All Region Honors in 19:14.  Caroline McDonough placed 5th with All Region Honors in 19:22.  Lexi Neiling placed 6th with All Region Honors in 19:24. 
Kathleen Jacob placed 15th (20:19); Lauren Bennett 17th (20:25); and Catriona Ewing 25th (20:58).  Congratulations Girls on winning the Region Team Championship!!  Next Saturday, South Carolina AAAA State Meet!!!

Alex Dawson won the Open division in 20:45.  Senior,  Megan Lyons gave her last race for the MAVS her best in 2nd place in 21:36.  Carly Wilson placed 3rd in 21:53, Rachel Neiling placed 4th in 22:06, Emily Lide placed 5th in 22:18, Casey McCullough placed 8th in 22:31 and Renee Anderson placed 11th in 23:02.  The girls team was 1st place in the open division.  Also competing in the open was Caroline Smith, Megan Hurt, Hunter Faulk, Ellyn Finney, Jenny Bromfield, Casey Volskay, Delia Gomez, Lorena Gomez, Liz Heaton, Katie Flack and Sarah Vance.  Congratulations, Girls!!!

Photo album
More pictures
and even more pictures

Alyssa Kulik won the Greenville County Varsity Cross Country Championship once again!! Mauldin Varsity Girls win team championship! Hannah Morgan places 3rd overall with a new U.S. Elite standard time (breaking the 19 minute mark) with an 18:59! Caroline McDonough was next in 4th place with a 19:12 followed by Lexi Neiling 6th place 19:18.  Kathleen Jacob was the fifth scorer for the team with a 20:05 in 17th place.  Lauren Bennett followed in 19th place with a 20:08 and Catriona Ewing rounded out the top 7 in 20:45.  Alyssa, Hannah, Caroline, and Lexi received All-County recognition. Lauren Bennett set a new persona best.  Kathleen  Jacob set a new personal best and it now on the elite list for scrunners.com. Congratulations, girls!
Alex Dawson won the Greenville County Junior Varsity Cross Country Championship smashing her  5k personal best by over thirty seconds!
Alex is now on the elite list for scrunners.com.Alex lead her JV team to a team championship with a near perfect score of 19 points!  Rachel Neiling was 2nd overall in 21:05 followed by Emily Lide in 4th place 21:13, Carly West 5th place 21:50, Megan Lyons 7th place 21:50 and Casey McCullough 22:23 in 10th place.  The top 15 individuals medaled at the race. Also competing for the JV team were:  Renee Anderson 23:12, Megan Hurt 23:26, Hunter Faulk 23:37, Caroline Smith 23:49, Ashley Hunter 24:10, Delia Gomez 24:59, Liz Heaton 25:17, Lorena Gomez 25:58, Casey Volskay 26:34, Katie Flack 28:32, Sarah Vance 31:17.  Congratulations girls!!
Picture album of the races
Mr. Morgan's photo album 1
Photo album 2
Mr. Lide's photo album
Greenville News Story

Great American Festival -
Well the ride down could have turned our trip into a disaster.  We started off with a blown out tire on the school bus in downtown Atlanta.  But the girls turned a bad situation into a fun one!  They kept their spirits high and focused on what they were traveling all this way for.  The girls ran a great race!! The Nike Race of Champions included five of the top distance girls in the country along with several nationally ranked teams.  It was so awesome to see our girls running so well!!

Mauldin Girls Cross Country place 7th in the very competitive Nike Race of Champions. The course was a very tough course, too!  Alyssa Kulik medals in 17th place (19:03); Hannah Morgan 47th place (20:03); Lexi Neiling 48th place (20:05); Caroline McDonough 58th place (20:18); Lauren Bennett 74th (21:03); Kathleen Jacob 80th (21:12); and Catriona Ewing 89th (21:41)  Congratulations, Girls!!
Photo album

On that same day, Alex Dawson ran in the Greer Twilight 5k.  Alex was the third overall female runner with a personal best time of 21:12.  Alex was also the top runner in her age class.  Congratulations!!  Results

South Carolina Track & CC Coaches Poll - MHS Girls #1 overall ; Alyssa Kulik up in rank to #2

MHS Beat Byrnes and Boiling Springs.  MHS 17, Boiling Springs 45, Byrnes 75
The Lady MAVS took the top four places at their last home meet of the season.  Alyssa Kulik was 1st (20:21) followed by Hannah Morgan (20:23), Alexa Neiling (20:47), and Caroline McDonough (20:48). Kathleen Jacob was the fifth scorer with a 21:15 followed by Lauren Bennett (21:24), and Catriona Ewing (21:40). Alex Dawson (22:05) made the top 8 on the varsity team.  The girls will prepare for their big race this weekend at the Great American Festival in Hoover, AL.
Picture album from the last home meet
More pictures here

South Carolina AAAA State ranking update - Alyssa Kulik ranked #3 in state!  Alyssa also made the U.S. Milesplit First team.  Hannah Morgan ranked 11th in 4A state! 
Hannah also made the U.S. Milesplit 2nd team.  Caroline McDonough ranked #21 and Alexa Neiling ranked #22. 
Click here for girls rankings

Senior Cross Country runner Alyssa Kulik (18:34 - 5k) won the prestigious Wendy's Invitational at McAlpine Park today with a convincing win over JL Mann's Kate Borowicz.  Alyssa also lead her team to a first place title!! Only 3 points separated the top three teams in the race.  It was that close!  Hannah Morgan was also a medalist in 14th place (19:29).  Rounding out the top 30 places were Caroline McDonough (19:49) in 26th place and Lexi Neiling (19:50) in 27th place.  8th grader Lauren Bennett (20:29) was the fifth and final scorer for the team in 52nd place.  Also competing on varsity were Catriona Ewing(20:51) and Rachel Neiling (21:31) .  In the Junior Varsity division, 8th grader Emily Lide (21:51)  had the fastest overall time amongst the MHS JV squad. 

Alyssa's post race video interview on www.scrunners.com

Click here for results
Click here for photo album of the races
Pictures from Tom Lide

Girls Team prepares for Wendy's Invitational 10/6/07 
The Varsity Cross Country team will be spending the night in Charlotte tonight instead of at the Homecoming Dance.  They are preparing for yet another big race tomorrow at McAlpine Park.  Running for MHS Varsity this week will be Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Caroline McDonough, Lexi Neiling, Lauren Bennett, Catriona Ewing, Rachel Neiling and Emily Lide.  The Junior Varsity team will join the team tomorrow morning. 

Our own "Senior Superlatives"
Congratulations to Senior Cross Country runners Alyssa Kulik and Kruger DeKlerk for being recognized by their class. 
Alyssa Kulik was voted "Most Intellectual" and Kruger DeKlerk was voted "Best All Around".

10/02/07 Spartanburg Meet

Mauldin Girls beat Spartanburg by one point.  8th grader Lauren Bennett was the fifth runner in for the team beating out Spartanburg's 5th runner. 
More pictures

 Senior Alyssa Kulik leads the Lady Mavs Cross Country team in 25th place overall in a highly competitive field at Maymont.
Alyssa ran a 19:44 5k time. 
The girls competed against three top nationally ranked teams along with five Southeast ranked teams. Coach Howell said it was the girls best race all season.  Also competing was Hannah Morgan in 45th place (20:08), Caroline McDonough 58th place (20:27), Lexi Neiling 66th place (20:38), Kathleen Jacob 83rd place (21:23), Lauren Bennett 85th place (21:28), and Catriona Ewing 91st place (21:41).  The team came in 11th place overall in the Invitational Division.  Rachel Neiling competed in the middle school division 3k and placed 11th overall.   Congratulations, girls!

Congratulation to Renee Anderson and Alex Dawson for their success in the Upstate Race for the Cure.  Renee came in 2nd in her age group and Alex was 3rd in her age group!!  Way to go, girls!!

September 25, 2007 Dorman Meet
Photo album of the race - sorry results not available

Happy Birthday Coach Howell!!  September 19

Coach Howell and his wife Kathy with Gwinn Davis taking their picture

September 18, 2007 Mauldin Home Meet against Hillcrest and Woodmont
Girl Win!  Top 8 Varsity Runners Hannah Morgan, Alyssa Kulik, Alexa Neiling, Caroline McDonough, Kathleen Jacob, Lauren Bennett,
Catriona Ewing, Rachel Neiling 
Picture album 1 & 2

Thanks to Kim Bromfield for helping with Concessions at the Football game and representing our team

September 15, 2007 Coaches Classic Photo Album
Mauldin Girls Cross Country team took home trophies in both the JV and Varsity International Races today at the Coaches Classic in Columbia!! Alyssa Kulik medals in 3rd place with a time of 18:55 and Hannah Morgan medals in 6th place with a time of 19:28!
Lexi Neiling was next in 20th place with a time of 20:12 followed closely by Caroline McDonough in 22nd place with a time of 20:23.  Kathleen Jacob rounded out the top five scorers in 39th place with a time of 21:05 followed by Catriona Ewing in 63rd place (21:58) and Lauren Bennett in 84th place (22:37)!!  Full results here
Congratulations to Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Lexi Neiling, and Caroline McDonough for making the elite standard list (21:00 & under) at Coaches Classic!

7th grader Rachel Neiling takes home individual Junior Varsity Title with a time of 21:43!  Also receiving medals for the JV team were Renee Kulik in 3rd place (22:05); Emily Lide in 5th place (22:18); Megan Lyons in 8th place (22:32); Renee Anderson in 14th place (22:53) and Alex Dawson in 15th place (22:55)!! Casey McCullough just missed the awards stand in 18th place.   Also running for the JV team were Megan McCullough, Megan Hurt, Hunter Faulk, Caroline Smith, Ellyn Finney, Ashley Hunter, Liz Heaton, Casey Volskay, Katie Flack, Sarah Vance, and Ashlyn Evans. Full results here

September 8, 2007 EYE OPENER
Mauldin Varsity Girls did not have they race they expected today. The girls team placed 5th overall at the Eye Opener.
Full results here.First in for the varsity team in 5th place was Alyssa Kulik (19:29) followed by Hannah Morgan (19:50) in 8th place, Caroline McDonough (20:58) 38th place,
Lexi Neiling (21:10) 44th place, Kathleen Jacob (21:52), Catriona Ewing (22:06), Rachel Neiling (22:33), Renee Anderson (22:36), Lauren Bennett (22:56),
and Casey McCullough (24:11)

The junior varsity team placed 2nd overall with Renee Kulik in 3rd place (22:20) followed by Emily Lide (22:52) 10th place, Megan Lyons (22:53) 11th place, Carly Wilson (23:16) 19th place and Caroline Smith (23:34) 27th.  Also running for the jv team was Hunter Faulk, Megan McCullough, Jenny Bromfield,Alex Dawson, Megan Hurt,  Ashley Hunter, Liz Heaton, Delia & Lorena Gomez, Jamee Ernst, Casey Volskay, Sarah Vance, Katie Flack & Ashlyn Evans.
Full results here
Picture Album from Mark Morgan and another Picture Album




Cross Country looking at three-peat    Meet the team



September 5, 2007
Both teams Beat Hillcrest and Blue Ridge.  Girls score MHS 18; Blue Ridge 44; Hillcrest 78. 
Boys score MHS 31; Blue Ridge 44; Hillcrest 54!!  Top 10 scorers for the girls team were Alyssa Kulik (1st) ,
Hannah Morgan(2nd) ,Lexi Neiling (3rd), Caroline McDonough (5th), Catriona Ewing (7th), Lauren Bennett (8th),
Renee Anderson (9th), Kathleen Jacob (10th), Rachel Neiling  (11th)and Casey McCullough (12th).
Top 10 scorers for the boys team were Matt Abraham (3rd), Eric Lawson (5th), Tyler Tesch (6th),
Daniel Weekes (8th),William Buckner (9th), Graham Harris (10th), Kruger DeKlerk (14th),
Tyler Pommerenke (16th), Trevor Quinn (17th), Jeff Sinkele (23rd).  CONGRATS!!
Picture Album 1 and Album 2



Lauren Klas is the 3rd Tiger in at the Gamecock Invitational.
Chad Holt places 2nd overall in his first Collegiate race for Clemson, running 4 miles in 20:38.



MAULDIN GIRLS WIN PROVIDENCE INVITE!! Three girls medal in top 10 - Alyssa Kulik 1st place, Hannah Morgan 4th place, Caroline McDonough 10th place!! Lexi Neiling and Renee Kulik round out the top 5 scorers for the team coming in 11th and 13th place!! The boys team did not fare as well placing 16th overall.  Eric Lawson and Matt Abraham were the top 2 finishers for the MAVS Varsity followed by Daniel Weeks, JD Donoso, and Graham Harris. Girls JV Placed 3rd overall with Megan Lyons and Emily Lide as the top 2 finishers for their team. 
Boys JV Placed 7th overall with Trevor Quinn and Jonathan Panning as the teams top two finishers.
Full results here
View photo album here. 
Greenville News Story here
Photo album courtesy of Mark Morgan                                                                          




Lexi Neiling, Alyssa Kulik, Hannah Morgan, Renee Kulik, Caroline McDonough

Girls Ranked #5 in Southeast Region

Preseason Rankings are out Mauldin Girls #1; Mauldin Boys #8!!

Attention all rising Junior and Senior Mauldin Athletes - Do you plan on competing in college?  Be sure to register with the NCAA clearinghouse.  Check out the NCAA Guide for College Bound Athletes here.   More information on the registration process is available at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net   A $50 fee applies. 


Alumni Schedules for 2007 Cross Country season
Brittnie Simmons - Spartanburg Methodist
Lauren Klas - Clemson University