2020-2021 Season Preview

The 2020 season brings on a new set of challenges for the Women’s Cross Country team. This year’s team has 9 new faces out of 11 on the team. Sydney Stoltzfoos and Katerina Dobkowski are the two lone sophomores that will lead the Bobcats this year. The 2020-21 season is the first year in which Division I and II cross country programs will be separated at the National meet. The team hopes to place in the top 5 at the Division 2 meet this year and defend their region 8 title. Top recruits to help back Sydney and Kat are Jensen Mayer (the third Mayer to run for the Bobcats), Emily Jenkins and Jessica Perez.

Program History

PHSC's women's cross country program was created in 2005 and became the first cross country program in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA). Since the inaugural season, nine other FCSAA programs have joined this growing sport. Under the direction of head coach, Jacki Wachtel, PHSC consistently ranks nationally in the top twenty-five and has won the NJCAA Region VIII cross country championship four consecutive years (2016-2019).

Cross Country Coaching Staff

  • Cross Country Head Coach Jacqueline Wachtel

    Jacqueline Wachtel

    Head Coach

    BS, Ohio University
    MS, University of South Florida

    Jacki Wachtel started the PHSC women’s cross country program in 2005. In fifteen seasons at the helm, Wachtel has led the Bobcats to the national stage, ranking 10th at the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Cross Country meet held at Garden City Community College in Garden City, KS. In 2016, PHSC won the Inaugural Florida College System Activities Association/National Junior College Athletic Association (FCSAA/NJCAA) Region 8 Women’s Cross Country Championship in Tallahassee.  The Region Champions have defended their title for three consecutive years.

  • Cross Country Assistant Coach Lee Rietsma

    Lee Rietsma

    Assistant Coach

    Lee grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and now lives in Land O' Lakes. He has been a runner since middle school and competed all 4 years in the High School Cross Country State Championships. Lee is a post collegiate runner and still competes locally and throughout the country in distances 5k – Marathon.