2019-2020 Season Preview

"This year’s team looks to improve on the 10th place national finish from last year.  With 5 of the top 6 runners returning, the team looks to be the strongest in school history.  Olivia and Grace D’Angelo along with Isabel Oliveto are the the team’s top runners," said Jacki Wachtel, head coach.

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, six 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 in 2016 and 2017.

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 fourteen 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 the team 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 team defended the title in 2017 and repeated again in 2018 as the Region 8 Champions.

  • Cross Country Assistant Coach Lee Rietsma

    Lee Rietsma

    Assistant Coach

    Lee grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. 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.