2021 Season Preview

The 2021 season looks promising with 8 of the 11 members as returners from last year, showing a strong summer of training. The new additions to the team: Kylie Kanaar, Fallon Lavine and Meadow Millett should help the Bobcats make a run at the Region 8 title. Syndey Stoltzfoos and Katerina Dobkowski are back to try to earn All Region Honors for a second consecutive year. The team competes at Apalachee Regional Park three times this season in preparation for the 2022 NJCAA 5k National meet being held at the park.

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.

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    Grace D'Angelo

    Assistant Coach