Cross country

Batz To Run Cross Country, Track at Northwestern

Sydney Batz (Auburn, Iowa) has signed a letter of intent to continue her cross country and track and field careers at Northwestern College next year.

Batz lettered four years for the South Central-Calhoun High School cross country team. Batz qualified for state three years, finishing among the top 20 individuals both her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was part of a team that placed seventh at state in 2013 and was named the team’s most valuable runner as a senior.

A three-year letterwinner in track and field heading into her final season this spring, Batz has qualified for the state meet in four events during the previous three years. She placed 13th as a member of the distance medley her freshman year and finished 10th as part of the 4x100 relay last year. Batz has personal bests of 12.3 in the 100m, 26.4 in the 200m, 61.5 in the 400m and 2:26 in the 800m. Batz is a member of both the honor roll and National Honor Society and plans to major in Psychology at Northwestern. She is the daughter of Kirby and Alisha.

“Sydney is a wonderful addition to our women’s cross country and track and field teams,” said head Northwestern coach Scott Bahrke. “We are excited to have her come run for our teams next year. She has had a very good high school career and can excel in many different races. Sydney’s versatility will be a real asset for us next year.”