Hannah Heit

The varsity girls plus one big banana huddle before the start of the race at the New Hampton Invitational Thursday.
     New Hampton's girls were huddling before the start of their home cross country meet Thursday and it looked to be a very serious moment. Until you saw this giant banana….     Just call her coach Chiquita.     "Home meets are always bittersweet," said coach Jamie Ohrt. "On the one hand it's...
New Hampton senior Hannah Heit finished with a season-best time at Jesup Tuesday, as did many of the Chickasaw runners.
    Both head coach Jamie Quass Ohrt and assistant coach Bob Vorwald made comments to the cross country runners before the Jesup meet Tuesday.    Ohrt told the athletes it would be a perfect day to break records with low temperatures, a flat course and not much wind.    “Bob told the varsity girls...
New Hampton High School FFA Advisor Jim Russ said he looks at two of his students receiving this opportunity as an honor to receive their goal of being a Borlaug-Ruan internship.“To have two students selected as juniors is amazing to me,” said Russ. “These young ladies set a goal to become a B-R...
Hannah Heit is preparing for an epic summer experience.The New Hampton High School junior is traveling to Ethiopia as a Borlaug-Ruan International intern through the World Food Prize.Heit will join 23 other students, from 12 different states, at renowned international research centers and NGOs this...
Hannah Heit quite honestly didn’t know where to begin when asked to describe the recent World Food Prize Global Youth Institute.But the New Hampton High School junior knows that the recent three-day institute was a life-changing event.Oh, her dream — one that took shape when she was in elementary...
Nolan Usher, center, poses with some of the other state qualifiers Thursday at Garner.
    For the second straight year, New Hampton will send a runner to the state cross country meet, which will be held this weekend in Fort Dodge.    Nolan Usher finished 13th in a field of 93 runners in the varsity-only state qualifying meet held Thursday at Garner, as the top-15 runners advanced to...
There’s talent in the freshman class. Danny Hammel finished as the third-best Chickasaw runner in the varsity boys’ race at Waukon.
The Chickasaw cross country team had some cooler weather in which to compete Tuesday at Waukon and it agreed with the runners, according to their coach.“I think my team is ready for fall weather, because we certainly run better when it's a little brisk,” said Jamie Quass, “however, we did have...
New Hampton’s Nolan Usher led the Chickasaw varsity boys at the Mason City Newman Invitational Tuesday.
    Working long hours at her job over the summer, Hannah Heit didn't have a great deal of time to train for the 2016 cross country season.    That wasn't at all obvious Tuesday.    Heit led the Chickasaw girls in the varsity race at Mason City, edging the top New Hampton runner from a year ago —...

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