Nolan Usher

Olivia Burke runs at the state meet Saturday.
The New Hampton student-athletes who participated in the state cross country meet didn’t take time off and rest the day after their trip to Fort Dodge. Olivia Burke talked about the meet after her shift at Klunder’s Kafe and Nolan Usher did the same after deer hunting. And as for coach Jamie Ohrt,...
Nolan Usher and Olivia Burke will represent the Chickasaw cross country teams at the state meet next Saturday.
     After running solo at the state meet last year, Nolan Usher will have company this year.      Both Usher and Olivia Burke qualified for the state cross country meet by finishing in the top 15 at the state qualifying meet Thursday.      They didn't, however, leave a lot of room to spare as...
For the third straight year, Nolan Usher was an all-conference runner when he finished 14th at Waukon.
     With no cousin Jake to run against this year, it’s been a little tougher for Nolan Usher to be competitive while running for the New Hampton cross country team. But the junior, for the third straight year, became a Northeast Iowa Conference all-conference runner Tuesday at Waukon.    Tuesday....
Chickasaw senior Jared Aegerter finished the Crestwood course with a time of 23:24 Saturday.
    Never underestimate the importance of a good start. A couple of Chickasaw runners ran well right from the beginning of the Saturday Crestwood Invitational, where the New Hampton’s girls were fourth of the seven schools at the meet and the boys were sixth of seven.    Following the junior high...
Nolan Usher led the Chickasaw boys as New Hampton was competing at Mason City Tuesday.
    Coach Jamie Quass’ voice raised above the others at the finish line at Mason City Tuesday as New Hampton senior Jared Aegerter picked up the pace and raised his arms to the sky at the end of the first race of the season.    Did Aegerter pick up the pace because he heard the voice of...
Nolan Usher had a strong finish in his first-ever appearance at the state cross country meet.
During the final mile of Nolan Usher's inaugural state cross country meet, his coach thought he passed about 15 runners.  He wasn't sure about that figure.  "You can't really count them, you just gotta go!" said the Chickasaw sophomore, who finished in 59th place of 140 runners at the meet Saturday...
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...
Despite competing with an Achilles heel injury, Josie Shekleton finished her NEIC race for the Chickasaw varsity Tuesday.
    No matter what, coach Jamie Quass always finds positive things to say about her runners.    So even though the Chickasaws trailed the field of six in the Northeast Iowa Conference on both the boys and the girls side, the coach had nice things to say.    She did, however, have plenty to work...
New Hampton’s Oliver Perez (center) and Zach Heying run cross country for New Hampton’s varsity boys. Both are seniors this year.
Before each cross country meet, the Chickasaw runners discuss their goals for the meet with coach Jamie Quass.    This year, instead of competing in the Cedar Falls meet, the team went to Osage, running at the Mitchell County Nature Center Tuesday.    “I LOVE THE OSAGE MEET!!!” exclaimed the coach...
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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