Sarah Schneider has a very important date Friday and hopefully Saturday.
The Highland High School senior is part of the Huskies 400-meter relay that will run preliminaries Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines as part of the Class 1A state meet in hopes of qualifying for Saturday’s final. She is also on the 800-meter relay team that will run in Friday’s final.
Next fall, Highland will have a Husky running for Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids.
Schneider signed a letter of intent last week to run track as a Mustang, which is Mt. Mercy’s nickname.
“I signed with the track program because I have always had a love for track,” Schneider said. “It’s something I wanted to do at the next level and see what the competition is like.”
The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic, competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
“They really liked how into the sport I was and knew I was going to show up to every meet to compete,” Schneider said.
Schneider considered Hawkeye Community College and St. Ambrose, which she visited.
“Mt. Mercy had a friendly atmosphere and it’s somewhere I was famaliar with already,” Schneider said. “I could see myself going there for the next four years. The campus is all right there. Everyone was very friendly.”
In 1957, Mount Mercy became a four-year institution and awarded its first bachelor’s degree in 1959. The college received accreditation as a baccalaureate institution by the North Central Association in 1960.
Schneider plans to major in Early Childhood Education.
“Once I graduate, I’m hoping to go teach younger kids to do their best,” Schneider said.
The coaching staff is what swayed her decision.
“I really loved them. I know when I become part of the program they are going to make me better and that is what I want,” Schneider said. “I felt very wanted already when I went on my visit.”