After taking a visit to Mount Mercy University, Katie Hoffert knew her college search was over.
The Hall cross country and track and field star had found her school.
Hoffert made her decision official Friday when the senior signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career at the NAIA school located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“This was the first place I went to for my college visit and I was just like, ‘This is perfect for me,’” Hoffert said. “I liked that it was a small school. I’m not one for crowded places. I liked the fact that it’s more teacher-student one on one, and it’s a lot like Hall where it’s small classes and a small setting so I can know a lot more people.”
Hoffert was so confident that Mount Mercy was right for her that she didn’t visit or consider any other schools.
“I’m just so excited to work with her,” said Mount Mercy cross country coach Ryan Scheckel, who is also an assistant coach in track and field. “When she came to visit, you could see how well she fit in with the group. You could tell right away that it was going to be a good fit for her. But I also think she is committed to running and getting better, which is the biggest thing we look for as a college coach. Some kids come in and are lazy and don’t want to work hard, but I don’t think that’s the case at all with Katie.”
Hoffert spent four years as a member of both the Lady Red Devils’ cross country and track and field teams.
At Mount Mercy, she will be reunited with Hall graduate and Mount Mercy freshman Liz Mosbach, who is a close friend.
“It’s really exciting for her, especially going on to the next level where she will be reuniting with Liz,” Hall girls track and field Nick Hanck said. “She will transition into college well. It will be a challenge for her - as it is for any college athlete - but knowing the type of kid that she is, she’ll be up for it.”
Having Mosbach on the team was a key element for Hoffert, who wants to study pre-medicine and biology.
“She said she really, really likes it,” Hoffert said. “She said it’s a fun team and it’s a nice small school. I don’t know if I could go somewhere where I didn’t know anyone.”
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