Over the past two springs, Emma Moss has developed a simple pattern to help manage her busy two-sport schedule.
Moss follows the same tried and true method to keep her on pace as she balances her time between track and soccer.
“Get home, get food and get to bed,” Moss said with a smile.
It’s not quite that simple for Moss, who admits that she finds time for schoolwork and friends, but the time demands of two-sport athletes are certainly high.
“Our coaches work together on practices and we don’t have very many conflicts,” Moss said. “But knowing that you have to get up the next morning and get back at it you know you need to take care of yourself because you know what’s coming up the next morning.”
Moss and teammate Josie Durr have found a way to not just balance two sports, but excel in each this spring.
Durr and Moss are tied for the team lead with four goals each for the Solon soccer team that is currently 1-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class 1A.
A sophomore, Durr is coming off an all-state freshman season in which she led Solon with 23 goals.
She is on her way to duplicating that success this season after posting four goals in a season-opening win over West Liberty.
Durr and Moss have both posted successful seasons on the track as well.
Moss won the 100 hurdles and ran a leg on Solon’s winning 4×400 relay team at the Iowa Valley Invitational on Monday while Durr won the high jump.
Moss ranks in the top 15 in Class 3A in both the 400 and 100 hurdles. Durr is currently second in Class 3A in the high jump.
“Our coaches make it easy on us,” Durr said. “They let us have time off when we need it so it’s not too hard.”
In a four-day span from Friday to Monday, the duo had a pair of track meets and a Saturday morning soccer match at Clear Creek Amana.
Solon departed the Creek Classic Relays on Friday after 9 p.m. Durr and Moss returned the next morning for a 10 a.m. soccer match with Class 1A fourth-ranked Clear Creek Amana.
“We were just talking about having a sleepover on the bus,” Durr joked. “It can be tough but it is fun. That’s why I do it.”
• STRONG START: City High freshman Sydney DePrenger made quite an impression in her varsity debut, but her encore performance was even more impressive.
DePrenger scored a pair of goals in a City High’s season-opening win over Des Moines Lincoln.
The freshman followed with her first career hat trick as the Little Hawks rallied for a 3-2 win over Union on Saturday.
• PICKING BACK UP: Hannah Bormann had a freshman season to remember last spring.
The Clear Creek Amana forward picked up right where she left off as a sophomore.
After scoring a team-high 30 goals last year, Bormann has scored eight goals in the Clippers first three matches this season, helping Clear Creek Amana to a 3-0 start.
Bormann’s eight goals rank third in the state. She also has three assists.
• RANKINGS UPDATE: The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released its first set of rankings last week, and West High opened the season No. 9 in Class 3A.
West Des Moines Dowling was the top-ranked team in the 3A poll that featured four Mississippi Valley Conference squads.
Defending 1A semifinalist Regina opened the season third in the Class 1A poll while Clear Creek Amana was fourth.
Solon is seventh in the Class 1A rankings.