Richard Mick - Head Coach -Cross Country / Track and Field - Distance
Coach Mick has been coaching Cross Country for 12 years. As a student of NHS, Mick was an AVL champion in Basketball and Cross Country. He also currently holds the school record for the 2 mile run (track) and the 5K (cross country). After graduating in '89 he went on to play ESU Basketball, ESU Cross Country, and KSU Cross Country between '89 and '92.
Coach Mick still holds the 5K NHS Cross Country record time of 15:52 which he set at the Great Bend Regional's in 1987. Coach Mick is also the distance runners coach for Newton Track.
Michelle Bergquist - Assistant Coach Cross Country
Coach Bergquist has been the Assistant Cross Country Coach since at least 2006. Coach Bergquest (Bradbury in 1989) holds the second fastest time at NHS Cross Country of 12:16 set at the Newton Invitational in 1989. This was for a distance of 2 miles (3.2 Kilometers). The distance for girls (5A-1A) Cross Country was changed to 4 Kilometers in 2006.
Former Newton High School cross country and track coach Ron Capps has been named to the NHS Hall of Fame. He will be honored along with the other inductees this fall.
From the Newton Kansan -"Capps spent 21 years as the Railer cross country coach and 11 years as the girls’ track coach. He coached cross country from 1975 to 1995, winning three AVL girls’ titles and three AVL boys’ titles. His girls’ teams were second in the AVL five other times while the boys took second twice. His girls’ teams finished fifth at state three times while the boys’ teams finished third at state twice and fourth three other times. As girls’ track coach, his team won the AVL in 1978 and finished second three other times. His teams had a second-place regional finish and two third-place finishes. His teams finished sixth at state in 1980 and seventh in 1976 and 1978. Capps also coached freshman and sophomore football, as well as intramural football and basketball, coaching a total of almost 2,000 athletes. He also worked more than 2,000 sporting events in basketball, football, swimming, track, baseball, softball, wrestling and soccer, serving as a timer, announcer, starter, clerk and crowd supervision."