Chavez medals in first ever cross-country race

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Chavez floats down past the starting line, finishing 14th and medaling in her first race.

New Haven, Mo. – It has been five years since any girl has dawned the green and white cross country jersey, but freshman Clare Roth and junior Fey Chavez ended the five year drought at Saturday's "Short Course" meet.

They both ran in their first career meet with Chavez finishing 14th to win her first medal.

The past two years Chavez had played volleyball but after having a successful track season in the two mile, Chavez decided to run cross-country.

Coach John Tucker commented on Chavez and this being her first race, “Fey [Chavez] has worked very hard in practice, did some running over the summer and had a really good first race…really good race.  She had a lot of success this past spring in Track and Field, running the two-mile.” 

Tucker was really pleased with how Roth ran, particularly as a freshman.  “I know she wasn’t pleased with her time but if you brake all the runners down by grade level, she was probably one of the top freshmen out there.  I thought she ran well.  She has a lot of potential and has been running most of her life.”

Pictured left is junior Fey Chavez with freshman Clare Roth.

We spoke with Chavez on her thoughts about how she ran.

Chavez said, “I think I ran pretty good and tried really hard.  I met my goal by running the first mile under seven and half minutes, running 7:10 and under 17 minutes for the race and I ran 16:40.”

Chavez said, “There was one point in the race when I struggled a bit.  The first mile was very tough cause it is pretty much all hills.  The second mile was tough.  But all my friends and fans supporting me really made a big difference.

Wednesday the team will travel to Vienna, which will be the official 5000 meters. (3.1 miles)  Tucker said he was interested to see how both girls do running that extra mile.

Pictured is Fey Chavez.

Fey Chavez has her own fan club, "Fey's Fantastic Fans."