Cross Country team 4th place overall finish -- Best team finish at Hancock in school history

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Photos by John Tuker

Saturday the Shamrock Cross Country team attacked the difficult and hilly terrain course at Jefferson Barracks, site to the Annual Hancock Invitational. The Rocks ran in the class 1A and 2A race that featured 102 runners and 15 teams.

Pictured left: Zach Grater

The Shamrocks not only stared down the tough course with no fear in their eyes, but pure determination to do what no team in Shamrock history has ever done.

The Shamrocks finished 4th overall, the best team finish in school history.  If that was not enough the team also had three of their runners finish in the top 25 out of 102 runners.  The Rocks really displayed some of their teams potential come district time.

Seth Schenck “Steady Eddy” finished an impressive fifth place (17:42) followed by the "Running Twins" of Dominick Pataky (18:40) in 13th and Zach Grater finishing (19:05) 16th.  The term "running twins" fits pretty well for the two, so far in every race they have finished only a couple places apart, if not nearly at the same time. Will Smith came in 41st at 20:07 and Raul Moreno in 97th (22:46).

Coach John Tucker said, “I was very pleased with who our front three ran on a very tough and hilly course.  I was a little let down by Smith’s finish.”  Smith was not happy with his time either.  Smith said, “It felt like I had weights tied to my legs.”  Tucker said he plans to make some adjustments in his training to increase his leg strength.

Pictured right:  Dominick Pataky

This cross-country team is one to keep your eye on.  If they can get a bit more out of Smith who knows what they might accomplish during the rest of their season.

The team will be at Warrenton on Friday with the varsity boys running at 4:30 p.m. followed by the JV at 5 p.m.