Cross Country team continues making big strides

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Pictured left to right: Dominick Pataky, Seth Schenck, Zach Grater, and Clara Roth all medal at the Vienna Invitational.
Photos courtesy of John Tucker

New Haven, Mo. – New Haven’s Cross Country team has silently been leaving everyone in their tracks and is continuously getting better.

This past weekend, the boy’s team ran in the 50th Annual Hancock Cross Country Invitational at Jefferson Barracks, which is one of the largest and most premier meets across the state.

New Haven’s top three runners medaled, each running under 19 minutes.  Seth Schenck finished 6th out of 96 runners with an impressive time of 17:56.  Zach Grater came in 9th with a season best of 18:12, followed by Dominick Pataky who took 21st and one of his best times at 18:55.

Coach John Tucker said, “Jefferson Barracks was by far Zach’s [Grater] best race of the season; finishing 9th and his time of 18:12 was a real confidence builder for him…most importantly I am happy to see how he has continued to improve race after race.”

Fey Chavez (left) and Clara Roth both adding to their collection of hardware from The Steelville Invitational.

Tucker said, “This was a good course for Seth [Schenck], he ran really hard and consistent, really one of his best races this year."

"Jefferson Barracks is a course that separates the really good from the 'ok'.  I was even more impressed that we had three runners under 19 minutes.  Running under 20 minutes on this course is a good time."

Earlier this month both the boys and girls were already having success at Vienna, Belle, and Steelville.

At the Vienna Invitational, New Haven had freshman Clara Roth medal along with Schenck, Grater, and Pataky.

At The Vienna Meet, Roth finished 9th overall (26:36) but was 2nd among freshmen.

Tucker said, “Clara [Roth] has made steady improvement and her times are looking much more consistent and being a freshman, this is very good.”

Left to right: Seth Schenck, Dominick Pataky, and Zach Grater all medal at Steelvile."

Fey Chavez had stomach flu and was not able to run at Vienna.  Chavez was able to compete at Steelville finishing 9th followed by Roth in 16th, both receiving medals.

Coach Tucker talks about Chavez.

Tucker said, “Fey [Chavez] is really having a good year.  Her times are good, she’s competitive…at Belle she finished 12th (22:33) and again was very competitive and that was coming off an illness.”

If the Shamrocks continue improving at the same rate they are now, it is very possible for New Haven to have both girls and their top three runners advance to state.

New Haven’s next meet is this Friday at Warrenton then the following Tuesday (Oct. 2) they will compete in Hermann.  Click here to download the season schedule.

The district meet will be held at Linn on October 27.  The time has not been set.