A mud flinging Cross Country race in Fulton -- Rocks take 6th place

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Photos by John Tucker

Pictured above: Zach Grater and Dominick Pataky dealing with the tough course conditions. 

Fulton, Mo. – Rain, sleet, or snow, regardless of the weather, cross-country races go on.  Saturday was one of those days that brought light rain on top of a muddy course from rain earlier in the week.  This meant a mud fight was on. The worst place to be in the race was behind another runner.

The Shamrock’s finished in 6th place out of a total 17 teams, leading the Rocks was Seth Schneck, finishing with a time of 17:22.  This was only 12 seconds slower than his fastest time of the year at Linn where he ran 17:10.  Schneck finished fourth overall, followed by Dominick Pataky 18th and Zach Grater in 26th.

Pictured to right: Seth Schneck

Pataky and Grater had an improvment in their times, even with the tough track conditions, Pataky improved his time by 34 seconds (18:12) and Grater improved his time from Linn 18:40 to 18:22.  They awarded the top 25 medals, Grater finishing one spot shy of metaling.  Will Smith finished 39th, breaking the 19 minute mark for the first time. (18:57)

Coach John Tucker said he was pleased overall with his team’s effort.  Tucker said, “It is hard to fun fast on a muddy wet course and I thought everyone ran hard the entire reace.”  Tucker was also pleased with last weeks practice.  Tucker said, “We had a good week of practice which also helped us run well in the course's condition.

Zach Schawb finished 100th (20:58) and Raul Moreno 117th with a time of 22:15.