Schenck finishes fourth and course record broke for second year in a row

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Seth Schenck (Left) was able to hold off Hermann's Grant Uthlaut to finish in fourth place by nine tenths of a second.

New Haven, Mo. – Cloudy skies and a muddy course are what most cross-country runner’s love.  Linn’s Tyler Rush must have loved the conditions since he shattered the course record with a time of 11:31.37, which was previously set by his teammate, Kaleb Wilson last year.  New Haven’s Seth Schenck came in fourth place just ahead of Hermann’s Grant Uthlaut.

Saturday’s New Haven “Short Course” Invitational has become a pre-season meet for teams, giving them a chance to prepare for the regular season that begins this week.  The “Short Course” is a mile shorter than the standard 5000-meter courses teams will run during their season.

Schenck came into Saturday’s race after having a disappointing finish in last year’s state meet.  Schenck spent the summer working out in the weight room focusing on strength building and cardiovascular workouts, which was evident on Saturday.

New Haven Coach John Tucker said, “Seth’s [Schenck] goal was to ran as hard as he could and go with the front runners.  We really didn’t know what would happen or the affect it would have on his overall performance.  It was kind of an experiment to get an idea of what do we need to work on.”

New Haven’s Zach Grater was one place from medaling as he came in 16th with only the top 15 medaling.  However Grater’s improved his time by 15 seconds compared to last year's race when he finished 17th.

Tucker said, “I thought he [Zach Grater] ran a good race and in all honesty I don’t think there was a whole lot more he could have done.  We now know things we need to work on.”

We briefly spoke with Schenck to get his take on Saturday’s race.

Schenck said, “In the first mile I could have kicked it a little more especially on the down hills but other than that I was pleased with how I ran.”

New Haven’s next meet will be on Wednesday at Vienna with the first race beginning at 5 p.m.

New Haven's student body waits at the finish line to cheer on fellow shamrocks.