Schenck, Pataky, and Grater will run in next Saturday's State Meet

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Pictured left to right: Seth Schenck, Dominick Pataky, and Zah Grater

Vienna, Mo. – Saturday was the meet New Haven’s Cross Country Team had been working towards all season long.  One race, one chance to qualify and earn the opportunity to compete against the top runners in the state and attempt to concur the course of all courses, the cat’s meow, the big bam-beano, the Class 1 Missouri State Cross County Meet.

There are two ways to qualify: place in the top 15 individually or finish as one of the top two teams.  New Haven came up short from finishing as one of the top two teams but the team's top three runners: Seth Schenck, Dominick Pataky, and Zach Grater finished in the top 15 and will get their chance next Saturday to run in the largest cross country race of the season.

Coach John Tucker spoke with us after Saturday’s district meet. Tucker said, “I am proud of our team.  All six of our runners did everything I had asked of them all season long.  We ran well, our times across the board were some of the best times we ran all season.  We did exactly what we needed to do.  Vienna just ran better and you have to tip your hat to them.”

Three of New Haven’s runners will continue their season next Saturday at the State Meet in Jefferson City.  Schenck has been New Haven’s top runner all season long.  Schenck ran one of his best times (17:30) to finish fourth, Pataky ran a career second best time of 18:05 to finish ninth and Zach Grater finished in 14th. (19:11)

Will Smith came in 25th with at time of 19:11, which was a better time than he ran at last year’s district meet.  Zach Schwab showed the most improvement from the start of the season.  Schwab ran a time of 20:15, only four seconds shy of a career best, to finish in 34th.  Raul Moreno ran his best race of the year to come in 46th with at time of 21:28.

Next Saturday Schenck, Pataky, and Grater will be tested to their limits at the State Cross Country Meet in Jefferson City.  They will run at 9 a.m.  What a better way to start off their morning with running the toughest course they will ever run.