Shamrock's Cross Country team has rough day at Owensville

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Photo by Rhonda Helling

Pictured: Zach Schwab who ran a career best at Owensville on Tuesday

Owensville, Mo – New Haven ran in the Owensville Invitational this past Tuesday, finishing a disappointing fifth place.  Conditions could have not been any better; bright clear skies, temperatures in the mid 70’s, the ideal conditions for a cross-country race.

The previous week at Hermann, the team tied for first with St. Clair, running one of their best races of the season.  Tuesday was a different story for the Shamrocks, finishing four points behind St. Clair and more importantly the team finished 24 points behind Vienna who will be in the same district as the Rocks.

The Rocks had two positive performances, particularly Zach Schwab who ran a career best 20:11.  Schwab has shaved off over a minute in the past two weeks.  Coach John Tucker said, “Schwab has been really working hard the past three weeks and he is seeing his hard work paying off.  I was very proud with how well he ran.”

Will Smith began the season running well, however he slipped into a slump in the past three meets.  Tues. Smith ran one of his better races all year finishing 39th with a time of 19:22.  Tucker said, “I was happy with how well Smith ran.”  Smith had been frustrated with himself after the past couple meets.  Tucker said a couple weeks ago he was going to change Smith’s workout and try to build up his leg muscles.  Tucker’s adjustment in Smith’s workout routine obviously has been working after his performance in Owensville.

Seth Schenck finished 11th in 17:55, Dominick Pataky came in 16th (18:14) followed by Zach Grater in 25th, Schwab finished 62nd and Raul Moreno coming in 90th place.

Coach Tucker said, “I have been working the team really hard in practice and I have been happy with their efforts during practice…the team may be a bit tired and I am hoping by giving them a day off it will give their legs a chance to recover."

We will see this morning if New Haven’s top four runners have been able to recover a bit and show their potential.

The Rocks will be racing at Big Driver at 10:45 a.m. today.  Today is a great opportunity for anyone who has not seen the team run this year to do so.