Shamrocks end five year drought winning yesterday's Eagle Invitational

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Pictured left: Zach Grater

Vienna, Mo. - At yesterday’s Eagle Invitational in Vienna, Mo. weather conditions were ideal for runners compared to Saturday’s “Short Course” Invitational held in New Haven when temperatures were in the upper 80’s by race time.

The last time the Shamrock boys team one a meet was five years ago at the state district race.

Yesterday evening the Rocks erased a five-year drought by bringing home a first place trophy, defeating five of the teams they will face come district time in October.

The Rocks had three of their six runners finish in the top ten; Seth Schenck second place, Zach Grater eighth, Dominick Pataky in ninth place and William Smith only two spots behind finishing eleventh.

Sophomore Schenck helped lead the Rocks to a first place finish with a time of 17:54.  The next closest runner was over 30 seconds behind Schenck.

Pictured right: Seth Schenck

Coach John Tucker said, “I was extremely happy to see our team run as well as they did.  Winning a meet is a wonderful accomplishment, but we have a long season ahead.  We need to improve our times every race as a team if we want a shot at qualifying for state at the district meet.”  Tucker said there are more than the five teams we beat today that will be at districts, one of them being Linn who has caused us trouble in the past.

The Rocks can enjoy their victory until practice this afternoon because they will turn around and run at Linn on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.  They will get an early chance in the season to run against Linn and see how well they are able to compete.  Pictured right:  Zach Schwab

Photos by John Tucker