Shamrocks run into conference after solid performances this past week

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Pictured above is Seth Schenck at Saturday's Borgia Invitational.

--Seth Schenck ran under 18 minutes for the sixth straight time Saturday morning on a brutal and unforgiving course at Borgia's Cross Country Invitational at Big Driver.

Schenck finished 24th with a time of 17:56, headed into Tuesday’s Four Rivers Conference meet where Schenck finished second last year.

Tuesday New Haven will run at Owensville, the same course they ran at last Tuesday in the Owensville Invitational, which may give them a slight advantage.

Dominick Pataky and Zach Grater have been the Shamrocks number two and three runners.  However Grater came down with a cold last week, which was noticeable in his times at Owensville and then again on Saturday.

Pataky ran a season best earlier this month at Hermann, followed by strong performances in both Saturday’s meet and last week at Owensville, keeping his times around 18:30.

Coach John Tucker said, “Zach [Grater] really was not feeling well at Owensville…I did think he was feeling somewhat better Saturday and hopefully by Tuesday he will be close to 100%.”

Pictured are (left) Zach Grater and (right) Dominick Pataky in Saturday's race at Big Driver.

Tucker said, “Saturday Zach ran the first mile and a half really well…you could see the last mile he was still a little weak from being sick…he still ran under 20 minutes, taking into a count the difficulty of this course he ran well.”

Tucker said, “Overall at conference it would be nice for Zach, Seth, and Dominick to be all conference, which I think is possible.  For the girls I think Fey [Chavez] could make the top 15…it would be a real good achievement if we had four make all conference.”

Last year New Haven’s trio finished in the top 10 to make All-Conference with Schenck taking second, Pataky ran a career best (18:00) to finish fifth, and Grater ran his career best, at that time, taking 10th place.