New Haven's Top Four Run Under 20 minutes - Schenck Runs Career Best Time

In his first year running cross country sophomore Kevin McDowell ran 19:39 and could end up playing a big role in how New Haven does come district time.

Photos Courtesy of Rhonda Helling

By Kyle Quick

Linn, Mo. -  In past years New Haven has not had a full boy's team of seven runners with the potential of being competitive but after their performance on Saturday it looks to be an exciting season for Coach John Tucker and his team.

New Haven finished fifth overall out of 19 teams but as Tucker pointed out, "We beat four teams we will face at districts and if we can get our 5th, 6th, & 7th runners close to 20 minutes or under, I really think we'll be competitive against Linn." (who finished second on Saturday)

Tucker was most pleased with his top four, all running under 20 minutes and something he was hoping for by midseason.

Seth Schenck couldn't have started off his senior year any better than running a career best time of 17:10.19 to finish third.  Only one runner (Chandler Harker of Vienna) who Schenck will see at districts finished six seconds faster.

Pictured right is senior Zach Grater.

New Haven's number two man, Zach Grater finished 24th (18:28.84) followed by Dominick Pataky in 26th (18:39.23) and first year runner Keven McDowell took 52th with at time of 19:39.72.

"When I told Keven [McDowell] his time he was ecstatic.  This being his first 5,000 meter race he ran a good time.  If we can get him running in the mid 18's, Zach and Dominick in the low 18's and maybe sub 18...Cole Lensing running under 20, we will be competitive and it could be fun to watch."

On the girls side Tucker was "very pleased with how Fey Chavez ran" finishing 29th (22:55) and as a team they finished 7th, however they a very young team too.

Pictured right is senior Fey Chavez.

Tucker is confident as the season goes on their times will start to improve and possibly have the potential of being competitive at districts as well.

Important to note this is the first time Coach Tucker's had a girls team since 1999.

Thursday the team will travel to Steelville with the first race starting at 4 p.m.