Schenck Wins District Meet - Five Advance To State

Seth Schenck crosses the finish line, becoming the first to win a district title since 2000 when Kyle Quick won districts at Viburnum, Mo

Photos by QNN photographer Beth Schenck

Westphalia, Mo. - Seth Schenck’s list of memorable performances continues growing after winning Saturday’s Class 1 District 3 Cross Country meet at Fatima High School, beating Russellville’s Alex Thompson by over 30 seconds after losing to him by one second three weeks ago at Owensville.

While both teams finished third, (Top 15 individual and top two teams advance to state.)
(6th) Dominick Pataky and (7th) Zach Grater will both run at state next Saturday.

“Both Dominick and Zach had great races.  My front three (Seth, Dominick, and Zach) did exactly what I needed them to do, all three finishing in the top ten.  All three ran very smart races.”

Senior (6th) Fey Chavez and freshman (9th) Emily Lewis will be running at state despite the girls team’s third place finish, falling short by two points to Columbia Independent.

New Haven’s third place finish was a slight disappointment after beating Columbia Independent at Hermann (Oct. 8th), “They just ran better.  I can’t complain how we raced, the kids gave it their all,” Coach Tucker said.

The boys’ third place finish behind Linn was not a huge surprise as Coach Tucker knew they would be hard to beat.  “We were only five points behind Linn,” said Tucker.  Much closer to beating Linn than most expected.

“I think we ran our best race.  The way they ran and how hard they tried, I am really proud of them.  Same with the girls, Columbia Independent and Linn were just better teams.  I thought everyone rose up to the challenge and ran the very best we could, as a coach I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Freshman Emily Lewis finishes an impressive 9th place.

State Cross Country Meet.

Saturday Schenck’s illustrious cross-country career will come to an end along with Grater and Chavez this will be their last chance at winning a state medal.

No one on Saturday will have more experience running on the toughest course of the year.  This will be Schenck’s fourth year at state, coming off his second best performance after taking 15th place last year. (Top 25 receive state medals)

However, Schenck has yet to come close to the time (17:33) he ran his freshman year, taking 14th place but as Coach Tucker said, “Seth is a very smart runner, physically he’s in the best shape and stronger, and knows exactly what he needs to do.”

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Freshman Emily Lewis finishes an impressive 9th place.