Boys 4x800 Team Breaks School Record To Win At Districts

Pictured Keven McDowell running the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - To say that New Haven’s 4x800 meter relay team (Zach Grater, Keven McDowell, Jon Stone, and Seth Schenck) has come along ways since last year’s seventh place finish at state, it would be an understatement.

Not only did they win at Saturday’s Class 1 District meet, they set a new school record with a time of 8:28.53, breaking the old record, 8:29.2, set back in 2005.

The drastic change Coach John Tucker said, “Keven and Zach are both a lot stronger and confident and know how to run the relay better and quite honestly Jon Stone is the most coachable kids you could have, he listens and responds to what your telling him… He’s just a fun kid to coach, so he’s the biggest difference in how our 4x800 team has changed since last year.”

Seth Schenck continued his destruction, easily winning the 800 meter (2:00.58) and 1600 meter (4:31.43) runs to advance on to Saturday’s State Sectional Meet at Principia High School.

“Overall we had a lot of GOOD surprises.  Tim Pruessner had a great meet.  He jumped 35 feet to finish third in the triple jump. (Pruessner’s best jump prior to districts was 32 feet) Our 4x200 relay team ran really well, finished fourth to qualify for sectionals… The kids just really responded well.”

Jon Stone and Seth Schenck after winning the 4x400 meter relay.

In the 3200 meter run Zach Grater (3rd) and Dominick Pataky (4th) will both move on to sectionals.

New Haven’s first place finish in the 4x400 meter relay was probably the most surprising, seeing the fact the first time Seth Schenck, Keven McDowell, Alex Majors, and Jon Stone had ever run in the 4x400 was just seven days prior at the South Callaway Relays.

“I used the 4x400 at South Callaway as a way to get Seth a speed workout after coming off of Senior Trip.  After seeing our time wasn’t to bad I told the guys, ‘lets see how we run at conference.’  At conference their time improved.  After putting them in at districts and looking at times, sure enough we were seeded first.”

Saturday’s Class 1 Sectional Meet comes down to one thing, finish in the top four and advance to State.  “All that matters is finishing in the top four in each event”, said Coach Tucker. “Of course we want to run better than we did at districts and then hopefully do the same at state.”

Visit our Sports Zone for schedule of events and directions for Saturday’s State Sectional Meet at Principia High School.