Seth Schenck's "beastness" has carried over from track and into his senior year of cross country.
By Kyle Quick
New Haven, Mo. - Going into Saturday's Cross Country season’s opening meet, Coach John Tucker was more optimistic about his team overall than in past years.
Tucker’s excitement stems from being able to field a Varsity and Junior Varsity boys’ team and for the first time in 13 years New Haven will also have a Varsity girls’ team.
The New Haven senior Seth Schenck ran in New Haven’s Short Course Invitational on Saturday for the last time, crossing the finish line with a career best of 12:11.06, placing second; yet another career best. (Note: Saturday's race was 3,520 meters.)
Schenck enters his final season with high expectations and a bigger drive to win compared to his past three seasons. Coming off a 15th All-State finish at last year's State Cross Country meet, Schenck is better conditioned and a smarter runner, which could prove to be a deadly combination at the end of the season.
Schenck said after the race that he was happy with how he ran, sticking to his game plain, and actually running the first mile faster than expected.
Quick News asked Schenck if being in his second year of track has made him a better runner. He responded, "Track has given me a lot more confidence, creating a 'no fear' like mentality. I would've been a little scared this year had I not ran track last year." Where coach Tucker described Schenck's state track performance as "Prefontaine-like," referring to Steve Prefontaine who was an International Track Star and Running Legend in the 1960’s and ‘70’s.
Schenck agreed that running track helped build a stronger will to win and the "no one is going to pass me at the finish line" attitude, which was something Schenck lacked at times last year.
Pictured right are Chamois's Clay Nolte and Hermann's Grant Uthlaut fighting through the pack.
Hermann's Grant Uthlaut medaled by coming in 6th place (12:40:32) and Chamois's Clay Nolte took 12th place (12:53.26) by holding off Adam Meier by three hundreds of a second.
New Haven was without their number 2 runner, Zach Grater, who did not have enough practices in and was therefore unable to run. Grater will run in the Shamrocks’ next meet on Wed. at Vienna when Tucker will then have his full team.
Junior Dominick Pataky came in second for New Haven, finishing 19th (13:11) followed by first year runner sophomore Kevin McDowell in 33rd (13:56), who Tucker hopes will be running under 20 minutes come district time.
Cole Lensing took 35th (14:04) followed by Alex Madden taking 54th (15:22).
Tucker said, "I really think our kids have the potential of running good times and being competitive as a team later in the year. If we can have our top five running times less than 20 minutes by the end of the year, we will at least be able to be competitive. But this is just the first race and we have a long way still to go."
Hermann's Kaitlyn Peacock slips past New Haven's Fey Chavez by three hundreds of a second.
On the girls side Chamois's sophomore Autumn Baker earned a silver medal after running a 14:56.15, one place ahead of Hermann's Karinne Lane's third place finish.
New Haven's senior Fey Chavez led the Shamrocks finishing 22nd followed by Clara Roth 37th, Hannah Kruse 40th, Kamilla Magnussen in 46th, and the young freshman Lucy Roth took 47th.
Senior Kamilla Magnussen is a foreign exchange student from Norway, who is attending New Haven High School for the entire year. We will have a story about Kamilla later on about what she thinks of NHHS so far.
New Haven has a tough week ahead of them running on Wed. at Vienna then turning right around for the Linn Invitational on Sat.
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