On Saturday, October 27th, the New Haven cross country team traveled 3 hours to Hermitage, Missouri, to compete in Districts. New Haven was going up against Belle, Bourbon, Calvary Lutheran, Cuba, Dixon, Father Tolton Regional Catholic, Fatima, Hermann, Linn, New Bloomfield, South Callaway, and Steelville. The boys finished 2nd and the girls, sadly, finished 4th. The boys and Emma McIntyre (who advanced individually) are now going to State, which is in Jefferson City, at Oak Hills Golf Course.
The first question asked to the athletes was what their thoughts of Districts were, and freshman Logan Williams responded with, “I felt nervous going into Districts, but we did great as a team.”
“I felt like the girls worked hard, but I’m sad that the girls didn’t make it to State,” said junior Grace Allgaier.
“I was very nervous but when it was all said and done I was happy with the outcome,” answered senior Joseph Rethemeyer.
Next, the runners talked about how they felt about the course, and senior Martin Lewis said, “You basically start off on the hardest part which is a super steep and rocky hill on the side of the dam. Then you run through the woods where most of the course is pretty flat. Then after the 2 mile mark, you run up a very long hill which you then come down the other side into a flat finish.”
“I really enjoyed it. Since I got the chance to run there in September I already knew what the course had in store for me. After running it the second time I was able to plan out where I could push myself,” replied sophomore Caroline Otten.
Grace Allgaier, junior, answered with, “I thought it was beautiful, but I hated the hill at the beginning.”
Last, the Shamrocks were questioned what their thoughts on State would be, and senior Joseph Rethemeyer responded, “I’m relaxed. I've been in the same position three previous years, now all I have to do is my very best.”
“I’m relieved. We had a lot of pressure going into districts, but now, since we moved on, we feel much less stressed because we showed how good we could be at Districts,” said senior Martin Lewis.
Caroline Otten, sophomore, answered, “Even though the girls team didn't make it, I am really proud of how hard we have all worked this season. It was really fun getting to know the girls even more this year and working our butts off with each other. I am very excited though, to see how the boys compete at State and how Emma McIntyre runs at State!”
Wonderful job to the cross country runners at Districts! Good luck to them, at State, on November 3rd at Jefferson City.