“Go, go, go!”, said the people on the side of the course as they cheered on the Varsity Cross Country boys and one Varsity girl, Emma McIntyre, at the State Cross Country meet. The 2018 Cross Country State meet was held at Oak Hills Golf Course Center in Jefferson City, on Saturday, November 3, with the Shamrocks running in Class 2. The boys team finished their day bringing home a third place trophy.
The Shamrocks also left the meet with two All-State runners, senior Joseph Rethemeyer and sophomore Emma McIntyre. Joseph Rethemeyer finished 12th with a time of 17:48. Emma McIntyre finished 16th with a time of 21:31.
After the meet, the athletes were asked how they felt they ran at State. Freshman Logan Williams simply replied with, “Good!”
Most of the other athletes replied with just saying okay or alright. They were then asked how they felt the team competed.
Senior Joseph Rethemeyer responded, “Pretty well-- I'm very happy with 3rd and don't think we under-performed.”
“No one really ran as fast as they normally do, but that was due to the conditions we ran in and the difficulty of the course,” expressed senior Martin Lewis.
With State being the last Cross Country race that the seniors ran, they were asked how they felt running their last race. Martin Lewis said, “Relieved, but I'm [going to] miss it.”
“Thankful, I've put my body through a lot of pain and I'm glad it's all over,” answered Joseph Rethemeyer.
Senior Tim Madden expressed his feelings with just saying there was relief for him.
The athletes were then questioned if the race was challenging, due to the school being moved up to Class 2. “The difference between Class 1 and 2 is mainly the depth of teams. The top Class 1 teams are just as good as some of the top Class 2 teams. It's just that there are more fast schools in Class 2 than in Class 1,” replied senior Martin Lewis.
Senior Joseph Rethemeyer said, “Yes, the teams are much stronger and there are a lot more competitive athletes.”
The final question asked was what their favorite memory was about State this year.
Freshman Logan Williams answered, “Getting third.” The rest of the athletes replied with saying their favorite memory was simply finishing.
Congratulations, Shamrocks, on a great finish to your Cross Country season!