The sun shined--no, the sun beat--on September 17 in Steelville, where the cross country boy’s team won the Steelville Invitational for the second year in a row, with frontrunners Nathan Ford and Julia McIntyre taking first in both varsity races. With temperatures reaching upwards of 90 degrees, this was a hot one.
The Shamrocks couldn’t be bothered by the boiling temperatures.
Coach John Tucker says, “looking at the times, both my boys and my girls teams ran well. We’ve been running in the heat and we’ve been hydrating well, so I really don’t think it was a factor for us.”
“We are very fortunate to have very strong freshmen,” Tucker says, “and they aren’t only talented, they’re tough.”
This could have been a reference to freshman Tim Madden, who ran the race with a large blister on his foot and only one shoe. “You’ve gotta have a desire to do something like that because, you know, it hurts,” Tucker says, “everyone wanted it.”
Julia McIntyre won the varsity girls race with a time of 21:03.
“Julia is progressing nicely and has lots of potential. If she continues to get strong, she’s going to be very good,” Tucker says.
The girls will get to run as a full team for the first time this season at the Belle Cross Country Invitational on Thursday, September 24th. Junior Lucy Roth will join McIntyre, Clare Roth, Audrey Ford, and Natalie Horstkamp to create a team of five. Junior Emily Lewis, also a member, is currently nursing an injury.