Tigers Place Second at Palatine
The varsity cross country team placed second in the Palatine Invitational this weekend which had heavy competition from across the country. The Tigers were led by junior Patrick Schaefer, sophomore Grady Shiftlet, and junior Cooper Marchal who placed 17th, 29th, and 30th respectively. Other scorers for the Tigers were sophomore Zach Larkin and senior Ryan Guenthner.
“I thought we did pretty well,” said Guenthner. “Our goal at every meet is to win because we feel like we have the talent, but Palatine is a big meet with a lot of strong competition that we’re not used to, so getting second is a pretty good accomplishment.
“I think that for my first race back [from a strained calf] I did well, but I’m not where I want to be. I was only 5th for us, and I know I need to improve a lot more if we’re going to win state and have a shot at making it to nationals. Plus, my goal is to be my absolute best, and I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near my best yet.”
The junior varsity dominated the field with a score of only 24 points. Senior Andrew Edwards won the race and was followed by junior Johnny Vaughan, sophomore Eoin Corbett, junior Clint Sherman, junior Joey Schrepferman, and junior Nick Poole who placed third, fifth, sixth, ninth, and 22nd respectively.
“I thought I had a pretty good chance to win this race.” said Edwards. “I wanted to go out a little fast to see if anyone could hang with me. I knew the competition would be stronger and I knew that the results would help give coach a good idea of what our state team would look like, so I had even more motivation than usual.”
“I think we’re really starting to show our true strength and depth,” said Guenthner. “We have a lot of guys who are in great shape and still improving. It’s not just the top seven. This is starting to look like a national caliber team, and we’re only just scratching the surface.”