Tigers Win National Race
For the first time in school history, the Tigers won the Great American Cross Country Festival by beating the ninth ranked team in the nation Brentwood High School by 8 points with a score of 111 to 119. Juniors Patrick Schaefer and Cooper Marchal led the team by placing 24th and 26th with senior Ryan Guenthner, sophomore Zach Larkin, and junior Eric Portaro not far behind at 29th, 32nd, and 39th respectively.
“It was just like Coach Medley told us,” said Guenthner,”we didn’t drive for eight hours just to compete for second. We were looking for a win and wanted to show that we’re the team to beat in the Southeastern region, and that’s what we did.”
“We knew that if we packed up we would be successful,” said Marchal. “It took a team effort and without that it would not have been possible.”
“I know I’m still capable of more and so is the team,” says Guenthner. “We raced our best, but we can always do more to improve for the next race. I’m a lot happier with myself this week, but I’ll never be content with just the third best guy. It’s just my competitive nature. I want to be the best on the team and best in the state. It was a pretty sweet victory, but we are always looking to improve.”
Varsity B also had an outstanding performance by placing second in their race. They were led by junior Thomas Knepshield, junior Joey Schrepferman, and junior Johnny Vaughn who placed 16th, 19th, and 29th respectively. Junior Nick Poole and sophomore Eoin Corbett also scored for the Tigers.
The JV team also placed second with junior Seth Goodwin, senior Jacob Young, senior Haba Hamada, junior Alex Weber, sophomore Will Perrone, and junior Sam Snawder placing sixth, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, and 18th respectively.