Cross country teams fare well at Shelbyville Invitational

Marc Rogers / Journal

SHELBYVILLE — Lady Maroons cross country finshed 2nd overall in the Shelbyville Invitational, bringing home some awards with three athletes in the top 10.

Makayla Koeppel took 4th overall and also was the top-placing freshman, running in the 20s for the second meet in a row. Junior Claire Holland was the 5th overall finisher, and she also ran in the 20s for the second meet in a row (last year her PR was 21:18, run at Sectionals). Junior Jessie Wertz was 10th, running the 21s for the second meet in a row (previous lifetime best was 22:47).

On the boys team, overall meet champion was Ethan Black, leading wire to wire, executing an evenly paced race.

“A (Steve) Prefontaine quote we shared with the team this week was ‘A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts’,” said athletic director Matt Koeppel. “ And if you got to see the finish of the race, all these young men really showed they have guts.”

Brennan Wolfe was the #10 overall finisher, racing under his lifetime PR from last year again this meet. The peer-elected Athlete of the Week was Junior and cross-country newbie Trevor Willis.

Despite the hilly terrain, Trevor PR’ed by 30 seconds compared to his time from last Friday. Junior Justyn West, who is also new to cross country, showed determination in the last 200, battling it out with a St. Teresa athlete. Freshman Blaine Zbinden opened his high school career with an even-paced 1st 3 mile race (7:35/7:38/7:45).

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