Nothing could stop the New Haven Shamrocks at the Linn Invitational Saturday.
Not the weather, the mud or even the other runners could defeat the New Haven boys.
The Shamrocks scored 87 points to place first among the 21 teams in the varsity race. Warrensburg was second at 111 points while Hermann ended third at 152 points.
“The varsity boys took first there for the first time in school history,” New Haven Head Coach John Tucker said. “My front five looked like defending Class 1 state champions. They were aggressive and ran a very smart race. My pushers (sixth and seventh runners) did a good job of passing on the second loop but will need to get faster if we are going to be successful at district and state.”
New Haven senior Joseph Rethemeyer was the first Shamrock across the stripe. The New Haven Invitational winner ended second in this meet behind Warrensburg’s Colton Palmer. Palmer ran a time of 17:30.49 and Rethemeyer finished in 18:03.93.
Next was Martin Lewis in 17th with a time of 19:11.53. Austin Tegeler ended third in 21st at 19:25.97.
Dominic Lewis and Tim Madden finished 24th and 25th, respectively. Dominic Lewis finished in 19:31.96 and Madden crossed the line in 19:32.08.
Freshman Charlie Roth was 39th with a time of 20:14.77. Another freshman, Logan Williams, was 48th in 20:34.79.
“After last week’s home meet, we need to see improvement from our fourth and fifth runners and they rose to the occasion,” Tucker said. “If my third, fourth and fifth runners can finish like they did at Linn, we will be a tough team to compete with in late October.”
On the girls side, New Haven finished fourth with 131 points. Warrensburg was the winner at 81 points while Osage took second at 98. Centralia was one point in front of the Lady Shamrocks. Moberly was fifth at 143 points, three in front of Hermann.
“The girls also ran well finishing fourth behind three Class 3 schools,” Tucker said. “We are still getting over some early season injuries and if we can continue to heal and improve they are also going to be tough to compete against at district.”
Sophomore Emma McIntyre was New Haven’s top finisher, taking seventh in 22:44.60.
Julia McIntyre was 17th with a time of 23:37.61.
Caroline Otten was next, taking 27th in 24:1099. Kayla Brumels placed 40th in 24:56.66. Grace Allgaier ended 63rd in 25:58.37.
Hannah Borcherding ran 68th in 26:09.28, Emily Delgado ended 71st in 26:27.52 and Chloe Grater was 75th in 26:38.45.
Tucker said the course got harder as the day went along.
“Linn received about as much rain as we did in New Haven so the course was wet but not flooded, however, it lightly rained for most of the morning and after four races there were some pretty muddy spots,” Tucker said. “Overall I was very happy with my runners’ efforts and how they competed but the key now is to be consistent and continue to work hard. We don’t race again until Sept. 20 at Belle, which gives us an opportunity to focus on training and work on the little things that we have noticed in our first three races.”
The final race was JV boys and New Haven ended third among eight teams with 84 points. Warrensburg won at 44 points while Wellsville-Middletown was second at 70.
Hermann was fifth at 104 points.
New Haven’s top runner was Hunter Tallent, who was fourth at 20:41.91.