Scotus girls win third straight meet
It was a cloudy day at the Aquinas cross country invitational when Scotus senior Kelsey Faust completed the 5-kilometer course in fourth place and leading the Shamrock girls to a team win among a field of nine other schools.
Despite the victory, Faust said she believes that there was more out there for the Shamrocks.
“I thought the race went well,” Faust said. “We won as a team which is awesome. We probably together didn’t run our best, but it was obviously enough.”
And it wasn’t just the girls that had success for Scouts. The boys also finished in first as a team with Elliott Thomazin posting a top Scotus time of 17:40.16 for third place.
“We’ve had a really difficult week because of the schedule,” said Scotus head coach Merlin Lahm. “I think we competed really well. Crete early was ahead of us in the boys’ race. Our third and fourth guys kind of ran them down. I think with the intensity of our quality work lately, I think it was a really, really good day.”
Lakeview’s Brenden Henggeler scored an eight-place finish in 18:15.88 while the the Vikings as a team finished in seventh. The boys contingent included 12 participating schools.
Alison Loseke led Lakeview in the girls’ race with a time of 23:22.42, finishing in 23rd.
“I was excited about how both teams ran. My boys are just doing a phenomenal job of working their tails off in practice and in meets,” said Lakeview head coach James Brock. “I think I had two boys that medaled today. That’s probably all we’re going to get medaling unless one of the other guys can really step up. They have been cutting their time, most of them either PR’d again today, or ran really close to their PR (personal record). This is a lot tougher course than Albion last week.”
Brock said that his girls team has been battling injuries.
“All seven of my girls that ran today really fought through a lot of stuff,” he said. “A bunch of them are still dealing with some injuries, and they’re fighting. My top three girls finished in the upper 30s last week, and they were 22nd through 25th today, I’m just hoping we can get down to about 15 by districts for those girls. I was really proud of the effort I got out of the kids so far.”
Both teams only have two guaranteed meets left this year, with a chance to make it to state depending on how they perform at districts. With few chances remaining, coaches and athletes are setting their goals for the postseason.
“I want to try to make it to state, get top 15, and just get a good time,” Henggeler said.
Henggeler isn’t the only local athlete looking to be successful at State. He qualified as a freshman while Faust is looking at making it four-for-four and end another year in Kearney.
“I would like to medal at the rest of our meets, and I would like to have as many girls as we can medal as well, and hopefully win,” she said.
Coaches are also looking ahead.
“You kind of adjust goals as you go along,” Brock said. “I was hoping we could get a girls team to state. I just don’t think that’s possible with our injuries. I’m hoping we can get a couple of the girls to the state meet, two of the three top runners, I don’t know who it will be. I’m really expecting Cody and Brenden to get to state in two weeks. We’ll see how conference goes next week that’s just a buzz saw down there a lot big strong Class B teams there.”
Both teams will be competing in their conference tournament next Thursday. Lakeview will be traveling to Holdrege, while Scotus heads to Pioneers Park in Lincoln.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com