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Cross Country Ends September On High Note

The Nashville High School Cross Country team had a successful showing at the Chester Cross Country Invitational to end September. The boys team came away with a third place finish behind Herrin and Steeleville, while the girls team took home first place, just ahead of New Athens. The cross country teams are back in action on October 6, at the Pinckneyville Invitational, which is held at Lake Sallateeska.

The boys team finished with 90 points behind Herrin and Steeleville. The top finisher for Nashville was Brandon Schnitker in second place with a time of 16:24. Caleb Zgonina also finished in the top five overall in fifth place with a time of 16:55. Landon Davis was third for Nashville, in 12th place overall with a time of 17:50. Gavin Love came across the line in 16th place with a time of 18:01. The fifth finisher for Nashville was Nicholas Orr in 70th place with a time 20:22. Also finishing the race for Nashville was Evan Anderson, Derek Baugh, Brandon Restoff, and Zach Langa. Both Schnitker and Zgonina were awarded Varsity medals in the race, while Davis received a medal for being the third freshman/sophomore across the line, and Love received a medal for being the fourth freshman/sophomore across the line.

The girls team finished in first place with 73 points, six points ahead of second place New Athens. The Hornettes had four finishers in the top 12 overall places in the race, led by Sabrina Kollbaum in fifth with a time of 21:03. Kollbaum was followed closely by Grace Maschhoff and Brittnie Bartling, who finished in seventh and eighth place overall. Maschhoff finished with a time of 21:18, and Bartling was two seconds behind her with a time of 21:20. The next finisher across the line was Jaylyn Bower in 12th place with a time of 22:15. Jadah Heidel finished in 47th place with a time of 25:01, followed by Avery Meade with a time of 25:20 in 51st place, and Taylor Cook in 59th place with a time of 26:12. Bower was the only runner for Nashville to receive a varsity medal, as she was the eighth varsity runner across the line. Kollbaum, Maschhoff, Bartling, and Heidel all received freshmen/sophomore medals in the race. Kollbaum was second, Maschhoff third, Bartling fourth, and Heidel 20th, among freshmen or sophomores competing.