Cross Country Finishes Regular Season

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The Nashville Hornettes cross country team won conference for the first time since 2010-11. Back Row: Jadah Heidel, Brittnie Bartling, Taylor Cook, Jaylyn Bower, Grace Maschhoff, and Sabrina Kollbaum.

For the first time since 2010-2011 the Nashville Hornettes girls cross country team won the Southern Illinois River to River Conference Mississippi Division championship. The girls team finished 16 points ahead of second place DuQuoin. The boys team finished in second at the conference meet, as Pinckneyville came away victorious. The cross country teams also competed in Hamilton County Cross Country Invitational, and the Benton Invitational to finish the regular season.

At the Hamilton County Cross Country Invitational, which was held on October 11 at Dolan Lake, both the boys and the girls team finished in the top two. The boys team placed second overall, right behind Hamilton County. The girls team dominated the meet with four finishers in the top five overall.

The boys were led by Brandon Schnitker who was the first runner across the line with a time of 16:24. Caleb Zgonina was right behind Schnitker in second place with a time of 16:56. Landon Davis was third for the Hornets in sixth place with at ime of 17:38, and was followed across the line by Gavin Love who had a time of 17:40. Nicholas Orr was fifth for the Hornets, followed by Brandon Restorff and Zach Langa.

In the girls race, the Hornettes finished with four of the top five runners as Grace Maschhoff finished second, Brittnie Bartling finished third, Sabrina Kollbaum in fourth, and Jaylyn Bower in fifth. Maschhoff finished in a time of 20:39, Bartling in a time of 20:52, Kollbaum finished in 20:58 and Bower finished in 21:05. Jadah Heidel was the fifth runner across the line for Nashville, followed by Taylor Cook, and Avery Meade.

The cross country teams then traveled to DuQuoin for the SIRR Conference Meet, which was held at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds on October 13. The girls won the meet, with four runners in the top six. The boys finished second, but had the top overall finisher and three of the top ten.

The boys were led by Schnitker, who finished with a time of 15:16, winning the race. Zgonina was fourth overall in a time of 15:59, followed by Love who finished in ninth with a time of 16:58. Davis was fourth for the Hornets with a time of 17:20, which was good for twelfth place. Derek Baugh, Orr and Evan Anderson finished back to back to back in 24th, 25th, and 26th for the Hornets.

The girls were led by Bartling who finished in third place with a time of 19:24. Maschhoff was second across the line with a time of 19:47 in fourth place, followed by teammates Kollbaum and Bower, who finished in fifth and sixth place. Heidel was the fourth finisher for Nashville, and Cook was the fifth finisher.

The cross country teams finished up the regular season with the Benton Invitational. The boys came away with a fourth place finish behind Hamilton County, Benton and Herrin, while the girls came away with a third place finish behind DuQuoin and Okawville.

Leading the way for the boys was Schnitker, who finished second overall with a time of 15:40. Schnitker was joined in the top ten by Zgonina, who finished in ninth place with a time of 16:59. Love finished 11th overall with a time of 17:02, followed by Davis in 19th place with a time of 17:42. Baugh finished in 58th place, Orr finished in 60th place and Anderson finished in 64th place.

In the girls race, Nashville was led by Bartling, who edged Maschhoff for seventh place. Bartling finished in a time of 20:10, while Maschhoff finished with a time of 20:11. Kollbaum was third for the Hornettes with a time of 20:24 in 14th place, followed by Bower with a time of 20:40 in 16th place. Rounding out the top five for Nashville was Heidel with time of 24:11, followed by Cook with a time of 24:56.