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Harriers Headed To State

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in 16th place with a a time of 17:49. Nashville's final runners were led by Landon Davis who finished in 37th place, Gavin Love who finished in 51st place, Derek Baugh who finished in 89th place, Evan Anderson who finished in 103rd place, and Nicholas Orr who finished in 104th place.

After the meet, Coach Orr talked about Schnitker. “He really wanted the number one spot, I was a little concerned when I saw him in third coming down the hill with about a third of a mile to go. I wasn't sure if he could try to beat Freeburg's number two, but he managed to leg him out.”

After the race, Schnitker talked about the experience he got last year. “It's huge, it is a different world up there. You can't train for something like that, so knowing what is up there is amazing.” Schnitker went on to praise Zgonina. “It's nice to have him there because now I know when I go out for a hard run in practice, he'll be right there with me so I can pull him along with me.”

The State Finals will take place at Detweiller Park in Peoria on November 5. The girls race will take place at 9 a.m., and the boys race will take place at 10 a.m.

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Brandon Schnitker finished second in the Sectional to advance to the State Finals which will be held on November 5 in Peoria.

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By Brent Huelsmann

For the first time since 2010, the Nashville Hornettes cross country team is headed to State. After wining their Regional on October 22, Nashville came away with a third place finish at Sectionals. The third place finish was the best finish in school history. The Hornettes will be joined at state by two members of the boys cross country team from Nashville High School. Brandon Schnitker and Caleb Zgonina each finished in the top ten overall to advance to state as individuals.

The Nashville girls cross country team finished third overall in the sectional, behind Freeburg and Mater Dei. The other two teams advancing were DuQuoin and Chester. The third place finish at Sectionals secured Nashville's fifth trip to state as a team since 2006. Nashville was led at Sectionals by Freshman Sabrina Kollbaum who finished tenth overall with a time of 21:10. Second across the line for Nashville was Brittnie Bartling in sixteenth position with a time of 21:31. Bartling was followed closely by Jaylyn Bower who finished in seventeenth position with a time of 21:47. The fourth runner across the line for Nashvile was Grace Maschhoff in 39th place in a time of 22:47. The last runner to count for the team score was Jadah Heidel. Heidel finished in 61st place with a time of 24:15. Taylor Cook finished with a time of 27:16 and Avery Meade finished with a time of 27:18 to round out the runners for Nashville.

After the race, coach Jean Orr talked about the girl's team performance. “I was happy with them. They were loose this morning, so I thought they would do good things.”

The boys team did not fare as well at Sectionals, as they finished in eighth place. Although the team did not advance, the Hornets had two runners advance to State as individuals. Both Schnitker and Zgonina finished in the top 10, which was good enough to advance out of Sectionals. The five teams that advanced out of Sectionals were Freeburg, Pinckneyville, Mater Dei, Steeleville, and Roxana. This season will mark the third trip to state for both Schnitker and Zgonina. Both were members of the boys cross country teams that advanced to State in 2014 and 2015. Schnitker led the way for Nashville as he finished in second place with a time of 16:41, Zgonina was seventh across the line with a time of 17:18. The last individual to advance to state finished in 16th place with a a time of 17:49. Nashville's final runners were led by Landon Davis who finished in 37th place, Gavin Love who finished in 51st place, Derek Baugh who finished in 89th place, Evan Anderson who finished in 103rd place, and Nicholas Orr who finished in 104th place.

After the meet, Coach Orr talked about Schnitker. “He really wanted the number one spot, I was a little concerned when I saw him in third coming down the hill with about a third of a mile to go. I wasn't sure if he could try to beat Freeburg's number two, but he managed to leg him out.”

After the race, Schnitker talked about the experience he got last year. “It's huge, it is a different world up there. You can't train for something like that, so knowing what is up there is amazing.” Schnitker went on to praise Zgonina. “It's nie to have him there because now I know when I go out for a hard run in practice, he'll be right there with me so I can pull him along with me.”

The State Finals will take place at Detweiller Park in Peoria on November 5. The girls race will take place at 9 a.m., and the boys race will take place at 10 a.m.

Sabrina Kollbaum, Caleb Zgonina and Brittnie Bartling run the course on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The girls cross country team as well as Brandon Schnitker and Zgonina advanced to the State Finals which will be held on November 5 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.