Hornettes Cross Country Takes First At Murphysboro Invitational

The Girls Cross Country team took home first place at the Murphysboro Invitational on August 30. Back Row from left to right: Jadah Heidel, Brittnie Bartling, Jaylyn Bower, Avery Meade, Kylie Kozuszek, and Micah Arnold. Front Row from left to right: Destyn Hausner-Mills, Sabrina Kollbaum, Kiley Heidel, and Havalen Pierce.

By Brent Huelsmann

The Harriers continued their season as they traveled to Murphysboro for the Murphysboro Invitational on August 30. The Hornettes brought home first place, while the Hornets came home in eighth place.

The Hornettes came home with first place on the girls side as they finished with 120 points, 16 points ahead of second place. Pinckneyville finished in second, followed by Herrin  in third. Salem finished fourth, and Carterville rounded out the top five. East St. Louis finished sixth, followed by West Frankfort, Goreville, Marion, Massac County, Murphysboro, and Harrisburg.

The top finisher for Nashville was Jaylyn Bower in eighth place with a time of 21:38. Sabrina Kollbaum was not far behind, as she finished in 13th place with a time of 22:01. Brittnie Bartling finished 27th overall, and Havalen Pierce finished in 30th. Kylie Kozuszek finished 42nd for the Hornettes. Destyn Hausner Mills finished in 44th place, while Grace Maschhoff finished the race in 51st place. Also running for Nashville was Micah Arnold, Jadah Heidel, Kiley Heidel, and Avery Meade.

On the boys side the Hornets finished in eighth place. Marion took the overall championship, followed by Benton in second and Pinckneyville in third. Mt. Vernon, Red Bud, Carterville, and Herrin all finished ahead of the Hornets.

Nashville was led in the race by Brandon Schnitker, who finished third with a time of 16:26. Gavin Love was the next Nashville runner across the line in 23rd position with a time of 18:12. Landon Davis was right behind Love in 26th position with a time of 18:15. Evan Anderson finished in 58th place, and Nicholas Orr was the fifth runner across the line for Nashville in 94th place. Zach Langa, Derek Baugh, and Gabriel Fieber all ran for Nashville at the meet. Caleb Zgonina did not compete.

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