Cross country triumphs at Marauder Invitational


Kevin Kuhn

Austin Aldrich (right) and Nate March (left) fight to the finish line.

Keegan Honig, Editor

St. Louis cross country dominated the Marauder Invite Wednesday, Sep. 4 in Ovid-Elsie. The Sharks pushed through the course and finished strong during the early-season competition.

Coach Jay Puffpaff said, “It was a great day taking a positive step in the right direction, and it was a bonus getting an opportunity to preview the regional course.”

The boys’ team took first out of 13 teams with a score of 39! Medalists for the guys included sophomore Aaron Bowerman (17:49.04) in fifth place, junior Joe Erickson (17:52.48) in sixth place, senior Austin Aldrich (18:11.31) in eighth place, sophomore Nate March (18:13.54) in ninth place, freshman Thomas Zacharko (18:27.27) in 11th place, freshman Dylan Marr (18:35.33) in 17th place, and sophomore Craig Bebow (19:13.25) in 29th place.

The girls’ team also performed extremely well as they took second place out of 12 teams with a score of 67. Lady Sharks that earned medals on the day were sophomore Libby Munderloh (19:54.43) in second place, junior Mikaila Borie (21:19.28) in 11th place, senior Zoe Dickman (21:34.93) in 12th place, freshman Payton Kuhn (22:46.53) in 20th place, freshman Jenna Abell (22:51.49) in 22nd place, freshman Laney Pestrue (22:56.40) in 26th place, and sophomore Brooke Erskin (23:18.69) in 30th place.

Libby Munderloh shared, “I think our team is in a very good position for early in the season. A lot of runners on the team have already made some amazing gains for the season and have put us in a really great place as a team. As long as we keep our mindsets in the right place, we should be set up for an awesome season.”