Nordwald, Broker medal with 10th-place showings

Posted 12/9/15

By Patrick MacCoon Record Sports Editor Freshman Nathan Nordwald and senior Mary Broker have asserted themselves already as two of the top cross country runners for Warrenton. Both finished in 10th …

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Nordwald, Broker medal with 10th-place showings

Record Sports EditorFreshman Nathan Nordwald and senior Mary Broker have asserted themselves already as two of the top cross country runners for Warrenton.Both finished in 10th place and medaled in the Fort Zumwalt North Cross Country Invitational Saturday.With a time of 19 minutes and five seconds in the 3-mile race, Nordwald beat out several others in the last leg while battling the 90-plus degree heat as well. He also finished with the second-best time of any freshman runner.“He had a great finish,” Warrenton Head Coach Jeremy Colling said. “He really pushed it the last 100 meters and beat out six other runners to get in the top 10. Finishing in the top 10 should give him a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”Instead of letting exhaustion overtake him, Nordwald built up slowly during the race and saved enough energy to cross the finish line.“I could see that some of the other runners were really losing energy and speed after the first two miles,” Nordwald said. “I make sure I come out steady and not too fast. I raced just a little smarter than them.”Learning from his first race, Nordwald topped his 34th place finish at the Fleet Feet Meet to begin the season.The more experienced Broker led the Warrenton girls team with a time of 23:30, which landed her 10th place and a medal. Her time was six seconds faster than the next best runner behind her.“She qualified for state last year and she’s hoping to do that this year,” Collins said. “She’s progressed a lot since her freshman year. For her to be in the top 10 is really good.”To have a top-10 finish on both the girls and boys teams for the Warriors was something to not take lightly in a meet that consisted of eight teams.“Seeing the success in both programs is pretty cool,” Nordwald said. “I’m hoping we can win districts this year and go to state. We have to keep working hard for those goals.”The boys team finished in sixth place as Dylan Chandler (20th, 19:32), Matthew Hackman (27th-,20:05), Ben Hoelscher (35th, 21:04) and Ryan Spoede (38th, 23:57) finished behind Nordwald.Junior Darya Wilke finished 23rd with a time of 26:06 for the girls team.“We competed against some bigger teams and to see the success was really nice,” Collins said. “We hope to keep building up for even more medalists soon.”Nordwald and Broker’s finishes should provide a boost for the entire team, which will next compete at the Forest Park meet this Saturday at 8 a.m.“They see the success that they are having,” Collins said. “We have some runners pretty close to them. They want to work hard so they can have success like they are having.”

Photo courtesy of Mike Shaw.