Grace Lutheran cross country makes mark at National Championships

Vikings finish 8th in girls race and 11th in boys race

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The Grace Lutheran cross country program has made their mark not only on the local middle school running scene but nationally as well. The Vikings finished 8th in the girls and 11th in the boys races at the Lutheran Cross Country Middle School National Championships held at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. on October 24.
Paxton Ferencak (7th/8th grade), Owen Augustine (6th grade) and Zawadi Brown (6th grade and under) earned Lutheran Middle School All-American recognition with outstanding performances for the Vikings. Ferencak recorded a time 12 minutes, 14.9 seconds while Augustine (12:41.34) and Brown also ran very well.
The three top runners reflected both team's overall success.
"Both teams exceeded my expectations," head coach Rich Brooks said. "It's a great group of young overachievers."

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Craig Virgin from Lebanon, Illinois  

Posted: October 31st, 2015 4:40 PM

I had the honor of speaking to this fine group of young boys and girls back in Sept. I thought they were "special" even then! I could not be prouder of them. Good coaching by Rich Brooks with enthusiastic and dedicated training by the kids is what led to this successful result. I think there is some fantastic new tradition being established at Grace School right now and expect even more success in Spring track. Way to go, Grace!

Esther Schuette Armstrong from Oak Park  

Posted: October 30th, 2015 10:41 PM

We loved being a part of this team! Way to go Grace runners and to the best XC coach ever!!! Let's do it again!

Carrie Douma Wahlen from Chicago  

Posted: October 30th, 2015 7:23 PM

Well done, Grace XC runners! Can't wait for another great season with all of you!

Richard Brooks from River Forest  

Posted: October 30th, 2015 2:56 PM

Very nice article about these young men and women who are a joy to coach.

Dawn Ferencak from Chicago  

Posted: October 30th, 2015 12:13 PM

Way to go Grace Lutheran Cross Country and Coach Brooks!

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