Nathan Hale High School Men’s Cross Country Team in Selfless Pursuit of Excellence

Nathan Hale High School Men’s Cross Country Team in Selfless Pursuit of Excellence
Posted on 11/18/2019
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The Nathan Hale High School Men’s Cross Country Team is built on love and selflessness. Behind that cause, the team qualified for the WIAA State Meet for the second consecutive season (27th time in program history) by finishing 2nd at the sectional following a 1st place tiebreaker with Greendale. According to Coach Daniel Machmueller, the men “raced selfless and fearless” and put four men in the top 12 of the sectional race to help clinch the qualification (top two teams qualify from each of the 10 sectionals). 

“The team finished 15th
 overall at the state meet, led by Team Captain Joshua Truchon, a junior, who finished fourth overall individually. Joshua also won six invitationals this fall and set a new school record 5k time of 15:32 at the conference meet (old record was 15:54 from 2002). Joshua is an amazing person and leader, and has helped set a new realization of what is possible with our team. He puts in consistent and purposeful work each day (year round) and keeps it fun for himself and the whole team. We have a lot of fun and goofy kids, and Joshua helps set the tone for a loose and loving environment at practices and meets,” said Machmueller.

The other members of the state team included senior Liam Kelley, sophomore Cole Konczal, junior Joseph Hertel, junior Matthew Kees, sophomore Collin Raschka, sophomore Cole Orlowski, and sophomore Alex White.  

Machmueller said, “Liam, Cole Konczal and Joseph all ran season best races at the state meet which is what you want to see as a coach, guys running their best at the right time. For Joseph, Collin, Alex and Cole Orlowski, it was their first time at the state meet and all of them had breakthrough seasons. Experience is huge at this meet, so it will be fun to see how much they move up in the coming years. It’s a very special group we are excited about.”

“Although only seven men get to compete for each team that qualified at the State Meet, our entire roster is one united team, with every man contributing to the success. These men are committed to a counterculture lifestyle, unafraid to be different and do things the right way. It’s a group that sets the example of what teenagers are capable of achieving. There are no limits for this team as they look to build off a successful 2019 season and continue to build on the Hale Cross Country tradition of those who came before them and those that will come after,” added Machmueller.

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