Monroe Cross Country teams participate in annual Dave Bork meet

Isabella Cicero, Reporter

On Oct.16, the Dave Bork Cross Country Classic was held at Munson Park in Monroe. Several MHS students and teachers participated. The race is named after Dave Bork, who is an MHS alumnus. After graduating, he became a college athlete and eventual coach. 

The Dave Bork Classic offers the Sean Brady Memorial scholarship, which was created in memory of Sean Brady, who was killed in a tragic car accident six years ago. 

Brady was a varsity athlete who attended MHS; he participated in Cross country, track, and soccer. 

Monroe’s top runners at the meet were junior Luke Butler, junior Bridgette Dudley, sophomore Viktoria Bloniarz, and sophomore Andrew Foshag. 

The teachers who represented MHS were Justin Heck, Jim Davis, and Mark Scoles. 

Heck, who has been running for 19 years and went to the collegiate level for cross country, enjoyed running in memory of Brady.

 “I like running, and it’s for a good cause,” Heck said.

Coming in first place for the junior/senior race was junior Luke Butler, who ran a  17:34:80 He expressed his feelings on the track:

“The course had lots of water which made it fun to run on,” Butler shared. 

Sophomore Andrew Foshag came in sixth place at the Dave Bork Classic for the freshman/sophomore age division. Foshag ran a 20:00:08, and reflected on the event.

“I really enjoyed running through the mud. The team did great for the conditions,” said the sophomore. 

Senior Bridgette Dudley came in second place at the meet, running a 22:52:90. Viktoria Bloniarz (sophomore) came in first place for the freshman/sophomore division. Bloniarz ran a 21:20:40, and had many good things to say about the meet. 

“The Dave Bork is one of my favorite races and the team did a good job. It was difficult with parts of the course underwater but we pushed through and had a fun time,” shared Bloniarz. “Winning first for my race felt amazing because it’s our home course, and I was glad to represent our team.”