Sheldon's Garren blazes to gold in Wheaton
Sheldon's Madison Garren captured a first-place finish at the Wheaton Invitational, Oct. 8, notching her first career cross country victory.
Competing in the girls' 5K, 3.1 mile event, Garren moved into first-place at the half-mile mark and never looked back —finishing with an official time of 23.13.
"She was thrilled to finally have a first-place finish," said Sheldon coach Mike Galimberto.
At the Butler Invitational two days later, Garren, a junior, placed 24th with a time 23.47. While dealing with a quad injury, Garren still improved upon her time from the same meet a year prior.
Returning from a lengthy absence, Sheldon sophomore Deshawn Huffman placed 32nd in the Wheaton boys' 5K, clocking a time of 32.15. At Butler, Huffman placed 87th (24.25).
"Times and pacing continue to improve with both runners," Galimberto noted, adding that Garren has lowered her season-average time to 23.59, while Huffman's is at 23.32.
Garren and Huffman are set to compete at the Clever Invitational, Thursday.
They then wrap their regular-season slate in El Dorado Springs (Oct. 20) and Montrose (Oct. 21).