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Batavia freshman Katrina Schlenker takes second at state cross country

Batavia's Katrina Schlenker finishes first in the Waubonsie Valley 3A Sectional Race in Aurora Oct. 27.
Batavia's Katrina Schlenker finishes first in the Waubonsie Valley 3A Sectional Race in Aurora Oct. 27.

Batavia freshman Katrina Schlenker’s first high school season was historic.

Schlenker, second in the Class 3A state cross country race in November, ran the fourth-fastest time in girls cross country state finals history (16:07.31) – and the fastest time ever by a freshman. It put the cherry on a dominating high school season. She was the individual champion at conference, regionals (17:14) and sectionals (16:47.5).

Earlier this month, Schlenker participated in the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon and placed 27th (17:42.8). Schlenker was the first-ever runner in Batavia cross country history to qualify for the event.

Schlenker was one of two freshmen to enjoy a sensational debut this fall.

Rosary’s Lianna Surtz took second in Class 2A and placed 24th at Nike Cross Nationals.

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