Olivia Elston, Morgan Serkes and Tessa Schaumburg named Goshen Gladiator Student-Athletes of the
13, 2016 - This week’s Gladiator
student-athletes of the week are Girls Cross Country Captains Olivia
Elston, Morgan Serkes, and Tessa Schaumburg.
The Lady Gladiators kicked off their racing season in the high heat on
September 7 with a win at home against Monticello and Burke Catholic.
Senior trio Olivia Elston (19:49), Morgan Serkes (21:11) and Tessa
Schaumburg (22:04) took first, third and fourth places respectively. On
Saturday, the Lady Glads traveled to Warwick Valley to race at Wave
Mania, once again they were led by the Senior Trio.
Elston continues to impress in her second season of cross country. Last
year, Elston came to Wave Mania brand new to the sport and placed 19th
with a time of 20:42. This year, with a year of training and dedication
under her belt, Elston blew the field away. Much to the delight of an
ecstatic crowd, she raced her way to victory with a time of 18:36, the
fastest time of the day by 17 seconds, the fastest time in her race by
45 seconds, and perhaps the most impressive of all; a course personal
record by 1:47!
Olivia is being recruited to continue her running career by numerous
Division I colleges and universities.
Senior captain Morgan Serkes continues to demonstrate dedication and
leadership. Over the summer, Serkes took on the responsibility of
arranging several captain's practices per week, and it is clear that she
put in plenty of training herself as she is looking strong this season.
Serkes placed 4th overall at Wave Mania with a course personal record of
Senior Tessa Schaumburg also personifies dedication as she leads by
example daily. Schaumburg ran 22:03, a course personal record by 30
seconds! Both Serkes and Schaumburg are in their 4th year of cross
Morgan has the goal of continuing her running career at the collegiate
level. Tessa wants to pursue art in college.
All three seniors are also members of the Indoor and Outdoor Track
teams. Schaumburg is one of the top race walkers in Section 9. Serkes
and Elston were both members of the 4x800 relay that ran at Nationals.
Best of luck to Olivia, Morgan, Tessa, and the rest of the Lady
Gladiator Cross Country runners this fall season!