FootLocker 2009 West Boys Regionals: Meddles Leads, Shrader Sprints!, Commentary by Larry Eder, Photos by PhotoRun.net

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Wade Meddles is one tough runner. The Garderville, Nevada harrier took the lead early and did not give up the lead until within view of the finish. His plan was simple: Crush the competition, keeping the kickers way behind him and above all else, qualifying for the final. Well, Wade qualified for the final!

Brian Shrader, from Flagstaff, Arizona, had pretty good confidence in his kick. Staying in the wading crowd of early leaders, Shrader worked his way through the top runners, only reaching Meddles with two hundred meters to go, and let it rip on the Mondo track of Mt. San Antonio College, running a fine 15:25 for the victory. Wade was second in 15:29. In thirdy, Cody Helbling of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho was third in 15:32. In fourth, Matthew McElroy of Huntington Beach, California ran 15:34. Shane Moskowitz, the Nike Border Clash winner, was fifth. Moskowitz, who is from Bremerton, WA and was his state champion in cross country, ran 15:37. Conner Peloquin of Gig Harbor, WA finished in sixth, one second behind Moskowitz, in 15:38-just as he had done at the Border Clash! Steve Magnuson of Oro Valley, Arizona was seventh in 15:40.

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Wade Meddles charges to lead, FL West, 800 meters, photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Meddles builds lead, 1,600 meters, FLWest, photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Kurt Reugg, tenth place, FL West, Photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Pablo Rosales, ninth place, FLWest, photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Billy Orman, eighth place, FLWest regional, photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Steve Magnuson, seventh place, FLWest, photo by PhotoRun.net.
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Conner Peloquin, sixth place, FLWest, (second, Nike Border Clash, 11.22.09), photo by PhotoRun.net.


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Shane Moskowitz, fifth place, FLWest, (won Nike Border Clash 11.22.09), photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Matt McElroy, fourth place, FLWest, photo by PhotoRun.net.


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Cody Helbling, third place, FLWest regional, photo by Photorun.net.

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Wade Meddles takes second, FLwest, photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Brian Shrader, first place, FLWest, photo by PhotoRun.net.

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Brian Shrader wins FLWest, over the last 200 meters! photo by PhotoRun.net.


Pl Name Hometown Time
1) Brian Shrader Flagstaff, AZ 15:25
2) Wade Meddles Garderville, NV 15:29
3) Cody Helbling Coeur d'AleneID 15:32
4) Matthew McElroy Huntington Beach,CA 15:34
5) Shane Moskowitz Bremerton, WA 15:37
6) Conner Peloquin Gig Harbor, WA 15:38
7) Steve Magnuson Oro Valley, AZ 15:40
8) Billy Orman Tuba City, AZ 15:40
9) Pablo Rosales San Pedro, CA 15:47
10) Kurt Ruegg Yountville, CA 15:50

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