The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships is the oldest high school national championships in our sport of cross country. Many of the finest American distance runners of the past 39 years have competed in the Foot Locker, which started out as the Kinney Cross Country Championships. There are four regional races (Midwest, South East, North East, all on November 25, and Western Regional, held on December 2, 2017). The national championships will be held on December 9, 2017 in iconic Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.
Girls seeded race
In nearly perfect conditions (50 degrees, clear skies), Marlee Starliper won the seeded Girls race in the FootLocker North East Regional. Marlee Starliper is a sophomore, from Norther High School in Wellesville, PA. Marlee won the NE Regional in 17:47.5 for the 5,000 meter course on the famous Van Cortlandt Park. In second was Katherine Lee, from Wading River, NY, in 17:50. In third, Jacqueline Gaughan, from Exeter, New Hampshire, finished in 17:54.7. Two time finalists making the Foot Locker Final (December 9 in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) were Jacqueline Gaughan, Page Lester (Washington, D.C.), in fifth, Abigail Green (7th, Bethesda, MD), Elanor Lawlor (8th place, Wakefield, Rhode Island), and Taryn Parks (10th, Greencaste, PA).
NE, Top Ten, Seeded Girls: 1. Marlee Starliper, Wellsville, PA, Northern High School (soph), 17.47.5, 2. Katherine Lee, Wading River, NY, Shoreham-Wading River High School (senior), 17:50.0, 3. Jacqueline Gaughan, Exeter, New Hampshire, Exeter High school (senior), 17:54.7, 4. Morgan McCormick, Wilton, Conn, Wilton High School (senior), 18:10.7, 5. Page Lester, Washington, D.C., National Cathedral School (senior), 18:12.7, 6. Savannah Shaw, Pittsburg, PA., Upper Saint Clair High School (senior), 18:14.7, 7. Abigail Green, Bethesda, MD., Walter Johnson High School (senior), 18:17.9, 8. Elanor Lawler, Wakefield, R.I., South Kingston High School (senior), 18:20.4, 9. Abby Loveys, Mendham, N.J., Randolph HIgh School (junior), 18:23.8, 10. Taryn Parks, Greencastle, PA, Greencaste-Antrim High School (sophomore), 18:25.6.
Boys Seeded Race: With a five second lead, Tristan Shelgren, a senior from St. John’s Prepatory School in Boxford, MA, won the North East Regional in 15:32.8. In second, running 15:37, was Damien Dilcher from Brick, New York. Only eight tenths of a second behind, Brookline, MA’s Lucas Aramburu took third in 15:37.8. The seeded boys’ race had only two returnees. Two time returnees were Dalton Hengst of York, PA, who took fourth and Andrew Thompson of Trumbull, CT.
NE, Top Ten, Seeded Boys: 1. Tristan Shelgren, Boxford, MA, St.John’s Prep (senior), 15:32.8, 2. Damien Dilcher, Brick, NY, Brick Township HIgh School (senior), 15:37.0, 3. Lucas Aramburu, Brookline, MA, Brookline High School (junior), 15:37.8, 4. Dalton Hengst, York, PA, McDonough School (senior), 15:39.2, 5. Nathan Lawlar, Pittsford, NY, Pittsford Mendon High School (senior), 15:40.7, 6. Devin Hart, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, Point Pleasant Borough High School (junior), 15:42.5, 7. Andrew Thompson, Trumbull, CT, Fairfield College Pre (senior), 15:51.3, 8. Ross Rusty Kudjdych, Feasterville, PA, Neshaminy High School (senior), 15:51.3, 9. Fahd Nasser, Jersey City, NJ, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School (senior), 15:52.1, 10. Mason Gatewood, Garden City, NY, St. Anthony’s High School (senior), 15:54.8.
Here’s the press release: 2017 Northeast Media Alert FINAL.pdf