Caroline Alcorta (VA) ripped up the McAlpine Park course to the tune of 16:55! Many more dominate performances as well as a few surprises. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
Nationally ranked heading into the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in New York City, Tessa Barrett had few external forces to move her along during a thus-far undefeated 2013 harrier campaign.
On Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park, 10th was as good as first for those in the championship races of the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, with trips to the National Final in San Diego awaiting those finishers.
Bishop Feehan senior and Cumberland native Abbie McNulty earned a ticket to the Nike Cross-Country Nationals on Saturday by placing second in the Northeast Regionals at Wappingers Falls, N.Y. McNulty, who had a three-second lead at the halfway mark, finished the five-kilometer course at Bowdoin Park in 18 minutes, 3.5 seconds. Courtney Smith, a senior from Unionville (Penn.), won the race with a time of 17:58.59.
With a certain runner from Newark, N.J., now competing in (and winning) national collegiate championships, Saturday's Foot Locker Northeast race can be summed up in two words - wide open.
#1 Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) made history in New Jersey with an amazing 15:52 average on the Holmdel, NJ layout. Man are they ready for NXN!!
MileSplit HQ - It's nationals season for the folks of the Northeast. Perspectives have changed from trying to beat out the best of the state, to competing with the best of the best. Teams and athletes have two options for those who wish to extend their season. To oversimplify, the Nike Cross Regionals are for teams looking to continue, and the Foot Locker Regional is for the individual. There is some slight variation in these perspectives, but more on that later. Because of scheduling, it is either one or the other. Both events have some of the region top talent, and our full Foot Locker preview will be out on later today. Also of note, teams are not allowed to use their school names, so club names are required. We added them in under their school names below, for easier digestion of the information.
On the race's return to Van Cortlandt Park, seven of the ten qualifiers in 2012 were underclassmen, a theme that is starting to become commonplace at the Northeast Regional Championship. Though six of these seven (more on that in a sec) will be favorites to repeat, these girls know that returning to the Foot Locker finals may be harder this year than in the previous year, as more talent enters the meet and shows no fear in challenging the veterans.
Fort Collins took flight when it counted, narrowly beating Davis and earning an NXN berth. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Cerake Geberkidane (almost) ran away from a talented field. He'll have it down by nationals. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Briana Gess finally let the cat out of the bag, laying waste to a talented field at the NJ MOC on her way to a high ranking. (Photo by Robert Kellert)
A few editions to the rankings, but mainly status quo this week as the heavy hitters proved they belong right where they're at. (Photo by Scott Shaffer)
#4 Carmel (IN) won going away in the Nike Midwest Regional with 66 points and #12 Naperville North (IL) finished 2nd with 125 points. Also, shocker in NY as Saratoga Springs narrowly goes down.
Two more big regionals took place for Nike Nationals in the Northwest and the Midwest this weekend, making for some changes in the rankings. (Photo by Rick Blanchard)
Alexa Efraimson (yellow) won an epic duel with Makena Morley at the NXN Northwest meet.
#19 Edina (MN) makes it into the rankings after they took out #22 Wayzata (MN) 106 to 135 at the Nike Heartland Regional as both squads will make it to nationals.
Quietly in the top-10 for a few weeks, Blacksburg (VA) looks poised for big things this weekend at the VA state champs.
A big change occurred at the top of the rankings as a #1 is toppled for the second time this season. Many more action packed meets occurred as well so keep on reading! (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Vandine)
Let's take a look at the girls team champions throughout the history of the New England XC Championship. Girls started competing in the NE XC Championship in 1977.
Efraimson, DeBalsi, Werner, Reilly tear up course records during a pretty fine weekend of XC racing!
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Colin Boyle)
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
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