Edward Cheserak, a junior at St. Benedict’s (NJ) and US No. 2, Futsom
Zeinasellassie, a senior at North Central (IN), became fast friends at Foot
Locker as the hype lived up to expectations. There was company through the mile
in 4:48 but it was just the dynamic duo duking it out through two (9:50).
pace and lead alternated until Zeinasellassie surged before the final hill.
Cheserek responded and sprinted by only to have F-Z catch him at the crest. It
wasn’t until the 3-mile mark that Cheserek employed his 4:03 mile speed to
clinch victory in 14:52 with Zeinasellassie a second back. Two-time Maine state
champion Matt McClintock, a
senior at Madison, was the top regional runner in 15th (15:32). Fairfield Prep
(CT) senior Conor Rog was 18th
West Bloomfield (MI)
junior Erin Finn looked to run away with the girls race, along out front
through the mile in 5:20 and 2M in 11:08 but Lake Wisconsin (MI) senior Molly
Seidel caught Finn and then rallied from behind twiceÛÓon the final hill and in
the last 400mÛÓto gain a 2-second victory in 17:22. Northeast runners from the
chase pack piled in next with W. Genesee (NY) sophomore Laura Leff third in 17:34 and four-time ME state champion and
Kennebunk senior Abbey Leonardi
fourth in 17:36. Massachusetts state champion Catarina Roche, a junior at Peabody, placed seventh in 17:38.
33rd Annual Foot Locker
Cross Country Nationals, Morley Field, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, Saturday,
40 Boys Finishers, 40
Girls Finishers. Foot Locker Records: Dathan Ritzenhein, 14:29, 1999 in
Orlando; Amanda Trotter, 16:24, 2001 in Orlando. Balboa Park Records: Ruben
Reina, 14:36, 1985; Melody Fairchild, 16:39, 1990
Boys 5K: 1. Edward Cheserek, JR-NJ, 14:52; 2. Futsum
Zeinasellassie, SR-IN, 14:53; 3. Nathan Weitz, SR-WA, 15:21; 4. Jake Leingang,
JR-ND, 15:22; 5. Dan Vertiz, SR-TX, 15:23; 6. Andy Gardner, JR-WA, 15:24; 7.
Tony Smoragiewicz, SR-SD, 15:24; 8. Josh Brickell, JR-GA, 15:25; 9. Tom Graham,
SR-NC, 15:25; 10. Sean McGorty, JR-VA, 15:28. NE & NY: 15. Matt McClintock, SR-Madison ME, 15:32; 18.
Connor Rog, SR-Fairfield Prep CT, 15:35;
21. Dan Lennon, SR-Peru
NY, 15:44; 22. Jonathon Green, JR-St. John’s High Shrewsbury MA, 15:46; 24.
Chris Allen, SR-King Philip MA, 15:47; 35. Joel Hubbard, SR-Marshfield MA,
16:10. Girls 5K: 1. Molly Seidel,
2. Erin Finn, JR-MI,
17:24; 3. Laura Leff, SO-W. Genesee NY, 17:34; 4. Abbey Leonardi,
SR-Kennebunkport ME, 17:36; 5. Karlie Garcia, JR-CA, 17:36; 6. Grace Tinkey,
JR-GA, 17:37; 7. Catarina Rocha, JR-Peabody MA, 17:38; 8. Kelsey
Braithwaite, SR-UT, 17:39; 9. Makena Morley, FR-MT, 17:40; 10. Julia Bos,
JR-MI, 17:40. Addt’l NE & NY:
30. Alexis Panisse, SR-Benjamin Cardozo, NY 18:20.
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