Many of Connecticut's top cross-country performers return to the start line on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the 39th Northeast Regional Foot Locker XC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx-New York City. The state contingent is led by State Open and New England Champion Drew Thompson of Fairfield Prep and State Open Champion Morgan McCormack of Wilton. The Foot Locker Cross Country Championship is the longest running high school cross country race in the nation, comprised of four regional 5K races in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West.
Drew Thompson is seeking to join an elite club of state athletes with a return to the Championship meet by placing as one of the top ten finishers in the Marty Lewis Championship race at 11:00am on Saturday. Thomson looks to improve on his tenth place finish last year in 15:48 on the famed 5km course to join the exclusive club of repeat qualifiers that includes Fairfield Prep alumni Brian McGovern (’99-’00) and Christian Alvarado (’12-’13) as well as Alex Ostberg of Darien (’14-’15), Donn Cabral of Glastonbury (’06-’07), Ahmed Haji of Conard (’02-’03), Liz Mueller (’89,’91), Meghan Owen (2000,’02), and 3-time qualifier Hanah DeBalsi of Staples (’13-’14-’15).
State Open Champion and New England Championship fourth place finisher Morgan McCormack of Wilton returns to the 5km course this season after a 21st finish last year in 18:52 with sights set on qualifying for her first trip west to the Foot Locker XC National Championship on December 9, 2017 at Balboa Park in San Diego California. Judging by results from recent years, McCormack will need to run a sub 18:10 to be in the top ten places in the Championship Girls race that starts at 11:30am.
The list of entrants features many of the state’s best from this season including:
· Brendan Murray of Cheshire – State Open runner-up and 3rd place New England Championship
· Eli Nahom of New Milford – 5th at State Open
· Maximillian Sparks of Canton – 7th at State Open and 9th at New England Championship
· Kate Wiser of Pomperaug – 2nd at State Open and 5th at New England Championship
· Meredith Bloss of Guilford – 3rd at State Open and 13th at New England Championship
· Angel Saidman of Immaculate – 5th at State Open
View our list of Connecticut entrants for all the races on Saturday at 2017 CT Entrants Foot Locker XC NE Championships
For complete meet information including the Order of Events, visit the Northeast Regional Championship website at: http://footlockercc.com/northeast/