Today at the 39th Foot Locker Cross Country Championships at Morley Field in Balboa Park in San Diego CA senior Drew Thompson of Fairfield Prep returned to the meet to finish in eighth place and earned All-American status as one of the top fifteen finishers in the Boys Championship Race. In the first race of the day, senior Morgan McCormack of Wilton placed seventeenth as she competed for first time in the season-ending elite meet of the best forty runners from across the nation.
In the first race of the meet, defending Girls Championship Race champion junior Claudia Lane of Malibu CA exploded to a decisive lead in the first half-mile as she won in 17:03.4 over sophomore runner-up Katelynne Hart of Glen Ellyn IL in 17:22.5 and third place finisher Olivia Theis of Lansing MI in 17:22.6. In a solid well-paced effort, two-time State Open Champion Morgan McCormack finished in seventeenth place in 18:22.6 to become the tenth best state female athlete to finish in the elite meet that includes race champions Ceci Hopp of Greenwich 1980 and Liz Mueller of Waterford in 1991.
Morgan McCormack, 2017 CIAC State Open Championship
In the Boys Championship Race, Dylan Jacobs of Orland Park IL used a surge over the final half-mile to win in 15:19.7 over runner-up Graydon Morris of Aledo TX in 15:23.3 and third place finisher Daniel Kilera ofLa Grange Park IL in 15:27.3. State Open and New England Champion Drew Thompson also used a strong surge over the final 800m to place eighth in 15:43.7 and finish as the top runner on the Northeast team. With his eighth place finish today, Thompson joined the exclusive list of only four athletes as the best state finishers all-time that includes Kevin King of Westhill in 1980, Ahmed Haji of Conard in 2002 and Donn Cabral of Glastonbury in 2007.
Drew Thompson, 2017 CIAC State Open Championship
Complete meet results are available on the official website: Foot Locker XC Meet Results page.
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