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2007 Footlocker Quick Boys Recap: Midwest Champ Michael Fout Wins
Midwest Region Dominates
by: LetsRun.com
December 8, 2007
*Girls Recap and Results here

Boys will be boys.

Any thoughts that the boys would learn from Jordan Hasay's suicidal start in the girls race, and start conservatively were quickly thrown out the window when West runner-up Luke Puskedra took out the first 800 in 2:10. He hit the mile in 4:28. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the pace was way too fast. LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg summed it up best by saying, "If he wins the thing Id be shocked.

At the mile, Puskedra was closely followed by South champ Colby Lowe, Midwest sixth placer Kevin Williams, Footlocker West champ and pre-race favorite German Fernandez, and Northeast champ Donn Cabral. The pace slowed dramatically during the 2nd hilly mile. 1.5 miles was hit in roughly 7 flat and 2 miles was hit in 9:28.

By 2 miles, Midwest regional champ Mike Fout, who had stayed just off the pace at the crazy start, had joined the 3 other regional champs and Puskedra to form a 5 man lead pack. Early in the third mile, Fout made a move for glory and quickly gapped everyone else in the lead back. The other 4 had no response.

Just when it appeared to be over, Nike Team Nationals individual champ and Midwest runner-up Chris Derrick, who didn't go with the early suicidal pace, came up hard from the back. Would his smart running pay off with a national title?

Derrick quickly caught up and dispatched the tiring foursome of Fernandez, Lowe, Cabral and Puskedra. He was gaining on Fout. Just when it looked like Derrick might do it, one realized there was only 400 meters left. Derrick had run out of real-estate. The gap was down to roughly 5 seconds but the Florida State bound Fout had plenty in reserve for his finishing kick and powered home for the national title, crossing the line in 14:48. Derrick finished second as the Midwest region went 1-2 and had an absolutely dominating day as the Midwest took 5 of the top 10 positions.

In the post-race interview on the live webcast, Fout's coach said they were expecting a very fast pace and he told Fout to stay 3 to 5 seconds off the lead at the mile and move up. His coach was pleased that the plan worked to perfection.

Pre-race favorite German Fernandez finished third.

2007 Footlocker Boys Results
Scoring Teams and Points:

1. Midwest 29 (1  2  7  9  10  18  21)
2. Northeast 59 (6  8  13  15  17  25  26)
3. West 62 (3  5  12  20  22  24  27)
4. South 64 (4  11  14  16  19  23  28)
1  Michael Fout (12)             Midwest   LaPorte H.S.                      LaPorte                IN 14:50
2  Christopher Derrick (12)      Midwest   Neuqua Valley H.S.                Naperville             IL 14:57
3  German Fernandez (12)         West      Riverbank H.S.                    Riverbank              CA 15:09
4  Colby Lowe (12)               South     Carroll Senior H.S.               Southlake              TX 15:12
5  Luke Puskedra (12)            West      Judge Memorial H.S.               Ogden                  UT 15:15
6  Brandon Jarrett (12)          Northeast St. Benedict's Prep               Hillsborough           NJ 15:16
7  Kevin Havel (12)              Midwest   John Hersey H.S.                  Arlington Heights      IL 15:18
8  Donn Cabral (12)              Northeast Glastonbury H.S.                  Glastonbury            CT 15:19
9  Rob Finnerty (12)             Midwest   Burnsville H.S.                   Burnsville             MN 15:21
10 Maverick Darling (12)         Midwest   Ovid-Elsie H.S.                   Ovid                   MI 15:23
11 Ryan Hill (12)                South     Hickory H.S.                      Hickory                NC 15:32
12 Stephen Clark (12)            West      Skyline H.S.                      Salt Lake City         UT 15:34
13 Mark Dennin (12)              Northeast Boyertown H.S.                    Gilbertsville          PA 15:36
14 Patrick Campbell (12)         South     Mooresville H.S.                  Mooresville            NC 15:38
15 Brian Leung (12)              Northeast West Windsor-South Plainsboro H.S.West Windsor           NJ 15:41
16 Jason Witt (12)               South     Midlothian H.S.                   Midlothian             VA 15:43
17 Pat Dupont (12)               Northeast Fairport H.S.                     Fairport               NY 15:43
18 Bobby Nicolls (11)            Midwest   Regis Jesuit H.S.                 Parker                 CO 15:44
19 Rory Tunningley (12)          South     Lockhart H.S.                     Lockhart               TX 15:45
20 Riley Sullivan (12)           West      Trabuco Hills H.S.                Rancho Santa Margarita CA 15:46
21 Evan Appel (11)               Midwest   Dakota Ridge H.S.                 Littleton              CO 15:48
22 Joseph Manilafasha (11)       Midwest   Denver North H.S.                 Denver                 CO 15:49
23 Jim Walmsley (12)             West      Horizon H.S.                      Scottsdale             AZ 15:50
24 CJ Brown (11)                 South     Carroll Senior H.S.               Southlake              TX 15:51
25 James Attarian (12)           West      Dublin H.S.                       Dublin                 CA 15:51
26 Kevin Williams (12)           Midwest   Develyn H.S.                      Lakewood               CO 15:52
27 Vince McNally (12)            Northeast Conestoga Valley Senior High      Brownstown             PA 15:53
28 Zach Rivers (12)              Northeast Victor Senior H.S.                Victor                 NY 15:55
29 Brett Walters (12)            West      Sultana H.S.                      Victorville            CA 15:58
30 Francisco (Tito) Medrano (12) Midwest   Jefferson H.S.                    Lafayette              IN 15:59
31 Chris Aldrich (12)            Northeast Henderson H.S.                    West Chestor           PA 16:02
32 Miles Unterreiner (12)        West      Gig Harbor H.S.                   Gig Harbor             WA 16:03
33 Griff Graves (12)             South     Abingdon H.S.                     Abingdon               VA 16:05
34 Luke Lovelace (12)            South     Chapin H.S.                       Chapin                 SC 16:07
35 Andrew Judd (12)              Northeast Conard H.S.                       West Hartford          CT 16:09
36 Jonathan Lafler (12)          West      Tahoma Senior H.S.                Maple Valley           WA 16:09
37 Chris Schwartz (11)           West      Foothill H.S.                     Bakersfield            CA 16:15
38 Andrew Brodeur (12)           Northeast Brick Memorial H.S.               Brick                  NJ 16:17
39 Michael Hammond (12)          South     Midlothian H.S.                   Midlothian             VA 16:20
40 Thomas Porter (11)            South     Mountain View H.S.                Fredericksburg         VA 16:22



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