Marissa Williams and Benjamin Saarel Win 2012 Foot Locker West Regionals

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by: Foot Locker Press Release
December 1, 2012 

*Boys Results
*Girls Results

Marissa Williams of Palisades, Calif., and Benjamin Saarel of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) West Regional today.

In the girls’ race, Williams, a sophomore at Palisades High School, went out fast and continued to keep her pace throughout the race. A chase pack of runners, including Makena Morley of Bigfork, Mont., and Julia Maxwell of Ross, Calif., was about ten seconds behind Williams at the one-mile mark. Williams never relinquished the lead and went on to capture the title in 17:46. Maxwell, a junior at Branson High School, finished second in 18:15, with Morley, a sophomore at Bigfork High School, placing third in 18:17.

Benjamin Saarel Wins. Should an XC Race Finish on a Track?

A pack of runners dominated the boys’ race, with Zachary Perrin of Lakeside, Mont., in the lead at the one-mile and two-mile marks. At 2.5 miles, Saarel made his move to separate from a chase pack of runners, including Andrew Gardner of Spokane, Wash., John Lawson of Forest Knolls, Calif., and Troy Fraley of Kalispell, Mont. Saarel claimed the title in 15:28. Fraley placed second in 15:37, and Lawson placed third in 15:37. Gardner, who is now a three-time FLCCC National Finalist, placed fifth and Perrin finished in eighth, also qualifying for the National Finals in San Diego, Calif.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

COURSE/WEATHER: 5K; muddy course conditions; overcast; humid at 60 degrees

NATIONAL: The top ten boys and the top ten girls in today’s seeded races qualified to compete against runners from the Northeast, South and Midwest Regional meets in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals, on Saturday, Dec.8 at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.

Top results below. Photos Here

Boys

 

Place

Name

Hometown High School Time

1)

Benjamin Saarel Salt Lake City, Utah Park City High School (12) 15:28

2)

Troy Fraley Kalispell, Mont. Glacier High School (12) 15:37

3)

John Lawson Forest Knolls, Calif. Sir Francis Drake High School (12) 15:37

4)

Conner Mantz Smithfield, Utah Sky View High School (10) 15:41

5)

Andrew Gardner Spokane, Wash. Mead High School (12) 15:42

6)

John Dressel Colbert, Wash. Mt. Spokane High School (10) 15:42

7)

Kramer Morton Sandy, Utah Alta High School (11) 15:47

8)

Zachary Perrin Lakeside, Mont. Flathead High School (12) 15:47

9)

Patrick Gibson Bellingham, Wash. Squalicum High School (12) 15:48

10)

Apolinar Baltazar Aberdeen, Wash. Aberdeen High School (12) 15:50

 

 

Girls

Place

Name

Hometown High School Time

1)

Marissa Williams Los Angeles, Calif. Palisades Charter High School (10) 17:46

2)

Julia Maxwell Ross, Calif. Branson High School (11) 18:15

3)

Makena Morley Bigfork, Mont. Bigfork High School (10) 18:17

4)

Paige Gilchrist Missoula, Mont. Hellgate High School (12) 18:19

5)

Fiona O’Keeffe Davis, Calif. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Junior High School (9)

18:33

6)

Katelyn Bianchini Snohomish, Wash. Glacier Peak High School (12) 18:35

7)

Madeleine Ankhelyi Folsom, Calif. Vista del Lago High School (12) 18:37

8)

Summer Harper Orem, Utah Orem High School (12) 18:44

9)

Sarah Feeney Ogden, Utah Ogden High School (11) 18:51

10)

Kayla Ferron Torrance, Calif. Redondo Union High School (12) 18:52

*Boys Results
*Girls Results

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