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Goethals and Verzbicas Win 31st Annual Foot Locker CC Regional Championships - Midwest Region

Foot Locker Press Release
November 28, 2009

 RACE HIGHLIGHTS: Megan Goethals of Rochester, Mich., and Lukas Verzbicas of Orland Hills, Ill., won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) Midwest Regional today. The girls’ race began with a pack of ten runners, led by Goethals, Emily Sisson from Chesterfield, Mo., and Sara Kroll from Westland, Mich.  After the two-mile mark, Goethals and Sisson separated from the pack, with Goethals securing the title in 17:24.  Five of the top ten finishers are repeat qualifiers for the National Finals.  Goethals is a two-time Midwest Regional Champion (2008 and 2009) and Sisson is a four-time qualifier. 

In the boys’ race, Verzbicas took an early lead, followed by a small pack of runners, including Walter Schafer from Centennial, Colo., and Tyler Byrne from Georgetown, Ind. Verzbicas crossed the finish line in first place in 15:34, followed by Schafer in 15:41 and Byrne in 15:46.

Race Results


1. Lukas Verzbicas IL - 15:34
 2. Walter Schafer CO - 15:41
 3. Tyler Byrne IN - 15:46
 4. Nathan Karr MI - 15:46
 5. Scott Fauble CO - 15:47
 6. Martin Grady IL - 15:47
 7. Colby Alexander OH - 15:49
 8. Ryan Poland CO - 15:50
 9. Danny Nicolls CO - 15:55
10.Chris Walden IN - 15:55

1. Megan Goethals MI - 17:24
 2. Emily Sisson MO - 17:42
 3. Katie Flood IA - 17:48
 4. Ashlie Decker IA - 17:51
 5. Kelsey Lakowske CO - 17:52
 6. Diane Robison MO - 18:09
 7. Sara Kroll MI - 18:15
 8. Avery Clifton KS - 18:16
 9. Marya Haegler WI - 18:17
10. Shannon Osika MI - 18:37

Saturday, November 28, 2009, UW-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.

5,000-meter course; good race conditions; sunny; 46 degrees

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The top ten boys and the top ten girls in today’s seeded races qualified to compete against runners from the Northest, South and West Regional meets in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals, on Saturday, Dec.12 at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.   



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