Special to the Star-Telegram

The final sprint came down to six runners at the Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Championships.

When the final pack crossed the finish line, Southlake Carroll's Colby Lowe finished fourth at the 5-kilometer race in San Diego, Calif., with a time of 15:12. Fellow Carroll runner C.J. Brown finished 24th with a time of 15:51.

It marked the highest finish for Lowe in three appearances at the cross country national championships, which brings the nation's top 40 high school boys and girls runners.

Lowe finished 10th as a junior last year and 29th as a sophomore. By finishing in the top five, Lowe earned All-America honors.

I'm happy with the finish, Lowe said. I came out here with a goal to do better than last year, and there's no other place I'd want to be to end the cross country season.

Lowe won the South region qualifying meet last week, and finished his high school career with two UIL Class 5A state cross country titles. Brown, a junior, finished third behind Lowe at the regionals last week, and also placed third at the past two state meets.

Lowe and Brown each had their families with them in San Diego, while Carroll cross country coach Robert Ondrasek also made the trip.

It was definitely cool to have a teammate here with me, Lowe said. It shows what hard work can do, and that we're doing something right.'

Michael Fout of Indiana won the race in 14:50, while Christopher Derrick of Illinois (14:57) took second and German Fernandez of California claiming third (15:09).

Lowe is still deciding on where to run in college. Schools he is considering include Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon and Purdue.