Gardner Finishes 4th in 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals Posted: Dec 11, 2010 10:35 PM PST Updated: Dec 11, 2010 10:35 PM PST

San Diego, Calif. –- Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., and Lukas Verzbicas of Orland Hills, Ill., won the 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals (FLCCC) at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif., today. The runners competed in perfect racing conditions, under beautiful sunny skies with a temperature of 60 degrees.

In the girls' race, Cuffe, a three-time FLCCC National Finalist and senior at Cornwall Central High School, dominated from the start and powered through the field. Cuffe took an early lead, pushed the pace and opened the gap even further to capture the title in 16:53. Rachel Johnson of Plano, Texas, placed second in 17:27, and Julie Nacouzi of Santa Rosa, Calif., finished third in 17:29. Johnson, a senior at Plano High School and Nacouzi, a senior at Montgomery High School, are two-time FLCCC National Finalists. In the boys' race, a large chase group of runners led by defending FLCCC National Champion Lukas Verzbicas and Futsum Zeinasellassie of Indianapolis, Ind., set a hard, fast pace hitting the mile-mark in 4:45. The two runners started pulling away from the field coming off the hill and ran neck-and-neck heading toward the two-mile mark, at which point Verzbicas began to push the pace. Zeinasellassie tried to answer the surge, but Verzbicas continued to open the gap to become the FLCCC National Champion for the second consecutive year in 14:59. Verzbicas is the third male runner to capture two consecutive FLCCC National titles in the history of the race (Abdirizak Mohamud '96 & '97; Dathan Ritzenhein '99 & 2000). Zeinasellassie placed second in 15:10, with Tony Smoragiewicz of Rapid City, S.D., finishing third in 15:16. The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships is comprised of four regional 5K races, which took place across the country in the Midwest (Kenosha, Wis.), Northeast (Kings Park, N.Y.), and South (Charlotte, N.C.) on Nov. 27, and the West (Walnut, Calif.) on Dec. 4, culminating in the National Finals here today. The pre-race and race footage can be viewed online at footlockercc.com.

2010 Girls National Finals

Place Time Bib Name Grade Region School City State 1 16:53 11 Aisling Cuffe 12 Northeast Cornwall Central H.S. Cornwall-on-Hudson NY 2 17:27 23 Rachel Johnson 12 South Plano H.S. Plano TX 3 17:29 41 Julie Nacouzi 12 West Montgomery H.S. Santa Rosa CA 4 17:29 35 Kelsey Lakowske 12 Midwest Boulder H.S. Boulder CO 5 17:35 14 Megan Venables 12 Northeast Highland Regional H.S. Lauren Springs NJ 6 17:37 31 Allison Woodward12 Midwest Notre Dame Academy De Pere WI 7 17:38 34 Erin Finn 10 Midwest West Bloomfield H.S. West Bloomfield MI 8 17:46 33 Shannon Osika 11 Midwest Waterford Mott H.S. Waterford MI 9 17:46 42 Molly Grabill 12 West Rancho Bernardo H.S. Poway CA 10 17:46 24 Joanna Thompson 12 South Knoxville Catholic H.S. Knoxville TN 11 17:46 32 Gabrielle Anzalone12 Midwest Grand Blanc H.S. Grand Blanc MI 12 17:48 36 Kayla Beattie 12 Midwest Woodstock H.S. Woodstock IL 13 17:50 37 Eleanor Fulton 12 Midwest Highlands Ranch H.S. Lone Tree CO 14 17:51 40 Waverly Neer 12 Midwest Culver Academies Culver IN 15 17:53 30 Grace Tinkey 10 South First Presbyterian Day School Macon GA 16 17:57 12 Abbey Leonardi 11 Northeast Kennebunk H.S. Kennebunkport ME 17 17:59 20 Ariel Beauregard Breton 12 Northeast Deerfield Academy Deerfield MA 18 18:02 38 Brook Handler 12 Midwest Rochester H.S. Rochester Hills MI 19 18:05 45 Carrie Verdon 11 West Campolindo H.S. Moraga CA 20 18:07 39 Colleen Quigley 12 Midwest Nerinx Hall H.S. St. Louis MO 21 18:13 15 Lauren Mullins 11 Northeast Johnson City H.S. Binghamton NY 22 18:14 50 Susannah Hurst 12 West East H.S. Salt Lake City UT 23 18:16 21 Kathryn Fluehr 12 South C ommunity School of Naples Naples FL 24 18:17 13 Megan Lacy 11 Northeast Cherokee H.S. Marlton NJ 25 18:18 47 Catrina McAlister12 West Arcadia H.S. Arcadia CA 26 18:19 43 Maddie Meyers 11 West The Northwest School Seattle WA 27 18:26 22 Erika Fluehr 12 South Community School of Naples Naples FL 28 18:27 48 Anna Maxwell 9 West San Lorenzo Valley H.S. Felton CA 29 18:28 27 Mattie Webb 12 South Western Albemarle H.S. Crozet VA 30 18:32 44 Clare Carroll 9 West Granite Bay H.S. Granite Bay CA 31 18:34 18 Catarina Rocha 10 Northeast Peabody Veterans Memorial H.S. Peabody MA 32 18:34 16 Angel Piccirillo11 Northeast Homer City H.S. Homer City PA 33 18:34 29 Shelby Davidson 11 South Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr H.S. Melbourne FL 34 18:37 49 Julia Foster 12 West Albuquerque Academy Albuquerque NM 35 18:38 19 Jackie Nicholas 12 Northeast Nonnewaug H.S. Woodbury CT 36 18:38 46 Kendra Weitz 10 West The Oaks Spokane WA 37 18:39 17 Caroline Kellner 11 Northeast West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. West Windsor NJ 38 18:53 28 Sophie Chase 10 South Lake Braddock Secondary Burke VA 39 18:56 26 Wesley Frazier 10 South Ravenscroft H.S. Raleigh NC 40 20:08 25 Emma Brink 12 South Sacred Heart Academy Louisville KY

2010 Boys National Finals

Place Time Bib Name Grade Region School City State 1 14:59 71 Lukas Verzbicas 12 Midwest Carl Sandburg H.S. Orland Hills IL 2 15:10 72 Futsum Zeinasellassie 11 Midwest North Central H.S. Indianapolis IN 3 15:16 73 Tony Smoragiewicz 11 Midwest Rapid City Central H.S. Rapid City SD 4 15:18 82 Andrew Gardner 10 West Mead H.S. Spokane WA 5 15:22 76 Chris Walden 12 Midwest Carmel H.S. Carmel IN 6 15:23 81 Billy Orman 12 West Tuba City H.S. Tuba City AZ 7 15:24 61 Jimmy Clark 12 South Creekside H.S. Jacksonville FL 8 15:25 56 Eddie Owens 12 Northeast Packer Collegiate Institute Brooklyn NY 9 15:25 70 Ryan Pickering 12 South John I Leonard H.S. West Palm Beach FL 10 15:25 51 Chad Noelle 12 Northeast Greene H.S. Greene NY 11 15:27 74 William Kincaid 12 Midwest Columbine H.S. Littleton CO 12 15:27 77 James Martin 12 Midwest Carroll H.S. Fort Wayne IN 13 15:29 75 Jack Driggs 12 Midwest York Community H.S. Elmhurst IL 14 15:33 64 Ahmed Bile 11 South Annandale H.S. Annandale VA 15 15:35 62 Blake Williams 12 South Northern Durham H.S. Durham NC 16 15:37 55 John McGowan 12 Northeast Sidwell Friends School Washington DC 17 15:38 84 Matt Carpowich 12 West Torrey Pines H.S. San Diego CA 18 15:38 59 Zach Hebda 12 Northeast North Hills H.S. Pittsburgh PA 19 15:38 63 Scott Morgan 12 South Calvary Baptist Day School Clemmons NC 20 15:39 69 Thomas Graham 11 South Cary Academy Cary NC 21 15:40 54 John Murray 12 Northeast Shrewsbury H.S. Shrewsbury MA 22 15:40 83 Jantzen Oshier 12 West Trabuco Hills H.S. Trabuco Canyon CA 23 15:40 60 Matt McDonald 12 Northeast North Hunterdon H.S. Annandale NJ 24 15:42 57 Patrick Rono 12 Northeast Lyndhurst H.S. Lyndhurst NJ 25 15:43 65 Elliot Clemente 11 South Belen Jesuit Preparatory Miami FL 26 15:45 79 Michael Brajdic 12 Midwest Bay H.S. Bay Village OH 27 15:48 52 Morgan Pearson 12 Northeast Delbarton H.S. New Vernon NJ 28 15:49 90 Sergey Sushchikh12 West Dos Pueblos H.S. Goleta CA 29 15:51 53 Jeff LaCoste 12 Northeast Bishop Guertin H.S. Amherst NH 30 15:51 86 Darren Fahy 11 West La Costa Canyon H.S. Carlsbad CA 31 15:52 85 Nathan Weitz 11 West The Oaks Spokane WA 32 15:54 88 Dallin Taylor 12 West Hunter H.S. West Valley UT 33 15:54 66 Silas Frantz 12 South Douglas S. Freeman H.S. Richmond VA 34 15:55 78 Zach Wills 12 Midwest Mason H.S. Mason OH 35 15:59 80 Caleb Rhynard 12 Midwest Shepherd H.S. Shepherd MI 36 16:00 67 Cody Pelliccioni12 South Morgantown H.S. Morgantown WV 37 16:00 87 Daniel Milechman12 West Tamalpais H.S. Mill Valley CA 38 16:01 89 Christopher Kigar12 West El Camino H.S. Citrus Heights CA 39 16:01 58 Chris Campbell 12 Northeast Council Rock H.S. North Newtown PA 40 16:02 68 Donovan Torres 12 South Coronado H.S. Lubbock TX