SAN DIEGO - Jake Leingang's goal was to crack the top 10 in both of this month's big national cross country races.Mission accomplished.
One week after placing eighth in the Nike National Cross Country championships, the Bismarck High standout took fourth at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
The Foot Locker meet included 40 of the top runners in the country, with the top 15 earning All-American status.
"It was a good race," Leingang said. "I'm extremely happy. It was a big field, and I was happy with how I ran."
Edward Cheserek of Newark, N.J., crossed the finish line in 14:52, one second ahead of runner-up Futsum Zeinasellassie of Indianapolis.Zeinasellassie won the Nike meet last week.
Leingang completed the course in 15:22, just one second behind third-place finisher Nathan Weitz of Spokane, Wash.
He was part of a tight pack, with 13 other runners finishing within 10 seconds back of Leingang.
"It was a bunch of tough competitors, and we were all equal," Leingang said.
Leingang said he was stuck in the middle of a large group in the first mile before working his way out.
"At first I couldn't break away, but finally me and some other guys did," he said.
Leingang, a junior, said he will take a two-week break before starting his preparations for track season. Leingang is the defending state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200.