Foot Locker West Regionals Photo by: PhotoRun
Northwest Review 16
Foot Locker Girls
Annie Hill from Kalispell Montana won as expected but had a spirited duel with Kate Hunter of Utah. In the final stages of the race it was a match between the Montana 2A champion & the Utah 4A queen before Hill secured laurels by a second with a time of 18.12. The early race had been tactical with mile being negotiated in 5:28: a time recorded by Hill Stefani Gaskell of California, Jordan Oakes of Washington, Marisa Dobry of Oregon, Arena Lewis of N.M. & Claire Graves of California. Hunter followed in 5:29 yet she was just one of a large pack of about fifteen runners at or under 5:30.
That pack had been whittled to just six leaders by the time the runners hit the half-way mark in 8:47 when they reached the cross-over with Hill on the lead. Jordan Oakes & Gabby Satterlee were at her shoulder, while Glennis Murphy of California ran with Hunter just a second back. They still had the demanding "Poop Out Hill" plus the double "Reservoir Hill" to and as usual things began to sort themselves in the back section. Hill earned a return trip to San Diego, where she placed eighth at nationals as a freshman, while Hunter secures her first trip to our National Championship.
Olivia Hoj, who followed Hunter across the line in the Utah State meet, did so again by taking third in a time of 18:21 making her the first of six runners, who scampered across the line with that or a time of 18:22. Stefani Gaskell California finished barely behind to place fourth & Kristen Garcia of Sedro-Woolley (Wa) recorded her second surprise of the season by finishing fifth. Garcia is a sophomore, who did not compete with her high school team but represented the Whatcom Tesseract - the group that sent Patrick Gibson to Foot Locker a few years ago. Unable to race at the State meet she challenged the field at Eagle Island for the Northwest Region, where she placed fifth behind Hill. Glennis Murphy came in sixth with 18:21.9 followed by Nikki Zielinski of California, who clocked 18:22.5. Emily Virtue of California annexed eighth with 18:22.6 and McKenna Lee of Utah crossed the line in ninth with 18:22.
Jordan Oakes of Holy Names Academy in Seattle collected the last ticket to sunny San Diego with her tenth place mark of 18:29, while Gabby Satterlee became the first alternate in 18:40. Niki Iyer of California finished twelfth with 18:43 & Oregon 3A champion Marisa Dobry ran a fine 18:48 for 13th. Arena Lewis came in fifteenth in 18:57, while Brittany Aquino, the Washington 2A champion from East Valley - Spokane was sixteenth in18:57.
Foot Locker Boys
The guys race featured a mild surprise when Garek Bielaczyc of Utah pulled away from Phillip Rocha to win by six seconds in a time of 15:21. Bielaczyc was the top returning runner in the race but his season had not been quite what was anticipated and included a third place at State, although he did win the BYU Invitational. Arcadia's Rocha was the fastest runner last week in the California State meet but had to let the leader go down the stretch as he finished second in 15:27. Talon Hull, who was second in the Utah 5A meet, placed third with15:33 & Dylan Scarsone of California earned fourth with 15:41. Tibebu Proctor of Northwest School in Seattle, the Washington 1A champion claimed fifth in 15:41.3 and was the first runner from the Northwest.
Jack Van Scoter of Pasadena annexed sixth in 15:44 with Justin Janke of North Central (Spokane) taking seventh just a second later. Michael Verna of California was the only underclassman to qualify, as he nipped Connor Arnell of Utah at the line with both clocking 15:49. Jackson Mestler of Sheldon may have had an off day at his State meet but he used his second place finish at last week's Border Clash as a springboard to nationals. He ran 15:23.3 to nip Cooper Teare of California (15:51.4)for the last berth to Foot Locker Nationals. Miguel Villar of California came in twelfth with 16:03 & Aidan Reed of Montana recorded 16:05 in placing thirteenth.
Phiilip Rocha 2nd Photo by: PhotoRun