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West Regional- Acosta wins a close one.

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Walnut, Calif., December 3, 2005 A.J. Acosta of Oceanside, Calif., and Jordan Hasay of Arroyo Grande, Calif., won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) West Regional at Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, Calif., today.In the boys' race, a pack of twenty runners separated themselves from the field for the first three miles. A group of eight runners, led by Acosta, a senior from El Camino High School, and Benjamin Sitler, a senior from St. Francis High School, exploded onto the track for the last leg of the race. In an exciting finish, Sitler and Acosta, a two-time FLCCC National Finalist, exchanged the lead for the final 50 meters, until Acosta gave a final kick and took home the West regional title in 15:38.  Sitler followed closely at his heels finishing in 15:39. Matthew Tebo of

Albuquerque, N.M. placed third in 15:42.In the girls' race, a pack of four runners dominated the field including three-time FLCCC National Qualifier Marie Lawrence and newcomer Jordan Hasay, a freshman from Mission College Prep., hitting the one-mile mark in 5:20.  Hasay overtook Lawrence, a junior at Reno High School and the 2004 FLCCC defending West Regional Champion, at 1.5 miles. Hasay completely broke away from the pack after 2.5 miles, taking a commanding lead to claim the Championship in 17:14
           Marie Lawrence, second place finisher at both the 2003 and 2004 FLCCC National Finals, finished second with a time of
17:38, followed by Megan O'Reilly of Colbert, Wash., with a time of 17:52.The runners enjoyed good racing conditions, with temperatures in the low 60s and sunny skies.  The course was slightly muddy from rain the previous evening.The top eight boys and top eight girls from the FLCCC West regional qualified for the National Finals, with the remaining two spots for the top finishers from the Foot Locker West region at the Nike Team Nationals (NTN).  A total of 10 boys and 10 girls from the West regional will compete against runners from three other regional meets in the 27th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals, which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. 
       Kenny Klotz and Taylor Nepon qualified from the NTN Race by being the first finishers from the Foot Locker Cross Country West Region in the NTN race. Anne St. Geme and Cassie Ricks qualified for the FLCC National Championships in the Girls NTN race.The NTN race was held the same day as the FLCC West Region.

 

Boys

Place

Name

Hometown

High School

Time

1)

A.J. Acosta

Oceanside, Calif.

El Camino High School

15:38

2)

Benjamin Sitler

Los Altos, Calif.

St. Francis High School

15:39

3)

Matthew Tebo

Albuquerque, N.M.

El Dorado High School

15:42

4)

Michael Coe

Lompoc, Calif.

Cabrillo High School

15:42

5)

Isaac Stoutenburgh

Central Point, Ore.

Crater High School

15:43

6)

Danny Mercado

West Covina, Calif.

West Covina High School

15:43

7)

Diego Mercado         

West Covina, Calif.

West Covina High School

15:44

8)

Jeffrey Helmer

Snohomish, Wash.

Jackson High School

15:47

9)

Kenny Klotz

Beaverton, Ore.

Central Catholic High School

(NTN)*

10)

Taylor Nepon

Spokane, Wash.

Mead High School

(NTN)*

 

 

 

 

 

Girls

Place

Name

Hometown

High School

Time

1)

Jordan Hasay

Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Mission College Prep.

17:14

2)

Marie Lawrence

Reno, Nev.

Reno High School

17:38

3)

Megan O'Reilly

Colbert, Wash.

Mt. Spokane High School

17:52

4)

Kauren Tarver

Wrightwood, Calif.

Serrano High School

17:59

5)

Crystal Reed

Fountain Valley, Calif.

Fountain Valley High School

18:02

6)

Kari Hardt

Queen Creek, Ariz.

Queen Creek High School

18:05

7)

Christy Adamyk

Claremont, Calif.

Glendora High School

18:16

8)

Alexandra Kosinski

El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Oak Ridge High School

18:20

9)

Anne St. Geme

Newport Beach, Calif.

Corona Del Mar High School

(NTN)*

10)

Cassie Ricks

West Haven, Utah

Fremont High School

(NTN)*

*NTN Qualifier