Andrew Gardner, a sophomore at Mead, finished fourth in a field of forty top cross country runners from across the country. I watched the race online. The course at Balboa Park in San Diego is hella tough. The winners of both the girls and boys race were absolutely incredible athletes and dominated the competition. Andrew will have two more opportunities to qualify for Footlocker Nationals. He has quite the future to look forward to.
There are two cross country championships for high school runners, the Nike Team National and the Footlocker National. North Central and Lewis & Clark competed at Nike Team Nationals which, as the name indicates, is for teams. You can read more about then at Spokanarama. The downside of competing at Nike Team Nationals is that some top runners miss out on the individual competition at Footlocker. With a sense of relief, for me anyway, we don't necessarily get to see who the top runner is. Besides, as good as these young athletes are, the answer changes almost every month.
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