BRONX, N.Y. — Waterville High School senior Bethanie Brown was the top Maine finisher last weekend at the Foot Locker Cross Country Northeast Regional championship meet held at Van Cortlandt Park.
Brown, the reigning Class B state individual champion, completed the course in 18 minutes, 42.3 seconds to place 11th among the race’s 110 finishers. That left her one place out of qualifying for the Foot Locker nationals to be held Dec. 8 at San Diego.
Brown finished 5.5 seconds behind 10th-place finisher Kennedy Weisner of Saint Mary’s, Pa. (18:36.8).
Brown recently announced her intention to accept an athletic scholarship from the University of Connecticut. She also made official recruiting visits to Dartmouth, Virginia, Furman and Oregon before accepting the UConn offer.
Other Maine finishers in the girls race were Kirstin Sandreuter of North Yarmouth (32nd in 19:38), Samantha Cox of Buxton (36th in 19:45), Charlotte Pierce of Alfred (56th in 20:15) and Aleta Looker of Ellsworth (68th in 20:36).
The girls champion was senior Catarina Rocha of Peabody, Mass., in 17:49.5, while the boys winner was senior Edward Cheserek of Newark, N.J., in 15:12.8.
The top Maine competitor in the boys race was Telstar of Bethel junior Josef Holt-Andrews, 22nd overall among the 169 finishers in 16:14.3, followed by Class B state champion Dan Curts, a junior from Ellsworth who finished 25th in 16:20.8.
Other Maine finishers in the boys race were Robert Hall of Scarborough (96th in 17:22), Nicholas Smelcer of Westport (130th in 18:00), Robert Looker of Ellsworth (146th in 18:36.5) and Derek Hawes of Ellsworth (157th in 19:22).
Masters, Sooners 8th at NCAAs
Former University of Maine and Bangor High School running star Riley Masters capped off his final cross country season with a strong effort at the NCAA Division I Championship in Louisville, Ky.
Masters was the third finisher for Oklahoma and wound up 73rd overall with a time of 30:30.5 on the 10-kilometer course at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
The Sooners wound up eighth in the men’s meet, which was won by rival Oklahoma State. It was Oklahoma’s third straight year as a top-10 finisher.
Masters ran a personal best for 10K after having finished 11th overall for that distance at the NCAA Midwest Regional. He also placed 15th on an 8K layout at the Big 12 Championships.
Leonardi a national champion
Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk celebrated her first season of collegiate cross country by competing for a national championship team at the University of Oregon.
Leonardi was the seventh finisher for the Ducks, crossing the finish line 162nd with a time of 21:12.2 over 6 kilometers.
The freshman had placed 34th overall with a personal-record time of 20:36.0 at the NCAA West Regional. That effort came after Leonardi finished 24th at the Pac 12 meet in 21:03.
McClintock makes NCAA debut
Matt McClintock of Athens capped off his freshman cross country season representing Purdue as an individual at the NCAAs.
The former Madison High standout continued to set the pace for the Boilermakers as he posted a career-best time of 30:45 for the 10K event to wind up 103rd overall.
McClintock, who recently was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year for men’s cross country, was the 11th-fastest first-year runner at the NCAAs.
He had come in eighth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a 30:57 clocking in his first 10K race. McClintock also finished eighth at the Big Ten Championships on Halloween.