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Spokane runners to compete in Foot Locker National Championships

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Spokane, WA‚ÄĒThree Spokane runners‚ÄĒAndrew Gardner of Mead High School and Kendra and Nathan Weitz, both of Shadle‚ÄĒare headed to San Diego this weekend to compete in the prestigious Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships, to be held Saturday at Balboa Park. The runners qualified for the national championship by finishing in the top ten at the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships last weekend at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt.SAC). Gardner and Nathan Weitz finished second and fifth in the Boys Seeded race, and Kendra Weitz was sixth in the Girls Seeded race.


This is the most qualifiers from Spokane in the Foot Locker Nationals since 1989, when four Spokane runners advanced to the national meet. And this is the first time in the history of the Foot Locker National Championships that a brother and sister have qualified for the national meet in the same year.


No¬†Spokane¬†runner has ever won the national meet, but Matt Davis of Mead finished third in 1993, and two¬†Spokane¬†girls have finished fourth‚ÄĒSarah Schwald of Mead in 1989 and Megan O‚ÄôReilly of¬†Mt.¬†Spokane¬†in 2005. The highest finish by anyWashington¬†runner was second by Andrew Maris of¬†White River¬†High School¬†(Buckley) in 1989. The highest finish by aWashington¬†female was by Sarna Renfro of Bellarmine Prep, who finished third in 1993.


Last weekend’s West Regional Championships also saw an impressive number of Spokane area runners named to All West Teams. Daniel Schofield of Mead, Travis Thorne of Ferris, and Brad Weiler of Ferris were named to the Male Frosh/Soph All West Team, and Brooklin Young of Mt. Spokane, Emily Stone of Shadle, and Alex Moore of Central Valleywere named to the Female Frosh/Soph All West Team. Dayde Collins of Deer Park, Jake Hombel of U-High, and Conor McCandless of Gonzaga Prep were named to the Junior Boys All West Team, and Jess Mildes of Riverside, Calli VanderWilde of LC, and Cherry Taylor of Gonzaga Prep qualified for the Junior Girls All West Team. Kaden Woolf of Central Valley was named to the Senior All West Team.


The West Regional meet was one of four Foot Locker competitions held across the country. For the eighteenth straight year, over 30 Spokane-area runners had their airline tickets to the Foot Locker meet donated by the Lilac Bloomsday Association. The Bloomsday Association provides airline tickets and ground transportation to runners based on times at regional cross-country meets held in the fall.


Spokane area runners who have competed in the Foot Locker National Meet are listed below. More information on the Foot Locker Regionals and Nationals may be obtained by logging on to www.footlockercc.com.


Spokane Foot Locker National Competitors:


1982: Annette Hand, Central Valley H.S.‚ÄĒ19th¬†place, 17:58
1983: Christine Slentz, Lewis & Clark H.S.‚ÄĒ16th¬†place, 18:08
1987: Chris Lewis, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ12th¬†place, 15:22
1988: Lisa Dressel, Rogers H.S.‚ÄĒ25th¬†place, 18:43
1989: Stuart Burnham, Ferris H.S.‚ÄĒ7th¬†place, 15:15
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Greg Kuntz, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ16th¬†place, 15:31
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Sarah Schwald, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ4th¬†place, 17:35
          Carrie Moller, Rogers H.S.--14th place, 18:14
1992: Matt Davis, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ31st¬†place, 16:51
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jessica Fry, Rogers H.S.‚ÄĒ25th¬†place, 18:58
1993: Matt Davis, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ3rd¬†place, 15:08
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Michah Davis, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ10th¬†place, 15:24
1994: Skiy Detray, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ30th¬†place, 16:08
1995: Isaac Hawkins, Ferris H.S.‚ÄĒ12th¬†place, 15:33
1996: Isaac Hawkins, Ferris H.S.‚ÄĒ26th¬†place, 16:29
2000: Michael Kiter, Shadle Park H.S.‚ÄĒ23rd¬†place, 15:41¬†
2001: Jesse Fayant, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ10th¬†place, 15:07
2002: Jamie Geissler, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ11th¬†place, 17:53
2003: Evan Garber, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ15th¬†place, 15:31
2005: Taylor Nepon, Mead H.S.‚ÄĒ36th¬†place, 16:14
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Megan O‚ÄôReilly, Mt. Spokane H.S.‚ÄĒ4th¬†place, 17:36
2010: Andrew Gardner, Mead H.S.
          Nathan Weitz, Shadle Park H.S.
          Kendra Weitz, Shadle Park H.S.


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