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High School Runners to Compete in National Meets This Weekend

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013‚ÄĒThis Saturday, December 7th, will be a big day for high school runners from the Spokane area, as the region‚Äôs top harriers head south for post-season meets in California and Oregon. Nearly 50 individuals will be competing in the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt.SAC) in southern California, racing against their counterparts from eleven other Western States. On the same day a boys team from North Central will try to put Spokane in the national spotlight again at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, a meet that North Central won in 2008. Nike Cross Nationals are held at Portland Meadows race track in a meet that features 22 of the nation‚Äôs best high school cross country teams, with the winning team crowned the national champion.


The Spokane contingent at the West Regional meet‚ÄĒone of four Foot Locker competitions held across the country‚ÄĒis led by Gracie Ledwith of Lewis & Clark and John Dressel of Mt. Spokane. The top ten boys and girls will advance to the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in San Diego on December 14, joining top qualifiers from the Northeast, South and Midwest. Last year two Spokane runners‚ÄĒAndrew Gardner of Mead High School and John Dressel of Mt. Spokane‚ÄĒqualified for the meet, with Gardner finishing 11th and Dressel 14th.


The North Central Boys Cross Country team, meanwhile‚ÄĒcompeting as North Spokane at National Cross Nationals‚ÄĒis led by 2013 State Champion Tanner Anderson. The team seeks to add further laurels to their fall campaign, which included an eighth consecutive State 3A title.


For the twentieth 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.


‚ÄúThe Spokane area has a long and storied history of running as evidenced every year by the success of local runners who compete at the high school level,‚ÄĚ said Lilac Bloomsday Association president Steven Jones. ‚ÄúBloomsday is proud to recognize their achievements by sponsoring this trip to Foot Locker where Spokane‚Äôs finest high school runners can test their mettle against the best from the west.‚ÄĚ


More information on the Foot Locker Regionals and Nationals may be obtained by logging on to www.footlockercc.com/west. Information on Nike Team Nationals is available at www.runnerspace.com/nxn.


Runners sponsored to Foot Locker Meet by the Lilac Bloomsday Association:



1.             Gracie Ledwith                         Lewis & Clark

2.             Lauren Dunnell                         ShadlePark

3.             Cyra Carson                             Gonzaga Prep

4.             Sarah White                             Central Valley

5.             Anisa Allaet                              Ferris

6.             Gabi Gomez Wint                     ShadlePark

7.             Ann Moloney                           Gonzaga Prep

8.             Kearan Nelson                         Central Valley

9.             Ashley Hauger                          ShadlePark

10.           Amanda Kinzel                         Ferris

11.           Kayla Boyer                             Central Valley

12.           McCall Skay                            WestValley

13.           Brittany Aquino                        EastValley

14.           Rebecca Mildes                        Riverside

15.           Madison Ward                         St. Georges

16.           Jessica Ircink                            Lakeside




1.             John Dressel                             Mt.Spokane

2.             Nick Hauger                             ShadlePark

3.             Ian Andres                               Gonzaga Prep

4.             Jacob Vandenberg                    Mt.Spokane

5.             Kees von Michalofski               Mt. Spokane

6.             Patrick Miranne                        University

7.             Briton Demars                          Central Valley

8.             Peter Helman                            Ferris

9.             Spencer Jensen                         Central Valley

10.           Corbin Carlton                         Mead

11.           Ian Figon                                  Mt.Spokane

12.           Scott Kopczynski                     EastValley

13.           Tyler Brant                               Mead

14.           Skylar Ovnicek                         WestValley

15.           Kevin Carpenter                       Colville

16.           Stephen Heintz                         Central Valley


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