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Spokane Area Top Cross Country Runners to Compete at Champs Sports Regional Meet.

Dec 3, 2022

Spokane Area Top Cross Country Runners to Compete at Champs Sports Regional Meet. 

November 30, 2022—This Saturday, December 3rd, Spokane’s top runners will be competing at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt SAC) in the Champs Sports (formerly Footlocker) West Regional Cross Country Championships. They will be racing against top runners from eleven other western states and U.S. citizens in overseas military installations. 

Spokane’s “Team Bloomsday” that will race at the West Regional meet—one of four Foot Locker regional competitions held across the country—is led by Evan Bruce of Lewis and Clark and Nicole Bissell of Central Valley. Both earned 4th place in their respective 4A races at Washington State High School Cross Country Championships on November 5th.  The 16 boys on this team are separated by a mere 47 seconds with the girls separated by only 59 seconds.  

The top ten male and female runners at the West Regional meet will advance to the Champs Sports Cross Country National Championships in San Diego on December 10th, joining the qualifiers from the Northeast, South and Midwest Regions. In 2018, the last year a Spokane team attended this meet,  Katie Thronson of Lewis & Clark and Turlan Morlan of Gonzaga Prep qualified for the meet, becoming the 28th & 29th  Spokane area runners to qualify for the Foot Locker (now Champs Sports) National Meet since it started in 1979. 

Bloomsday has sponsored the top runners to this meet since 1993. Michael Kiter is the Bloomsday representative who is leading the team this year and has experienced the trip first hand when he qualified for the national meet in 2000.   About that trip and the continued support Bloomsday gives these athletes he said, “This experience had a profound effect on me and my running career.  It gave me the confidence to run in college. I am excited to be able to take these stellar athletes down to race what is arguably one of the hardest courses on the West coast.  Year after year our athletes shine, and I am looking forward to this group carrying on the tradition.” 

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Runners sponsored by the Lilac Bloomsday Association: 


Boys’ Team 
Girls’ Team 
Hayden Blank 
Nicole Bissell 
Kade Brownlee 
Raegan Borg 
Evan Bruce  
Alivia Bruno 
Harper Churape 
Kendall Carter 
Graham Cleveland 
Abby Crossley 
Matt Conrad 
Charlotte Cullen 
Reid Headrick 
Roxanne Frederickson 
Noah Holden 
Kate Lubbe 
Charles Ledwith 
Sadie Meyring 
Johnny Lieb 
Chloe Nelson 
Jake Marchesseault  
Charlotte Pedersen 
Barrett Poulson 
Kayla Ramsey 
Ben Smith  
Kayla Roberts 
Ben Sonneland 
Ella Swanson 
Braeden Vlasak  
Elle Vanning 
Parker Westermann 
Jane Wycoff 

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