Many of the top individuals took the weekend off after strong performances at their respective state meets the week before. However a few of the top runners did compete and finished with amazing results. Boys US #1 Chris Derrick won the NTN Midwest Regional by nearly twenty seconds, while girls US #1 Jordan Hasay won by over 90 seconds at her Sectional race.
MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings - Weekend Wrap-Up
1. Chris Derrick (Sr., Neuqua Valley, IL) - Derrick led his team to their first ever Nike Team Nationals berth, winning the NTN Midwest Regional boys race in 14:54. Derrick's time beat runner-up Kevin Havel (Sr., Hersey) by 18 seconds.
2. Luke Puskedra (Sr., Judge Memorial, UT) - Idle.
3. German Fernandez (Sr., Riverbank, CA) - Nothing can seemingly slow German Fernandez down these days. The California front runner blazed through the San Joaquin Sectional D4 race this past weekend, running 15:03 and winning by nearly two minutes.
4. Colby Lowe (Sr., Southlake Carroll, TX) - Lowe beat the competition at the Texas State Championships Saturday by nearly half a minute, winning the race in 15:11. Lowe's first place finish helped lead his team to a second place finish over US ranked the Woodlands.
5. Ben Johnson (Sr., Albuquerque Academy, NM) - Johnson can simply not be stopped these days in New Mexico. The senior star finished the New Mexico 4A State race in 15:36, beating the second place finisher by 14 seconds.
6. Kevin Williams (Sr., D'Evelyn, CO) - Idle.
7. Rob Finnerty (Sr., Burnsville, MN) - Idle.
8. Doug Smith (Jr., Gill-St. Bernard's, NJ) - Smith won the Non-Public Boys B race at the New Jersey Group Championships Saturday, beating the field by over a minute. Smith's time of 15:44 was only a few seconds behind the top time of the day run by US #12 Brian Leung's 15:41.
9. Vince McNally (Sr., Conestoga Valley, PA) - Idle.
10. Griff Graves (Sr., Abingdon, VA) - A sub-par run by Graves left him sitting in ninth place at the end of the day at the Virginia State Championships. The results were disappointing for Graves following his big win last weekend over race winner Peter Dorrell.
11. Sean Keveren (Sr., Brentwood, TN) - Idle.
12. Brian Leung (Sr., WW-South, NJ) - Winning the Boys Group 4 Championships this past weekend, Leung continued his rise up the rankings by running a very solid time of 15:41. Leung beat the runner-up finisher by 24 seconds.
1. Jordan Hasay (Jr., Mission Prep, CA) - Many thought Hasay would have a hard time getting into championship shape this season as quickly as she has coming off of a long track season. However, Hasay continues to dominate, winning her sectional competition this past week by over 90 seconds in 17:26.
2. Ashley Brasovan (Jr., Wellington, FL) - Brasovan's first place effort at her Florida regional helped propel her team to a one point win over Cypress Bay 69-70. Brasovan ran away early, finishing the 5k race in 17:13.
3. Carly Seymour (Sr., Central Cambria, PA) - Idle.
4. Neely Spence (Sr., Shippensburg, PA) - Ran blazing 17:18 on the Foot Locker Northeast course. Spence competed in the New York Road Runners Cross Country Championships.
5. Katie Flood (So., Dowling Catholic, IA) - Earlier in the season Flood beat '06 FL National third place finisher Emily Sisson at the Roy Griak Invitational by a large margin. Saturday saw that dual happen again with Flood repeating her heroics. The talented sophomore beat Sisson by 38 seconds, running 17:35. Flood started the race in a speedy 5:26 opening mile and never looked back.
6. Kathy Kroeger (Jr., Independence, TN) - Idle.
7. Christine Babcock (Sr., Woodbridge, CA) - Babcock won the DII Southern Sectional race at Mt. SAC by a wide margin in 17:10. Babcock's mark was the fastest on the day.
8. Georgia Griffin (Sr., Hanover, NH) - Winning the New England Championships was once again an easy task for Griffin. Her solid 18:06 5k effort beat her course record time from '06 by 25 seconds, as she helped her team win the team title.
9. Aurora Scott (Sr., Home Schooled, VA) - No results to report.
10. Emily Sisson (So., Millard North, NE) - Sisson ran a strong race Saturday but could not match the strength of US #5 Katie Flood. Sisson took second at the NTN Heartland Regional in 18:13, 38 seconds behind Flood.
11. Claire Durkin (Sr., Worthington, OH) - Idle.
12. Nadya Bishton (Sr., Mountain Ridge, AZ) - Idle.