THE BRONX — Three Section VII runners earned regional honors Saturday in the 35th-Annual Footlocker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships, held over the historic 5,000-meter course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
Senior Melissa Whyman of Seton Catholic had the highest finish among area participants. Whyman competed in the Girls’ Junior/Senior Race and was the third senior, over all, with a time of 20 minutes, 19 seconds.
She was joined on the All-Northeast Team by sophomore Jonathan Gay of Westport, who competed in the Boys’ Freshman/Sophomore Race. He was the 24th sophomore, over all, in a time of 17:48.
Junior Jeriqho Gadway of Plattsburgh High competed in the seeded Marty Lewis Championship race and finished 24th in a time of 16:17. He was a member of the All-Northeast Team.
Only five non-seniors finished ahead of Gadway in the race. Senior Mickey Burke of Henrietta was the overall winner in a time of 15:18.
Sophomore Margaret Champagne of Seton Catholic finished 69th in the girls’ seeded race with a time of 20:13. She was followed by senior teammate, Ashley Leta, who finished 78th in 20:41. Senior Tessa Barrett of Waverly, Pa. was the overall winner in a time of 17:32.
The top 10 athletes in the seeded races qualify to compete at the Footlocker National Championships to be held Dec. 14 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Past local qualifiers have included: Josh MacDougal (Peru-home-schooled), Mary Kate Champagne (Seton Catholic), and Dan Lennon (Peru)
States represented in the Northeast Regional Saturday included Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C. and US citizens in Overseas Military Installations.