San Diego, Calif. – Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Ind., and Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc, Mich., captured first place titles at the 36th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals (FLCCC) at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif., Saturday, December 13, 2014. Race conditions were wet terrain, with sunny skies throughout and the temperature reaching 60 degrees.
In the girls’ five-kilometer race, 2012 Foot Locker National Champion Anna Rohrer won in 17:13, while defending Foot Locker National Champion Grant Fisher used a decisive late charge to capture the boy’s title in 15:03.
Recapping the girls’ race, four-time national qualifier Makena Morley (third in 17:29) set a swift early pace, with the pack trailing single-file. At the one-mile mark, Rohrer eased into the lead with a split of5:19. By the halfway point, Morley slipped to third and Ryen Frazier of North Carolina had the grit to hang with Rohrer. From there, it was a two-girl race until Rohrer made her move just before the field’s second trip up the big hill located on the back side of the course. On the muddy ascent, Rohrer, utilizing powerful
arm action, gained separation and never looked back. Frazier held on for second (17:23), with Morley finishing third. Rohrer covered the race distance with splits of 11:02 at the two-mile mark, and 16:40 at the three-mile mark en route to her second Foot Locker national title (17:13) in the last three years. Weini Kelati of Heritage H.S. placed 20th (18:20) and Ciara Donohue of Loudoun Valley H.S. placed 27th (18:34).
In the boys’ race, defending champion Grant Fisher of Michigan (first in 15:03) was among the early lead pack, which included Iowa’s Thomas Pollard, who controlled the pace through the first mile. Things started to bunch up a bit after a 4:42 opening mile, and by the second mile it was a race for the taking with a pack of nine in contention, including all four regional champions. But it was defending national champion Fisher who waited until the big hill, with 800 meters remaining, to make his pivotal move. With Fisher having broken away, it was Wisconsin’s Olin Hacker who kicked past multiple runners in the final 400 meters into second place. West champion Elijah Armstrong of Idaho was third in 15:13. South champion Drew Hunter of Loudoun Valley H.S., Virginia ran as high as second in the final mile and held on in the charge to finish fourth (15:14).
The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships is comprised of four regional 5K races, which took place across the country in the Midwest (Kenosha, Wis.), Northeast (Bronx, N.Y.), and South (Charlotte, N.C.) on Nov. 29, with the West (Walnut, Calif.) on Dec. 6, culminating in the National Finals in San Diego.