Island Runners Compete Nationally
St. Joseph Notre Dame’s (SJND) two prominent cross country athletes competed in national cross country competitions in the last several weeks.
Men’s cross country team member Cooper Teare took 16th place, out of 195 participants, at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 3. Teare completed the three-mile course at the Glendoveer Golf Course in 15:58. The top 21 finishers at event, which included Cooper, earned the distinction of All-American.
Cooper will attend college in the same state as he has committed to join the University of Oregon cross country team next fall.
Kiera Marshall, a member of the SJND women’s team, took part in two major cross country meets in December. First, she competed at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship (FLCCC) West Regionals on Dec. 3 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Marshall finished seventh overall with a time 18:13. Her finish was in the top 10 percentile of the 78 participants who competed. Because she finished in the top 10 overall, she earned an automatic invitation to compete in the National Finals.
The top 10 boys and the top 10 girls in Saturday’s seeded races qualified to compete against runners from the South, Midwest and East Regional meets in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals Saturday, Dec. 10, at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego.
Marshall improved her time in the National race to 18:09.5. However, she finished in 26th place out of 40 participants.