Anderson qualifies for XC nationals
KENOSHA, Wis. – Whitney Anderson qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals by finishing second at the Midwest Regional on Saturday.The Summit High School senior led for much of the race, but was passed by two-time national qualifier Ramsey Kavan of Yankton, S.D.Anderson charged hard in the final meters in an attempt to catch Kavan, but ran out of room and finished four seconds behind her, said Whitney’s mother, Susan. Despite wet, muddy conditions, Kavan finished the 5K race in 17 minutes, 25 seconds, and Anderson came in at 17:29.
“Given the those factors, she had a really good time,” Susan said. Brittany Tinsley of Russells Point, Ohio, finished third (17:50). Anderson earned a berth in the National Finals by finishing in the top eight. That race takes place on Dec. 11 in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The Colorado 4A state champion in the discipline said she likely could have caught Kavan but held off to conserve for nationals once she realized she had clinched a berth.
“I knew I could do better, but I decided to hold my own,” she said. “I know I’ll be giving it more at nationals.”Anderson was one of four Coloradans to qualify for nationals, as Littleton’s Madeline McKeever (17:59) finished fourth, Aurora’s Katelyn Kaltenbach (18:11) finished fifth, and Centennial’s Keara Sammons (18:16) finished sixth.The quartet secured a title for the state of Colorado with their performances. “I’m beginning to get to know them,” said Anderson, who trains mostly alone in Summit County. “It’s great to socialize with other people in your sport.”
Anderson departs for California on Dec. 9, and she plans to spend a day studying the course. “I think anything can happen,” she said. “It’s all about who has got the guts and the dependibility to get this far, so I’m just going to see what I can do in the next two weeks.” Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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