Caroline Alcorta, Nora McUmber advance to national races after winning region titles

Caroline Alcorta won yet another race, this time outside of the metro area.

Running in the Foot Locker South Regional championship in Charlotte, Alcorta won with a time of 16 minutes 55 seconds. The West Springfield runner will now move onto the Foot Locker Nationals race in San Diego on Dec. 14.

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Two other metro area runners will join Alcorta for the national race. Lake Braddock teammates Hannah Christen (17:15) and Katy Kunc (17:16) placed fifth and sixth, earning berths in the Foot Locker final.

Lake Braddock Coach Mike Mangan said seven runners were running in one pack with a little more than a mile left to go. The two Bruins teammates were able to break away near the end and finish one after the other.

“For them to distance themselves one second apart on the last straightaway, I was going bananas,” Mangan said.

Edison’s Louis Colson and Marshall’s Mackenzie Haight hit qualifying times for the San Diego national race in the boys’ Foot Locker South Regional. Colson finished fourth with a time of 14:50 and Haight was a spot behind him at 14:51.

“I went out to do my best to get one of those spots,“ Colson said. “I do still have more left in the tank.”

At the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championship in the Bronx, St. Albans runner Tai Dinger finished in eighth place with a time of 15:40, which also advances him to the national race in San Diego.

Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling missed out on a qualifying spot by three-tenths of a second, finishing in 11th place after running a 15:41.3. His coach, Prasad Gerard, said the 10th and final nationals spot came down to a spint to the finish.

At the Nike Cross Southeast Regional in Cary, N.C., the Severna Park boys’ squad placed second, which advances it to the team finals in Portland, Ore., next Saturday. Falcons runner Ryan Forsyth finished seventh with a time of 15:12. Teammate Rhys Burgett placed 15th with a time of 15:31.

Lake Braddock’s Alex Corbett ran a 15:26, which was good for 12th place.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Nora McUmber won the Nike Cross Southeast Regional girls’ race with a time of 17:34. She’ll race in the Nike individual championships in Portland next week.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Coach Chad Young said McUmber was familiar with the course, given the Barons, which finished sixth in the Nike girls’ team event, ran on the course at the Adidas XC Challenge in September. Even so, McUmber wasn’t expecting a win in Saturday’s race.

Young said McUmber stayed with the front pack for the first two miles before separating herself from the others.

“She just wanted to have a good race,” Young said. “She ran really well and it surprised her.”

 
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