PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Express Cross Country (PECC) had nine team members participate in the 2017 USATF Association Region II Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, and seven qualified for the upcoming national competition in December.
A quick recap of the season: PECC had a record number of participants in 2017, with over 60 team members! After running for eight weeks locally, at Morris County’s Central Park, all members of the team were given the option to compete regionally.
During week nine, 27 PECC team members opted to continue and raced at Deer Path Park in Flemington; in participating, they automatically became eligible to move on to the Region II finals, which were held in Youngwood, PA on November 19. Next, nine runners chose to move on to Region II finals and of that group, seven participants were on teams (aligned by age/gender) that had a collective qualification score worthy of nationals – two of those qualifying runners individually earned their way into nationals by achieving Top 30 placement – Anina Mullan and Albin Mullan!
On December 9, the remaining seven Parsippany qualifying athletes have the opportunity to join over 3,000 competitors at USATF’s National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee Florida.
Region II Results
2000 Meter Girls 7/8
24th Anina Mullan 12:01
Qualified for Nationals Individually!
3000 Meter 9/10 Girls
39th Callie Sisco 15:27
40th Meghan Metz 15:31
Callie and Meghan qualified for Nationals, because there Lakeland team finished in third place.
3000 Meter 9/10 Boys
39th Brian Metz 13:45
Brian qualified for Nationals because his Lakeland team placed second.
3000 Meter Girls 11/12
54th Riley Sisco 15:32
Riley qualified for Nationals because her Lakeland team placed 5th.
3000 Meter 11/12 Boys
18th Albin Mullan 11:29
63rd Zach Leander 16:19
65th Frankie Tracey 18:30
Albin qualified individually, plus his team did by placing 4th! Unfortunately, he was the only PECC member to qualify in this bracket, due to team size restrictions.
4000 Meter 13/14 Girls
32nd Amanda Hoffman 19:33
Amanda qualified for Nationals because her team placed 4th.