Saturday, December 4, 2010
Verzbicas Wins Nike Cross Nationals
Lukas Verzbicas, the super triathlete/runner from Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, won the first of two national titles he's seeking, taking the Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday at Portland Meadow in Portland, OR. Verzbicas, a junior who plans to graduate this school year, won the 3.1-mile race in 15:59.2, with Edward Cheserek from the Northeast Region placing second in 16:01.5. Aracadia XC Club of California was the boys team champion. Illinois was represented by Naperville XC Club (Neuqua Valley) in 12th place and Elmhurst XC Club (York) in 14th. Columbus XC of Indiana (Columbus North), the team York beat to win the Midwest title, placed third. The bigger story was the girls race, which was won by Fayetteville Manlius (NY) High School for the fifth consecutive year. Their boys team was second. That is very impressive. Actually, it's incredible. Brooke Wolf of Prospect was the top Illinois girl to finish, taking 18th in 19:18.8, a full minute behind the winner. Palatine XC finished eighth and Wheaton South XC came in 18th. So what is next for Verzbicas? Next week, he'll be in San Diego trying to defend his national title at the Foot Locker championships.