Indians will go to Portland to seek National Championship
The top-ranked Unionville High School girls cross country team proved itself best in the state two weeks ago, and then outran teams from the entire northeast, winning the Nike Cross Nationals at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Now, they’ll be heading to Portland to compete for the title of top cross country team in the entire nation, Saturday.
Led by senior Courtney Smith — the overall winner of last Saturday’s race, which featured the top runners and teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island — the top ranked Indians won the overall team title. And while Smith’s win was impressive, Unionville placed five runners in the top 60 — out of 231 — including Olivia Young taking home fifth place, Kacie Breeding ninth place, Gretchen Mills 20th and Emily Fisher 60th — showing why many observers think Unionville is the top team in the nation.
Smith and her teammates — ranked by a number of top running publications and Web sites as the No. 1 team in the nation — will race for the national championship, starting just after 1 p.m. The race will be broadcast via Web, and you can sign up via Facebook here to watch the live stream. The stream can also be viewed on nikecrossnationals.com
The race will be run on the Portland Meadows Course — on the infield of the horse racing track there — which features a 3,000-seat grandstand for spectators.
The Nike Cross Nationals is made up of eight regional qualifying meets and the national finals in Portland. Following in the tradition of European cross country meets, the nationals event will again feature a multiple loop race course with man-made obstacles built on the inside of the horse race track at Portland Meadows in Oregon.