Runner among 10 fastest in Midwest Julia Bos, a junior at Grand Rapids Christian High School, and Taylor Manett, a senior at Rockford High School, participated in the Foot Locker National High School XC Championship Meet on Coronado Island in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 10. Bos and Manett qualified for the national championship meet by placing in the top 10 at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Meet on Saturday, Nov. 26 at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The United States is divided into four regions, and each held its own regional meet to determine its top 10 to send to the national meet. The Midwest Regional Meet was comprised of 263 runners from 13 states. These top 10 then became the Midwest XC Team to compete at the national championship meet against the other three regions. Racing against the fastest 40 runners in the country, the Midwest team, with the help of Bos and Manett, claimed the national team championship by beating out the other three regions. They were awarded the national championship team medals. Individually, Bos claimed 10th place and, although Manett would have been top 10 as well, she accidentally was tripped in a tight pack and went down, causing her to finish further back. “Everyone has a bad race, and unfortunately that was mine,” Manett said. Performing well enough to qualify for the national championship is an amazing feat in itself, and it proved to be a wonderful three-day experience for both Bos and Manett in California. They were still able to come back national champions being part of the winning Midwest team of 10. Manett will continue her cross-country career at the Division I level next fall, entertaining offers from some great schools, but is still undecided. Bos still has one more year. High school cross country has officially come to a close, and the girls are now looking forward to track season. Could another national championship be looming?
Bos, Manett qualify for nationals at Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest regional Local students Julia Bos and Taylor Manett, both of Rockford, placed in the top 10 at the 33rd annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) Northeast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 26. They will go on with the top 10 boys and the top 10 girls in this weekend’s seeded races to compete against runners from the Northeast, South and West Regional meets in the FLCCC National Finals on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Bos earned second place in the FLCCC in 17:08. A junior at Grand Rapids Christian High School, she placed second in 17:14. Mannett, also a Rockford runner and a senior at Rockford High School, took an amazing fourth place with a time of 17:35. In the 3,200-meter her personal best time is 11:08, and in the 5,000-meter her fastest time is 17:14. In addition to her race at Kenosha, Wis., she finished the 5K Gainey Course in Grand Rapids on September 24, 2011 in 17:19. The highlights of Bos’ career in cross country include earning Division II Michigan state champion in 2011. She set the Portage meet record with time of 17:32.5 in 2011 and she came in second at the Foot Locker Midwest meet with new personal record of 17:14. She was an All State runner three years in a row. In track she broke her school record in the 3,200-meter with time of 11:08 (2011). Bos enjoys drawing, gardening, playing with young children, running and yard work. The person she would most like to meet is Jesus. She considers her mom to be her hero and her dad to be her most influential person. Mannett also had an impressive times in recent races, finishing the 5K Cougar-Falcon invitational at the Gainey Athletic Facility in 17:23 and the 5K Michigan High School Athletic Association state meet at Michigan International Speedway in 17:24. Her hobbies, in addition to running, include painting, whistling, making crafts and riding bikes. The person she would most like to meet is Lisa Koll. Highlights of Mannett’s cross-country career include OK Red conference champion, MHSAA regional champion, MHSAA state runner-up, Rockford High School 5k record holder, and Michigan […]