Regan Rome earned a return trip to nationals and Dallas teammates Lindsey Oremus, Ally Rome and Bryanna Dissinger also had big days Nov. 30 at the 35th annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Northeast Regional in the Bronx, N.Y.
Rome finished eighth out of a field of 107 top high school runners from 11 states and the District of Columbia, representing one-quarter of the nation. The four-time District 2 champion assured herself of finishing her high school career at the national meet by placing in the top 10.
The top 10 runners from each of four regions will gather Dec. 14 at Morley Field in San Diego’s Balboa Park for the Foot Locker Nationals. Rome was one of four Northeast girls to qualify for nationals for the second straight year.
In addition to the championship race, which was seeded based on state high school finishes, other runners competed in junior/senior and freshman/sophomore races.
Oremus won the junior/senior girls race and Ally Rome, Regan’s younger sister, finished second in the freshman/sophomore race. Dissinger was ninth in the junior/senior girls race.
All four girls won individual state medals while helping Dallas win the state Class AA championship in November. Regan Rome was second in the state while Oremus was 14th, Dissinger was 15th and Ally Rome was 16th in the race at Hershey.
Regan Rome ran the 3.1-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. in 18:04. Pennsylvania Class AAA champion Tessa Barrett of Abington Heights, a frequent rival of Rome’s in District 2 track and field and cross country races, won the race in 17:33, the fastest girls time of the past five years.
Barrett and Rome helped Pennsylvania finish second, behind New York, and ahead of New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts in the team competition among states represented by five or more runners.
Tunkhannock sophomore Maggie Toczko was also in the top half of the field, finishing 44th in 19:34.4.
Oremus topped a 103-runner field by finishing in 19:41.2 for a six-second victory. Dissinger was ninth in 20:22.6.
Ally Rome was one of only two girls in the 87-runner freshman/sophomore girls field to break 20 minutes. She finished in 19:59, 17.1 seconds behind champion Aaliyah Wajid of Bronx, N.Y.
The boys championship race drew a field of 171 runners.
State Class AA champion Dominic DeLuca of Dallas finished 20th in 16:51.1 and state runner-up Domenic Hockenbury of Lake-Lehman was 21st just four-tenths of a second behind.
Jack Tidball was 97th and Tunkhannock teammate Carson Ayers was 129th.
Other members of Tunkhannock’s state Class AA boys team champion also competed.
John Loomis was 21st of 140 in the junior/season race in 17:38.8.
Jacob Toczko was 15th out of 149 in the freshman/sophomore boys race in 17:24.9. Alan Grow was 69th.