Seven members of the Manhattan Cross Cross Country Club competed over the weekend at the Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships in Louisville, Ky.
Madeline Purdom and Luke Wichman earned national honors with top finishes in their division. Purdom was 18th among all 11-12 year-old girls, clocking a time of 11:21 in the 3,000 meters.
Wichman was 25th among 11-12 year-old boys with a time of 11:04.
In the 9-10 year-old boys’ division, Sean Anderson placed 53rd overall, with a time of 12:18.
Tyler Higgins (12:09) and Harris DeNoble (12:28) were 50th and 91st, respectively, in the 11-12 year-old boys’ race.
In the 13-14 year-old boys’ division, which was a 4,000-meter race, Dylan Higgins placed 86th (16:02), and Suman Wang was 104th (16:31).
There were more than 200 runners in each of the races, and more than 1,600 runners that participated in this year’s national championship.
This is the second year that the Manhattan Cross Country Club sent runners to the CCCNYC.
Pictures of this year’s event are available at www.wowtrackshots.com. Purdom is one of the runners featured on the cover of that page.
The national meet wraps up a successful Fall season for the Manhattan Cross Country Club, which had 127 Club members in 2013 and donated more than $10,000 to area schools through the Body First School Fitness Challenge.