Kingsway junior Chelsea Ley earned all-American status in cross-country yesterday by finishing eighth at the Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.
Ley covered the 3.1-mile course, which includes two 1.55-mile loops, in 17 minutes, 49 seconds, trailing winner Jordan Hasay of West Mission Prep (Cal.), who clocked 17:22. Ley improved the time she posted on the same course last year by 15 seconds.
"After the first loop," Ley said, "I was second, but then a pack of four runners passed me and I stayed with them. At the end, it was a race to the finish, but I'm not known for my [closing] kick."
The top 15 finishers in each of the boys' and girls' races were named all-Americans.
In the boys' race, Ocean City's Brett Johnson made the trip to the West Coast despite having suffered a sprained foot one mile into the Northeast qualifying race two weeks ago.
Johnson finished 40th in 18:41, but was not disappointed.
"I did all I could," Johnson said. "This race has been a goal of mine since I was a freshman and knew what the Foot Locker race was all about."
Solomon Haile of Northeast Sherwood (Md.) won the race in 15:15.
Cherry Hill West 111, Washington Township 75
(CHW: Cathy Howard won 200 freestyle in 1:58.73, and 500 free in 5:07.42; WT: Catharine Wood won 50 free in 26.42, and 100 butterfly in 1:03.17)
Mercy Vocational at Life Center, 3:45
Solebury School at Doane Academy, 4
Atlantic City at Millville, 3:30
Lower Cape May at Holy Spirit, 4
At Camden County Tech:
Eastern vs. Bishop Eustace, 5:10
Haddonfield vs. West Deptford, 4
Holy Cross at Ewing, 3:30
Gloucester Catholic at Deptford, 3:30
Bordentown at Cinnaminson, 3:45
Maple Shade at Burlington Township, 3:45
Delran at Trenton Catholic, 3:45
New Egypt at Medford Tech, 3:45
Northern Burlington at Westampton Tech, 3:45
Pemberton at Rancocas Valley, 3:45
West Deptford at Collingswood, 3:45
St. Joseph at Lindenwold, 3:45
Pennsauken at Cherokee, 3:45
Eastern at Cherry Hill East, 3:45
Lenape at Washington Township, 3:45
Bishop Eustace at Pennsauken Tech, 3:45
Hammonton at Cherry Hill West, 4
Gloucester County Tech at Gloucester, 4