Foot Locker Cross Country Championships

Brian Shrader           West Regional

National Finish: 11 Time:15:45
Regional Finish: 2 Time:15:42

Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
High School: Sinagua High School
Grade: 11

2x State XC Champion
2008 AZ Republic R.O.Y. 
2008 State 1600m/3200m Champ

Running hero: Ryan Hall, Ryan Shay
Running goal: Win national championship

Brian Shrader
Overall feelings about the race: I had a goal to get top ten and I ended up getting 11th. From the beginning of the race I just felt really heavy and knew it just wasn't my day. I was holding on for the entire race so I'm pretty happy with 11th considering how I felt. Plus that gets me All-American status which was definately a huge goal of mine!
Best part of the race:  The best part of my race was probably the hill the second time. I was holding people off most of the race and going up the hill I ended up passing a couple runners then going down I passed even more and just started driving for home. It really is hard to pick a best part of the race though when I just felt terrible the entire time. Maybe the start or when I finished and got to stop was my best part!
The FLCC Experience:  The entire Foot Locker experience was truely amazing. It's pretty hard to describe it but just hanging out with such an awesome group of runners was so cool. When I'm thinking about all the tradition that is a part of Foot Locker, it makes me think about what an honor it is to be here. We're all following in so many great runners and olympians footsteps. There really is no other opprotunity like it. 

Personal note:  Thank you guys all so much for your support. There is no way I would have been able to do any of this without you guys. Thank you so much!


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