Foot Locker Cross Country Championships

Melanie Thompson           Northeast Regional

National Finish: 17 Time:18:18
Regional Finish: 4 Time:18:05

Hometown: High Bridge, NJ
High School: Voorhees High School
Grade: 12

Gatorade Cross Country State Winner
All-American Mile 
All State Cross Country Champion 2007/ 2008

Hobbies: Running, Playing Basketball, Anything Outside

Melanie Thompson
Overall feelings about the race: I was actually a little disappointed with how the race went today. I was going into the race with expectations of possibly getting in the top 10 or better. I was in the right spot for that around the mile mark but after the first hill my legs just felt shot. After that, I struggled to hang on and ended up finishing 17th. Regardless, just qualifying for the race is an accomplishment in itself.
Best part of the race:  The best part of the race was probably the start. It was so exciting with the cannon and the crowd. I'm not used to running races with so many people like that so instead of thinking about how my body was feeling, i was able to distract my mind and think about all of the other runners that were around me.
The FLCC Experience:  Overall, qualifying for Foot Locker has been amazing. I've met and gotten to know so many people that will without a doubt be friends of mine for a very long time. Listening to the professional runners was also an awesome experience because they truly were in our shoes not long ago and to think of how successful they are now makes me excited for what is to come. I would not trade this experience for anything. Its been great! 

Personal note:  Thanks everyone who watched the race online (or attempted). All the support I've gotten means the world, especially from my mom and my coach. I wouldn't know what to do without you guys! Thanks


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