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KCHS state champ Thompson qualifies for national cross country showdown


Joanna Thompson, Knoxville Catholic High School's Class AAA cross country state champion in November, qualified for national finals by finishing fourth among the Southeastern United States' top talent at Foot Locker Cross Country Championships South Regional 5,000-meter race, Saturday, Nov. 27, at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Thompson's high finish (17:20) qualifies her for Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals Saturday, Dec. 11, at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif., among thousands of the nation's top runners.


Southeastern field included high school-aged runners from Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Thompson, a senior at KCHS, placed 18th in last year's regional race.

 

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