FRAMINGHAM – Sam Burgess has qualified again for the national Junior Olympics Cross-Country meet.
Burgess, a student at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, finished 17th at the regional meet in New York this weekend. He competed in the 13-14 old category. Burgess time was 14.38.2 minutes.
The top 30 runners have the option to move on to the national meet. There were 118 boys in the race. The winner crossed the finish line at 13.21.2.
To qualify for the regional meet on Sunday, either the runner’s team had to be one of the top 5 teams at the New England association meet or the individual runner had to have finished in the top 30 individually. Sam’s team did not qualify, but he finished 15th at the New England meet.
Burgess is no stranger to Framingham runners. He has won several 5K races in Framingham and MetroWest, and is not even 13 years old.
Then, 11, he finished 24th out of 151 runners in a meet that featured the best runners from New England, New York, and New Jersey. The top 30 runners qualified for nationals.
Burgess first started running training for the Golden Eagle 5K at Stapleton Elementary School, as a kindergartner.
Last year, Burgess finished 34th at the national Junior Olympics Cross-Country meet in Tallahassee Florida.
He competed against almost 400. 11 and 12 year old runners at the meet, after finishing fifth in a regional meet to qualify for nationals.