FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High senior Ben Burgess finished 11th at the 40th Annual Footlocker Northeast Regional Cross-Country Championship at the Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York.
Burgess, a member of the Framingham High cross-country team, ran his second fastest 5K today, November 24.
He crossed the finish line at 15:43 minutes.
Unfortunately, only the top 10 runners in the four regional meets advance to the National meet in San Diego, California in December.
“I thought that Foot Locker Northeast was a great experience to end my high school cross-country career,” said Burgess.
“Although I was disappointed to barely miss placing for nationals, I was pleased with my effort and my time was my second best this year,” said Burgess.
The Northeast regional includes runners from “Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C. and U.S. citizens in Overseas Military Installations.
The winner today was Jack Stanley of New Jersey. He crossed the finish line at 15:30.20 minutes.
Two Massachusetts runners were in the top 10, including Brookline’s Lucas Aramburu, who finished second overall in 15:37.10 minutes. Delaware runner Connor Nisbet finished third at 15:37.7 minutes. Leyden runner Richard Sturtevat finished 10th overall at 15:41.30 minutes.
Burgess first began running, while a Stapleton Elementary student, training for the school’s fun runs.
He got more involved in running as a sport, while as a seventh grader at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School. His coach then was Ed Crowley, who is now the varsity cross-country coach at Framingham High. This is Crowley’s first year as head coach for the Flyers.
“I want to recognize my coach, Ed Crowley (Papa Crow Man), who has supported me in my running career since middle school, and has helped develop me into the runner that I am today. I look forward to my indoor season,” said Burgess.
Burgess will run indoor and outdoor track at Framingham High, before graduating in 2019.
Photo courtesy of the Burgess family