UPDATED: Framingham’s Burgess Qualifies For National Cross-Country Championship

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High junior Sam Burgess qualified for the national cross-country championship over the weekend.

Burgess finished 9th overall at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York on the 5,000-meter regional cross-country course. His time was 15:29.6 minutes.

It was not his fastest time this year, but fast enough for nationals.

Competing in the Eastbay Cross Country (formerly Foot Locker CC) Championships (ECCC) Northeast, Burgess was the only boys non-senior to make the top 10 and the only runner from Massachusetts in the boys division to qualify for nationals.

“Going into regionals I didn’t have too much of a strategy, I just wanted to run my own race the first mile and then find the top 10 in the back woods.  I’m pretty happy with how I ran.  The only goal was just trying to make it to the next race,” Burgess told SOURCE.

Race day conditions on Saturday were 37 degrees and sunny skies with12 mph winds.

The 10 fastest girls and 10 fastest boys at Saturday’s Eastern regionals qualified for the national championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Morley Field at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.

“I don’t have very specific goals. I’m just trying to run as fast as I can next Saturday,” said Burgess.

“I’m probably gonna taper my training a little bit over the next 2 weeks with lower mileage,” said the Framingham High junior.

“For training this season, I’ve just tried to keep mileage up and not blast every workout from the beginning to try to set myself up for postseason,” said Burgess.

The cross-country team is coached by Ed Crowley.

“The biggest peace of advice my coach gave me this season was just to stay patient and focus on the bigger picture as well as embracing the opportunity to race every time I step on the line.  It’s been great to work with coach Crowley this season, I’m grateful to have a coach that I feel has the same goals and thought process as me when approaching training,” said Burgess.

Burgess wants to continue his running career at a Division 1 program in college, but at this time is undecided on a school.

Angelina Perez of Ringwood, N.J. and Gavin Sherry of West Hartford, Conn. won the
Eastbay Cross Country Championships (ECCC) Northeast Regional titles.

Perez, a senior at Lakeland Regional High School, claimed the title in the girls’ championship race in 17:21.5.

Sherry, a senior at Conard High School, took the title in the boys’ championship race in
15:05.8 shattering the course record and breaking two-time Olympian Donn Cabral’s 2007
standard of 15:09.

Sherry, in 2019, was a runner-up in the Northeast Regional race making him a two-time ECCC National Finalist.

Marco Langon, a senior from Raritan, N.J., finished second in today’s race tying the course record in 15:09.6 and Gitch Hayes, a senior from Albany, N.Y., finished third in 15:18.6.

Burgess fastest time this season was 15:05 minutes on November 13 when he won the Division 1 title.

He won the state championship a week later on November 20 in 15:07.5 minutes.


Photo by Maddie Burgess


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