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Two East Bay runners headed to Foot Locker Nationals

Campolindo High’s Toni Finnane and Bishop O’Dowd’s Colin Burke finished in the top 10 of the Foot Locker West Regional girls and boys seeded races respectively today and have qualified for the Foot Locker national championships.

Finnane was fifth in the girls seeded race with a time of 18 minutes, 15 seconds for the 3.1 mile course at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut. There were only two California runners that finished ahead of Finnane.

Burke was 10th in the boys seeded race with a time of 16:00. There were only three California runners that finished ahead of Burke.

The Foot Locker National Championships are Dec. 13 at Balboa Park in San Diego. The girls race is at 9:15 a.m. and the boys race is at 10 a.m.

Finnane, a first-year cross country runner as a senior, said in a telephone interview that she was probably in the top 15 at the first mile, then moved up to seventh in the second mile.
“As the race went on, I took advantage of the hills to power through,” said Finnane, who likes hills.
“It’s incredible,” said Finnane about qualifying for the national meet. “It’s definitely going to be an amazing experience.”

In a telephone interview, Burke said that he was probably 25th during the first mile, but made his major moves in the second mile
“Going up the switchbacks, I made up some ground on a lot of guys,” Burke said.
He said that he was around 15th place at the two-mile mark and that he had advanced up to 10th place going down the final hill of the course with about 1200 meters to the finish.
“I was just extremely thankful I had a chance to qualify and extend my season for one more week,” said Burke about his placing.

At the Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Or., Las Lomas’ Chloe Hansel was 51st with a time of 18:40 for the 3.1 mile course.

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Kyle Kearns decommits from SMU

Foothill High star quarterback Kyle Kearns announced on Twitter last night that he decommitted from SMU and would be opening up his recruitment.
Kearns thanked “all the coaches at SMU who’ve recruited me over the past year” and wished the new staff the best of luck.

Former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was named SMU’s head coach this week. June Jones, who had been at SMU since 2008, resigned after the Mustangs’ second game and Jones’ top assistant served as interim head coach the rest of this season.

On June 3, Kearns announced that he had orally committed to SMU. He had also taken unofficial visits to Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Cal and Stanford before that announcement.
In 10 regular-season games this season, the senior completed 137 of his 197 passes for 2,016 yards, 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

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Las Lomas’ Chloe Hansel selected for national meet

Chloe Hansel, who won the California Interscholastic Federation Division III girls state cross country championship individual title yesterday, has been selected to compete in the prestigious Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.

The meet will take place on Saturday at Glendoveer Golf Course. The girls championship race will start at 10:05 a.m.

Hansel is the only East Bay runner and one of only two Northern California runners selected to compete in the event, along with Davis’ Fiona O’Keefe.

“It’s amazing. I’m so lucky to have that opportunity,” Hansel said.

The two California schools selected to compete as teams in the girls championship race are Great Oak-Temecula and Saugus. There were no Northern California schools or athletes selected to compete in the boys championship race, which will be held at 11:35 a.m. at the same place and date.