Amanda Beach finished 12th among girls on Saturday at the Foot Locker National cross country race in San Diego.
She earned third-team all-America honors as a result, and it marked the highest placing for a Brevard County runner at the event.
“That’s actually incredible, because I’ve looked up to (Holy Trinity grad) Kayla Hale, and I know Steven Cross (of Merritt Island) is kind of a legend in Brevard,” she said. “I think this is kind of a good way to cap off my high school career.”
Last month, Beach signed to run college cross country for Duke, where Hale attended. Cross, who ran at Foot Locker the last two years ago as the only Brevard boy to qualify more than once, went to Florida State.
Beach ran a 17:53.9 on Saturday. The race was won by Claudia Lane of Malibu, Calif., who posted a time of 17:04.8.
“I didn’t know what to expect, because I’ve never been here before, but I wanted to break 18 (minutes),” Beach said. “It definitely wasn’t anything like any Florida course. It had a huge hill and the whole course was rolling. I actually really liked it because it was kind of a change from what we usually do.”
She advanced to the meet when she placed fifth with a 17:31.1 at the Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional in Charlotte, N.C., two weeks ago. She also placed fifth in Class 2A at the FHSAA meet last month.
Jackson named top wrestler at Nutter Duals
Casey Jackson, a 132-pound wrestler, went 5-0 and was named the MVP on Saturday of the Will Nutter Duals hosted by Merritt Island.
Other unbeaten Brevard wrestlers, all from tournament runner-up Merritt Island, were 126-pound Joey Krapf, who went 4-0, 170-pound David McGill (5-0), Caden Norris (5-0 at 220) and heavyweight Connor Liston, also 5-0.
Timber Creek went 5-0 to win the team title ahead of the host Mustangs. Eau Gallie was fifth and Titusville sixth.