Andrew Hunter from Loudoun Valley (Purcelville, Va.) set a course record Saturday and became the first boy to repeat as Foot Locker South Regional cross country champion since superstar Alan Webb in 1999 and 2000.
Hunter, a three-time Virginia 3A champion and state meet record holder, ran 14:26 to break the course record at McAlpine Park in Charlotte by two seconds. Sean McGorty of Fairfax (Va.) Chantilly set the record in 2012.
The South Regional victory sets up Hunter nicely for the national championship meet Dec. 12 in San Diego, where Hunter, an Oregon commit, is the top returnee after finishing fourth last year.
“I wanted to run fast. I wanted to win. I just ran the first mile hard and just saw how I felt from there,” Hunter told the Charlotte Observer. “If I wasn’t feeling it, I wasn’t going to hurt myself too bad, because the ultimate goal was to win. I’m pleased.”
The top 10 boys finishers and top 10 girls finishers in seeded races at the four regionals advance to the national meet. The top two teams at each regional meet also advance to nationals.