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Framingham’s Burgess finishes robust at Eastbay Nationals

Framingham’s Sam Burgess knew early on that he wasn’t going to have his greatest day at Saturday’s Eastbay National Cross Country Championships, however the Div. 1 All-State champion nonetheless ran greater than respectably.

Competing towards a loaded subject in heat situations over the hilly Balboa Park 5K format in San Diego, Calif., Burgess completed twenty ninth in 15:56.40 to wrap up a stellar cross nation marketing campaign. Riley Hough of Fenton, Mich., captured the title within the prestigious race in 15:11.4.

Burgess had certified for nationals along with his ninth-place end on the Northeast Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park, N.Y.

The tempo was quick from the gun and Burgess was in the midst of the pack, notching a 2:18 within the opening 800. He handed the mile in 4:50, however was by no means capable of get in synch.

“I started off at the back and tried to work my way up,” he mentioned. “The 4:50 first mile was more fatiguing than it usually is at that pace. I just had an off day. It happens sometimes.”

Burgess is looking forward to the indoor marketing campaign the place he desires to run a quick mile and get beneath 9 minutes within the 2-mile. He has a private better of 9:11.96 from final spring’s All-State meet.

“I just want to compete at a high level and that means breaking nine minutes,” he mentioned.

Ellie Shea of Belmont was in competition a lot of the means however was compelled to drop out on the 2-mile mark, regardless of being in fourth place. Shea, who competes for the Emerging Elites membership, mentioned she had a very good warmup and begin, however felt “off” with a mile to go and stepped off the course.

Shea was coming off a robust end at Van Cortlandt Park, the place she raced to a sixth-place end in 17:55.3.

She additionally ran to an excellent second-place displaying earlier this season on the Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park with a fast 17:12 for the 5K format.

Natalie Cook of Flower Mound, Texas, was the general winner Saturday in 17:15.

Shea had each cause to consider she was going to run effectively coming into Saturday’s race.

“It was a pretty controlled start and I felt strong,” mentioned Shea, who ran the opening mile in 5:19. “(The Northeast Regional) was a fun race and gave me a lot of confidence. Running in Van Cortlandt is always fun. I had a great experience running in San Diego.”

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