Cross-country: Hurlock places eighth at national championship
by Bob Brownne
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Tracy runner Blair Hurlock, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord, crosses the finish line in eighth place at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 14. Photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net/Foot Locker Cross Country
Tracy runner Blair Hurlock, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord, crosses the finish line in eighth place at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 14. Photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net/Foot Locker Cross Country
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Tracy runner Blair Hurlock finished in eighth-place among the top high school runners in the nation at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Hurlock, a senior at De La Salle High School in Concord, ran the 5K course at Balboa Park in 15 minutes, 24 seconds.

“I was pretty satisfied with how I did,” Hurlock said. “I was going for the top 10, so I achieved my goal.”

Hurlock said he held the lead at the 2-mile mark, but the other race leaders passed him with about a half-mile left. Race winner Grant Fisher (15:07) of Grand Blanc High School in Michigan and second-place finisher John Dressel (15:10) of Mount Spokane High School in Washington battled for the lead in the last 150 meters.

“It’s definitely one of the best races I’ve been in,” Hurlock said. “(Fisher) is a very good competitor, and it was a good race for him.”

Hurlock gained all-American status by finishing in the top 15. He is also a member of the first-place West team, which had seven of the top 12 runners. The West team had a score of 23, ahead of the Northeast (56), Midwest (64) and South (98).

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