Noah Rossiter, of New Milford, earned All-American status recently while competing in the national Junior Olympics cross country championships.

The New Milford High School senior was joined in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Dec. 10 competition by his Green Wave boys' cross country teammates, Ryan Clarke and John Hansell, both juniors.

Rossiter clocked 16:27.4 for five kilometers for a 23rd-place finish in the Young Men's division, as a top-25 runner thus earning his All-American recognition.

Hansel and Clarke ran respective times of 16:39 and 16:51.3 to finish 37th and 41st in the 188-runner intermediate boys division.

The three New Milford teens were among nearly 3,000 athletes ages 8 to 18 to compete in the USATF-sponsored event at the Whispering Pines golf course.

The race marked Ryan and John's first experience at the Junior Olympics.

Noah had run last year along with three since-graduated Green Wave teammates.

"It was such an amazing experience for the boys," recounted Irene Clarke, Ryan's mother.

The trio started their Junior Olympics quest in November in a qualifying race in Litchfield. They then went on to compete in a regional trial in Queensbury, N.Y.

"Ryan and John already have their sights on next year's national championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.," said Ms. Clarke.