NMHS runners excel nationally
Updated 5:35 pm, Thursday, December 22, 2011
Noah Rossiter, of New Milford, earned All-American status recently while competing in the national Junior Olympics cross country championships.
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.
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.