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Granite Bay's Carroll qualifies for National Finals

By: Staff reports
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Granite Bay High School freshman Clare Carroll finished fourth in the 32nd annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional on Saturday in Walnut.

By finishing in the top 10, she qualified for the National Finals on Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego.

Carroll followed her Sac-Joaquin Section Division I individual victory and runner-up finish at the state meet by running 5 kilometers in 18 minutes, 22 seconds at Mt. San Antonio College. Senior Julie Nacouzi of Santa Rosa won the race in 18:09. Granite Bay senior Brooke Holt was 38th in 19:31.

Carroll had to sprint to get into the lead pack over the first mile on a course she hadn’t run, and she was in sixth place for much of the race. Carroll finished fourth by beating two runners over the last 50 yards, including one at the finish line.