Oakmont junior Garcia fifth in National Finals

By: Staff reports
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Oakmont High School junior Karlie Garcia finished fifth in the Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals on Saturday in San Diego.

Garcia was timed in 17 minutes, 36 seconds over the 5K course at Balboa Park, 14 seconds behind winner Molly Seidel of Hartland, Wis.

"I'm happy with it. It's a good accomplishment," Garcia said.

Garcia, coming off a victory in the West Regional a week earlier, said she got a "better start than usual" and caught the lead pack "quicker than usual." But Seidel and another runner "were in their own little world up front."

Garcia finished 15th in the National Finals as a freshman in 2009.

Vista del Lago sophomore Clare Carroll finished 27th in the field of 40 in 18:18. She said she was "a little disappointed," but she was competing in just her fourth race after an injury hampered the first half of this season. She also ran in the National Finals last year.

"I knew the course better," Carroll said. "I knew when to push harder and take turns tighter."