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Foot Locker Northeast XC Regionals to return to Van Cortlandt Park

Manhasset's Stephen Bourguet placed first in the 3200

Manhasset's Stephen Bourguet placed first in the 3200 meter race in 9:54.68 in the Nassau Class B Indoor Track and Field Championships. (February 7, 2012) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

After a brief stay on Long Island, the Foot Locker Northeast Regional is going back home to the Bronx.

Foot Locker announced today that the Northeast Regional, the qualifying race for the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships, will return to Van Cortlandt Park after three years.

The park had been under construction since 2009, forcing meet organizers to move the 5K race to Sunken Meadow State Park for the past three years. Prior to that, Van Cortlandt Park had hosted the race from its inception in 1979.

““We are thrilled to return ‘home’ to Van Cortlandt Park, where it all started,” Jeanine Zocks, Foot Locker vice president of strategic alliance and events, said in a statement.  “Thousands of runners began their cross-country careers with us at Van Cortlandt, including Olympic medalist, Shalane Flanagan, American 5,000m record holder, Molly Huddle, and most recently, Olympian Donn Cabral. We look forward to hosting this year’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships there once again.”

Miller Place twins Tiana and Talia Guevara were the top Long Island girls in last year’s Northeast Regional, with Tiana finishing 19th in 19:14.2 and Talia taking 25th in 19:26.6. Manhasset’s Stephen Bourguet was the top Long Island boy, coming in 22nd with a time of 16:34.5.

This year, the Northeast Regional falls on Nov. 24, the week following the Federation championship meet. The top 10 seeded boys and girls runners will advance to the national championships in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 8.