Grant does it again, buries field for Footlocker XC National Title

Grant does it again, buries field for Footlocker XC National Title

By Dave McCauley,

Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc has once again proven he is the best male high school cross country runner in the nation. The Grand Blanc High School senior powered away from the field late to win his second consecutive Footlocker Cross Country National Title.

Fisher's winning time was 15:03, nine seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Olin Hacker of Madison, Wisconsin. Third overall went to Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello, Idaho in 15:13.

Fisher's 2013 national title was probably more indicative of his emerging national status, waiting till much later in the race to put the hammer down on his competitors. This year, his confidence and preparation was clear to see as he decided to make his move a lot earlier with time to take a rewarding look back and savor the victory even more.

Michigan's one other entrant in this year's national championships boys' race was Jesse Hersha of Concord. Hersha finished off one of the best small school runner cross country seasons with a 16th place overall finish in 15:33. Hersha was the three-time defending MHSAA Division Four State Champion.

In the girls' race, Audrey Belf of Birmingham ended her senior year of cross country with a top ten national finish, placing seventh overall in 17:51. Also running from Michigan was Brighton, Michigan's Sarah Kettel. Kettel struggled and finished in 39th place.

Both Belf and Kettel had very solid cross country seasons with Kettel continuing her progress toward one of the state's top female distance runners.

The race was held at Balboa Park in San Diego, California on December 13, 2014.

Click here for boys and girls 2014 Footlocker CC Nationals results