BRONX, N.Y. - Neely Spence, representing Hagerstown's Cumberland Valley Athletic Club, won the girls seeded race at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
"It's a big moment in CVAC history," said Mike Spinnler, president of the CVAC. "We've had some bright moments, but this is groundbreaking. It's exactly what we exist for, to help truly dedicated scholastic and post-scholastic athletes realize their dreams."
Spence, a home-schooled 16-year-old from Shippensburg, Pa., covered the challenging 3.1-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park in 17:41, edging runner-up Hannah Davidson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., by 1 second.
"I didn't take the lead until about 200 meters to go," Spence said. "That's where I really started kicking. I didn't know I had it won until after I broke the tape."