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Leingang captures first in Foot Locker Cross Country Championships

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Bismarck High's Jake Leingang won the boys division of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional today.

Leingang won in a time of 14 minutes, 56 seconds to beat out Sam Wharton of Tipp City, Ohio, for the top spot. Wharton took runner-up in 14:56, while Nicholas Raymond of Erie, Mich., had the lead at the one-mile and two-mile marks. Leingang is a two-time FLCCC National Finalist.

At 2.5 miles, Leingang and Wharton surged ahead of Raymond to battle for first place.

Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Ind., won the girls' race which was dominated by a tight group of runners. At the two-mile mark, Rohrer made her move to take the lead and never looked back, breaking the course record in 16:54. The previous course record was held by Claire Durkin of Columbus, Ohio at 17:01 in 2007.

Taylor Werner of Bloomsdale, Mo., placed second in 17:06, and Maria Hauger of Shakopee, Minn., placed third in 17:07. Hauger is a two-time FLCCC National Finalist.