With many of the top high school cross-country runners from across the West region ascending upon Mount San Antonio College Saturday morning for the Foot Locker West Regional, Crescenta Valley High junior Gabe Collison will attempt to assert himself as one of the best in the nation.
Taking part in the boys’ seeded race at 10:40 a.m., Collison is aiming to advance to the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Dec. 8 in San Diego.
“I kinda want to go for 10th place,” said Collison, who will be part of a field vying for the top 10 spots that qualify for the nationals. “That’s the goal. I’m a little nervous setting the goal that high. I don’t know, I think I might surprise myself.”
Collison is the first Falcons runner to take part in the seeded race since Zack Torres did it in 2008. Torres also advanced to nationals, where he became an All-American.