Above, Brody Hasty, right, posing with Coach Guy Avery, posted the fastest time in the Postal Nationals compeition. // FILE PHOTO
For the second year, the boys of the Brentwood XC Club in Brentwood are the winners of the 2017 Postal Nationals Championship.
Traverse City Central in Traverse City, Michigan, was the winning girls team.
The clubs posted the fastest two-mile team times in the country to be crowned National Champions. The Central girls ran an 11:25 average time to claim their title. In the first back-to-back team title since HOKA ONE ONE®, an athletic shoe company, revived Postal Nationals in 2014, the Brentwood boys ran a 9:33 average. The squads bested over 600 other high school teams in the largest Postal Nationals in the event’s history.
The Postal Nationals are so named because they are run and timed at locations across the country, and the times are submitted for the competition.
“This year, HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals participation grew by nearly 200 teams, and we are excited by the competition’s continued growth,” said Mike McManus, Senior Sports Marketing Manager at HOKA ONE ONE. “HOKA is proud to produce one of the largest national championships in high school sports, and to help grow the sports of cross-country and track and field at a grassroots level across the country.”
Reviving a tradition from the 1970s, the HOKA ONE ONE Postal Nationals empowers high school cross-country teams from every state to compete against each other in a timed two-mile race on the track. To receive a ranking, teams average and then submit the time of their top five finishers.
“I think it is great that HOKA has continued this traditional cross-country season event that began over 60 years ago,” said Brentwood XC Club Head Coach Guy Avery. “Our boys are excited to have defended their title, which is one of the goals we set as a team this year.”
The five Brentwood runners were:
|Scott , Thompson||SR||9:10.88|
Top Girls Teams
Traverse City Central – Traverse City, Michigan – 11:25 average
Pine View – Saint George, Utah – 11:36
Riverside – Greer, South Carolina – 11:36
Top Boys Teams
Brentwood XC Club – Brentwood, Tennessee – 9:33 average
Downers Grove (North) – Downers Grove, Illinois – 9:37
Wayzata – Wayzata, Minnesota – 9:37