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Sean McGorty. Photo by Spencer Allen/SportsImageWire.com.
Trio Runs for Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/13/2014
BOULDER, Colo. – Three Stanford freshmen – Sean McGorty, Jack Keelan, and Sam Wharton – will compete in national and international cross country championship races over the next two weeks.

On Saturday, they will run in the U.S. junior national championships on the Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder. The 8-kilometer (4.97-mile) race begins at 9:45 a.m. PT (10:45 a.m. MT) and will be run at an elevation of 5,430 feet.

The U.S. senior men’s national championship features defending champion and 13-time Stanford All-America Chris Derrick ’12, and eight-time All-America Jacob Riley ’11 in the 12K (7.5-mile) race at 11:15 a.m. PT. Both races will be streamed live for free on usatf.tv.

This is not a World Championship year for the biennial meet, so there is no qualifying for world spots. However, all three will represent the United States in the junior race at the NACAC Cross Country Championships at the Mount Irvine Bay Golf Club in Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 22. The meet acts as the championship of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. The junior men’s distance is 6K (3.7 miles).

The Stanford trio was among five male juniors selected by a committee to compete for the U.S. in the NACAC meet, based on performances in 2013. McGorty was the only of the three to compete for Stanford cross country in the fall, while Keelan and Wharton redshirted. McGorty earned All-West Region honors while helping the Cardinal to the West Region title. All three are redshirting the indoor track season.

Each was among the top high school runners of 2012-13. McGorty, of Fairfax, Va., won the track and field New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the two mile. Keelan, of La Grange Park, Ill., was second in the mile and fourth in the 5,000 at the same meet. And Wharton, of Tipp City, Ohio, won the Nike Cross Nationals and was sixth at the FootLocker cross country nationals.

Also competing at the NACAC is Stephanie Marcy Dinius ’11, a five-time Stanford All-America, who will run in the senior women’s race (6K). Dinius was eighth at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Challenge in Scotland on Jan. 11 while running for the U.S. (21:06 for 6K). Last March, she won the Disney Half Marathon in Anaheim in 1:15.47, breaking the women’s record by more than two minutes.


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