CHAMPS XC NATIONALS - Meet the West Region Team

Ventura (CA) HS sophomore Sadie Engelhardt led the way on Dec. 3 at Mt. San Antonio College as boys and girls competed for one of 10 spots representing the West Region at the CHAMPS National Cross Country Championships on Dec. 10 at Morley Field in San Diego. High school athletes from a dozen western states were eligible to compete with just the first 10 across the line in each championship race earning the coveted spot heading to San Diego for what will be the 43rd running of this National Cross Country event. 

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This article has been updated to add a college commitment for Allura Markow.

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Watch The Regional Race

Meet The Team

Sam Hansen

Woods Cross (UT) HS / Senior

Regional Result: 1st, 15:20. Season Highlights: Third at Bob Firman (15:13.10) ... 12th at State Division 5A (15:45.50) ... Ran 5K PR of 14:57.10 at Utah Pre-State ... Four wins in seven races ... Post-Race Interview

Milo Skapinsky

San Luis Obispo (CA) HS / Senior. 

Regional Result: 2nd, 15:29. Season Highlights: Central Section Division 1 runner-up (15:13.30) ... Fourth at  State (15:10) ... Ran 5K PR of 15:09.00 at the Clovis Invitational (Woodward Park course). ... College: Stanford ... Post-Race Interview

Grant Morgenfeld

Palo Alto (CA) HS / Junior.

Regional Result: 3rd, 15:30. Season Highlights: Central Coast Section Division 2 champion (14:54.10, 2.95m) ... Placed 18th at the State Meet ... Ran 3-mile PR at Woodbridge (14:13.00) in SoCal on Friday night in Sept., then traveled to NorCal to win on Saturday at De La Salle (15:07.30) ... Ran 5K PR of 15:15.80 at the Clovis Invitational (Woodward Park course). ... Post-Race Interview

Landon Heemeyer

Meridian (ID) Rocky Mountain HS / Junior.

Regional Result: 4th, 15:32. Season Highlights: Idaho State Division 5A champion (14:38.79) ... Time from State is the state 5K leader ... Bob Firman champion (14:58.40) ... Won four of eight races, top-four in three others ... Early-Season Interview

Micah Sanchez

Alpine (CA) Liberty Charter HS / Senior.

Regional Result: 5th, 15:33. Season Highlights: San Diego Section champion (15:08.60) ... CIF-State Division V champion (15:13.60 to win by 11 seconds) ... won eight of 11 races. (pictured in the middle, bib 10.) ... Post-Race Interview

Joshua Bell

Templeton (CA) HS / Junior

Regional Result: 6th, 15:33. Season Highlights: Two-time Central Section Division 3 champion ... Third at the State Meet (15:18.21) ... 5K PR of 15:15.10 for second in his race at the Clovis Invitational (Woodward Park course) ... won Mt. SAC small-school division sweepstakes (14:50) ... Won six of 11 races and placed top-three nine times. Post-Race Interview

Broen Holman

Sonora (CA) HS / Sophomore.

Regional Result: 7th, 15:33. Season Highlights: Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 champion ... Third at State; 12th in the merge ... Top sophomore boy at Clovis Invitational ... Ran 5K PR of 15:12.34 at the State Meet (Woodward Park course) ... (In black in the center of photo) ... Post-Race Interview

Trey Caldwell

Concord (CA) De La Salle HS / Sophomore.

Regional Result: 8th, 15:34. Season Highlights: Third in the North Coast Section Finals (14:58.96, 3-mile PR) ...  Ninth at State; No. 4 sophomore at the meet ... 5K PR of 15:21.17 at the State Meet (Woodward Park course) ... Post-Race Interview

Jeff Lewis

Draper (UT) Corner Canyon HS / Senior.

Regional result: 9th, 15:35. Season Highlights: Ninth at the State Meet in Division 6A (15:31.90) ... Sixth at Bob Firman (15:24.50) ... Ran 3-mile PR of 14:27.90 for fourth at Park City Invite ... Post-Race Interview

Spencer Bradshaw

 Farmington (UT) HS / Senior. 

Regional Result: 10th, 15:37. Season Highlights: Fourth at the State Meet, Division 6A (15:20) ... Fourth at Bob Firman (15:15.40, 5K PR) ... Ranks sixth in Utah for 3 miles (15:01.15 to win at Region 1 XC) ... won four of nine races and placed top-four seven times ... Post-Race Interview