JSerra’s Grover, San Clemente’s Catsimanes have tough time at Foot Locker Nationals

Anthony Grover of JSerra and Hana Catsimanes of San Clemente each experienced disappointment in the Foot Locker National Championships on Saturday at San Diego’s Balboa Park.

Grover was running with the lead pack two-thirds of the way through 5K race and poised to make a move when he collapsed about 500 meters from the finish line, JSerra cross country coach Martin Dugard said.

Grover got to his hands and knees, began to crawl and then got to his feet and started to walk, Dugard said. Grover was able to jog slowly across the finish line in last place (17 minutes, 29.8 seconds) and then collapsed again, Dugard said.

“Something went wrong,” Dugard said. “We’re trying to figure out what it is.”

The 40 runners in the race qualified by being top-10 finishers from the West, South, Midwest and Northeast regionals.

Grover, a junior, qualified by finishing fourth in the Foot Locker West Regional Championships on Dec.1 in a personal best time of 15:37.6.

A week earlier, Grover finished first in Division 4 at the CIF State Cross Country Championships.

“He’s a phenomenal runner,” Dugard said. “The sky is the limit with him.”

Catsimanes, a junior, finished 38th, running the Morley Field course in 19:43.3, well off the personal best of 18:07.8 she ran as a sophomore at the CIF State Championships.

Catsimanes qualified for the national championship by finishing seventh (18:20.7) at last week’s regional championships.

She finished third at the Dana Hills Invitational (17:01.6), first at the Sea View League Finals (17:19.1) and seventh in the CIF-SS Finals (17:03.9).

“Hana has run five high-level races this season … in only her second year of running cross country,” San Clemente coach Dave Proodian said. “It probably caught up to her.”

Cole Hocker of Cathedral High School in Indiana won the boys race in 15:13.7 and Sydney Masciarelli of Marianapolis Prep in Massachusetts won the girls race in 17:00.3.

Six of the top-10 finishing boys and five of the top-10 finishing girls were from the midwest.

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