It shouldn't be a surprise anymore: York County's Marlee Starliper has won another race.
The Northern York High School sophomore won the 2017 Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 25. Her time of 17 minutes, 47.5 seconds at Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx, New York) was nearly five seconds faster than second-place Lee Katherine (New York).
The reigning District 3 Class 2-A and PIAA Class 2-A state champ from Wellsville now qualifies for the Foot Locker National Championship on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Balboa Park, San Diego. Last year she finished 30th in regionals in 19:05.1.
"I was really happy that I was able to do what I wanted," said Starliper, who was joined by her teammates for the trip. She also said a leg injury that nagged her late in the year is nearly 100 percent.
"Last year I had no idea where I stood," she said. "[The expectation to win this year] gave me something to fight for."
Starliper and Greencastle-Antrim's Taryn Parks (10th, 18:25.6) were the youngest runners in the girls' top 10, which included seven seniors. That group is among the 40 in the nation (10 from all four regionals) that qualified for nationals.
"I can't wait. I think it's gonna be awesome," Starliper said. "The girls in this region, they seem so cool and stuff."
She hoped to break 17:30, she said, but winning was the ultimate goal. The first mile "threw [her] off" she said, but the second mile is "where you win the race."
"I was really happy that I was able to do what I wanted," Starliper said.