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Jenna Monahan NY 7:38.60 Evan Crowdus KY 7:12.76

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Boys Summary By Pete Cava

    As Evan Crowdus strode toward the finish, the lyrics from Oleander's “I Walk Alone” wafted over the public address system: “I'm almost pretty sure I've been here before.”
    The words were appropriate. Crowdus, practically unchallenged throughout the race, won his second consecutive NON title in 7:12.76. The junior from Union County High School in Morganfield, Ky., had an impressive lead by the halfway mark, and the only question was whether or not he could better his winning time from a year ago (7:13.79).
    Freshman Matthew Forgues (Boothbay, ME) staged a late charge to take over second place heading into the gun lap. Forgues finished in 7:16.71, with Grant Bacon (Skowhegan, ME) third in 7:26.71. Taylor Burns (Scarborough, ME), the 2006 runnerup, dropped to fourth this time around in 7:30.28.
    Forgues's older sister, currently a freshman at the University of Maine, was runnerup in last year's girls mile walk.
    “I was right on pace,” said Crowdus, who doubled up and had to visit the medical tent before picking up his medal. “I went 1:43.for my first two laps. After that, I just did the best I could. “I heard the call that Forgues was closing, so I just fought my way in to the finish.
    Crowdus, a former miler, believes he's discovered a niche in track and field. “I'm not a great runner – just 5:20 for the mile, he told NSSF's Elliott Denman. “But I've found my place as a race walker.”

 C.F.P.I. Timing & Data 
Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/14/2007 to 6/16/2007
North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC

Event 21 Boys 1 Mile Race Walk
National: $ 6:03.6h 6/1/2002 Adam Staier, Farmington, ME
Meet: # 6:11.05 6/15/2001 Benjamin Shorey, Ellsworth,
Freshman: 7:07.0h 4/23/2005 Robert Vergara, Edinburg, T
Sophomore: 6:27.34 6/14/2002 Zachary Pollinger, Mahwah,
Junior: 6:25.71 6/13/2003 Zachary Pollinger, Mahwah,
Senior: 6:03.6h 6/1/2002 Adam Staier, Farmington, ME
Name Year School Finals
1 Evan Crowdus 08 Morganfield, KY 7:12.76
2 Matthew Forgues 10 Boothbay, ME 7:16.71
3 Grant Bacon 07 Skowhegan, ME 7:26.71
4 Taylor Burns 07 Scarborough, ME 7:30.28
5 Ryan Fitzsimons 08 Turner, ME 7:35.66
6 Ike Brochu 08 Alfred, ME 8:40.78

Girls Summary by Elliot Denman

    Jenna Monahan, the third-placer in 2006, moved up to the top spot in a walkaway 7:38.60 triumph, regaining the crown she took in 2005 in 7:52.71. The Sachem East (Long Island, NY) senior won in a breeze, crossing the line as walker-up Chelsea Conway of Rochester, Ny (8:11.12) was rounding the far turn. One more New Yorker, Sara Meade of Pearl River, snared third in 8:18.57. NIN champion Sara Adams of Lisbon Falls, Maine, was ill and a late scratch.
    "Last year was a rough year for me," said Monahan, who'd been a victim of her own overeagerness. "I double practiced every day, and it was just too much for me," she said. "And then I didn't have enough of a taper coming into this meet. But my 2007 season has been going pretty well. I planned to win by a lot. My goal was just to
see how much I could win by. "
    Unbeaten in the scholastic ranks, she heads to Indianapolis next week to walk the 10K at Junior Nationals, aiming for international spots in the Pan Am Juniors and USA-Canada dual meet.
    In the fall, she heads to CW Post College to major in physical education, work toward a career in adaptive physical ed, and work even harder on her racewalking, her eye on a bid for a spot on the 2012 London-bound Olympic team.

C.F.P.I. Timing & Data
        Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/14/2007 to 6/16/2007         
North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC

Event 22 Girls 1 Mile Race Walk
National: $ 7:16.02 6/18/2004 Maria Michta, Sachem,Ronkon
Meet: # 7:00.87 6/16/2006 Heather Buletti, Westhampto
Freshman: 7:57.73 6/18/2004 Brittany O\'Brien, Bay Shore
Sophomore: 7:23.88 6/14/2002 Maria Michta, Sachem,Ronkon
Junior: 7:44.73 6/13/2003 Jasmine Brooks, Dirigo, ME
Senior: 7:16.02 6/18/2004 Maria Michta, Sachem,Ronkon
Name Year School Finals
1 Jenna Monahan 07 Holbrook, NY 7:38.60
2 Chelsea Conway 07 Rochester, NY 8:11.12
3 Sara Meade 07 Pearl River, NY 8:18.57
4 Katie Williams 07 Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 8:27.02
5 Vanessa Modzel 07 Nesconset, NY 8:56.45
6 Devin Philson 08 Spartanburg, SC 9:12.03
7 Hannah Kisley 10 Fuquay Varina, NC 9:21.24
-- Sara Adams 08 Lisbon Falls, ME DNS

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