Drew Griffith Pulls Away Late To Claim Foot Locker Title

* Drew Griffith celebrates after a win over the 2022 season

Photo Credit: MileSplit

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SAN DIEGO, Ca. -- Drew Griffith made sure of it. 

For the first time since 2016, a champion from outside the Midwest Region took home the Foot Locker Nationals title on Saturday, and it was Griffith, the high school senior from Butler to do it. 

The esteemed athlete from just outside Pittsburgh made his surge into the second half of the 5,000 meter race to claim the title in 15:06.9. 

Interestingly enough, another runner from Pittsburgh followed him.

Ringgold's Ryan Pajak was second overall in 15:12.1, making it a Pennsylvania 1-2 sweep. And then it became a Northeast 1-2-3 when Philips Andover Academy's (MA) Tamrat Gavenas followed in third-place in 15:16.6.

The South went 4-5-6 with Berkley Nance (15:17.5), Brayden Marshall (15:18.4) and Ty Steorts (15:21.2), and then that region on to claim the team title after 11th and 12th place nods from Jake Liebert and Colin Eckerman -- in fact, Patrick Koon's 15th-place finish was the tiebreaker. 

Both the South and Northeast tied with 38 points, while the Midwest trailed with 54 and the West finished with 101 points.

Last year's top returner, Brebeuf Jesuit's Cameron Todd, was eighth in 15:30.0.

1Drew Griffith12Butler15:06.90
2Ryan Pajak12Ringgold15:12.10
3Tamrat (Tam) Gavenas11Phillips Academy Andover15:16.60
4Berkley Nance12Mills Godwin15:17.50
5Brayden Marshall12Winfield15:18.40
6Ty Steorts11Hurricane15:21.20
7Paul Bergeron12Westford Academy15:25.30
8Cameron Todd12Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School15:30.00
9Benjamin Anderson11Mountain Vista High School15:32.10
10Juan Gonzalez11Fremont High School15:32.40
11Jake Liebert12Wando15:34.10
12Colin Eckerman12Webb School of Knoxville15:35.10
13Micah Blomker12Shawnee Mission North15:36.20
14Anthony Provenzano12Carmel High School15:37.50
15Patrick Koon12Leon HS15:38.80
16Gabriel Schmid12Orange15:41.60
17Connell Alford12Chelsea15:43.90
18Riku Sugie11Thomas Nelson15:44.80
19Jack Sheesley11Boise Senior High School15:44.90
20Zach Hillhouse12Pleasant Grove (SJ)15:45.00
21Grant Morgenfeld12Palo Alto (CC)15:48.10
22Raghav Gopalakrishnan12Ardrey Kell15:48.50
23Josh Chu12Ponderosa (SJ)15:49.70
24Ben Crane11Winnetka (New Trier)15:50.10
25Trey Caldwell11De La Salle (NC)15:51.90
26Grayson Milne12Corner Canyon15:53.30
27Jack Bertram11North Allegheny15:54.60
28Davis Rydman12Layton15:56.10
29Matthew Edwards12The Classical Academy15:56.30
30Jack Graffeo11Westford Academy15:59.90
31Thomas Westphal12New Baltimore Anchor Bay16:03.50
32Peyton Shute12Woodbury HS16:03.90
33Devin Ibarra12El Diamante (CS)16:06.10
34Alex Fisher10Loomis Chaffee16:06.40
35Soheib Dissa11Newtown High School16:07.20
36Carter Spradling12Clovis East (CS)16:07.70
37Colin Whitaker12Lampeter Strasburg16:13.40
38Kade Brownell11Mount Spokane High School16:15.60
39Matt Ryan12Nease HS16:24.30
40Isaac Rivera12Lincoln College Prep. High School16:28.50

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