Posted: 5:32 pm Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Brasovan Advances to National Championship 

By Jason Lieser

Wellington senior Ashley Brasovan, who won four straight state titles in cross country, finished fourth at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships South Regional in Charlotte. She qualified to defend her national championship.

Brasovan ran the course in 17:20, seven seconds behind regional winner Kathy Kroeger of Franklin, Tenn. That time was 17 seconds slower than Brasovan’s state title performance in Dade City last Saturday.

Kroeger won the national championship in 2006, and Brasovan overtook her last year in San Diego with a time of 17:20, good for an eight-second win. This year’s championship race is in San Diego again, Dec. 13.

John I. Leonard’s Ryan Pickering and Pope John Paul II’s Stephanie Schappert also competed in Charlotte on Saturday, but did not finish in the top 10 of their races.