Munks takes 37th place at national XC championships

Monroe-Woodbury senior Katie Munks competes in the Foot Locker girls cross country national championships in San Diego on Saturday. (Photo provided by M-W XC coach Matt Hemmer)

Monroe-Woodbury senior Kathryn Munks placed 37th at the girls Foot Locker national championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Saturday. She covered the five-kilometer course in 18:44.5.

“It was an awesome experience being here. The girls went out super fast,” Munks said. “That first half-mile was really, really fast and the packs formed early on in the race. I knew it was going to be fast but I didn’t expect the packs to break apart so early.”

Weini Kelati of Heritage High (Leesburg, Va.) placed first in a time of 17:09.7.

Munks has committed to Penn State, which won the 2015 Big Ten women’s cross country title. She hopes that a meet like this will help her adjust to the college level next fall.

“This gives me a little preview of what the national college meets are going to be like,” Munks said. “My college coach (John Gondak) was here today and he was very encouraging. I didn’t run what I wanted to today but he told me that my career is still very bright and this is not the end.”

For full race results, click here.

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