BRONX - Hope Pietrocarlo enjoyed her holiday weekend trip to New York City.
And the Maple Grove sophomore got in a nice run while she was there to boot.
Competing in the Foot Locker Northeast Region 5K at Van Cortlandt Park, Pietrocarlo finished 62nd in a field of 110 runners from New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and U.S. citizens in overseas military installation. Her time was 20:00.3. The winner, Tessa Barrett, a senior from Waverly, Pa., turned in a blistering 17:32.3.
The top 10 from the four regional races across the country will advance to the national championships, which will be held Dec. 14 at Morley Field at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.
Pietrocarlo's latest opportunity comes on the heels of an outstanding fall season during which she became the first runner in Maple Grove history to capture a state individual cross country title when she toured the 5,000-meter course at Queensbury High School in 18:29.5 to win the Class D race by nearly 24 seconds.
Pietrocarlo also won the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association and Section 6 championships last month.