Dallas’ Rome Earns Third-team All-Northeast
Mitchell Rome can run with the best of the Northeast, too.
Dallas cross country’s all-state star found another gear and added one more medal to his senior season at Saturday’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Northeast Regional. Rome ran a 16:19 and took 30th among 193 boys in the 5K race held at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York.
Jack Stanley of Mendham, New Jersey took first place in 15:30.2. He and the rest of the boys and girls races’ top-10 finishers in the Northeast, South, Midwest and West regions qualified for the national championships scheduled for Dec. 8 in San Diego.
Rome’s top-30 finish earned him a medal and Third Team All-Northeast status. He made that cut while topping his championship times at the Wyoming Valley Conference (16:30) and District 2 (16:46.4) meets, as well as his performance at states (16:45).
Weeks after he placed fourth in the PIAA Class 2A championship meet, Rome was the fifth-fastest Pennsylvanian of 43 entries at Foot Locker’s regional meet. Its field was open to runners from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C. and U.S. citizens in overseas military installations.
Two of the four PA runners who topped Rome on Saturday won state championships earlier this month: Class 3A’s Patrick Anderson of Mount Lebanon and Class A’s Jack Miller of Jenkintown. Another, Brayden Harris of Mcclure, was Class 3A’s fourth-place finisher.
Rome was within 42 seconds of all of them as he recorded the Wyoming Valley Conference’s top finish at the Northeast Regional since 2015. That year, Lake-Lehman’s Dominic Hockenbury followed his Class 2A state title by taking 11th place at Foot Locker in 15:38.5. Rome’s sister, Ally Rome, also won a Class 2A state title that fall and took 27th place in 19:00.9 at the Northeast Regional.
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