Emma Brink, who last month won her fourth consecutive Class 3A girls’ state cross country championship, didn’t fare as well Saturday in the Foot Locker National Finals at San Diego.
Brink, a Sacred Heart senior who has committed to North Carolina, placed last in the 40-girl field, timed in 20 minutes, 8 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).
Aisling Cuffe, a senior from Cornwall Central High School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., won by the third-largest margin in the 30-year history of the event, timed in 16:53. Runner-up Rachel Johnson of Plano (Texas) High checked in at 17:27.
Brink qualified for the finals by placing fifth in the Foot Locker South Regional two weeks earlier, when she completed a flatter course in 17:25.
Lukas Verzbicas, a senior from Carl Sandburg High in Orland Hills, Ill., became only the third repeat winner of the boys’ event. He completed 5,000 meters in 14:59, followed by Futsum Zeinasellassie, a junior from North Central High of Indianapolis, in 15:10.
No Kentuckians qualified for the boys’ nationals.