As she prepares to head to San Diego again for the national championships of high school cross country, Peabody's Catarina Rocha does so as the No. 5 runner in the country, according to MileSplit, Inc.
The website, which covers high school cross country and track and field, released its nationwide rankings on Monday, based on 2012 season performances to date (particularly in head-to-head races).
MileSplit previously ranked Rocha 23rd in the country before she blew away the rest of the field at the Foot Locker Northeast Championships on Saturday.
The Peabody High senior claimed her first northeast title in 17:49.5 and for the third straight year is headed to the national championships in California. She finished 7th last year, earning All-American honors, and placed 31st her sophomore year.
The Foot Locker Nationals are Dec. 8. Go to www.footlockercc.com for more details.