Jessica Abbott

Dec. 15, 2021-- Intermediate North's Jessica Abbott-- last seen winning the Ocean County cross country title-- recently won her third consecutive USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championship, which was held at Boubon Park in Paris, Kentucky, in the 13/14 year-old age group division.

Jessica previously won in 2019 and 2020 in the 11- and 12-year-old age group division. Wet weather, heavy mud, and wind gusts of up to 40 mph couldn't stop her from winning the 4000-meter event with a time of 15:41.9, 18 seconds better than the second-place finisher.

Jessica's win marks the first time an athlete has won the national title three consecutive years.

Congratulations, Jessica!