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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Updated: October 29, 10:42 AM ET
ESPN RISE Athletes of the Week

By Mark Tennis

It's a California sweep for this week's ESPN RISE National Boys & Girls Athlete of the Week honors, as the nods went to cross country runner Molly Grabill of Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) and soccer goalkeeper Jake Feener of Jesuit (Carmichael).

Molly Grabill
Molly Grabill has not lost a race in California all season.

Grabill has been unbeaten in California all year. Last weekend the standout junior got a chance to race another runner ranked in the nation's top 10, and she passed the test with flying colors.

In the D1/2 Individual Sweepstakes Race at the Mt. SAC Invitational, the nation's largest meet, Grabill scorched the 2.9-mile course in 16:41, a time Jordan Hasay topped only once in her four victories there. She won by 22 seconds over Arizona's Jessica Tonn, who was ranked No. 5 in the nation before the race. Grabill was third in the meet last year but saw her season fizzle out late because of injuries. She came back last spring for a 10:23.75 in the 3,200 meters and was second behind Hasay in the CIF state meet.

Feener, who committed to Seattle University, has eight straight shutouts and 16 in 21 matches this season. His shutout total is the second highest reported in the nation.

This week's ESPN RISE Regional Athletes of the Week for fall sports (not including football):

East Boys
Garrett Browning
West Allegheny (Imperial, Pa.), Golf
Browning showed poise under pressure in shooting a 2-over 144 for two rounds at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York and becoming the first sophomore Pennsylvania state golf champion since 1994. He missed the cut at a sectional qualifier as a freshman but this year shot a 35 on the back nine in the rain to hold off Greg Jarmas of Lower Merion (Ardmore, Pa.) by one stroke.

East Girls
Jocelyn McCoy
Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.), Soccer
The junior keeper recorded two more shutouts, bringing her season total to 14. Spalding beat Institute of Notre Dame 5-0 and Mount de Sales 3-0, and also had a 7-1 win over St. Vincent Pallotti. McCoy has been a main reason for Spalding's 17-0-1 start and top-five ranking in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. Among her shutouts is a 1-0 win over current FAB 50 top-10 team McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.). McCoy has allowed only three goals in 18 matches and has a .955 save percentage.

Southeast Boys
Senyonjo Mukungo
Jordan (Durham, N.C.), Soccer
Mukungo has played a key role in Jordan's 18-0 start (a run that includes 11 straight shutouts) and is one of the top defensive prospects coming out of North Carolina this year. He has committed to North Carolina State.

Southeast Girls
Hannah Wilson
Tupelo (Tupelo, Miss.), Swimming
The senior led Tupelo to the Mississippi High School Athletic Association team title, setting a state meet record in the 100-meter freestyle (52.88 seconds) and also winning the 50 free (24.92) and keying first-place relay teams in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Wilson will make the first of several recruiting trips to Florida State.

Midwest Boys
Futsum Zeinasellassie
North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.), Cross Country
The sophomore is the top returning finisher from last fall's Foot Locker Finals (seventh) yet at times this fall has looked like just another in a pack of solid Indiana runners contending for a state title. But in the IHSAA Carmel Semi-State meet, the toughest of the four semi-state qualifiers, Zeinasellassie dominated a field that included three of the best five runners in Indiana, finishing in 15:16.5 and winning by 21 seconds.

Midwest Girls
Megen Giesen
Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio), Soccer
A junior with plenty of USA Olympic Development Program experience, Giesen has been one of the top players this season for a team that is No. 5 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50. The midfielder scored four goals in two state playoff victories last week.

Southwest Boys
Cale Eidson
Calera (Calera, Okla.), Cross Country
Eidson may not have made it onto the national radar yet, but he is legend in small-school Oklahoma. Last Saturday in Shawnee, he won his third consecutive state title. The first came in Class A, the last two in Class 2A. Eidson, who covered the 5k course in 16:14.54 and won by 12 seconds, is the first runner in the state's smallest classification to win three state titles.

Southeast Girls
Aubree Worden
Scottsbluff (Scottsbluff, Neb.), Cross Country
Worden's 14:45.4 for 4k in the Class B race of the Nebraska state meet in Kearney was 28 seconds clear of second place and far ahead of the other three class winners. In taking her second straight title, she set a Class B meet record and ran the third-best time of anyone in state meet history. Since 1991, only three-time Foot Locker Finalist Emily Sisson (now at Missouri) has run faster in those championships.

West Boys
Jake Feener
Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.), Soccer
Also chosen as the ESPN RISE National Athlete of the Week.

West Girls
Molly Grabill
Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.), Cross Country
Also chosen as the ESPN RISE National Athlete of the Week.

For the fall season, the national athlete of the week honors will be given to those who participate in sports other than football. The ESPN RISE Athlete of the Week panel consists of Garland Cooper (softball), Andrew Drennen (baseball), Ronnie Flores (basketball), Doug Huff (multi-sports), Kristin Olsen (volleyball), Sheldon Shealer (soccer), Mark Tennis (multi-sports) and Steve Underwood (track and cross country).