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- results and rankings from around the country | LAST WEEK
DyeStat Elite | The Harrier rankings |
College Choices 2003 |
- the whole story from San Diego
Hail to the Cross Country Parents - special edition of Donna on the Side
USATF JO nationals - double win for Lawrence sisters of Nevada |
| Early Indoor results | DyeStat Elite indoor cutoffs |
| Bishop Laughlin Games, our first DyeStat On-Site meet of indoor season

Foot Locker Cross Country Championships
| Home Page | Midwest | Northeast | South | West | National Finals | MORE |
COMPLETE COVERAGE of national finals Dec 14, San Diego
NEW Leo Collins Two masterful front running performances in a happy return to San Diego
NEW Introduction pix - all 64 finalists before they got sweaty: GIRLS - BOYS

The Rocket and The Zephyr!

Chris Solinsky
Zoe Nelson

photos by Photo Run

SAN DIEGO CA 12/14/02 -- In almost identical fashion, Stevens Point WI sr Chris (the Rocket) Solinsky and Flathead Kalispell MT soph Zoe (the Zephyr) Nelson flew to victory in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships national finals at Balboa Park.

Each runner started pulling away in the third mile, sealed the victory by handling The Hill better than anyone else, and cruised home the last half mile with ease. Solinsky won by 20 seconds over fellow Midwesterner Wesley Smith in 14:41, which tied for third fastest ever on this course. The margin of victory tied Dathan Ritzenhein for biggest margin by a Foot Locker boys winner. The Midwest boys scored 27 points (South 44). Zoe Nelson finished in 17:30, with Katy Trotter NJ second at 17:44. Trotter led the Northeast girls 26 to the team title (West 43).

  • MORE
  • Rich Gonzalez' Finals Summaries:
    BOYS - Solinsky was "stunning" to Alan Webb
    GIRLS - "I LOVE running on hills!"
    says Zoe
  • John Dye's Photo Sequence - girls - boys
  • Ricky's Notes & Quotes: girls - boys
  • The Hill - pix by Doug Speck: girls - boys
  • Donna on the Side - 130 photos of the sideline scenes
  • Victah Sailer's Finals pix: boys - girls
  • DyeStatCal coverage - link
  • Bill Leung collages
  • Pix on Nevada TrackStats
  • After the race - random interviews after the shouting died.
    • Zoe Nelson got rid of her sideache
    • Ari Lambie was almost too sick to run
    • Wesley Smith - 4th time's the charm against Nef Araia
    • Kippy Keino - the last hill cost him 10 places
    • Nef Araia - patience pays
    • Ryan Deak - hill management helps
    • Galen Rupp - felled by breathing problem
    • Ruth Graham - had to stop day dreaming
  • Leo Collins - two masterful front running performances in a happy return to San Diego
  • Introduction Pix - before they got sweaty: GIRLS - BOYS
Foot Locker
Finals on TV

Dec 19 3:00 pm EST
Fox Sports Net


DyeStat Elite update #9
3,480 performances on national lists
The DyeStat Elite cross country performance lists have 3,480 performances from 633 meets. The first three Foot Locker regions and the California state meet are included. Lists include 3 mile and 5k times meeting cutoffs. List Number 9

THIS WEEK - results, rankings, and other current news

California on DyeStatCal Results - rankings - previews

California squad Buffalo Chips scores well in USATF Junior Olympics nationals in Georgia. Joe Hartrman story.

DyeStat Elite in California - 202 national ranking performances at Cal State Meet, led by Caitlin Chock 17:30 5k and Phillip Reid 15:00.

USATF Junior Olympics nationals
Angela Bizzari
, who passed up a chance to qualify for Foot Locker national finals, led the Cincinnati Spirit to the Youth Girls championship. Bizzari and Emily Thompson finished 3-4 and the Spirit 93 won by 4 points over Hanson's TC, paced by 9th place Rachel Wittum. Marie Lawrence 15:11 4k won the race, followed by Kristen Arnold 15:13. Bizzari fell face first in the mud at the start and had to rally from last place in the first mile. She had won the freshman race at the Foot Locker Midwest regional in a time that would have placed her 6th in the seeded race to qualify for the nationals in San Diego. Collier Lawrence, Reno NV won the girls intermediate race in 18:26 5k. The two Lawrence girls are sisters, making for a happy flight back to Nevada.

The Harrier rankings
Mountain View UT boys move into US #1
11/24/02 -- Marc Bloom's fifth Harrier magazine rankings of the season saw the top 10 lists shaken up by state meets. Biggest change came from the Texas state meet, where The Woodlands lost the state title to Kingwood and their US#1 ranking as well. Mountain View UT, which beat The Woodlands at the Great American when the The Woodlands top 2 runners were disqualified, move into the top spot. West Plains MO and Hilliard Davidson OH moved up a notch to 2nd and 3rd, followed by previous #9 Kingwood and The Woodlands. The season-long #1 girls team, Saratoga, finishes #1 for the second straight year after winning the New York Federation championship convincingly. The Harrier top 10 national and top 5 regional teams.

What is the toughest cross country course in the country?
DyeStat readers tell us about their toughest courses

What is the toughest cross country course in the country? We nominated Hereford HS in Maryland. Now readers are sending in their picks -- Manzano HS NM, Branstrom Park MI, Sioux Passage MO, Holmdel Park NJ, Brandywine Creek DE, Susquenita HS PA, Wolfpack Invitational NC, Canyon de Chelly AZ, Parkhill South MO, Crystal Springs CA, Derryfield Park NH, Waimea HI, Elkins WV, Cuyahoga Valley OH, Trask Mountain OR, Thetford Trails VT, Sunken Meadow NY, Camas WA, Renaissance Run CO, and University of Southern Indiana. Read these and make your own nomination if you think your course is really tough. See Toughest Courses


The Armory
Holiday Classic

Compete in a big meet in the Big Apple and see the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in the same building.
Holiday Classic Dec 27
Entries due Dec 18
Other meets at the Armory:
Bishop Laughlin Dec 21
Hispanic Games Jan 11
New Balance Games Jan 25
Collegiate Inv Feb 14-15

Hail to the
Cross Country

A special edition of Donna on the Side - Donna Dye's survey of cross country moms and dads tells their emotions, dreams, and fears as they watch from the sidelines.
Hail to the Parents

Great American 2003 will be held September 26-27 at the SAS course, Cary NC. Details will be announced soon. For more information, send email to the National Scholastic Sports Foundation.

Nike Athletes of the Week #12
Californians finish strong to grab last AOW awards of the cross country season.
Mike Poe
Caitlin Chock


Holiday Shopping
DyeStat/Harrier books
The Harrier
Run with the Champions
Slinger Sanchez
Walt Murphy
High School Track 2002
Parents Guide to High School Track
& Cross Country

John Dye and Marc Bloom announce the book, Parents Guide to High School Track & Cross Country, as the first publication of their joint venture, DyeStat/Harrier Books, which will offer three books in 2003. Special holiday pricing is now offered for the Parents Guide and the DyeStat/Harrier Book Club at pre-publication discounts plus a special bonus.
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How to Get Ranked
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Nike Indoor

March 15-16 at Landover MD
5th NIC has added attraction:
the Nike Sprint Summit

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE Donna Dye's guide to the college recruiting game: eligibility rules, recruiting rules, experiences, organizations, helpful web sites, scholarships & loans, and careers & majors.


class of 2003 early signing period ends
- lots of big names choose colleges

College Choices - 162 choices listed by state and college. Signing Pix too

  • Nef Araia, undefeated Indiana cross country champion, chooses Stanford.
  • Michelle Sikes, 2m 10:38.69 OH Div 1 champ and 1m 4:53.66, will attend Wake Forest.
  • April Kubishta, AZ 4A pole vault champ )12-7), chooses Arizona.
  • Mary Ann Erigha, Georgia 3A double sprint champ (11.75 / 24.00), signed with Notre Dame.
  • Lindsay Van Alstine NJ, 2001 NJ champ and Foot Locker finalist, chooses Duke.
  • Ashley Robbins TX, Texas 1A and US Jr National champ (6-0.25 best), will jump for Texas A&M.
  • Lauren Tillman GA, USATF JO 400H champ (1:00.69), will attend Baylor.
  • Kristina Smith, Alaska XC and 1600 meter champ, chooses Arkansas, which also signed Jamaican sprinter Virginia Campbell from Barton CC.
  • Jenny Green, 3-time Nebraska pole vault champ (12-10), signs with U. of Nebraska.
  • Illinois champ Stephen Pifer is going to Colorado.
  • California and US Junior discus champ Billie Jo Grant chooses Arizona.
  • Penn Relays mile winner and 5-time NC champ Matt Debole to Georgetown.
  • Connecticut signs Daisy Van Ravenswaay, Canadian Jr National discus champ.

Florida improves its strong recruiting season (Kerron Clement and Reggie Witherspoon) by signing WI sprinter Demi Omole (10.37w and 21.04, AAU JO double gold) and KY pole vaulter Chip Heuser (16-0, KY and Florida Relays champ).

Sprint superstar Allyson Felix signs with Southern California on her 17th birthday. USC also signed California LJ/TJ champ Michelle Sanford, Michigan hurdles champ Candace Davis, and Poly Long Beach CA sprinter Dominique Dorsey.

Penn State gets two California champs from J.W. North, Riverside:
Ashlee Brown (300H) and Lena Bettis (LJ). Penn State also signed blue chippers Shana Cox NY, Kamilah Salaam DE and Kara Dickman MA

University of Texas keeps 5 great ones in state:
US#1 shot putter Michelle Carter | Team USA (World Juniors) sprinter and long jumper Marshevet Hooker | 5A state 100H champ Angel Boyd | 4A state 400m champ Jerrika Chapple | and Foot Locker cross country finalist Brooke Stewart.
but Texas hurdler Kerron Clement will be a Florida Gator and high jumper Meggie Schuelke heads for Virginia.

College Choices 2003

Complete info on

162 choices now listed by college and home state -

Send information on choices to John Dye, giving your name, your relationship to the athlete, and a way of verifying the information.

Last Week

Foot Locker regionals
| Home Page | Midwest | Northeast | South | West | National Finals |
top finishers pix all regions
Regional Performance List - 222 DyeStat Elite marks in first 3 regions -
national leaders were Chris Solinsky WI 14:49 and Ari Lambie MA 17:34, with Solinsky's mark coming on the toughest course in the worst conditions.
SOUTH McAlpine Park, Charlotte NC
Bobby Curtis and Rachael Forish
South boys have points to prove - story by Stephen (steveu) Underwood
Girls: Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! - story by Stephen (steveu) Underwood

NORTHEAST Van Cortlandt Park, New York City
Ari Lambie and Brendan Fennell
MIDWEST U-W Parkside, Kenosha WI
Megan Kaltenbach and Chris Solinsky
Runners fight single digit wind chills on frozen turf.

California on DyeStatCal Results - rankings - previews
XC Analyzer's final team and individual rankings after the state meet.

California STATE MEET

Complete results, stories, and photos
DyeStat Elite list -
202 national ranking performances at Cal State Meet, led by Caitlin Chock 17:30 5k and Phillip Reid 15:00.
Boys - Div I - Loyola 80 (79:00) great effort over Don Lugo 103 (79:39) - Micheal Poe (Etiwanda) impressive 15:06 - Div II - Jesuit 90 (79:13) over Rubidoux 107 (79:15) - Phillip Reid (Rio Mesa) 15:01 wins over great group! - Div III - Barstow 71 (80:49) over surprising University City (SD) 111 (81:34) - Alex Dunn (San Lorezno Valley) 15:18 - Div IV - Oak Park 51 (81:30) over league rival Fillmore 86 (82:28) - Mohamed Trafeh (Duarte) cruises to 15:13 win - Div V - Flintridge Prep 78 (84:51) continues great tradition with win over Santa Clara (Oxnard) 134 (86:00) - Tim Nelson (Liberty Christian) rolls 15:39 win
Girls - Div I - Murrieta Valley 61 (93:01) (#2 team time ever!!) over Thousand Oaks 68 (94:09) - Rachel Bryan (Laguna Creek) 17:41 over Liza Pasciuto (Murrieta) 18:05 - Girls Div II - Sultana 91:56 TEAM TIME COURSE RECORD!!! (averages 18:24 per runner) 59 over shocking Ventura 144 (95:15) - Caitlin Chock ( Granite Bay) 17:30 day's quickest - Div III - St. Francis (Sacramento) 78 (95:47) over Campolindo 96 (96:25) - Melissa Grelli (Presentation) over CCS Rivals with 17:59 win - Div IV - Oak Park 92 (97:12) over Harvard-Westlake 133 (98:12) - Laura Meyers (Maranatha) great finish to 18:21 win - Div V - University (SF) 87 (103:04) over Castilleja (CCS) 95 (102:52) - Bessie Hatch (Thacher, Ojai) comfortable 18:58 win.

Foot Locker West preview - updated 11/28. Mike Kennedy tabs top 24 boys and girls, plus many more "not to be overlooked."
Foot Locker West seeded starting assignments.

DyeStat Featured Meets
Meets that will be covered in depth by DyeStat in 2002-2003
* = DyeStat on-site meet

  • * Sep 7 - Midwest Meet of Champions, Hilliard OH
  • * Sep 21 - Iolani Invitational, Kualoa HI
  • * Sep 27-28 - Great American Cross Country Festival, Charlotte NC
  • * Oct 5 - Portage Invitational - Portage MI
  • * Oct 12 - Manhattan Invitational, Van Cortlandt Park, NYC
  • * Oct 25-26 - Mt. SAC Invitational, Walnut CA
  • * Nov 17 - OR-WA BorderClash, Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton OR
  • INDOOR 2003
  • * Dec 21 - Bishop Loughlin Games - New York Armory
  • * Dec 27 - Holiday Classic - New York Armory
  • * Jan 11 - Hispanic Games - New York Armory
  • * Jan 25 - New Balance Games - New York Armory
  • * Feb 7 - Millrose Games - Madison Square Garden NYC
  • * Feb 8 - Colgate Women's Games - Madison Square Garden NYC
  • * Feb 13-15 - Simplot Games - Pocatello ID
  • * Mar 15-16 - Nike Indoor Championships - Landover MD
  • OUTDOOR 2003
  • * Mar 28-29 - Sugar Bowl Classic - New Orleans LA
  • * Apr 4-5 - Mobile Challenge of Champions - Mobile AL
  • * Apr 11-12 - Arcadia Invitational - Arcadia CA
  • * Apr 24-26 - Penn Relays - Philadelphia PA
  • * June 13-14 - adidas Outdoor Championships - Raleigh NC
  • * June 19-22 - USATF Nationals - Palo Alto CA
  • June 28-29 - 1st National Decathlon/Heptathlon Ch. - Albuquerque NM
  • July - USATF Junior Olympics
  • August - AAU Junior Olympics


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