Locker Cross Country Championships
Rocket and The Zephyr!
photos by Photo
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.
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).
Gonzalez' Finals Summaries:
- Solinsky was "stunning"
to Alan Webb
- "I LOVE running on hills!"
Hill - pix by Doug Speck: girls
on the Side -
130 photos of the sideline scenes
Sailer's Finals pix: boys
coverage - link
the race - random interviews after the
- Zoe Nelson got rid of her sideache
- Ari Lambie was almost too sick to
- 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
- Ruth Graham - had to stop day dreaming
Collins - two masterful front running
performances in a happy return to San Diego
Pix - before
they got sweaty: GIRLS
Finals on TV
Dec 19 3:00 pm EST
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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
- results, rankings, and other current news
on DyeStatCal Results
- rankings - previews
California squad Buffalo Chips scores well
in USATF Junior Olympics nationals in Georgia. Joe
Elite in California - 202 national ranking performances
at Cal State Meet, led by Caitlin Chock 17:30
5k and Phillip Reid 15:00.
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
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
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
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.
Athletes of the Week #12
Californians finish strong to grab last
AOW awards of the cross country season.
Run with the Champions
High School Track 2002
Guide to High School Track
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Parents Guide to High School Track & Cross Country,
as the first publication of their joint venture, DyeStat/Harrier
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NIC has added attraction:
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Donna Dye's guide to the college recruiting game: eligibility
rules, recruiting rules, experiences, organizations, helpful web
sites, scholarships & loans, and careers & majors.
of 2003 early signing period ends
- lots of big names choose colleges
Choices - 162
choices listed by state and college. Signing
- 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),
- 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
- Penn Relays mile winner and 5-time NC champ Matt Debole
- 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
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
on DyeStatCal Results
- rankings - previews
XC Analyzer's final team and individual
rankings after the 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
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.
Meets that will be covered in depth by DyeStat
* = DyeStat on-site meet
- CROSS COUNTRY 2002
- * 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
- FOOT LOCKER
- 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
- * Feb 8 - Colgate Women's Games - Madison Square
- * 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
- * Apr 4-5 - Mobile Challenge of Champions - Mobile
- * Apr 11-12 - Arcadia Invitational - Arcadia
- * Apr 24-26 - Penn Relays - Philadelphia PA
- * June 13-14 - adidas Outdoor Championships -
- * 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