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- results and rankings from around the country | LAST WEEK
DyeStat Elite | The Harrier rankings |
FOOT LOCKER - everything about the big cross country championships.
Northeast Region - South Region - Midwest Region y
California State Meet - complete coverage on DyeStatCal - NEW: 202 DyeStat Elite performances!
| Foot Locker West preview | updated DyeStat Elite with Cal State Meet and Foot Locker regionals included | gallery of national Foot Locker finalists

Foot Locker Cross Country Championships
| Home Page | Midwest | Northeast | South | West | National Finals |
: top finishers pix all regions | pix from the back hills of VCP |
NEW: 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.
WEST Mt. SAC, Walnut CA Dec 7 - DyeStat will be on-site
DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites - our best guess of the top contenders for the 8 tickets to San Diego, updated after the California State Meet; plus our Top Seeds, the 3 runners we will be most surprised if they don't qualify for the finals.
Mike Kennedy's West region preview - top 24 contenders ranked plus many more Not To Be Overlooked.
Coach J - how Flathead MT coach Paul Jorgensen prepares his runners for Mt. Sac and what he thinks of the long layoff faced by mountain state runners between their state meet and the West regional.
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

Rachael Forish

photo by Brian Myers, PhotoRun

Bobby Curtis

photo by Mike Leary

Katie's Story

Sensation of the day was homeschooled freshman Katie Albright, 14, of Wake Forest NC. Katie, who just started running last summer, had only run one other competitive cross country race before Foot Locker. She ran in the freshman race and won in 17:52, five seconds faster than the winner of the seeded race. "I had fun," Katie tells Ricky Quintana. There was confusion after the meet over why the fastest runner of the day was not in the seeded race.

NORTHEAST Van Cortlandt Park, New York City
Ari Lambie and Brendan Fennell

Lambie takes comand
from Blood at 1.25 mile mark

photo by Don Rich
Brendan Fennell is best in tight finish

photo by John Dye
MIDWEST U-W Parkside, Kenosha WI
Megan Kaltenbach and Chris Solinsky
report from the Rocket Boosters fan club - "very proud of our boy"
Runners fight single digit wind chills on frozen turf.

Kaltenbach and Smith

photos by John Ceplina

Two of Ohio's best runners ran in the Midwest freshman race instead of the seeded race and finished 1-2: Ohio champion Angela Bizzari 18:28 and Emily Thompson 19:06. Bizzari's time would have been 6th in the seeded race.
We pick the top 100 contenders for the coveted 64 tickets to San Diego for the national finals. We also pick 3 Top Seeds per region. These are the select few we will be most surprised if we don't see them in San Diego.
See John Dye's
Foot Locker Favorites
Home Runs
How do home schooled runners prepare for Foot Locker? Stephen Underwood talks to runners and their coaches. Chantelle Dron NH - Josh McDougal NY - Teresa McWalters CA
SteveU's Story, with sidebars on the coaches


THIS WEEK - results, rankings, and other current news

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.


Nike Athletes of the Week

Ryan Deak

Jennifer Barringer

Katy Trotter

Amanda Trotter

Mohamed Khadraoui

DyeStat Elite update
now 3,053 performances on national lists
The 2002 cross country performance list now has 3,053 performances (600 added since November 8 update) from 618 meets based on data received through November 26. Lists include 3 mile and 5k times meeting cutoffs. List Number 8 | How to Get Ranked with online input form.
We know we are missing performances; tell us about it.

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

Foot Locker
related event

Dec 6 Coaches Clinic at Mt. SAC

Holiday Shopping
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High School Track 2002
Parents Guide to High School Track
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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 now 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
More new choices:
Marvin Stevenson TX - LSU
Leslie Treherne
VA - Tennessee
Jenny Dahlgren
TX - Georgia
Akera Lathan
FL - Florida
Jennifer Thompson AL - UAB
Sara Young
SC - Clemson
Tiffany McDonald
AZ - Arizona
Tiffany Roberts
NC - Virginia
Eric Chavez
AZ - Arizona
Mandy Stille
DE - Delaware
Kelly Fazekas
NJ - N. Carolina

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

California on DyeStatCal Results - rankings - previews
STATE MEET - Complete results of all 10 sections. All is in readiness for the finals at Woodward Park, Fresno next Saturday (11/30).
Southern Section, at Mt. SAC: US#3 Sultana girls average 18:21 to win Div 2. Liza Pasciuto leads US#14 Murrieta Valley girls to Div 1 title. Huge win for Loyola boys in Div 1 with US#21 Poly Long Beach 5th. Rio Mesa sr Philip Reid 14:43 tops Michael Haddan by 5 seconds. Etiwanda sr Mike Poe 14:48.
North Coast Section: Arroyo sr Yong-Sung Leal 15:13 wins by 100 meters. Jr Lindsay Allen 17:36 leads College Park girls over Montgomery 46-51.
San Diego section: Mar Vista jr Troy Swier 15:24 over Babey Wagnew. Jr Claire Rethmeier 16:04 ledads San Pasqual to 27 point score.
Los Angeles section: Monroe's Manuel Ruiz 14:54 wins by 31 seconds.
Foot Locker West preview - by Mike Kennedy, updated 11/21 - recent results shuffle top 8, but Zoe Nelson and Lauren Jespersen are still top-ranked.

CA Home schooled sr Teresa McWalters of San Francisco continues to find races where she can to prep for the Foot Locker West regional. On Nov. 15 she ran in the Nike Farm Team Open at Stanford on the same 6K course used for the women's NCAA West Regional. Her time was 21:57, which was good for 15th in the NCAA West the next day. On Nov. 24 Teresa ran 6th in the Pacific Association club championships in 23:33 over a tough 4-mile course in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. She was the first teenager to finish and ran 8 seconds faster than Nicole Teter ran last year.

IA IATC All-State Teams - Iowa coaches vote Mason City jr Ryan McCurnin and Iowa City West sr Robdu Adam to head elite all-state top 10 individuals. Teams by class also selected.

OH USATF Junior Olympics Region 5 Championships - Clark State CC, Springfield OH. Mason Cincinnati OH freshman and Ohio high school Div 1 champion Angela Bizzari 14:31 4k led 14 girls under the old course record (Carolyn Rauen 15:51) in snowy, muddy conditions. Eighth grader Rachel Wittum, who is slated to run for Rockford MI next year, was second in 14:46, with Ohio Div 2 champion Emily Thompson 14:48 third.

VA Milestat Invitational - Potomac School VA sr Cara Kiernan 17:52 3m and Thomas Dale VA sr Alex Tatu 16:23 at Fork Union VA.

Florida State Meet
Deak 15:12 & Barringer 18:26 are fastest of day.
Our Lady of Lourdes girls upset Bishop Kenny.
Winter Park, Spanish River, Plant win as expected.

Highlights and recaps by Ricky Quintana,
Complete Results, photos, 24 DyeStat Elite marks & Ricky's Recaps

  • Class 1A
    • Boys - Jr Ryan Deak 15:12, winning by 50 seconds in the fastest time of the day, to lead McClay Tallahassee 85 to the team title. Deak went through a mile in 4:46 and 2 miles in 9:40.
    • Girls - Holy Trinity 63. St. Andrews Boca Raton soph Fran Rodriguez 18:50, a soccer player in her first year of cross country, breaking open a 3-girl race in the last quarter mile.
  • Class 2A
    • Boys - Bishop Kenny Jacksonville sr Ryder Leary 15:28 outkicks Kevin Lyons by 13 seconds, with Andy Biladeau third but never in contention. Bishop Kenny 60 wins the team title over Chiles Tallahassee 83.
    • Girls - Our Lady of Lourdes upsets Bishop Kenny Jacksonville, 73-76. Cocoa Beach sr Elly Kabboord repeats in 18:48.
  • Class 3A
    • Boys - Flagler Palm Coast 71 wins 2nd straight. Ocala Vanguard sr Steven Hassan 15:24 puts away Sam Vazquez with a big surge after 2 miles in 9:50. Hassen led through a leisurely mile in 5:00, and then picked up the pace.
    • Girls - Plant Tampa 130 wins a record 8th title. King Tampa jr Laura Bowerman 18:41 is an easy winner as expected.
  • Class 4A
    • Boys - Winter Park 73. Miami Central sr Kevin Hicks 16:05, coming from 10 meters back in the last quarter mile after Paul Cross led a pack of six with 100 meters to go before fading to 5th.
    • Girls - Spanish River 55 - 4th straight title. Oviedo jr Jennifer Barringer 18:26, breaking away from Devin Gapstur in last quarter mile.

Donna on the Side at BorderClash - dozens of photos of the sideline scene at Nike World Headquarters.
INDEX to Donna on the Side - thousands of photos at DyeStat Featured Meets.

New Jersey Meet of Champions
soph Mohamed Khadraoui upsets Hess-Krieger
1 Mohamed Khadraoui 10 JFK-PATERSON 5:05.1 15:47.92
2 Keith Krieger 12 CHEROKEE 5:05.4 15:48.85 1
3 Peter Hess SR TOMS RIVER NORTH 5:08.1 15:57.00 2
4 Christopher Pannone 11 HUNTERDON CENTRAL 5:08.6 15:58.60 3
5 Robert Edwards 12 BRIDGETON 5:08.8 15:59.39
Mainland 101, Toms River North 104.
Trotters ride high together again
1 Amanda Trotter 12 RED BANK REG 6:01.7 18:43.62
2 Katy Trotter 12 RED BANK REG 6:01.8 18:43.85
3 Jesse Mizzone 12 PASSAIC VALLEY 6:13.5 19:20.31
Shawnee 69, Toms River East 84.
Complete Results and photos

Katya returns
Katya Kostetskaya, from Russia and Jonesboro AR, has her visa problems resolved and will be able to return to the US for 3 years. As a freshman last year, she was one of the most versatile athletes in the country, winning from 400 meters to cross country. She was 3rd in the adidas Outdoor Championships 400 meter hurdles in 1:00.78. She also had bests of 55.98 and 2:12.36.

Trotter twins - no sibling rivalry here
HOLMDEL PARK NJ 11/23/02 -- As in all their races except one this season, Amanda and Katy Trotter of Red Bank NJ sped toward the finish line side by side as if Siamese twins joined at the hip. They would become the first sisters ever to finish 1-2 in the New Jersey Meet of Champions. They wanted to tie, but the rules say someone has to be declared the winner, and the finish line judge said it was Katy. In the chute, however, Katy put her hand on Amanda's back and nudged her in front. Officials did not notice the switch and Amanda was given the #1 card. Meet director Don Danser said he didn't see the switch, and there was no protest within 30 minutes, so the results are official with Amanda the winner. ""It was instinctive," Katy told Jim Lambert of the Newark Star Ledger. "I just put my hand on her back and let her go ahead of me. Amanda pushes me so hard when we train. She's the reason why I have run as well as I have. I just wanted her to have this."

Another track writer who covers New Jersey has an imaginary scenario of what could happen when the twins run in the Foot Locker Northeast regional next Saturday (11/30). The top 8 finishers will advance to the Foot Locker national finals in San Diego December 14.

Imagine this: The Trotter twins are near the finish line running 8th and 9th with no hope of catching the 7th runner. "I think they would step off the course together rather than have one sister qualify and the other stay home," the writer said.

Let's hope they don't face that situation. The odds are the Trotters will be near the front end of the qualifying group rather than the back end-- John Dye.

2 Foot Locker finalists shut down seasons
BRIAN DALPIAZ, Sayville NY senior, who won the New York Federation title last Saturday in a remarkable comeback from an emergency appendectomy, will skip the Foot Locker championships. "My coach and I believe I will be better off using that time to gain a 6-8 week long period of strength training (that I missed over the summer with my appendectomy)," Dalpiaz said. "This way I will be in great shape for winter and even better shape for spring." Dalpiaz also announced he has signed to run for Georgetown next year.
JESSICA CICKAY, Council Rock North PA junior, has decided to take time off from competitive running until next spring. Citing an unsatisfactory junior cross country season and a growth spurt, Jessica said "I just need time to adjust to my new body. And I will." Story by Don Rich.

NCAA LIVE ! DyeStat had live reports from Terre Haute IN from Ricky Quintana. Now we have complete results. No, we are not starting college coverage, but this was special. Notice how many recent DyeStat stars performed well.

Torres - Stanford men - Flanagan - BYU women -
new course record in both races

Men Jorge Torres and Stanford.
Stanford 47, Wisconsin 107, Eastern Michigan 166, Colorado 190, Oregon 210, Arkansas 215, Northern Arizona 247, Michigan 309.
Individuals: 1. Jorge Torres, Colorado 29:04, 2. Cragg AR 29:06. Side by side battle after they dropped Boaz and Kimani. Cragg said he felt great and was sure he would win, but had no kick in the end. Complete Men's Results

Women - Shalane Flanagan and BYU! Computer error reverses order after Stanford was announced the winner at the course. Correct results:
1. BYU 85, 2. Stanford 113, 3. Notre Dame 170, 4. Georgetown 214, 5. Colorado 220, 6. Providence 235, 7. Arkansas 251, 8. Villanova 256.
Women Individuals: 1. Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina 19:36, 2. Kate ONeal, Yale 19:45, 3. Alicia Craig, Stanford 19:48, 4. Lauren Fleshman, Stanford 19:48, 5. Manova, BYU 19:49, 6. Molly Huddle, Notre Dame 19:55, 7. Cassie Anderson, BYU 19:56, 8. Nillson, UCLA 19:57.
Complete Women's Results

Undefeated HS star Nef Araia of Lawrence North Indianapolis IN was at the meet in a Stanford t-shirt, and he confirmed to DyeStat that he has chosen Stanford for college next year.
Injured Dathan Ritzenhein, 3-time national champion HS 2-miler and 2-time Foot Locker national champion, was on the sidelines with the house dog of his Colorado teammates. "It was incredible watching Jorge," Ritz said. "Other than a few of my own wins, that was the most thrilling race I ever saw." He said he will back as strong and good as ever for outdoor season.


2 deaths in PA

BOB BURDETTE - The secondary schools chairman of the Penn Relays for many years died Tuesday evening 11/19.
KIM GALLAGHER - The all-time HS record holder at 800 and 1500 meters (2:00.07 and 4:16.6) died of a stroke at the age of 38 in Montgomery County PA. When she was 15, Gallagher won the 1979 Penn Relays high school girls mile in 4:49.2, still the meet record. She medalled in the Olympics 800 meters in both 1984 and 1988.



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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