Nike Athletes of the Year
the dominant high school track and field athletes
BALTIMORE 9/4/02 - Nike Athletes of the Year, a new award
that is truly special. The award is not just for being number
one; in any season, someone has to be number one. The award
is not just for winning a national championship; in any meet,
someone has to win. So what is it? It is a combination of
things that mean dominance. The Nike Athletes of the Year
are a special class of athletes -- the best of the best, the
creme de la creme, the elite of the elite. They are the US
boys and girls who dominated in the United States during the
2001-2002 school year. The awards show that sprinters and
hurdlers took back the spotlight behind Kenneth Ferguson,
Bershawn Jackson, Kerron Clement, Kelly Willie, Brendan Christian,
Willie Hordge, Sanya Richards, and Allyson Felix. And then
there is skywalker Andra Manson. Thirty three athletes --
17 boys and 16 girls -- are the 2002
Nike Athletes of the Year.
- photos - performance records.
photos by DyeStat,
Victah Sailor, and Brian Myers PhotoRun
Ritzenhein has stress fracture
Former Rockford MI prep star Dathan Ritzenhein, a
mainstay on the Colorado University's NCAA champion team as a freshman
last year, has a stress fracture and will red shirt this season.
Dathan's leg began getting sore in August, but he attributed it
to a sore iliotibial band. Ritz sat out CU's opening time trial
last Saturday 8/31, then had a bone scan Sunday that showed the
stress fracture. With Alan Webb leaving Michigan and turning pro,
that leaves college running without both of 2001's high school distance
Webb at home
confused college freshman is now a confident and content professional
runner. Pearl Watts talks to Webb
about his present and future back home in Northern Virginia. Training
methods, goals, and race plans. Story
of the 2002-2003 school year
Meet of Champions
|HILLIARD OH -- In
its second year, the Midwest Meet of Champions September 7 again
features top teams from OH, MI, and IN. Six teams are ranked
in The Harrier pre-season
poll, led by host Hilliard Davidson's boys,
ranked #3 in the country. Davidson will try to unseat defending
champion Midwest #10 Milford MI, and Midwest
#6 LaSalle Cincinnati OH will have a say also.
US#8 Rockford MI is the highest rated girls
team, but they will have to beat defending champion Carmel
IN and US#10 Turpin Cincinnati OH.
Lawrence North IN sr Nef Araia, last year's
MMOC champion and a Foot Locker national finalist, returns.
He will be challenged by Hudson OH sr Wesley Smith (runner-up
here last year and 5th in the AOC Raleigh 2-mile last June in
9:03.61) and Middletown OH soph Jeff See (who
set a new national record for indoor mile by a freshman, 4:22.62
at the Nike Indoor Classic last March and ran 4:15 outdoors).
In the girls race, Rockford MI jr Nikki Bohnsack,
who won the inaugural MMOC last year, will not defend her title
because an injury which was aggravated at last week's Benzie
Central Invitational will sideline her for 3 weeks.
The girls favorites thus become Beaumont Cleveland
Heights jr Maggie Infeld (2:11.24 and 4:53.09
last year and anchor of Beaumont's sprint medley winner at AOC
Raleigh), Carmel IN jr Katie Harrington (4:56.04
and 10:48.50 last year and 7th in the Golden West mile), and
Turpin jr Carolyn Rauen (4:58.54 Mile and 10:53.81
2Mile last year). MMOC
hears . . .
|Katya Kostetskaya, the diminutive
Russian exchange student who ran so well as a freshman at Jonesboro
AR last year, went home to Russia for the summer and is having
visa problems that delay her return to the US. Her aunt and
coach, Tatiana Bell (sister in law of pole vaulter Earl Bell),
is working on the problem. Tatiana reports that Katya ran well
this summer: a 2:10.49 800m at the International Youth Games
in Moscow and a 59.69 400H in St. Petersburg June 29.
|Smoky Hill CO star Megan
Kaltenbach tells the Denver Post why she wins by such
big margins: "I hate people on my heels." Her coach,
Greg Weich, advises anyone wanting to beat Megan: "I hope
you're ready to deal with a lot of pain." Fort Collins
coach Craig Luckasen said, "Melody (Fairchild) was the
best I've seen, and (Kaltenbach) is close, if not better."
Post season preview.
|A "sprint summit"
is on the drawing boards in conjunction with the 2003
Nike Indoor Classic to be held at Landover MD next
March 15-16. Modelled roughly after the Pole Vault summit in
Nevada, the event would involve elite and high school athletes
and coaches and would include instruction, demonstration, and
|Two nationally ranked girl distance runners
who won't run for their high school teams because of differences
with coaches will face each other at the Great American Cross
Country Festival in Charlotte. Chaska MN fr Bria Wetsch
and Hershey PA sr Angie Saterstad are entered
unattached in the College Open race Friday night September 27.
|limited to items of
special interest to DyeStat people - INDEX
|Get Ready for Cross
authoritative chronicle by acclaimed running journalist Marc
Bloom - Super 25 national rankings.
- 8 issues for $32 -
Select a state from the menu
to get the current state leaders
for each event based on the
DyeStat Elite database
1 -- Cross country moves into high
gear the August 31 weekend.
Woodlands boys back up top ranking
The Woodlands, the Harrier's US#1 team beats US#7
Kingwood in the Woodlands Invitational, 47-56. The two teams carry
their Houston rivalry next to a larger stage, the Great American
Cross Country Festival in Charlotte September 28, where Kingwood
is defending champion of the Race of Champions. Senior Jonathon
Norris led Woodlands by edging Kingwood sr Matt
Munoz, 15:28 to 15:33, with the rest of The Woodlands team
finishing 5-9-10-22. Kingwood was 2-8-13-15-18. Details
Bobby Curtis runs "conservative"
15:15 5k in KY's biggest invitational. Soph Carmen
Mims 18:34 surprises herself and big school runners.
by Charles Zimmerman Jr
Meet of Champions - Tara Lenn 11:48 2m, John
Brigham 15:58 3m. Story and pix by Joey Warner
Season Preview - by Arkansas TrackStats.com.
Bay Invitational - Caitlin Chock 18:19 3m (Rachel
Bryan 18:23) at Sierra College. Madera boys 75,
Placer girls 50. Much more on DyeStatCal,
edited by Doug Speck.
Mule 5K - Andy Biladeau, Tampa Jesuit, was
one of the best freshman milers in the US last year, and he is apparently
faster this year. He won this road race in McKethan Lake Park in
Brooksville in 15:03, or 53 seconds faster than he ran last year.
He was the overall men's winner.
Cross Country Rankings - coaches poll tabs Lawrence
boys, Shawnee Mission Northwest girls best in Kansas.
Hawk Invitational - Plymouth Canton sweeps
York Girls Pre-Season Lists - by Dan Doherty. Teams to watch,
Invitational - Heather Iatauro 19:10 5K.
31 weekend - US#3 Hilliard Davidson's top 3
boys DQ'd for wrong turn at Avon Lake; Beaumont sr Maggie
Infeld 18:49 and Davidson girls win. LaSalle Cincinnati
boys 30 at Greenville. Michele Sikes 18:31
at Cardinal Classic. Reynoldsburg junior John Ealy
15:25 5k at Westerville.
Hill Dam - Dusty Miller 15:01 3m wins by 72
seconds. Science Hill boys 94, Knoxville
West girls 59.
for the Hills - Jefferson Forest boys 104,
Jamestown girls 42 (Jefferson Forest 60) at Holston
Poll - Southlake Carroll girls take over top
spot in 5A. Kingwood still boys #1, with Marcus
moving into second ahead of The Woodlands.
I Invitational - 4A#1 Highland Park girls 88,
5A#1 Southlake Carroll 97. Host Marcus
boys 104, Edmond Memorial OK 126. Fastest individuals:
Jake Morse, Arlington 14:55 (Conor Gillen, Nolan
14:57, Michael Schwartz, Keller 14:58) and Monique Ortega,
Montwood El Paso 11:40.
Fork Grass Relays - Mountain View swept this
unusual 5x2Mile relay with bales of hay as course obstacles. The
Heidis led the girls to a team time of 63:06. Jr Heidi Magill,
US#1 at 800 meters last spring, had the fastest of 11:41, and soph
teammate Heidi Houle was second in 12:06. Mike
Steele 10:04 led the Mountain View boys to a team time of 53:07.
Although we don't cover college track, we are always interested
in seeing how DyeStat "graduates" fare as they move up
to the college level. We will report on this here from time to time.
The Fullerton CA Invitational 8/31/02
offered a who's who of recent DyeStat girl distance stars.
1. Alicia Craig, Stanford, 2. Sara Bei, Stanford, 7. Jenna
Timinsky, UCLA, 8. Alejandra Barrientos, UCLA, 9. Anita
Siraki, Stanford, 10. Sarah West, UCLA. Details and photos
Bill Leung photo
of Alicia Craig
and Sara Bei
Country gets going
- early results and rankings
- NJ New Jersey Preview
by Ed Grant - Chris Platt and Lindsey
Van Alstine are the leading runners as the season begins.
Team races are wide open.
- CO 8/29 Pat
Patton Memorial - Megan and Katelyn Kaltenbach
finished 1-2 to lead Smoky Hill girls at Boulder. Brent Vaughn
made it an individual sweep for Smoky Hill by winning the boys
- CA Danny Luna 15:15 3m wins at Huntington
Beach as all comers come to a close and the real season looms. Rubidoux
boys time trial indicates they are ready for Great American. Much
more California news on DyeStatCal.
- PA Pennsylvania
Preview by Don Rich - Can Jessica Cickay win that
elusive state championship and get back to FootLockers? Will Jesi
Christiansen three-peat? Will the great Henderson program
re-assert itself? Will Ryan Blood put it all together?
Don't know. But guessing is fun!
- MD Pre-Season
Team Rankings - C.M. Wright boys and Bryn
Mawr girls are #1 on MD Running, Donnie Mickey's new Maryland
- NY Pre-Season
Boys Team Rankings - Shenendehowa claims #1 in
Tom Cuffe's poll.
- NE Pre-Season
Coaches Poll - by Craig Christians. Boys leaders are Omaha
Benson and Colby Wissel of Kearney. Girls
leaders are Omaha Burke and Kym Bennett
of Bellevue West.
- OK Pre-Season
Coaches Poll - Jenks boys and girls are rated best
in Oklahoma. Tyler Schmiedeberg of Edmond Memorial
and Brianna McLeod of Jenks are top ranked invididuals.
- TN 8/22 KIL
All Comers - Oak Ridge and West Knoxville
trade wins. Oak Ridge boys win 27-50, and West Knoxville girls win 33-34.
- Pennsylvania news from PennTrackXC
- (1) Council Rock splits into 2 schools, with the
power supposedly going to South, but last year's JV
runners backed up ace Jessica Cickay to give North
the win in a dual meet between former teammates. (2) Angie Saterstad
is locked out of the Hershey HS team and will run as an independent.
(3) State cross country championship course at Hershey may be revamped
to make it more athlete-friendly and fan-friendly.
- Texas Coaches
poll has The Woodlands and Kingwood
1-2, with a head to head battle looming this Saturday 8/31 at The Woodlands
Invitational. Kingwood tops 5A girls list.
- Nevada Pre-Season
Rankings - Centennial boys and Green Valley
girls are picked #1 by Nevada Track Stats coaches poll.
- 8/29 Idaho
preview by Brett Hill - Defending champs all look strong: 5A Meridian,
4A Bishop Kelley, 3A Preston, 2A Firth
boys and Malad girls. Hillcrest dropping
from 5A to 4A affects both divisions.
- 8/27 Illinois
Coaches Poll #1 - York boys and Wheeling
girls take top spots in first poll of the season by ITCCCA.
- 8/27 New Mexico
preview - Gallup favored to sweep 5A titles. It
would be 7th straight for the girls and 14th in 20 years for the boys
(but the first in 3 years). In 4A, the favorites are the Albuquerque
Academy boys and Los Alamos girls -- by Adam
- 8/27 Florida individual
top 20 rankings - Ryan Deak and Elly Kabboord
still #1. (Ricky Quintana, runflorida.com)
- 8/26 Florida team rankings (Ricky Quintana, runflorida.com)
- Flagler Palm Coast Bunnell unseats Deak-less
Chiles Tallahassee as #1.
- Our Lady of Lourdes Miami is still #1.
PreSeason Rankings - IllinoisRunner.com picks the
team and individual favorites in both classes. Will the boys
of York return to the throne room, or will Glenbard
South's four super sophs of 2001 defend their title? Who will
step into the void left by Erika Odlaug and Maria
- Georgia rankings
8/26 - Pope sr Sean Reilly moves to #1. Brookwood
boys, Christy Brewer and Marist girls
pre-season rankings - Doug Speck calls top 10 teams and individuals
in each division
in the Park - Erick Maldonado beats Michael
Haddan in 2.8 miler at Huntington Beach CA
- 8/24 OH
Celina Invitational - LaSalle Cincinnati romps with 22 points.
- 8/24 2 Ohio
meets - St. Xavier wins Henry Jacquez Inv and Sycamore
wins Brian Plasman Inv.
- GA 8/24 North
Gwinnett-Walton Stage Races - Parkview boys 11
and Collins Hill girls 14
MI - Rockford
sweeps Benzie Central Inv
Rockford warms up in big early Michigan meet, US#8 ranked
girls 31 and boys 34. Matt Wish of Rockford 15:56 3.1m
wins individual honors. Nicole Bush of Kelloggsville
18:31 is girls winner. Complete
Sayville NY star undergoes emergency surgery Monday 8/26 for a burst appendix.
Sayville coach Glenn Drago said Brian may be ready to run again in 4-6
weeks, but the recovery period could be as long as 12 weeks. Dalpiaz was
entering his senior year as one of the leading distance runners in the
country. He was the Penn Relays champion last April at 3000 meters.
dies after cross country race
Cedar Grove jr Shai Lauren Owens collapsed after completing a 3.1 mile
race at Shamrock in Dekalb County and died at 8 pm at Dekalb Medical Center.
Harrier pre-season rankings
Marc Bloom tabs The Woodlands TX boys and Saratoga
Springs NY girls as US#1 in first Super 25 rankings of the 2002
cross country season. Kingwood TX boys, #1 last year,
start out this year at #7. Dana Hills CA and Mountain
View UT bid for top school honors with each in top 10 of both
boys and girls rankings. Top 10 lists are loaded with new faces: Boys
- 3. Davidson Hilliard OH, 5. Davis UT, 6. West Plains MO, 8. Russellville
AR, 9. Salesianum DE, and 10. Jefferson Alexandria VA. Girls
- 2. Valparaiso, 3. San Pasqual CA, 9. Hopkins MN, and 10. Turpin Cincinnati
The Harrier top 10 national and
top 5 regional teams
Roetter Says No
to running at Duke
2-time Foot Locker Northeast champion opts for marching
band and intramural basketball instead
8/26/02 -- Natasha Roetter (Lexington, Ma), who finished 4th (2000)
and 3rd(2001) at the last two Foot Locker Cross Country Championships,
walked into Duke coach Jan Ogilvie's office yesterday with her parents
(a day before classes started), and announced that she didn't want
to compete at the collegiate level at this time.
Walt Murphy's X-Country
"The best coach on the planet is Scott Raczko"
says Alan Webb in USATF
of the Year
The National High School Coaches Association
selected these coaches for the 2001-2002 school year:
Country -- Girls: Jeff Arbogast, Bingham
UT. Boys: Rich Trenoze, Bayonne NJ
& Field -- Girls: Tom Knudson, Northrop
Fort Wayne IN. Boys: Lindy Remigino, Hartford
a new California web site with an old familiar name
Doug Speck, the guru of high school track
in California and the nation, has joined DyeStat as editor of DyeStatCal,
our new California page at www.dyestatcal.com.
This page takes the place of our California state page in the States
section. It will have saturation coverage of the important Golden State
with all the latest news, results, rankings, and photos.
Speck has been covering the California and national prep
scene for many years. As announcer at most of the leading meets, he combines
his encyclopedic knowledge with a coach's observations to enliven every
race. Speck is a long time teacher at Arcadia CA high school, where he
built the Arcadia Invitational into the leading in-season prep meet in
the country and 2 years ago took over the duties of athletic director.
With the onset of the Internet, Speck was one of the web pioneers for
several years as editor of prep.CalTrack.com. We are delighted to welcome
Doug to the DyeStat team. [John Dye]
Check out DyeStatCal - opening
day featured Sunset
in the Park race at Central Park in Huntington Beach CA and California
pre-season rankings, team and individual by division. Talk about it
all on the California
TrackTalk message board
to Watch in 2002-2003
Going into the 2003 class year, the athletes to watch will come from these
lists. Of course, many others will emerge during the year.
- 8/26/02 Outdoor
Returnees to 2003 - undergrads in 2002 outdoor who made the DyeStat
- 8/26/02 Indoor Returnees to 2003 - undergrads in 2002
indoor who made the DyeStat Elite rankings
- 8/26/02 Cross Country Returnees to 2003 - undergrads
in 2001 cross country who made DyeStat XC Leader Lists
- 8/26/02 New
Faces of 2002 - freshmen and younger who made the DyeStat Elite
to the 2003 version of DyeStat
We have redesigned the navigation links
(Site Map) and sponsor section, with a standard position on all new pages
added to DyeStat. Please email John Dye
if any links don't work. You can use the old
Page 1 to reach all content prior to August 20, 2002.
Here are some early confirmed teams for the 4th
Iolani Invitational in Hawaii September 21: Poly Long Beach CA girls,
Gunn CA, Auburn Riverside WA, Rotorua Girls (New Zealand), Eisenhower
WA, Crescent Valley OR, Montgomery Santa Rosa CA, Clovis East CA, Milikan
CA, Valley Christian CA, Orange CA, Deer Valley CA, Chino CA, and Bingham
Race of Champions
CHARLOTTE NC 8/6/02 -- Great American founder Rick Hill today named
55 teams (27 boys and 28 girls) to run in the Race of Champions, the most
prestigious pair of the 22 races to be run at the 4th Great American Cross
Country Festival at Ballantyne Resort September 27 and 28. Defending champion
Kingwood TX boys and Saratoga NY girls return. Bobby Curtis KY, who won
the Seeded Invitational race last year, will be in the ROC this year.
Other top runners include Foot Locker national finalists Liza Pasciuto
CA and Amber Harper UT, Saratoga NY freshman ace Nicole Blood, and Amanda
and Katy Trotter of Red Bank NJ.. The Trotter twins are running cross
country for the first time after leading Red Bank's distance medley team
to a national indoor record (NSIC New York) and AOC Raleigh championship.
Meets that will be covered in depth by DyeStat
* = DyeStat on-site meet
- CROSS COUNTRY 2002
- * Sep 7 - Midwest Meet of Champions, Hilliard
- * 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
- * Oct 25-26 - Mt. SAC Invitational, Walnut CA
- * Nov 17 - OR-WA BorderClash, Nike World Headquarters,
- * Nov 30 - Foot Locker Cross Country regionals
- Northeast, Van Cortlandt Park, NYC
- South, Charlotte NC
- Midwest, Kenosha WI
- * Dec 7 - Foot Locker West Regional, Mt. SAC
- * Dec 14 - Foot Locker National Finals - San
- 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 Classic - Landover
- 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