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- results and rankings from around the country -
DyeStat Elite list #1 - plus NEW online input form How to Get Ranked
DyeStat Featured Meet - Midwest Meet of Champions
FOOT LOCKER home pages - information on national and regional meets
LAST WEEK - headlines and links stay on Page 1 an extra week
DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites - Start with the top returning runners from last year's meet, add the best mile and 2-Mile times last spring, and mix with care. You have the DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites, our picks of the top 20 contenders per region for the coveted 8 tickets to San Diego for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships national finals.
Nike Athletes of the Year 2002 - the 33 most dominant high school track and field and cross country athletes of the 2001-2002 school year

Week 1 awards go to
Nef Araia and Zoe Nelson 
29 honorable mentions

smash debut by the Millers of Manheim
PA freshman twins Craig and Brad Miller shock veterans in first race. "I had no idea who they were before the race," said Ryan Blood. "But I do now." Aerobic base was built in other sports by "active" pair.  Don Rich chronicles the Miller twins' debut.

first 2002 cross country national lists
DyeStat Elite Cross Country 2002
List #1 has 120 performances beating our cutoffs for 5k and 3 miles.  The leaders:
Boys 5K: Nef Araia IN 14:48   Boys 3 miles: Stephen Pifer IL 14:56
Girls 5K: Nicole Blood NY 17:54   Girls 3 miles: Zoe Nelson MT 16:43

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THIS WEEK - results, rankings, and other current news

AR UALR Open- US#8 Russellville boys 49 (1-4-7-17-20) edge Conway 54 and Lake Hamilton 69, led by senior Travis Feltner 16:13 5k.
AR Coaches Poll #1 - Bryant girls and Russellville boys lead 4A-5A lists.

AZ Peaks Invitational - Arizona's #1 teams win close decisions at Flagstaff: Shadow Mountain boys and Mountain Pointe girls.  Whitney Hardt 19:03 5k.

Lauren Jespersen

California by DyeStatCal

First DyeStatCal weekly awards
Athletes of the Week
: Tim Nelson and Clara Viehweg
Coaches of the Week: Walt Lange and Pat King

Premier West Inv, Yreka - Tim Nelson 15:37 5K ties the old course record but loses to Lauren Jespersen OR by 11 seconds!
Earlybird Inv, N. Monterey County -- Best of day are San Lorenzo Valley girls, Madera boys, Clara Viehwig 18:03 5K, and Alex Dunn 15:44.
Wolf Pack Inv, San Diego - Juniors Babey Wagnew, Helix La Mesa, and Troy Swier, Mar Vista Imperial Beach, each beat course record, with Swier winning torrid duel, 10:15 to 10:22.
Rocklin Inv - Jesuit Sacramento sweeps boys races, with sr Austin Ramos 16:14. St. Francis wins girls varsity. Folsom jr Lauren Mulkey 19:32
9/14 Meet Previews - Ed Sias, Viking, Seaside, Don Bosco, Bronco Roundup, Bronco Inv, Lagoon Valley, Fastback Inv, Las Vegas Inv.

CA 9/6 Rancho Cotate Inv - Big day for Montgomery Santa Rosa. Montgomery girls dominate with 5 of 8 places in early showdown against rival Maria Carrillo. Matt Finch 14:24 2.75m and K.C. Cody 14:30 lead Montgomery boys. Host runner Phylis Blanchard 15:49 won the girls race to move ahead of Jenny Aldridge into 3rd on meet's all time list (Julia Stamps and Sara Bei).

Florida report
by Ricky Quintana


Katie Caples Bishop Kenny Meet - Host Ryder Leary (K) challenges Steve Hassan before Hassan pulls away late, 15:46 to 15:47 5K ( photo by Mike Leary)

Top Ranked Teams Go Down

  • Spanish River girls upset US#13 Our Lady of Lourdes, 23 to 88, at Healthsouth Classic.
  • Winter Park boys beat US#12 Flagler Palm Coast at Astronaut Inv. Sam Vazquez 15:35 3m (Alex Stewart 15:56)

FL Land O' Lakes Inv - A new star has been sighted in Florida.   Mitchell sophomore Jeff Masterson surprised last week with a 15:23 effort at the Red Mule 5k.  This week he bettered that by winning in 15:09 at Crews Lake Park, Pasco County.  Complete results and story on

GA 9/7 Georgia Week by Andrew Hudson - US#19 Brookwood GA boys win with second team at North Gwinnett Inv, but first team loses to Hoover AL in 5A at Berry-Darlington, 52-60, as Hoover's first four of 5-7-9-11 shade Brookwood's first four. South #7 Lakeside GA girls win 5A with 37 points (1-6-9-10-11) behind Rebecca Mullen 19:15 5k. South #5 Marist GA girls were upset by Westminster GA in 4A/3A.
GA 9/9 Georgia Coaches Rankings - All class leaders are Brookwood boys, Lakeside-Dekalb girls, Walton sr Kristin Heffelfinger, and Pope sr Sean Reilly.

IL IllinoisRunner's weekly report - Lockport girls lose to US#2 Valparaiso IN, 35-42, but make it interesting. Lake Zurich sr Sam Romanoski gets practice on Foot Locker Midwest course in winning Racine WI Inv in 16:09 5K. Edwardsville sr Stephen Pifer 14:56 3m wins Granite City Inv by 29 seconds. Moline boys upset Midwest #9 Glenbard South 78-124. Good duel at Hornet-Red Devil Inv between Wheaton-Warrensville So. jr Mike Popejoy 15:13 3m and Hinsdale Central sr Alan Jackson 15:14.
IL 9/14 matchup at Detweiler Park, Peoria - DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites Sam Romanoski and Stephen Pifer, IllinoisRunner's favorites for the Illinois state title, face each other on the state meet course at Detweiler Park Saturday Sept 14. 
IL ITCCCA Coaches Poll #1 - Girls A Eureka 184, Girls AA Wheeling 202 (York 181), Boys A Eureka 208, Boys AA York 208.

KS 9/7 Kansas Week by Anthony Bozarth - Baldwin sweeps easily at Anderson County Inv. Lawrence boys confirm KS#1 rank at Aquinas Inv. Free State freshman Alysha Valencia debuts with 11:42 2m victory. Shawnee Mission South jr Connie Abbott pulled away late from Blue Valley West sr Elle Pishny, 11:55 to 12:02 2m.

KY KTCCCA's Kentucky preview 9/14 -- Kentucky #1 South Oldham boys head the field in their own invitational.  St. Xavier Louisville will be there, but their star Bobby Curtis is not running as he is limiting his race schedule to point for Great American and Foot Locker.  The other big KY meet this weekend is the Southern Harrier Special at Somerset, which will be broadcast on local radio station 102.3 FM. 
Coaches Rankings 9/6 -- Top AAA (large school) teams are Sacred Heart girls and South Oldham boys.  Individual leaders are Julie Yonts, Ballard, and Bobby Curtis, St. Xavier Louisville.
KY Current Kentucky Results on KTCCCA site - 20 early meets posted.

MD 54th Spiked Shoe Invitational - 37 schools from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are entered in September 14 meet hosted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
MD Mid-Atlantic Classic - 17 schools from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are entered in the September 14 meet at Goucher College, Baltimore.

MI 35th Nike Holly Invitational preview - Sept 14 race has 110 teams signed up; 3,000 runners expected.

MO 9/7 Missouri report by Missouri Runner's Nation - Liberty MO sr Adam Perkins 9:43.13 2.1m breaks Matt Tegenkamp's course record in Truman Invitational at Swope Park, Kansas City. Liberty freshman Whitney Danze 12:06 won the girls race by 7 seconds. West Plains sr Josh Harper 15:56 5k nosed out Kenneth Bowling, Republic MO, by 0.73 second, with West Plains teammates Ian McFarland 15:57 and Matt Brown 16:04 close behind. West Plains girls posted a perfect 15 point score and placed their entire team 1-7, led by soph Jennifer Harper 19:05 (Josh's sister).

MT Flathead Invitational - Zoe Nelson, a Foot Locker national finalist last year, launched her sophomore year with a bang with a 16:43 3-miler, finishing 89 seconds ahead of the 2nd place runner.  Flathead swept the team titles in the first meet on its new course laid out around Foot Hill, named in honor of the late Jake Foot, whose daughter Andrea placed 5th today.  Fritz Friesz of Polson won the boys race in 15:14. 

NM New Mexico Coaches Poll 9/11 - Los Alamos girls tie Gallup for top spot.  Albuquerque Academy boys still #1.

NC 9/7 North Carolina week on NCPrepTrack - At UNC Wilmington, Mount Tabor sr Matt Debole 15:03 5k pounds North Forsyth sr Bobby Mack by 24 seconds.   Jacksonville sr Tsehaye Dagnachew 18:59.  Mount Tabor sweeps team titles.  In the first UNC-Greensboro Spartan Classic, Chapel Hill swept the large school team titles. 

NY Pre-Season Individual Boys Rankings by Tom Cuffe - Nine Foot Locker national finals candidates in "the deepest state in the country."
NY New York week 9/7 on - TriValley NY jr Heather Iatauro 18:14.33 3m breaks meet and course record by 0.17 in Washingtonville Wizard Inv.  Pearl River sr Brendan Fennell leads team to Oneonta title in 13:05 2.5m. 
NY New York City boys pre-season rankings - Regis tops list.

OH Princeton Inv - St. Ursula Cincinnati OH girls 38, Lakota East OH 42. Keefer, Lakota East wins in 18:53 5K.
OH Tiffin Carnival - Reynoldsburg OH jr John Ealy 15:47 to win his second straight invitational (Matt Buzek 15:48 in Div 2).   Fastest girl was Lakewood OH sr Michelle Sikes 18:18 in Div 1A.  Minster OH jr Sunni Olding won Div III in 18:26, and Indian Lake OH so Brittany Tinsley 18:47 won Div 2A.

photo by Don Rich

Pennsylvania by Don Rich
Gettysburg - Freshman Miller brothers (left) make big debut, with Craig 15:58 beating veteran Ryan Blood 16:01.
Spiked Shoe Inv, Penn State - Invaders take top prizes: Nicole Blood 17:54 5K (61 second margin) leads Saratoga NY girls 23 over strong field. Saratoga placed 7 of the first 14 finishers. Chris Kollar 15:42 and Strongsville OH boys 125.
Big Red Inv - Christiansens (Jesi and Jed) win in 18:43 and 15:44. West Middlesex boys 62, Quaker Valley girls 40.
Twin Valley Relays, Morgantown - Cardinal O'Hara boys go 1-2 in 4x2Mile relay.
Mill Street Run - Jessica Cickay wins by 59 seconds in 17:40 2.9m
Maroon & Gold Inv, Kutztown - Huss twins' 2-3 finish paces Wyomissing girls 33. Kylee Schuler 18:52 3.1m.
Details on PennTrackXC

RI Injury Fund, Warwick RI - E. Greenwich RI sr Nicole Millette won in 18:37 3.1m. 

TN Kingsport CC Championships - Oak Ridge TN sweeps at Bays Mountain.

TX Nederland Bulldog Inv -Host Nederland swept its meet in very wet, hurricane watch conditions. Todd Van Velson 16:35 3m, Mary Morrison 14:10 2m.

VA Virginia Week on MileStat - Two battles at Newport News: Green Run jr Steve Walters 15:42 5k over Denbigh soph Derrick Robbins 15:49, and Hickory sr Jennifer Boyd 18:28 over Norfolk Academy soph Ginna Ellis 18:40.
VA FUMA Invitational - Two DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites will meet September 14 at Fork Union: Thomas Dale sr Alex Tatu and Fork Union sr Kippy Keino.

WV Autumn Classic, St. Mary's WV - Oak Glen twins Justin and Josh Simpson went 1-2 in 15:48 5k and 15:57.



first DyeStat Featured Meet
of the 2002-2003 school year

Meet of Champions

Boys story and pix - Araia and Smith much faster than last year
Girls story and pix - Rauen makes amends for loss last week.
NEW: Donna on the Side - dozens of pix of athletes, parents, coaches and fans

Nef Araia 14:48 5K, Carolyn Rauen 17:55 dominate.
Columbus North boys, Davidson Hilliard girls win close team races

HILLIARD OH 9/7/02 -- Lawrence North IN sr Nef Araia ran away from Hudson OH sr Wesley Smith in the last mile. Turpin Cincinnati jr Carolyn Rauen dominated the girls race and then ran off to a soccer game back in Cincinnati.

The team results will shake up The Harrier natiional rankings. The boys of host Davidson Hilliard OH were third in the US in The Harrier's pre-season rankings, but were fourth today. US#18 Columbus North IN edged Midwest #10 Milford MI, 97-98, and unranked Rockford MI 106 also got in ahead of Davidson 124. Midwest #6 LaSalle Cincinnati 157 was not in contention.

Meet director and Davidson coach Pat Schlecht's worries about his lack of a strong fifth runner were well grounded as he waited until 62nd place for his fifth runner. The situation in the girls race was the opposite, as Davidson's unranked girls team knocked off US#10 Turpin Cincinnati OH , 85 to 87. Davidson shook off the 1-5 punch of Cincinnati Turpin's Carolyn Rauen and Corey Randall with a fine team effort of 10-15-17-21-22, while Turpin's fifth scorer was 43rd. Turpin's fourth runner, Jacqueline Jaworek, dropped out during the race with heat exhaustion. US#8 Rockford MI, with injured star Nikki Bohnsack watching from the sidelines, was 5th.


Nef Araia

Carolyn Rauen


DyeStat hears . . .
A high school meet on radio - how's that for something different?  The Souther Harrier Special at Somerset KY Saturday 9/14 will be on LAKE 102.3 FM, with position calls and post-race interviews promised. [from Kentucky Coaches web site]
Irie Williams, Brendan Christian's speedy teammate at Reagan Austin TX high school last year, has transferred to nearby LBJ High School for his senior year.
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 competition.
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. []

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Dathan 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 super stars.

Alan Webb at home
T he 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

The 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 OH.
The Harrier top 10 national and top 5 regional teams

Nike Athletes of the Year
presented by DyeStat
the dominant high school track and field athletes of 2001-2002
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.
Brendan Christian TX, Kelly Willie TX, Willie Hordge TX Sanya Richards FL, Allyson Felix CA
Kenneth Ferguson MI, Bershawn Jackson FL, Kerron Clement TX Ashlee Williams TX
Andra Manson TX, Jesse Williams NC, Tommy Skipper OR Chelsea Johnson CA, Julene Bailey ID, Samantha Shepard MA, Chaunte Howard CA
Kevin Bookout OK, Glenn DiGiorgio NJ Michelle Carter TX, Kelli Burton UT, Billie Jo Grant CA, Rachel Walker LA
Chris Lukezic WA, Chris Solinsky WI, Bobby Lockhart VA, Richard Smith VA, Tim Moore MI, Bobby Curtis KY Amber Trotter CA, Molly Huddle NY, Megan Kaltenbach CO, Erika Odlaug IL, Laura Zeigle UT




Graduate Work

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 on DyeStatCal.

Bill Leung photo
of Alicia Craig
and Sara Bei


Last Week

The 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

PA Weekly Roundup by Don Rich, PennTrackXC

Jen Stevens upsets Jessica Cickay |
Frances Koons 18:42 at Viking |
Eric Soders 15:38 at McDowell |
Steve Hallinan leads O'Hara to Viking Invitational win (left)

Bobby Curtis

Louisville KY
Tiger Run

Bobby Curtis runs "conservative" 15:15 5k in KY's biggest invitational. Soph Carmen Mims 18:34 surprises herself and big school runners.

Story and pix
by Charles Zimmerman Jr

Carmen Mims

AL Mobile Meet of Champions - Tara Lenn 11:48 2m, John Brigham 15:58 3m. Story and pix by Joey Warner
AR Arkansas Season Preview - by Arkansas
CA Granite 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.
FL Red 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.
KS Pre-Season Cross Country Rankings - coaches poll tabs Lawrence boys, Shawnee Mission Northwest girls best in Kansas.
MI Red Hawk Invitational - Plymouth Canton sweeps
NY New York Girls Pre-Season Lists - by Dan Doherty. Teams to watch, returning runners.
NY Tri-Valley Invitational - Heather Iatauro 19:10 5K.
OH August 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.
TN Melton Hill Dam - Dusty Miller 15:01 3m wins by 72 seconds. Science Hill boys 94, Knoxville West girls 59.
TN Run for the Hills - Jefferson Forest boys 104, Jamestown girls 42 (Jefferson Forest 60) at Holston Dam.
TX Coaches Poll - Southlake Carroll girls take over top spot in 5A. Kingwood still boys #1, with Marcus moving into second ahead of The Woodlands.
TX Marcus 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.
UT American 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.


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 Classic - 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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