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Today in San Diego
Foot Locker Finals !!!

Live ChatCast from San Diego - DyeStat is chatcasting live from San Diego in the Chat Room Saturday morning for the girls and boys Foot Locker national finals races, with Derek Dye and Olympian Pascal Dobert sending reports from the course starting at 9 am Pacific time. You need to be registered on TrackTalk, the DyeStat message board, to enter the Chat Room.


on to San Diego

National Finals
Dec 13 at Balboa Park, San Diego
Girls 9:15 am, Boys 10 am
on-site coverage
by DyeStat and DyeStatCal

DyeStat and DyeStatCal are on-site for the last races of the season - the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. The 25th running of this elite competition (32 boys and 32 girls) has created a special aura. The first-ever gathering of the four US high school sub-4 minute milersr and the first two inductees into the Foot Locker Hall of Fame: Suzy Favor-Hamilton and Bob Kennedy. And today, the finals, with the prospect of the closest races in Foot Locker history.
  • Weather Forecast is perfect: - sunny, high of 65 degrees after low of 47. Race time temps will be somewhere in between.
  • Past Performances - records for the past 4 seasons for all 64 finalists
  • Gallery of Finalists - Girls - Boys - photos, times and accomplishments.
  • Qualifiers - ranked performance list of the four regions
  • Bob Kennedy remembers Balboa Park - the Olympics and US 5k records were still in the future when an inexperienced runner from Ohio came to the finals in 1986. Read his tips for conquering The Hill, which is encountered at the mile and 2.5 mile marks.
  • the course - Doug Speck describes the Morley Field course at Balboa Park, which will be used for the 17th out of 25 national finals - "fair" but demanding.
Fab Four Sub-Four at Foot Locker Finals

The four US high school runners who have broken 4 minutes in the mile got together for the first time Friday morning at Balboa Park, San Diego, site of the 25th Foot Locker Cross Country Championship national finals on Saturday. (from left) Jim Ryun, Tim Danielson, Marty Liquori, and Alan Webb gave interviews as the 64 finalists did a course walk through and light runs. The four famous runners were scheduled for a panel discussion with the athletes Friday evening at meet headquarters, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado. [photo by John Dye]

Balboa Park Walk Through - Foot Locker finalists walked the course Friday morning in perfect weather conditions which should be matched Saturday morning. At 10 am, after the girls race would be finished and the boys race would start, it was about 55-60 degrees that felt a bit warmer because of the cloudless sunny skies.

Foot Locker previews
a crowd of contenders and The Hill
- John Dye's preview of Foot Locker finals - could be the closest and deepest finishes ever, unless Shadrack Kiptoo runs back to his Kenyan form - The Hill, which is repeated at one mile and 2.5 miles, will be critical.
the view from SteveU - Stephen Underwood 's opinionated preview from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Read this column for steveu's top 13 in order, with reasons. A clue: the winners names begin with K.
More Celebrity Runners - In addition to the Fab Four Sub-Four being on hand, Nike athletes will again serve as regional team captains. This year's captains are:
BOYS - Midwest, Adam Goucher; Northeast, Steve Slattery; South, Alan Webb; and West, Abdi Abdirahman.
GIRLS - Midwest, Kara Goucher; Northeast, Suzy Hamilton; South, Sarah Schwald; West, Lauren Fleshman.
Foot Locker qualifiers - The top eight runners from four regions -- 32 boys and 32 girls -- make up the elite national finals fields. Here they are, listed by regional times. Beware of comparisons -- it is impossible to literally compare regional times without adjustments for course difficulty and weather. Even then there is no substitute for face to face competition, which is exactly what we have at Balboa Park December 13.
25 years of Foot Locker -- Doug Speck was there at the beginning and every year since, and now the announcer-coach-athletic director-webmaster-statistician chronicles on DyeStatCal, the Internet home of California track, the history of the only national championship competition for high school athletes.
  • 1979-1983 - The first girls champion, Ellen Lyons of Idaho, was too fast for the pace cart on the downhills, and she did NOT oblige the camera man's strange request for the lead runners to stay together so it would look better on TV!. In 1983, Janet Smith and Matt Guisto had dramatic victories as the finals moved to the Morley Field Balboa Park course that has been the home for the majority of national finals.
  • 1984-1988 - Quick Times - Great Competition - Local Stars - super deep 1985 fields stock all-time Balboa Park record list.
  • 1989-1991 - Dominating and History Making Winners - Bryan Dameworth - Melody Fairchild - Louie Quintana - Liz Mueller, a mighty mite who later was a boxer!
Foot Locker Finals brings the high school cross country season to a close,
just as the setting sun brings a day on the beach at San Diego to a close.

This is our annual postcard to our loyal readers who aren't lucky enough to see the Foot Locker finals. We will keep you completely posted, and we DO wish you were here.

National Cross Country Team Championship?

Nike is exploring the possibility of a national high school team championship meet in cross country, which would be the first national team championship in any sport for high schools. The biggest unanswered question is how the meet would relate to the present Foot Locker championship for individuals, now in its 25th year. Nike and Foot Locker have had talks on the possibility of evolving the present Foot Locker individual championship into a combined team and individual championship meet. Nike's 3-year contract to sponsor the present Foot Locker meet ends this year. Before that, adidas was the Foot Locker title sponsor.

Structure of the possible team championship is still being planned, but Nike's initial concept would involve wider participation, with 8 regions instead of 4, and about 400 runners at nationals instead of 64. Advancement to national finals would be similar to the NCAA championship, with two teams from each region plus four at large teams qualifying for nationals, along with individuals placing high in the regionals. Regional meets would also have an array of "regional championship" races by school size and age groups in addition to the seeded races.

Sanction options are being explored with both the National Federation of State High School Associations and USATF. Neither Nike nor Foot Locker has made any official announcement, but talks are ongoing and some announcement is expected soon.

Close races in Foot Locker West
Defending national champion Zoe Nelson (1) led most of the way but had to kick in the last 300 meters to hold off 17 Lindsay Flacks, Claire Rethmeier, and Reno sisters Collier and Marie Lawrence. [photo by Doug Speck ]
After multiple lead changes, Kenyan/New Mexican Shadrack Kiptoo (#11, far left) pulled away in the last 400 meters from 2 Mohamed Trafeh, 1 Galen Rupp, 12 Mark Matusak, and Stuart Eagon. [photo by Bill Leung ]

Foot Locker stories, pix and analysis

  • On-site West region coverage on both DyeStat and DyeStatCal, with hundreds of photos.
  • the West - results, analysis, photo sequence
    • Boys - From regionals chess game to nationals checkmate?
      • Kiptoo...much too smooth.
      • Mo'.... did not 'go'.
      • Rupp... did not step up.
      • 'Tuz... chose to cruise.
    • Girls - Drama Queens - Zoe endures stiff challenge, sibling courtesies test Lawrence sisters, and Californians fall at start and finish, but all are among the eight to advance!
  • Complete West Results: Seeded Boys - Seeded Girls - All races
  • Regional Honor Roll - 300 runners in the four regions who qualified for DyeStat Elite national ranking.
  • West Region Photo Albums
  • Foot Locker home page has links to all regional and national coverage



Shadrack Kiptoo took the lead for good in the last 400 meters of a see saw race that saw the top four runners all leading at one point or another. After a pedestrian 4:45 first mile with no separation, the first eight runners started to break away in the second mile and traded the lead from there to the finish. It was an unusual double for Kiptoo's coach Eddie Hellebuyck, a leading US marathoner who won the Coach/Parent/Supporter race early in the day in 15:51.

1. Shadrack Kiptoo NM 15:32
2. Mohamed Trafeh CA 15:35
3. Galen Rupp OR 15:37
4. Stuart Eagon OR 15:38
5. Evan Garber WA 15:42
6. Mark Matusak CA 15:44
7. Alex Dunn CA 15:45
8. Tom Wyatt WA 15:46
9. Steve Strickland UT 15:49
10. Charles Hampton AZ 15:56


Zoe Nelson led most of the way but didn't shake the field. Entering the stadium, she was in a fight with surprising Lindsay Flacks. Nelson then outkicked Flacks in the last 300 meters on the track. California sent five girls to national finals in San Diego next Saturday, along with three boys.

1. Zoe Nelson MT 18:07
2. Lindsay Flacks CA 18:09
3. Collier Lawrence NV 18:18
4. Marie Lawrence NV 18:19
5. Melissa Grellii CA 18:19
6. Liza Pasciuto CA 18:24
7. Clair Rethmeier CA 18:27
8. Rachel Bryan CA 18:29
9. Lindsay Allen CA 18:36
10. Heidi Magill UT 18:38

Shadrack Kiptoo

photos by John Dye

Zoe Nelson

Foot Locker West
on-site coverage with both DyeStat and DyeStatCal

West Region Qualifiers
for national finals in San Diego next Saturday

World champion 400m hurdler Felix Sanchez presented the awards.

photos by John Dye

DyeStat Elite
List Number 13 of 2003 cross country season has 3,986 performances from across the nation, based on information posted as of Dec 6. National leaders are: Christian Wagner IN 14:35 5k, Matt Withrow IL 14:14 3m, Nicole Blood NY 16:53 5k, and Liza Pasciuto CA 16:38 3m.

College Choices 2004
Updated Lists - We now have the first 300 College Choices by the class of 2004 Also, College Choices Photo Album with 30 signing pix.
Send information on choices to John Dye, [email protected], giving your name and how you know the information is true.

The Harrier
National Team Rankings list #5 - Saratoga NY girls and The Woodlands TX boys still #1. Strong state meet showings put four new teams in top 10: Mainland NJ boys, Don Lugo Chino CA boys, Snohomish WA girls and Sultana Hesperia CA girls.

This Week in cross country
Results and rankings posted thru Dec 3

alphabetical by state


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Last Week in cross country
Results and rankings posted thru Dec 4

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Let's go
to San Diego!
DyeStat on-site - all regions and finals

48 runners get tickets to San Diego

by John Dye

Nov 29, 2003 -- Three fourths of the field for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship national finals in San Diego Dec 13 was set today in the Midwest, Northeast and South regionals. The remaining 16 runners will be selected in the West regional at Mt. San Antonio College in California next Saturday (Dec 6).

Form held true today in most cases, but there were the usual surprises as well.

Three favored girls won their regions decisively: Jenny Barringer FL 17:27 in the South, Nicole Blood 17:45 in the Northeast and Katelyn Kaltenbach CO 17:29 in the Midwest. Kaltenbach matched her older sister Megan's win last year. Form held true in a different sense in the Northeast boys race as Ben True of Maine 15:23 came out on top of a torrid stretch battle to return to nationals. The eight qualifiers came across in 8 seconds, with repeat finalist Ahmed Haji CT 15:31 in eighth place running faster than last year's regional champion (15:33). Brian Sullivan TX 14:46, ace of the US#1 boys team, The Woodlands, led four Texans into the finals in the South region and ran the third fastest time ever at McAlpine Park.

The surprises started in the Midwest boys race as Illinois champion Matt Withrow 14:54 surged in front at the mile mark and ran away from more heralded runners (Ryan Deak CO, Garrett Heath MN, Bradley Harkrader CO, and Christian Wagner IN). The strangest surprise, though, came in the South region, where James Strang of Tennessee finished third. Strang was on nobody's list of contenders after finishing third in the small school Division II at the Tennessee state meet behind Andrew Bumbalough, who was fifth today. The Midwest girls race had a surprise of two Ambers, with 2-time national finalist Amber Smith MI running 10th, four seconds behind the 8th and last qualifying spot taken by Amber Warren MO.

Top teams in The Harrier lived up to their rankings. US#1 Saratoga NY girls got two runners to San Diego (Blood and 4th place Lindsey Ferguson), as did US#3 Smoky Hill Aurora CO girls (Kaltenbach and 5th place Morgan Schulz). Along with Ryan Deak's second place in the boys race, Smoky Hill High School will have three runners in the national finals. US#1 The Woodlands TX boys had the regional winner in Sullivan at 14:46 and four more runners at 15:41 or better.

Foot Locker Stories and tons of pictures

  • Northeast Pennsylvania Runners - Illness and inexperience hurt PA's best class in years on Vanny's unforgiving trails. Story by Don Rich, PennTrackXC.
  • Midwest Matt Withrow stuns Midwest boys - "Matt Withrow knew it was risky and maybe a little too soon, but he couldn’t help himself," Stephen (steveu) Underwood writes about the monster surge in the second mile.
  • Midwest Smoky Hill and Indiana grab 5 of 8 Midwest girls qualifiers - "I haven’t really pushed it yet," Katelyn Kaltenbach tells steveu after running most impressive regional race of the day. South Dakotan Ramsey Kavan, a surprise second, ran without special gear in a Lombardi-like approach to cold weather.
  • South Strange rise of James Strang in South regional - New kid from Tennessee comes back from anemia and cheer leads other runners in the stretch. Brian Sullivan runs third fastest time ever at McAlpine Park. Ricky Quintana's Quotes.
  • South Jenny Barringer makes amends in South girls race - "I'm very proud of what I did," says Barringer, healthy this year in contrast to last year when she was sick the whole week of regionals. Ricky Quintana's Quotes.
  • Northeast Boys - the story in pictures of super fast field
  • Northeast Girls - the story in pictures of Nicole Blood and friends
  • Northeast Frances Koons runs her own race and vaults from PA to national radar screen. Story by Don Rich, PennTrackXC.
Donna on the Side
at the Foot Locker
Northeast regional


Van Cortlandt Park, New York City

1 Blood NY 17.45
2 Sedberry NJ 18.17
3 Ryan NY 18.21
4 Ferguson NY 18.24
5 Koons PA 18.25
6 Donaldson MA 18.26
7 Clausen NJ 18.26
8 Kieffer NY 18.27


Nicole Blood finishes
with a smile, 32 seconds before anyone else

1 True ME 15.23
2 Gras MA 15.25
3 Combs CT 15.28
4 McDougal NY 15.29
5 Thorne NH 15.30
6 Lomong NY 15.30
7 Anderson NJ 15.31
8 Haji CT 15.31

Ben True beats one of the fastest Northeast fields ever, with 8 qualifiers finishing in 8 seconds and all of them beating last year's winning time.


Northeast photos by John Dye

UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

1 Withrow IL 14.54
2 Deak CO 15.14
3 Heath 15.15
4 Harkrader CO 15.19
5 Naughton MI 15.23
6 Wagner 15.26
7 Gasper WI 15.26
8 Switzer MI 15.26


Matt Withrow broke open the race with a monster surge in the second mile.

1 Kaltenbach CO 17.29
2 Kavan SD 17.34
3 Olding OH 17.35
4 Marchand IN 17.43
5 Shulz CO 17.51
6 Harrington IN 17.51
7 McKaig IN 17.52
8 Warren MO 17.53

Katelyn Kaltenbach made it two in a row for the Kaltenbach family and her US#3 Smoky Hill Aurora CO squad has two runners in the finals.


Midwest photos
by Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

McAlpine Park, Charlotte NC

1 Sullivan TX 14.46
2 Stanley TX 14.48
3 Strang TN 14.51
4 MacPherson TX 14.56
5 Bumbalough TN 14.58
6 Mack NC 14.59
7 Hutchins NC 15.02
8 Miler TX 15.02


Brian Sullivan



South photos by
Brian J. Myers,

1 Barringer FL 17.27
2 Blackmon SC 17.42
3 Bedell TX 17.47
4 Niehaus SC 17.49
5 Schueler KY 17.50
6 Forish TX 17.50
7 Bowerman FL 17.53
8 Fahey VA 17.54


Jenny Barringer


California State Meet - Fastest of day are Loyola's Mark Matusak 15:08 (right, below) , Granite Bay's Caitlin Chock 17:21 (left, below) , US#10 Don Lugo boys (13-second spread from 1 to 5), and US#9 College Park girls (92:25 team time, 2nd fastest ever at Woodward Park). Results, pix and analysis on DyeStatCal.

photos by Kirby Lee




DyeStat Featured Meets 2003-2004
Meets that are covered in depth by DyeStat
** = DyeStat on-site coverage

  • ** Sep 6 Midwest Meet of Champions - Hilliard OH - Davidson Hilliard OH coach Pat Schlecht's idea is a big hit in its 3rd year as a kickoff for elite teams in the Midwest. The meet has expanded to 23 teams this year, with new teams from Kentucky and West Virginia to go with champions from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
  • ** Sep 20 Iolani Invitational - Kualoa Ranch, Oahu HI - Aloha spirit and the beauty of Hawaii attracts more and more mainland teams in the meet's fifth year.
  • Sep 20 Bull Run Invitational - Big Eastern states meet on the home course of the Maryland State Meet, Hereford High School's very hilly 3 miles with two trips to the ravine known as The Dip.
  • ** Sep 20 Woodbridge Invitational - Bills itself as "America's largest high-schools-only cross country meet" - night races this year - Michael Haddan defends title against stellar field - DyeStatCal calls it the best September field in SoCal history - On-site coverage by DyeStatCal.
  • ** Sep 26-27 Great American Cross Country Festival - Cary NC - New owners and new venue promise to make the Great American bigger and better in its fifth year.
  • ** Oct 4 Sunfair Invitational - Yakima WA - newest DyeStat Featured Meet is the biggest cross country meet in the Northwest. It matches varsity #1 through #7 runners in separate races.
  • Oct 4 Portage Invitational - Portage MI - 6th year of Dan Wytko and Bill Fries' creation will attract 170 teams, including 6 of 8 Michigan champions from last year.
  • Oct 11 Manhattan Invitational - biggest 1-day meet in the country is held at historic Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, on Broadway 242 blocks uptown, end of the 7th Avenue Subway.
  • ** Oct 24-25 Mt. SAC Invitational - 56th running of the biggest meet in the country over one of the toughest courses in the country - 16,000 entries last year - 90 races in 2 days - races start as close as 8 minutes apart - elite runners from California and the West.
  • ** Nov 23 - BorderClash - 5th edition of unique race at Nike World Headquarters, Beaverton OR, between the best runners of Washington and Oregon.FOOT LOCKER CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • INDOOR 2004
  • Dec 20 - Bishop Loughlin Games - New York Armory
  • ** Dec 27 - Holiday Classic - New York Armory
  • ** Jan 10 - Hispanic Games - New York Armory
  • ** Jan 24 - New Balance Games - New York Armory
  • ** Feb 6- Millrose Games - Madison Square Garden NYC
  • ** Feb 7- Colgate Women's Games finals - Madison Square Garden NYC
  • ** Feb 19-21 - Simplot Games - Pocatello ID
  • Feb 21 - 1st National High School Hall of Fame Classic - New York Armory
  • ** Mar 12-14 - NSIC - New York Armory
  • ** Mar 13-14 - Nike Indoor Championships - Landover MD
  • OUTDOOR 2004
  • Mar 26-27 - Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic - New Orleans LA
  • ** Apr 2-3 - Mobile Challenge of Champions - Mobile AL
  • ** Apr 9-10 - Arcadia Invitational - Arcadia CA
  • Apr 17-18 Mt. SAC Relays - Walnut CA
  • ** Apr 22-24 - Penn Relays - Philadelphia PA
  • May 7-8 - Loucks Games - White Plains NY
  • ** May 20-22 - Great Southwest Classic - Albuquerque NM
  • May - Golden South Classic - Orlando FL
  • June 12 - Golden West Invitational - Sacramento CA
  • ** June 18-19 - adidas Outdoor Championships - Raleigh NC

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