• Today on DyeStat Sep 9, 2004
  • Great American seeds announced.
  • THIS WEEK - Midwest weekly report. Ranked teams gear up for Midwest Meet of Champions Saturday. Northeast weekly report; Hatboro Horsham PA girls upset. South region report; Highland Park girls beat ranked teams. Dave Swarts' Michigan weekly report. California weekly report. Zoe Nelson running faster than last year.
    THIS WEEK box includes cross country news posted from the start of the season through Sept. 9.
    First update of NTN regional rankings will be Sept. 17, based on results through Sept. 11.
  • 2004 Wrapup - exploits of US high school athletes in the 2003-2004 scholastic year.
  • 2004 Nike Athletes of the Year - We select the 38 most outstanding high school athletes of the 2003-2004 school year. (The list grew by one with the correction of a major oversight -- Shana Woods, national record setter in the pentathlon and winner of three national titles in long jump. That also makes Poly Long Beach CA the third high school with two AOY winners.)


Meet Calendar
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California news
College and Elite
"DyeStat graduates"

National Leaders
2004 US Outdoor
NOTE: Hamdheld times will not be considered for US#1 at 400 meters and below. Marks missing wind readings may also be ignored.

100 - J-Mee Samuels NC 10.25
200 - Xavier Carter FL 20.49
400 - Lashawn Merritt VA 45.25
800 - Jacob Hernandez TX 1:48.48
1500 - Victor Gras MA 3:45.19
1600 - Mike Booth PA 4:07.77
Mile - Galen Rupp OR 4:01.8
3000 - Galen Rupp OR 8:03.67 USR
3200 - Brian Sullivan TX 8:52.92
2 Mile - Shadrack Kiptoo NM 8:45.44
110H - Jason Richardson TX 13.38
300H - Kevin Craddock CA 35.93
400H - Jason Richardson TX 49.79
HJ - Scott Sellers TX 7-5
LJ - Robert Rands NE 25-1.25
TJ - Ken Hall LA 54-10.25
PV - Adam Sarafian NJ 17-4.5
SP - Zach Lloyd NV 66-7.25
DT - Zach Lloyd NV 211-5
JT - Chad Brown LA 218-6
HT - Nate Rolfe WA 237-1
4x100 - Lancaster TX 40.28
4x200 - Glenville OH 1:23.78
4x400 - Dorsey CA 3:11.45

4x800 - Saline MI 7:40.68
SMR - Cinco Katy Ranch TX 3:25.39
DMR - Saline MI 10:03.15

100 - Ashley Owens CO 11.13
200 - Shalonda Solomon CA 22.82
400 - Natasha Hastings NY 52.04
800 - Sarah Bowman VA 2:04.94
1500 - Sarah Bowman VA 4:23.36
1600 - Elizabeth Yetzer MN 4:46.14
Mile - Nicole Blood NY 4:42.40
3000 - Nicole Blood NY 9:24.03
3200 - Caitlin Chock CA 9:58.51
2 Mile - Nicole Blood NY 10:10.73
100H - Shantia Moss FL 13.39

300H - Ebony Collins CA 40.81
400H - Katya Kostetskaya AR 56.49.
HJ - Viktoria Andonova FL 6-1
LJ - Brittany Daniels CA, Gayle Hunter CA and Shana Woods CA 20-7.75
TJ - Brittany Daniels CA 44-11.75 USR
PV - Tiffany Maskulinski NY 13-5
SP - Sarah Stevens CO 50-4.5
DT - Jocelyn White NJ 172-2
JT - Rachel Yurkovich OR 161-11.
HT - Erin Donnelly RI 165-7
4x100 - Poly Long Beach CA 44.50 USR
4x200 - Poly Long Beach CA 1:33.87 USR
4x400 - Poly Long Beach CA 3:35.49 USR
4x800 - Bay Shore NY 8:57.48

SMR - West Catholic PA 3:52.22 USR
DMR - Bay Shore NY 11:33.42 USR

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Great American seeds announced
The Nike Race of Champions will have 22 teams that are top 10 in the NTN regional rankings, including 9 ranked nationally in The Harrier Super 25. In addition, the ROC will include 7 boys and 18 girls running unattached, including such elite runners as Brian Sharkey FL, Jennie Barringer FL, Carmen Mims KY, Bria Wetsch MN, Kate Niehaus SC, Erin Bedell TX, and Sarah Bowman VA. Seeds were also announced for the seeded individual, red, white, blue, small school, and JV races. The Great American Cross Country Festival will be held Oct. 1-2 at Cary NC, with college races on Friday night and high school races all day Saturday.

results, rankings, and other news posted through Sept 9
Cross Country Preview - Major meet pages, meet calendar, new regional coverage of states, regional news editors.
Pre-season NTN regional rankings.
US#2 The Woodlands TX has a lot of red shirts up front in their season opener, The Woodlands Inv.

1 Northeast CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

  • Northeast Weekly Report Sep 4 - NE#3 US#14 Hatboro Horsham PA girls upset by unranked St. Basil
  • PA Pennsylvania Preview - Cedar Cliff boys, Gwynedd Mercy girls and Hatboro-Horsham girls lead the pre-season rankings. Top individuals are Craig Miller, Jed Christiansen, Marissa Umbel, Katie Theader, and Liz Kearins.
  • PA Philadelphia Catholic League preview - Greg Thomas, Katie Kelly are top individuals. LaSalle is favored boys team, while girls team title is a fight between St. Hubert's, O'Hara, Prendie and Carroll.

2 Southeast AL, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, KY, TN, VA, WV, DC, PR

  • Southeast weekly report Sep 4 - SE#3 Hoover AL boys, SE#4 Scottsboro girls win at Scottsboro. Andrew Bumbalough, Carmen Mims and Tara Lenn win big.
  • Southeast Week 2 report - Boys - SE#1 Jesuit Tampa FL opens strong behind Andy Biladeau; SE#2 US#19 Winter Park FL average 16:10 in time trial; SE#4 Collins Hill GA opens impressively at Walton Stage; SE#10 Spring Valley SC beats SE#6 Chapel Hill NC at Western NC <br>
    Girls - 8th grader Kayla Hale leads SE#1 US#15 Holy Trinity FL in opener; SE#6 Collins Hill GA dominates Walton Stage.
  • MD Pre-Season Rankings - River Hill boys, C. Milton Wright girls tabbed as all-class #1 by Donnie Mickey of MDrunning.net.
  • TN Melton Hill Dam - Science Hill boys 57, Maryville girls 34.
  • Top Early Meets previewed - Western NC Carnival, Walton Stage (GA), Scottsboro tri-way (AL). Spring Valley SC changing its strategy to shoot for NTN regional ranking.
  • Southeast Week 1 report by regional editor Ricky Quintana - Southeast #10 Providence NC girls have impressive opener; gains a transfer-in from California and saves a transfer-out to Pennsylvania. Southeast #2 and US #19 Winter Park FL boys spend practice time doing community service in Hurricane Charley cleanup.
  • FL Cross country season preview - Jesuit boys and Holy Trinity Academy girls lead pre-season lists by Southeast Editor Ricky Quintana.
  • GA Pre-season cross country rankings - Collins Hill leads both boys and girls lists.
  • NC Pre-Season cross country rankings - Southeast #6 Chapel Hill boys and Southeast #10 Providence girls top 4A lists.GA

Robert Bedsole leads Hoover AL over Scottsboro

SC Eye Opener - Stephanie Buffo of Dorman (left) won the girls race. J. C. Koziel's third place finish (right) paced Northwestern.

3 South AR, LA, MS, OK, TX

  • South Weekly Report Sep 4 - SO#1 US#2 The Woodlands TX boys dominate host SO#2 Kingwood in Andy Wells Invitational. Unranked Highland Park TX girls beat two ranked teams at Marcus I Invitational. SO#8 Marcus TX boys win own invitational.
  • South Region Report Aug 28 - Host US#2 boys and South#8 girls sweep The Woodlands Invitational. Cedar Park TX sweeps at Lockhart Inv with South#3 boys and South#6 girls. South#7 Jenks OK boys beat South#10 Edmond OK in Guthrie Inv.
  • South region preview - by South region editor John Sullivan. The Woodlands TX boys and Carroll Southlake TX girls lead the way into the season.

4 Midwest IL, IN, MI, OH, WI

  • Midwest weekly report Sep 4 - MW#6 Carmel IN boys are strong. Unranked Hamilton Southeastern IN boys, St. Ursula Academy OH girls and Waukesha West WI girls are rising. Palatine's MW#5 boys win but MW#4 girls lose to Naperville Central.
  • Dave Swarts' Michigan report Sep 4 - covers early meets through Sep 4. Rockford soph Rachel Wittum's 18:22 5k is fastest early time.
  • Illinois report Sep 4 - soph Ryan Jacobs surprises at St. Charles - Eureka boys win at Fenton - Katie Ellis beats Paulina Garcia at Crystal Lake South before the rest of the meet is cancelled due to heat.
  • Midwest region preview - by regional editor Scott Bush -York IL may have its best boys team ever, and that's saying a lot. Clarkston MI is leading girls team. Analysis by Midwest Editor Scott Bush.
  • IL Illinois Preview - Boys.
  • IN Dekalb Invitational - Midwest #6 Valparaiso girls dominate
  • IN Rushville Invitational - Hamilton Southeastern boys beat US#9 and Midwest #2 Columbus North.

5 Heartland IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD

6 Southwest AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT

7 Northwest AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY

  • Flathead Kalispell MT sr Zoe Nelson is running faster than last year. The 2002 Foot Locker national champion ran 17:11 at the Libby Invitational 9/3 to break her course record set last year by 10 seconds. Earlier, in the Flathead team time trial, Zoe ran 17:53, which was 38 seconds faster than last year and 3 seconds better than her previous best on the home course.
  • Idaho pre-season team rankings - Borah boys and girls both ranked #1 in 5A.

8 California


2004 Wrapup
exploits of US high school athletes in the 2003-2004 scholastic year.
2004 Nike Athletes of the Year
the most outstanding performers of the year: BOYS - GIRLS
Our AOY rolls include 38 athletes, 17 boys and 21 girls, from 18 states and 35 high schools. West Catholic Philadelphia (Latavia Thomas and Nicole Leach), Poly Long Beach CA (Shalonda Solomon and Shana Woods) and James Logan CA (Kevin Craddock and Talia Stewart) have two AOY athletes. California has 7 athletes to lead the states, with Florida, New York and Texas claiming 4 each and Colorado 3. Fifteen AOY's will return in 2005 -- 12 girls and 3 boys. World Junior champs Lashawn Merritt (above left) and Ashley Owens (above right) lead the AOY parade. We have performance stats of all 37 athletes and photos by John Dye, Donna Dye, Vic Sailer's PhotoRun, Kirby Lee, Margaret Gallagher, Dave Casper, Doug Speck, Bert Richardson and Greg Armstrong. AOY BOYS - GIRLS.

DyeStat Elite - 12,601 performances that qualified for DyeStat's national rankings. There were 4,038 in cross country - 3,891 indoor - 4,672 outdoor.
Top Returnees - DyeStat Elite performers who will be back in 2005 -- 1,311 outdoor and 1,172 indoor.
New Faces - These are the freshmen (and even younger) performers who earned national ranking in the DyeStat Elite indoor and outdoor lists. There were 289 new faces, including 22 boys and 267 girls, proving again that girls mature earlier than boys. These are the stars of the future, and for some the future is now.
Big Meets - index to all the big interstate meets - cross country - indoor - outdoor
College Choices - where the class of 2004 will attend college. Choices 2004


Cross Country
Super 25 national rankings Great American ROC entries

Pre-season US#1 teams in Marc Bloom's Harrier Super 25 rankings are Saratoga Springs NY girls and York Elmhurst IL boys.

Saratoga has been #1 nine of the last 11 years, but faces a serious challenge this year from Smoky HIll Aurora CO, like Saratoga boasting two returning Foot Locker national finalists.

York, returning to national power with coach Joe Newton's best team since the Don Sage-led teams of the late 1990s, is picked to bump last year's top team, The Woodlands TX, down to #2. DyeStat has the complete Super 25 list this year, thanks to The Harrier.

The Race of Champions at the Great American Cross Country Festival (Cary NC Oct 1-2) is the seeded race with the best teams and some elite individuals. It perennial includes a powerful lineup of some of the best teams in the country. Ten boys teams and 12 girls teams are ranked in the new NTN Regional Rankings. The girls ROC will feature the top two teams in the country in Marc Bloom's Harrier Super 25 pre-season list -- Saratoga Springs NY and Smoky Hill Aurora CO -- each with two returning runners from last year's Foot Locker national finals -- Nicole Blood (7th) and Lindsey Ferguson (26th) of Saratoga Springs and Katelyn Kaltenbach (1st) and Morgan Schulz (11th) of Smoky Hill.


Cross Country Preview --- Cross country is coming, and we are getting ready with all the preview information you need.

  • Calendar of Meets
  • States and Regions - State coverage is now organized into eight regions. US News page will still index news of national significance.
  • 26th Foot Locker Cross Country Championships - an elite weekend at an elite resort, with individual championship races at historic Balboa Park.
  • Mt. SAC Invitational - Oct 22-23 at Walnut CA - This is the giant of high school cross country meets in the US, with 16,000 runners entered in 90 races. Races start as close as 8 minutes apart, putting three races at once on one of the most demanding courses in the country.
  • Bull Run Invitational - Sep 18 Parkton MD - a major interstate meet on the very demanding 3-mile course which is the site of the Maryland State Meet.
  • 32nd Manhattan Invitational - Oct 9 New York City - Mt. SAC would challenge Manhattan's claim as biggest and best, but this is clearly the biggest meet east of the Rockies, with 10,000 or so runners.
  • Portage Invitational - Oct 9 Portage MI - In 6 years, the Portage Invitational has become one of the Midwest's premiere meets under the energetic leadership of local coaches Dan Wytko and Bill Fries.
  • 6th Great American Cross Country Festival - Oct 1-2 Cary NC - Invented by Rick Hill and continued by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation, the Great American has become an instant classic on the high school cross country scene. It is the premier in-season team competition in the country, with at least half of the teams on the starting line of the seeded races generally ranked nationally by Marc Bloom in his Harrier Magazine Super 25.
  • 4th Midwest Meet of Champions - Sep 11 Hilliard OH - Davidson Hilliard OH coach Pat Schlecht's concept attracts more and better teams each year. It is the first major meet to give current year clues for top regional and national rankings. High School runners showed how to cope 3 years ago when the inaugural meet went on 4 days after 9/11. entries - First DyeStat Featured Meet of the season is also the first major interstate competition of the season, with eight teams ranked in the NTN pre-season rankings, headed by Midwest #1 Clarkston MI girls, Midwest #2 Bowling Green OH girls, Midwest #3 Dexter MI boys and Midwest #4 Milford MI boys.
  • 6th Iolani Invitational - Sep 18 Oahu, Hawaii - In its sixth year, this meet continues to grow in stature with 44 teams entered -- 22 from Hawaii and 22 from the mainland. They will find tropical heat offset by cooling beaches at a mountainside setting where the film "Jurassic Park" was filmed.
  • Foot Locker and NTN update
    Summer talks are bringing the high school cross country championship picture into focus.
    • Team Selection Process - New NTN Regional Rankings system is the heart of the process. To get ranked, teams must run fast and compete.
    • Eligibility update - the new Nike Team Nationals is structured to allow maximum participation within state association rules.
      "With excitement levels escalating as the date of the inaugural Nike Team Nationals cross-country extravaganza approaches, NIKE and the National Scholastic Sports Foundation today unveiled joint plans for how the first-year event will be contested within existing state association guidelines."
    • Foot Locker sponsorship - Foot Locker and Nike are near agreement for continued Nike sponsorship of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship.
    • Regional editors - an editor for each region will collect cross country news for DyeStat



Nike Speed Clinic
Hosted by University of South Carolina
Sep 24-25 Louisville KY
Nov 19-20 Columbia SC

Great American
Oct 1-2, 2004
Late Entry Deadline Sep 6

Nike Indoor
March 12-13, 2005
adidas Outdoor
June 17-18, 2005

Sep 18 Kualoa Hawaii

Oct 9 Portage MI

The Harrier
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NTN Pre-Season Rankings
The NTN Regional Rankings are the basis of the NTN team selection process. The top two teams in each region at the end of the season will be invited to compete in the Nike Team Nationals in Portland Dec. 4. The third and fourth place teams in each region are considered for the four national at-large selections. The pre-season top four in each region are shown in the table below. For complete regional rankings, go to the NTN region page.

pre-season (Aug 20) - first update Sept. 17
1.Christian Brothers NJ
2.Toms River North NJ
3.Cedar Cliff PA
4.Lockport NY
1.Saratoga Springs NY
2.Bay Shore NY
3.Hatboro-Horsham PA
4.Gwynedd Mercy PA
1.Jesuit Tampa FL
2.Winter Park FL
3.Hoover AL
4.Collins Hill Suwanee GA
1.Holy Trinity FL
2.Pope John Paul FL
3.C. Milton Wright MD
4.Scottsboro AL
1.The Woodlands TX
2.Kingwood TX
3.Cedar Park TX
4.San Juan Alamo N. TX
1.Carroll Southlake TX
2.Kingwood TX
3.Marcus Flower Mound TX
4.Tupelo MS
1.York Elmhurst IL
2.Columbus North IN
3.Dexter MI
4.Milford MI
1.Clarkston MI
2.Bowling Green OH
3.Naperville North IL
4.Palatine IL
1.Roosevelt Des Moines IA
2.Marshall MN
3.Liberty MO
4.Stillwater MN
1.Yankton SD
2.Iowa City West IA
3.West Plains MO
4.Staples-Motley MN
1.Albuquerque Academy NM
2.Mountain View UT
3.Denver South CO
4.Desert Vista AZ
1.Smoky Hill Aurora CO
2.Los Alamos NM
3.Reno NV
4.Fremont Plain City UT
1.Jesuit Portland OR
2.Ferris Spokane WA
3.Central Catholic OR
4.Auburn-Riverside WA
1.Bellarmine Tacoma WA
2.Jesuit Portland OR
3.Snohomish WA
4.Flathead Kalispell MT
1.Royal Simi Valley CA
2.Don Lugo Chino CA
3.Murrieta Valley CA
4.Dana Hills CA
1.Ventura CA
2.Fountain Valley CA
3.Murrieta Valley CA
4.College Park CA



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