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West Region

by John Dye

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 a list of the DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites for 2002. We revised the lists based on season results. The result is the the strongest candidates to be top 8 in the region and qualify as finalists at San Diego December 14. Most of the finalists should come from this group. But there are always surprises -- returns to form, late bloomers, and unnoticed quality. Last year, sophomore Amber Smith quietly won the Upper Peninsula championship in Michigan last year and went on to run third in the Midwest regional ahead of more publicized runners..

TOP SEEDS - On the eve of the regional meets, we zeroed in on three runners per region. These are the ones we will be most surprised if we don't see in San Diego.

[Note: Mike Kennedy's West region preview is updated each week on DyeStatCal.]

Top 10 Returning Runners from 2001

Boys  Girls
4 Leal, Yong-Sung 11 San Leandro CA 15:33
5 Jespersen, Lauren 11 Klamath Falls OR 15:35
6 Nelson, Tim 11 Palo Cedro CA 15:35
15 Maldenado, Erick 11 Chino CA 16:05
25 1988 Rupp, Galen 10 Portland OR 16:16
26 2829 Jones, Tony 11 Toquerville UT 16:16
33 1614 Napper, David 11 Cypress CA 16:23
36 1864 Ramos, Austin 11 Fair Oaks CA 16:26
45 15 Alcorn, Kyle 11 Clovis CA 16:31
50 853 Greer, Geoffrey 11 Spokane WA 16:33
5 Harper, Amber 11 Orem UT 18:20
7 Nelson, Zoe 9 Kalispell MT 18:22
9 Graham, Ruth 11 Palo Alto CA 18:38
10 Magill, Heidi 10 Orem UT 18:39
13 Schuster, Dani 10 San Diego CA 18:41
17 Nevitt, Casey 11 Aptos CA 18:51
18 Chock, Caitlin 10 Roseville CA 18:53
19 Geissler, Jamie 11 Spokane WA 18:54
21 McGregor, Emily 11 Tucson AZ 18:57
24 Smith, Kristina 11 Anchorage AK 19:05

DyeStat Foot Locker Favorites - West Region

Charts show current season best marks, 2002 DyeStat Elite marks for mile and 2-mile, 2001 Foot Locker finish in region and national finals, and regional rank among returning runners at four distances.

TOP SEEDS = the most likely to qualify; I will be surprised if I don't see the bold faced names on a ticket to San Diego. These will be marked after the California State Meet.

Boldface = Top Seeds

Boys - Girls

Boys

Season Best 02 DyeStat Elite 01 FootLocker 02 Return Ranking Comment
3m
5k
Mile
2Mile
Final
Reg
1500
Mile
3000
2Mile
Alcorn, Kyle 2003 CA
 15:10
 4:15
 8:59
45
8
1
4th at Stanford; 8:56 3200m last year (California champ, 2nd Golden West)
Dunn, Alex 2004 CA 
 15:00
 15:20
won Cal Div 3 and small school races at Stanford & Mt SAC
Haddan, Michael 2004 CA
 14:25
15:08
 4:16
5
12
2nd CA Div 2 in 3rd fastest time of day; 1:51 800m California champ; 5th fastest at Mt SAC running alone in non-sweeps race
Jespersen, Lauren 2003 OR
 14:54
 4:12
6
1
3
broke Ian Dobson's Stanford record; 2nd in record OR state meet; 1st BorderClash
Jones, Andrew 2003 WY
 15:48
56
unbeaten Wyoming champion
Jones, Tony 2003 UT
 15:10
26
Utah champ; won Las Vegas Inv.
Leal, Yong-Sung 2003 CA
15:13
15:09
7
4
won Cal prelims after long injury layoff; 3rd Cal Div 2 in 4th fastest time of day
Moe, Carl 2003 WA
 14:58
 4:12
 9:10
2
4
WA 4A champ; broke Lukezic's league record
Nelson, Tim 2003 CA
 14:33
 14:54
 9:05
20
6
3
3
3rd fastest ever at Mt. SAC course; unbeaten except 2 close losses to Jespersen
Mike Poe 2003 CA
 15:06
4:14
 9:11
6
5
7
6
ended season strong winning Cal Div 1 in 2nd fastest time of day
Reid, Philip 2003 CA
 14:36
 14:58
 4:13
 9:10
4
5
Cal Div 2 champ, beating Haddan, Leal and Swier in fastest time of day
Ruiz, Manuel 2003 CA
 14:32
 15:33
 9:16
10
surprising 4th at Mt. SAC; 4th Cal Div 1
Rupp, Galen 2004 OR
14:56
 9:01
25
4
2
2
Oregon champion in record time, 2nd BorderClash only loss of season
Swier, Troy 2004 CA
 14:24
 15:04
12
3rd at Mt. SAC; 6th Cal Div 2
Trafeh, Mohamed 2004 CA
 14:38
 14:58
 4:15
 9:11
7
7
Cal Div 4 champ; 2nd at Mt. SAC 5 seconds after Tim Nelson
Wall, Alec 2003 OR
 15:02
1
part of great Oregon elite seconds apart

 

Girls

Season Best 02 DyeStat Elite 01 FootLocker 02 Return Ranking Comment
3m
5k
Mile
2Mile
Final
Reg
1500
Mile
3000
2Mile
Balfour, Sarah 2005 WY
 18:23
undefeated Wyoming champion
Bryan, Rachel 2004 CA
 17:08
 17:43
 10:40
25
2
1st Cal Div 1, second fastest of day; 1st Mt. SAC; 10:36.32 3200m CA runner-up in June
Chock, Caitlin 2004 CA
 17:25
 10:52
18
5
12
1st CA Div 2 in fastest time of day; 1st Stanford Div 2
Delagardelle, Kelley 2003 CA
2nd CA Div 2, third fastest of day
Falor, Annie 2004 AZ
18:08
fastest in Arizona state meet
Grelli, Melissa 2004 CA
 17:59
10:40
26
3
1st CA Div 3, 4th fastest of day; 1st Mt. SAC Div 3-4-5
Graham, Ruth 2003 CA
 17:20
 18:08
 4:56
 10:35
9
6
6
1
won Iolani and 2nd at Mt. SAC
Gray, Erin 2005 OR
 18:14
 10:52
8
4
11
top ranked in Oregon
Harper, Amber 2003 UT
 16:54
 4:43
 10:51
9
5
4
2
9
Utah champion; split second runner-up to Nicole Blood at  Great American
Lawrence, Collier  2004 NV
 17:22
8
Pacific Association JO champ
Magill, Heidi 2004 UT
 18:01
10
3rd highest returnee in region
McGregor, Emily 2003 AZ
 18:02
 5:01
 10:49
21
11
8
3rd Arizona state meet
McGregor, Valerie 2003 AZ
 18:23
                Arizona 5A champ
McWalters, Teresa 2003 CA
 17:51
home schooler with solid times in open races in first cross country season
Nelson, Zoe 2005 MT
 16:43
 10:51
20
7
10
undefeated MT champion with new records on every course
Pasciuto, Liza 2004 CA
 17:31
 17:57
 4:54
 10:53
3
13
2nd CA Div 1, 6th fastest of day; 4th fastest at Mt SAC.
Rethmeier, Clair 2004 CA
 17:36
3rd fastest at Mt. SAC
Smith, Kristina 2003 AK
 17:46
 4:52
24
1
1
Alaska champ; 6th best at Mt. SAC

 

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