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Northeast Region
Nov 29, 2003 at Van Cortlandt Park, New York NY

Results and the story in pictures: BOYS - GIRLS | Results: Unseeded Boys - Unseeded Girls
Donna on the Side - all the sideline scenes
Photo Albums: John Dye's camcorder sequences Girls Start - Girls Finish - Boys Start - Boys Finish
- John Nepolitan into and out of the woods - Don Rich in the woods
- PhotoRun's Northeast 27 great shots

Don Rich stories for PennTrackXC:
Frances Koons - Frances Koons runs her own race and vaults from PA to national radar screens
PA Runners - Illness and inexperience hurt PA's best class in years on Vanny's unforgiving trails

GIRLS: Nicole Blood 17:45
BOYS: Ben True ME 15:23
New York sweeps state team scoring

State Team Scoring
Boys - NY 60, NJ 71, MA 76, PA 89, CT 113, ME 149, NH 181, MD 216, RI 271, DE 289
Girls - NY 25, NJ 58, MA 97, PA 100, MD 157, VT 185, CT 189, NH 212, DE 236.

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True and Blood Capture First Place Titles in 25th Anniversary
Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Northeast Regional

NEW YORK, November 29, 2003 -- Benjamin True of North Yarmouth, Maine, and Nicole Blood of Gansevoort, N.Y., won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Northeast Regional at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., today.

The boys' race was led by a loose pack of six runners who stayed together for most of the race. The group hit the two mile mark at 10:10, when True took the lead, holding it for a Regional Championship finish of 15:22. He was closely followed by the remaining qualifiers, including Victor Gras of Belmont, Mass., who placed second in 15:25, and Gavin Coombs of Griswold, Conn., who placed third in 15:27. True and Gras both qualified for the 2002 National Championships. True, a senior at Greely High School, placed fifth at last year's Northeast Regional and ninth at the National Finals. Gras, a senior at Belmont High School, placed eighth at last year's Northeast Regional.

In the girls' race, a pack of 15 runners led until the two-mile mark, when Blood made her move to claim the first place position, finishing with a 32-second lead in 17:44. Blood, a sophomore at Saratoga High School, is a returning finalist, placing second at the 2002 Northeast Regional and ninth at the National Finals. The rest of the group finished in a tight pack with Brittany Sedberry, a sophomore from Beesley's Point, N.J., placing second in 18:16, followed by Aislinn Ryan, a sophomore from Bellvale, N.Y., who placed third in 18:21.

Course conditions were good, with cloudy skies, blustery winds and a temperature of 43 degrees.

DyeStat Preview
Nicole Blood stands alone; boys race has a huge pack of contenders

Northeast Foot Locker Favorites - the runners we believe have the best chance of making it to San Diego.

Top Returnees
Undergrads with DyeStat Elite marks (16:05 and 19:05 or better) at last year's regional.
Eight of the top 10 boys return.
2 Devries, Hakon 2004, John Jay EF NY 15:34
4 Tschirhart, Kevin 2005, Northport NY 15:37
5 True, Ben 2004, Greely ME 15:37
6 Gottesfeld, Ian 2004, Henderson WC PA 15:38
7 Haji, Ahmed 2004, Conard CT 15:40
8 Gras, Victor 2004, Belmont MA 15:48
9 McDougal, Joshua 2004, Peru NY 15:51
10 Scheid, Justin 2004, Sparta NJ 15:52
14 Heath, Kyle 2004, Victor NY 15:58
15 Pannone, Christopher 2004, Hunterdon Cen NJ 16:00
16 Luka, Dominic 2005, Nottingham NY 16:03
2 Blood, Nicole 2006, Saratoga Sprgs NY 17:48
4 Dron, Chantelle 2005, home schooled NH 18:09
6 McTague, Caitlin 2004, Niskayuna NY 18:12
7 Cummings, Laura 2005, Bay Shore NY 18:14
12 Bodette, Amanda 2004, Middlebury VT 18:49
14 Papenberg, Kate 2004, Red Lion PA 18:53
15 Sayer, Amber 2004, Amherst MA 18:53
19 Centrowitz, Lauren 2004, Broadneck MD 19:00
20 Hughes, Ashley 2004, Phoenix NY 19:03
21 Kubeja, Lynn 2004, Honeoye Falls-Lima NY 19:03

Van Cortlandt Park photo album
John Nepolitan takes his camera over the historic course, home of the Manhattan Invitational and the Foot Locker Northeast regional. Twenty seven photos show what it looks like in the woods. Coach/photographer Nepolitan gives tips on running "Vanny," the old course in the big park along upper Broadway in New York City.


8:30 a.m.    Walk through
9:45 a.m.    Freshman Boys
10:10 a.m.    Freshman Girls
10:40 a.m.    Sophomore Boys
11:05 a.m.    Sophomore Girls
11:30 a.m.    Girls Seeded
12:05 p.m.    Boys Seeded

12:40 p.m.    Junior Boys
1:05 p.m.    Junior Girls
1:30 p.m.    Senior Boys
1:55 p.m.    Senior Girls

Prior Years

  • 2002 - Brendan Fennell tops a gang of contenders in the home stretch, and Ari Lambie passes Nicole Blood in the woods.
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  • 2001 - Natasha Roetter (1) repeats over Molly Huddle (811). Peter Meindl wins boys race.

    photos by Victah Sailer
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  • 2000 - Natasha Roetter and Seton McAndrews
  • 1999 - Dan Coval dominates boys on wet course. Soph Melissa Donais is surprise girls winner.
  • 1998 - Jillian Mastroianno and Andy Powell.
  • 1997 - Abdirizak Mohammud and Erin Sullivan.


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