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Foot Locker 2003

Thousands of runners compete in four regionals. The top 8 in the seeded boys and girls races win trips to San Diego for the national finals -- a weekend at the luxurious Hotel del Coronado and an ultra elite race of 32 runners in historic Balboa Park. This is the 25th year of the championships.

the 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.
PhotoRun's Foot Locker - Victah Sailer and his gang (Lisa Coniglio, Brian J. Myers, and Vinny Dusovic) are the premier photo crew at any major meet in the US and and many points beyond. We have put together albums with PhotoRun's best shots at the Foot Locker regionals, and you can see many more shots at the PhotoRun web site.
Tully NY's Lopez Lomong and Jonathan Anderson NJ finished 6-7 in Northeast
Cory Thorne NH was 5th in Northeast


Angelina Blackmon SC (right) passed fellow South Carolinian Katie Niehaus (green) and Maddie Schueler KY (red) and everyone else except Jenny Barringer to finish 2nd in the South. Blackmon won the rubber match of three straight races against SC state champion Niehaus.

2 Christian Wagner IN, one of the top favorites in the Midwest, was in traffic throughout but finished sixth to qualify for his second straight trip to San Diego.


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