on-site coverage by John & Donna Dye, Rich Gonzalez, Steve Underwood, and the NTN regional editors.
Qualifying for Foot Locker at NTN
by John Dye
PORTLAND 11/30/04 -- A meet within the meet at Portland Meadows Saturday will be individuals vying to qualify for the Foot Locker national finals a week later in San Diego. Some alternates at the Foot Locker regionals held Nov. 27 (Northeast, South and Midwest) will be very interested observors from a distance.
The first two finishers at NTN from Foot Locker regions will be awarded a slot at Foot Locker national finals. However, if they have already qualified at a Foot Locker regional, the slot will be awarded to an alternate in that region (9th and 10th place finishers). Thus, for example, if Midwest Foot Locker champ Ramsey Kavan is 1-2 at Portland among runners from the Foot Locker Midwest.
The Foot Locker West regional is being held at Mt. SAC, Walnut CA, the same day as NTN in Portland, so there will be eight qualifiers from Mt. SAC plus two from Portland.
As you may have figured out by now, the Foot Locker finals field expands from 32 to 40, with 10 from each region.
The chart below shows which Foot Locker qualifiers are running at Portland and who are the other top individuals at Portland in contention for the two Foot Locker qualifying slots.
There are actually only three regions offering a second chance for Foot Locker alternates, as the nine runners at NTN who have already qualified for Foot Locker finals come from the Midwest boys, Northeast girls, and Midwest girls.
Two strong runners on NTN teams -- Sean McNamara of York IL and Yahya Iman of Marshall MN -- took a risk by skipping the Foot Locker Midwest regional. They are hoping someone else, such as Tucker Weems of Shawnee Mission Northwest KS, doesn't get into the top two at Portland.
Chart prepared by Jim Spier and John Dye.
|BOYS||Foot Locker Region|
|FL Alternates||9 Tradelle Ward CT||9. Sandy Roberts NC||9 Glenn Randall CO|
|10 Ayalew Taye ME||10 Michael Chapa VA||10 Brian Parr NE|
|NTN teams||Top individuals at NTN|
|Fayetteville-Manlius NY||5 equally balanced|
|Christian Brothers NJ||Chris Horel|
|Cedar Cliff PA||Pat Caulfield|
|Hoover AL||Robert Bedsole|
|Winter Park FL||Coleman Hoover|
|The Woodlands TX||Ben Schulz, Dan Gerber, Dan Lanzilotti|
|Carroll Southlake TX||Kevin Ondrasek|
|York Elmhurst IL||Sean McNamara|
|Yahara Hills Madison WI||Ben Swimm|
|Northridge IN||Braxton Fritz|
|Marshall MN||Yahya Iman,
|Shawnee Mission NW KS||
|Mountain View UT||Alden Bahr|
|Albuquerque Academy NM||Cody Harper|
|Ferris Spokane WA||Robert Cobsby,
|Jesuit Portland OR||Michael Maag|
|Mead Spokane WA||Laef Barnes|
|Eisenhower Yakima WA||Robbie Barany,
|Royal Simi Valley CA||Dylan Jaedtke|
|Dana Hills CA||Scott Smith|
|El Toro CA||Brandon Bethke|
|GIRLS||Foot Locker Region|
|FL Alternates||9 Chantelle Dron NH||9 Carlene Mayfield TX||9 Rebekah Smeltzer MI|
|10 Brittany Sedberry NJ||10 Jacy Kruzel FL||10 Molly Waterhouse MI|
|NTN teams||Top individuals at NTN|
|Kinetic RC Saratoga NY||Nicole Blood, Lindsey Ferguson, Hannah Davidson, Caitlin Lane|
|Roxbury NJ||Ali Caruana|
|Bethlehem NY||Emily Malinowski|
|Scottsboro AL||Caitlin Chitwood|
|Harford Harriers MD||Allison Barnes|
|Kingwood TX||Danielle Selner|
|Carroll Southlake TX||Brooke Upshaw,
|Bowling Green OH||Christy Titus|
|Yankton SC||Ramsey Kavan, Betsy Bies|
|Iowa City West IA||
|Roosevelt Sioux Falls SD||Alison Eckert, Krista Eckert|
|Los Alamos NM||Kristen Hemphill|
|South Tahoe CA||Kelsey McClurg|
|Smoky Hill Aurora CO||Katelyn Kaltenbach, Keara Sammons, Morgan Schulz|
|Fremont Plain City UT||Alexis Meyer|
|Jesuit Portland OR||
|Hilltop Belles Tacoma WA||Brie Felnagle|
|Fountain Valley CA||Crystal Reed|
|Thousand Oaks CA||Lynne Fletcher|
|Murrieta Valley CA||Liana Boucher|