7th Great American
Cross Country Festival

September 24, 2005 - Cary, NC

Managed by NSSF - Presented by Nike

John Dye

Album - Boys ROC
Album - Girls ROC
Album - other

on the Side

190 photos
Friday - Saturday

- by Marc Davis

Box Assignments
Prior Years
Meet's Own Website


New American Record Holder (1500m) Bernard Lagat appeared and signed autographs.
By Gregorio Borgia, AP

Saratoga Springs NY sweeps,
Aislinn Ryan NY repeats,
Sandy Roberts NC wins one for the local fans

  • DyeStat Elite - 56 performances qualifying for national ranking.
  • Analysis - The reconfigured course took the finish out of the stadium and required two climbs of "Sob Hill." Was it tougher this year? The boys say No and the girls say Yes. 2004 v. 2005 times - combined 2005 times - all time SAS Park lists
  • Richard Gonzalez report - Aislinn Ryan and Sandy Roberts knew how to handle the course.
  • Marc Davis videos - both ROC's and interviews with winners.
  • Worth the Trip - Episcopal FL girls, Chapel Hill NC boys overcome obstacles to come through at Great American - now they are hoping to represent the Southeast in Portland in December . story by Ben Ackerly.
  • ROC Boys- Home town hero Sandy Roberts of Broughton Raleigh wins in 15:03. Saratoga NY wins team title decisively with 110 points (3-12-21-34-40) over Warwick Valley NY 159, Chapel Hill NC 177 and LaSalle Cincinnati OH 196. Complete Results - Boys ROC Video
  • ROC Girls - Warwick Valley NY sr Aislinn Ryan, defending Great American and Foot Locker national champion, wins with ease in 17:06, which would have been 3rd best time in the University Women's ROC. Next were Cassie Hintz ME 17:35, Keara Sammons CO 17:37, and Kate Niehaus SC 17:40 Saratoga Springs 68 (3-5-16-21-23) wraps up a sweep for the NY school. with Foot Locker finalists Lindsay Ferguson 7th in 17:59 and Hannah Davidson 9th in 18:16. Complete Results - Girls ROC Video
  • Other results
Aislinn Ryan
Sandy Roberts

Video interviews by Marc Davis with Ryan & Roberts

photos by John Dye

Saratoga Springs NY boys and girls rule the team competition

photo by Donna Dye

Other results:



Sandy Roberts 15:03 Aislinn Ryan 17:06
Lewis Woodard NC 15:52, FUMA VA 91 Abby Iselborn 18:52, Archbishop Carroll PA 62.
Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian 24:00 8k, William & Mary 48 Shannon Rowbury 16:41 leads Duke women's rout with 20 points (1-2-3-6-8-9-10). High school girls: Aurora Scott VA 17:36 13th, Nicole Blood NY 17:43 15th, and Caitlin Lane NY 18:28 39th.
Tom Webb 15:24 leads Bishop Hendricken RI boys 87 (1-14-21-23-28) Ashley Brasovan FL 17:33. Tatnall School DE 144
Mike Spooner 15:53 and West Springfield 70 Andie Cozzarelli NC 18:59. Shaker NY 39.
John Vial 16:15 and Hermitage VA 55. Louise Hannallah 20:02 and Churchill MD 55.
Spencer Schardein 17:06 and St. Xavier Louisville KY 26. Cassie Goutos 20:12 and Saratoga Springs NY 25
Nathan Ricci RI 18:12. Green Hope NC 55 (Broughton NC 58) Katelyn Lowe 21:11 and Saratoga Springs NY 43
David Kemboi 24:13 8k. North Carolina State 33. Alicia Valtin, Campbell 17:43.4 (Magin Kebert 17:43.6, Jemissa Hess 17.44). Unnattached NC-Raleigh 66.
Darius Shade, Livingstone 15:26 8k. Johnson County 59 Aybuke Kizilarslan, Chattahoochee 19:10. Mercer 46.


John Dye's photo albums - 89 action shots
girls Race of Champions
Other races
Duke crushed the field in the University Women's Race of Champions with 20 points and 7 of the top 10 finishers.


photo by John Dye

High school track guru Doug Speck called the first Great American in 1999 "the most significant day in the history of US high school cross country." It brought more top teams together face to face than any previous meet, and it produced an historic performance by the Bingham UT girls. The 7th edition has attracted 23 teams ranked in their region by the Nike Team Nationals, including defending NTN girls champion and US#1 Saratoga Springs NY.

The course at SAS Park has been reconfigured this year, with the finish line moved out of the stadium to the middle of the long incline where the start is. Runners will climb to the top of the hill in the last mile, and then loop back for a downhill finish.

Rich Gonzalez Mini Preview - For some teams competing around the country, there is indeed a "Road To Portland" for the Nike Team Nationals. But for those that choose to attend the annual Great American Cross-Country Festival, it's more like a superhighway.

Prior Years

2004 - NE#2 US#10 Cedar Cliff PA 149 (11 19 25 46 48) achieved a balanced win in a wide open race. Hoover AL sr Robert Bedsole 15:14 was an impressive winner, surging in front after the first mile and leading the rest of the way, a winner by 4 seconds over Middletown OH sr Jeff See 15:18. US#1 Saratoga NY 26 (2 3 6 7 8) crushed the field to leave no doubt that they are the best team in the country this year and, perhaps, any year. Warwick Valley NY jr Aislinn Ryan 16:57 broke away from Summit Frisco CO sr Whitney Anderson 17:24 late to win convincingly.

2003 - The Woodlands TX boys and Saratoga NY girls solidified their claim on US #1 ranking that they held to the end of the season. It was the third straight Great Am title for Saratoga. Colorado runners grabbed three of the four major races: Mohammed Ige, Ryan Deak and Katelyn Kaltenbach.

2002 - Mud and disqualifications mar the only running of Great Am at Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte. Mountain View UT boys win when The Woodlands top two runners follow Bobby Curtis in cutting the course. Nicole Blood leads Saratoga NY girls. Chris Solinsky WI has fastest boys time of day. Rick Hill announces sale of meet to NSSF.

2001 - Saratoga NY girls, Kingwood TX boys win team titles. Alison Tubbs WA hammers top girls field. Bobby Curtis has fastest boys time. Races were run at Winthrop Farm Meadows at Rock Hill SC, just across the state line from Charlotte.

2000 - The year of the great flood. At the starting time Saturday morning, the start and finish areas were under water. Races were amazingly run after a 6 hour delay to let the swollen creek at McAlpine Park in Charlotte recede. The winners were Alan Webb (2nd straight year), Alicia Craig, Saratoga NY girls, and Mountain View UT boys.

1999 - Inaugural Festival was a magic moment at McAlpine Park in Charlotte with a full Carolina moon overlooking the tent party and dance on Friday night. On Saturday, race announcer Doug Speck called it "the most significant day in the history of US high school cross country" because of the unprecedented showdown of top ranked national teams. Then, when the Bingham UT girls dominated the Race of Champions, Speck said it was "the greatest girls cross country team performance in US history," surpassing the previous standard University Irvine CA team. An average time of 18:13 for 5000 meters - a 35-point trouncing of the nation's No. 1 team Saratoga NY. A 2-3-10-11-19 finish - all five scorers under 19 minutes - the 6th and 7th runners finishing 28 and 33. Felicia Guliford NM won the girls ROC, followed by Bingham's Zeigle twins. Alan Webb VA and The Woodlands TX were the boys ROC winners.


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