||2004 Nike Athletes of the Year - the most outstanding performers of the year:
BOYS - GIRLS. There are 38 athletes, 17 boys and 21 girls, from 18 states and 35 high schools. West Catholic Philadelphia (Latavia Thomas and Nicole Leach), Poly Long Beach CA (Shalonda Solomon and Shana Woods) and James Logan CA (Kevin Craddock and Talia Stewart) have two AOY athletes. California has 7 athletes to lead the states, with Florida, New York and Texas claiming 4 each and Colorado 3. Fifteen AOY's will return in 2005 -- 12 girls and 3 boys. World Junior champs Lashawn Merritt (left) and Ashley Owens (right) lead the AOY parade. We have pix of all 37 athletes by John Dye, Donna Dye, Vic Sailer's PhotoRun, Kirby Lee, Margaret Gallagher, Dave Casper, Doug Speck, Bert Richardson, Don Rich and Greg Armstrong.
- 12,601 performances that qualified for DyeStat's national rankings
there were 4,038 in cross country - 3,891 indoor - 4,672 outdoor.
- DyeStat Elite performers who will be back for the 2005 school year -
1,311 outdoor and 1,172 indoor.
New Faces -
These are the freshmen (and even younger) performers who earned national ranking in the DyeStat Elite indoor and outdoor lists. There were 289 new faces, including 22 boys and 267 girls, proving again that girls mature earlier than boys.
Big Meets -
index to all the big regional and national meets - cross
country - indoor - outdoor
College Choices -
where the class of 2004 will attend college. Choices 2004