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The annual DyeStat Elite Top 25 series (formerly Foot Locker Favorites and renamed given additional options available now) are national and regional rankings of cross-country runners based on distance-running accomplishments to date, with an emphasis on XC and 3200/2M track results, rather than a projection of how the Foot Locker Finals or NXN Finals will turn out (predictions run later in the season).

Foot Locker still attracting top girls

Nov 20, 2009 Girls Rankings (through Nov. 14 meets)

The Top 25

Six of top seven, including new #1 Megan Goethals MI, reportedly shooting for San Diego

Story and rankings by SteveU

With the NXN Regional season reaching its midpoint and Foot Locker regionals still a week away, it looks like Foot Locker is still the top post-season attraction for the majority of top girls.  Six of the top seven girls are reportedly aiming toward San Diego, including new US#1 Megan Goethals MI.  With a couple moderate exceptions, none of these six are on teams with a remote chance of making NXN Finals as a team. 

The pendulum got bumped a little further toward Foot Locker this week when US#2 Chelsey Sveinsson TX withdrew from NXN South.  Sveinsson had said early in the season she would not attempt both finals, but now won’t compete at NXN at all, where she won the 2008 national title.  2008 NXN Finals and NXN South runner-up Sarah Andrews assumes the favorite’s role there, though whether she would try Foot Locker South if her team doesn’t make it to Portland is uncertain.

US#3 Aisling Cuffe NY and #4 Molly Grabill CA look to be rock-solid favorites for Foot Locker NE and Foot Locker West, respectively.  US#6 Kelsey Lakowske and 3-time FL Finalist Emily Sisson MO will create a formidable race at the top at FL Midwest, along with Goethals.  US#5 and freshman phenom Wesley Frazier NC could be the heavy favorite at NXN SE or challenge Sveinsson at Foot Locker South.

US#9 Megan Morgan and Torrey Pines CA teammate Allie Billmeyer both were up for NXN Finals individual appearances last year while their highly touted team missed, but Morgan went for – and made it to – San Diego, while Billmeyer opted for Portland.  The runners could likely face the same choices and possibilities again this year. 

Meanwhile, leading the doublers will be the Dowling Catholic IA duo of Katie Flood and Ashlie Decker, who have the experience of doing so in 2007 (Flood) and 2008 (Decker).  They went an impressive 1-2 at NXN Heartland last week and are planning on running in Kenosha.

Prime movers and newcomers
  • #1 Megan Goethals MI – Monster CR win at MI D1 state pushes her past Sveinsson
  • #6 Kelsey Lakowske CO – Up two spots after completing unbeaten CO season in style
  • #7 Emily Sisson MO – Look who’s back in top ten; 3-time FL Finalist and NON 5k champ is catching fire at right time with huge MO 4A win
  • #11 Katie Flood IA – Aforementioned NXN HL win broke own CR
  • #15 Liberty Miller CA – Impressive showing in major CA meets are piling up and she’s getting better each time
  • #16 Rachel Johnson TX – Just 3 ticks behind Andrews at TX 5A State
  • #17 Megan Ferowich TN – Huge sub-18 win at TN state
  • #18 Laura Hoer NC – Beat former top-ten Carolyn Baskir at NC 4A state
  • #20 Kathleen Stevens VA – Back on list after impressive VA 2A triumph
  • #21 Hannah Neczypor OH – Bounced back from disappointing Ohio D1 state loss to win NXN MW
  • #22 Emily Nist ID – Topped Annamarie Magg for NXN NW triumph
  • #24 Nicky Akande GA – Very decisive win in GA 5A state

The Top 25
Athlete (preseason in parentheses, plus grad. year, school, state, and - new - post-season plans**)

 1. (2) Megan Goethals, 2010, Rochester HS, MI - Foot Locker MW
 2. (1) Chelsey Sveinsson, 2011, Greenhill HS, TX - Foot Locker South
 3. (3) Aisling Cuffe, 2011, Cornwall Central HS, NY - Foot Locker NE
 4. (4) Molly Grabill, 2011, Rancho Bernardo HS, CA - Foot Locker West
 5. (5) Wesley Frazier, 2013, Ravenscroft HS, NC - n/a
 6. (8) Kelsey Lakowske, 2011, Boulder HS, CO - Foot Locker MW
 7. (14) Emily Sisson, 2010, Parkway Central HS, MO - Foot Locker MW
 8. (6) Sarah Andrews, 2010, The Woodlands HS, TX - NXN South/FL?
 9. (10) Megan Morgan, 2010, Torrey Pines HS, CA - undecided
 10. (13) Kathryn Fluehr, 2011, Community School of Naples HS, FL - n/a
 11. (15) Katie Flood, 2010, Dowling Catholic HS, IA - NXN/Foot Locker MW
 12. (12) Chelsea Ley, 2010, Kingsway Regional HS, NJ - Foot Locker NE
 13. (18) Ashlie Decker, 2010, Dowling Catholic HS, IA - NXN/FL
 14. (11) Jessica Tonn, 2010, Xavier Prep HS, AZ - NXN Southwest/FL?
 15. (NR) Liberty Miller, 2010, Simi Valley HS, CA - n/a
 16. (NR) Rachel Johnson, 2011, Plano HS, TX - NXN South
 17. (NR) Megan Ferowich, 2012, Knoxville Catholic HS, TN - n/a
 18. (NR) Laura Hoer, 2010, T.C. Roberson HS, NC - n/a
 19. (9) Carolyn Baskir, 2010, East Chapel Hill HS, NC - n/a
 20. (NR) Kathleen Stevens, 2010, Blacksburg HS, VA - NXN Southeast
 21. (NR) Hannah Neczypor, 2011, North Royalton HS, OH - NXN/FL MW?
 22. (NR) Emily Nist, 2012, Bishop Kelley ID - NXN
 23. (16) Annamarie Maag, 2011, Jesuit HS, OR - NXN
 24. (NR) Nicky Akande, 2010, Collins Hill HS, GA - NXN Southeast?
 25. (24) Carmen Carlos, 2013, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS, AL - n/a
Honorable mention (to be updated)
Teeny Adams CA
Alaina Alvarez CA
Gaby Anzalone MI
Kaelyn Balch KS
Saylah Barserian CA
Allie Billmeyer CA
Liz Brandon ID
Emma Brink KY
Stephanie Bulder CA
Heidi Caldwell NH
Malia Cali LA
Mackenzie Carter NY
Madeline Chambers OH
Courtney Chapman NY
Allison Clark WA
Avery Clifton KS
McKenna Coughlin NY  Chloe Curtis CA
Jenna Davidner MA
Kaitlyn Davis VA
Maggie Escobar TX
Sarah Fakler AZ
Erin Finn MI
Erika Fluehr FL
Amanda Fox IL
Leah Francis AK
Karis Frankian CA
Maria Frigo KY
Eleanor Fulton CO
Samantha George NC
Kinsey Gomez ID
Carly Hamilton OH
Kaitlin Hanenberg CO
Grace Heymsfield AR
Keelin Hollowood NY
Ashley Isham TX
Oliva Jones IL
Lavinia Jurkiewicz IL
Rolonda Jumbo AZ
Ariel Karabinus VA
Sydney King NY
Kim Kirby TX
Carly Kitts TX
Sara Kroll MI
Kathleen Lautzenheiser VA
Abbey Leonardi ME
Alex Leptich MI
Emily Lipari NY
Hannah Luber NY
Catrina McAlister CA
Cory McGee MS
Meghan McGovern PA
Sarah McIntosh IL
Kaylin Mahoney CA
Mackenzie Maki KS
Molly Malone NY
Sydney Marshall GA
Bret McDaniel GA
Jenna McMiller WI
Erin Menefee CA
Clara Milne NM
Baylee Mires WA
Amanda Moreland NY Michelle Moriset MI
Julie Nacouzi CA
Sam Nadel NY
Amy-Eloise Neale WA
Hannah Neczypor OH
Andrea Nelson WA
Alyssa Nielson TX
Shannon Osika MI
Megan Patrignelli NY
Britten Petrey IL
Molly Pezzulo NY
Haley Pierce DE
Savannah Pio CA
Lizzie Predmore NY
Jillian Prentice NJ
Diane Robison MO
Amanda Russell TX
McKinzie Schulz IL
Payton Schutte OR
Molly Seidel WI
Sara Sargent PA
Erika Setzler AR
Melissa Skiba CA
Makenna Smith CA
Joanna Stevens VA
Jacque Taylor CA
Michelle Thomas OH
Regan Tindell TX
Jordan Tomecek MI
Sierra Vega CA
Megan Venables NJ
Laura Vigilante NJ
Meredith Wagner OH
Kelly Whitley IL
Danielle Winslow NY
Brooke Wolfe IL
Danica Wyson CA
Megan Yohe MO

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