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2003 indoor

5th Nike Indoor Championships

March 15-16, 2003 at Prince George's Sportsplex, Landover MD

Girls 800
Katya Kostetskaya 2:09.53

The Jonesboro AR sophomore from Russia ran away from the field on the first lap and ran solo the rest of the way.

notes by Scott Dance

This race only saw one leader: Jonesboro AR soph Katya Kosteskaya, US#1 at
this distance. The Russian exchange student jumped to an immediate 10
meter lead and never looked back, running splits of 29.9, 34.0, 33.4, and
32.1 to her ultimate 2:09.53. Eleanor Roosevelt senior Crystal Anyanwu led
the chase for much of the race, but was passed by Andria Smallwood at the
bell and Jenaie Edwards in the homestretch as the three would ultimately
finish 2-3-4.

by Elliot Denman and Rich Gonzalez

Third at Nike at 2:13.24 as a freshman a year ago, Katya Kostetskaya of Jonesboro, Arkansas moved all the way to the front of the pack in a breakaway 2:09.53 triumph.

The seven others in the seeded section had no shot at it once the Russian-born Kostetskaya decided it was time to say goodbye.

“I didn’t have any race plan other than to try hard and be strong in the third 200,” she said.

“I felt I was able to do that, which is so important for the 800. That’s where things really start to happen.”

Andria Smallwood, a freshman from Washington, D.C., went 2:12.52 for the silver and Detroit’s Jenaie Edwards (2:13.45) held off Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) High’s Crystal Anyanwu (2:14.32) for third.

Samantha Ference of Clifton, Va. opened the four-lap activity with a 2:19.27 breeze to the race-one wire, and Lauren Lewis of Southern Regional, Manahawakin, NJ, outclassed the race-two pack in 2:17.69.

And then they all watched Kostetskaya take the National title back to Arkansas.


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