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1998 Foot Locker Championship

High School Cross Country

Commentary - Finals - Regions

TV of Finals on ESPN
Dec. 22 - 10 am EST
Dec. 25 - 7:30 pm EST


12/12/98 at Orlando FL

DyeStat summary of finals
Doug Speck's Finals - "the west is best" (girls) - and other varied observations at Orlando
Fred Finke's Foot Locker web site - with pictures and viceo of finals
John Molvar's finals analysis - Powell 1st in 3-man race
Doug Speck's random views on the finals
Jim Spier's analysis of past performances of finalists
Doug Speck's notes on 64 finalists


John Molvar previews boys races in all regions
John  Molvar sees possible New England 1-2-3 sweep behind Andy Powell


Northeast - Southeast - Midwest - West

West Region

12/5/98 at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut CA.
Contact: Bill Cockerham 209-456-0535 or Mt. SAC 909-594-5911 x 4840
See West Region web site for information and complete results (25 races)

West Summary by Doug Speck
Seeded Girls results
Seeded Boys results
Results support top rank for Montana boys
About the Mt. SAC course distance
Molvar's West Region Boys Preview - Adam Tenforde picked
"Travis Stehman (MT) will be a finalist."
Sara Gorton preps with 10k

Northeast Region

11/28/98 at Van Cortlandt Park, New York City. Contact: Phil Zodda 718-377-7737

DyeStat Summary - Jillian Mastroianno upsets Erin Sullivan; Andy Powell wins.
Ed Grant's flash report
Ed Grant's Notes from VCP - Robert Reich cheers his son; gender equity observations
Championship Boys - sr Andy Powell, N. Easton MA 15:23.2
Championship Girls - jr Jillian Mastroianni, Sayville NY 17:54.2
Senior Boys - sr Jeremy Cornue, Jordan NY 16:43.1
Junior Boys - jr Walton Kingsberry, Shrewsbury NJ 16:32.7
Junior/Senior Girls - jr Jessie Shoemaker, New Providence MA 19:44.9
Sophomore Boys - so Josh Palazola, Gloucester MA 16:22.6
Sophomore Girls - so Ember Smith, Concord NH 19:34.4
Freshman Boys - fr Kevin Catlett, N. Chatham NY 16:44
Freshman Girls - fr Emily Johnson, Newton MA 19:10.2

Southeast Region

11/28/98 at Charlotte NC.  Contact: Max Mayo 803-842-8146
Results and pictures on George Phillips and Brett Honeycutt's NC web site

Seeded Boys - sr Brad Wilkins, Hillsborough NC 15:09
Seeded Girls - sr Liz Awtrey, Burke VA 17:47
Senior Boys
Junior-Senior Girls
Junior Boys
Sophomore Boys
Sophomore Girls
Freshman Boys
Freshman Girls
Final Southeast Rankings - Brad Wilkins, Moise Joseph, David Christian are 1-2-3
Southeast Preview by Tom Presnick, with Florida insert

Midwest Region

11/28/98 at U. of Wisconsin, Parkside, Kenosha WI.  Contact: Peter Henkes 414-633-2291
See Midwest Region web site for entry information, directions, and past results.

Highlights by assistant meet director Ronn Blaha [email protected] :

In the boys race, Jorge Torres was with a group at the 2-mile mark (9:36) and then began to pull away.  At 2.5 miles he felt a record was in sight so he began to push the pace.  He did get the course record of 15:04 besting the old record by eight seconds.  A tie was declared for 8th place as Eduardo Torres ran across the line as Neil Hanson dove across. Three different videos shot at the finish still showed that the race was too close to call.

Lyndsi Gay is a newcomer to the cross country field, running in only her 12th meet. Her parents had an early flight out of Wisconsin as they did not expect her to qualify. At the 2-mile mark Christin Wurth, last year's champ, and Rebecca Mitchell were leading.

Seeded Boys - sr Jorge Torres, Wheeling IL 15:04 - only 12 seconds separate top 8; Brian Turner finishes 28th
Seeded Girls - sr Lyndsi Gay, Reynoldsburg OH 17:44.16, soccer player in first year at XC wins by 8 seconds.
Freshman/Sophomore Girls - so Kristy Popp, Bowman ND 19:16.25
Junior/Senior Boys - jr Andrew Swanson, Stillwater MN 16:27.31
Freshman/Sophomore Boys - so Mike Taylor, Portage IN 16:06.56
Don Kopriva's Report

Sara Gorton knocks off a 10k in 35:17
From Neal Carpenter in Arizona: "Exchanging her high school running gear for a citizen's race t-shirt, national FootLocker contender Sara Gorton swept to the 10K championship of the Women's Citizen Event in the Phoenix/NewTimes Annual Race. With a participation of about 12,700 runners, she told the local media that she felt as if the entire state of Arizona was chasing her. Her time was a very impressive 35:17. The elite race was won by Jane Omoro of Kenya in 33:03 and Jane is, of course, a world class runner. Sara is preparing for the FootLocker race in California."

John Molvar picks Andy Powell #1, possible New England 1-2-3 sweep

John Molvar's new national boys rankings move Stanford-bound Andy Powell from 10th to first off his smashing course record 14:51 at the Massachusetts state meetFrank Sanchez, who set a short lived course record 15:01 earlier in the day, moved up from 3rd to 2nd. (Bear in mind that the old course record was shared by a pair of all-time New England luminaries: 2-time FootLocker champion Ab Mohamed and Jonathan Riley.) 

Maine's Louie Lucchini claims 3rd in the nation after his easy victory in the New England Championship. This sets up a terrific showdown in the Northeast regional FootLocker meet at Van Cortlandt park in New York November 28.  Molvar is even thinking out loud that the New England trio could also go 1-2-3 at FootLocker finals in Orlando in December.   Their task got easier when national 3200-meter champion Murad Campbell dropped out of the New Jersey championships with shin splints, the 3rd time this year he has suffered that fate. 

So, are you listening out there in the Midwest?  Former #1 Brian Turner of Nebraska and former #2 Jorge Torres, 14:00 winner of the talent-laden Illinois state meet for the 3rd straight time, did nothing wrong but slipped to 4th and 5th behind the New England heroes. 

Could Molvar be a homer, or is he hitting a home run ?

Travis Stehman will qualify from West

From: Tony Banovich [[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, November 27, 1998 6:03 PM
Subject: Footlocker Regional Preview

My prediction is that Travis Stehman of little Kremlin-Gildford in Montana will be a finalist from the West Region.

Tony Banovich
Billings, MT
[email protected]

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