1998 Foot Locker Championship
High School Cross Country
TV of Finals on ESPN
12/12/98 at Orlando FL
12/5/98 at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut CA.
11/28/98 at Van Cortlandt Park, New York City. Contact: Phil Zodda 718-377-7737
11/28/98 at Charlotte NC. Contact: Max Mayo 803-842-8146
11/28/98 at U. of Wisconsin, Parkside, Kenosha WI. Contact: Peter
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.
Sara Gorton knocks off a 10k in
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 meet. Frank 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 ?
From: Tony Banovich [[email protected]]
My prediction is that Travis Stehman of little Kremlin-Gildford in Montana will be a finalist from the West Region.
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