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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).

Grabill grabs the spotlight

Oct 30, 2009 Girls Rankings (through Oct. 24 meets)

The Top 25

Molly Grabill's Ind. Sweeps win at Mt. SAC lifts her into the Top 5, while Megan Morgan's Team Sweeps win
means a top 10 spot; Kelsey Lakowske and Emily Sisson also move up sharply

Story and rankings by SteveU

Molly Grabill climbing a hill at Mt. SAC.   Photo by Donal Pearce
Though not as impactful on the girls side as the boys, Mt. SAC was by far the most significant meet of the week for Top 25 performers.  But some of the action in regional meets leading to upcoming state meets around the country also made a difference in the rankings.

Masterful Molly – Mt. SAC was the big chance for Rancho Bernardo CA junior Molly Grabill to confirm – in the state’s biggest invitational – that she was the heir to Jordan Hasay’s reign as California’s distance queen, as well as one of the country’s top five harriers.  In 2008, Grabill had won the Stanford Invite and then placed a strong third in Walnut, but her season soon lost a lot of steam as injuries held her back in November. 

Racing against many of the best Californians, as well as US#5 and top Arizona runner Jessica Tonn, Grabill left no doubt who the best runner at the meet was, running a 16:41 that left Tonn and the rest of the D1/2 Individual Sweepstakes field more than 20 seconds back.  She was also 18 seconds faster than Torrey Pines’ Megan Morgan was in winning the D1/2 Team Sweepstakes race.  The time itself bodes well for Grabill, too; only Jordan Hasay (once in four tries) and Marie Lawrence have run faster on this course in the last several years.

Morgan’s effort was actually quite impressive, too.  She had been beaten by Grabill head-to-head a few times, so that wasn’t a surprise.  But by dominating the Team Sweeps race by 39 seconds (the top Saugus girls were admittedly flu-weakened), and by running faster (16:59) than all but Grabill from the Individual Sweeps, the 2008 Foot Locker Finalist earned a 10-spot bump this week up to #10.

Sisson’s getting sharper – The results from the Missouri 4A Region 2 meet had to be taken in a couple of different ways.  Firstly, no, Parkway Central senior Diane Robison (19:36) has not suddenly fallen 90 seconds behind her super teammate, Emily Sisson.  Reports from the meet indicate that Robison was holding back and working with teammates to try and enhance the team effort.  But what the results DID show was that Sisson – injured to begin the season and having not faced anyone outside MO this fall – had another strong low-18s effort (18:04).  It’s time to move the 3-time Foot Locker Finalist back into the rankings (#16).

Sisson – also the 2008 NON 5k track champ – and Robison also are on track to again challenge Dowling Catholic IA’s Katie Flood and Ashlie Decker as the country’s fastest teammates again.

Huge Lakowske victory in CO – With an early-season win over Kaitlin Hanenburg and her fastest-of-the-day effort at Liberty Bell, Boulder CO jr Kelsey Lakowske had established herself in the US top ten.  After slipping in recent weeks as a series of lesser meets played out, Lakowske showed again last weekend that she’s right there with the best.  Running in the 5A, Region 3 meet, she ripped an eye-popping 17:19.2, 38 seconds up on Highland Ranch standout (then US#15) Eleanor Fulton.  Although the quality of the boys meet in the same meet wasn’t at that level, she was just 80 seconds behind the winner of that race. 

Don’t dismiss Fulton, though.  Last year, her results had not attracted national attention until her stunning 3rd at the NXN Finals – and she went on to a 6:37.31 2k steeple at the World Youth meet, #4 all-time U.S.

  • McGill-Toolen Catholic AL frosh Carmen Carlos – Winner of the Jesse Owens and Southeast Showdown Invites in AL, as well as 2nd only to #21 Malia Cali at the Mobile Meet of Champs.  She later nipped Cali’s Mobile course record at the county meet there last week.
  • North Penn PA soph Meghan McGovern – Her 17:39 (compare to ranked boys teammate Brad Miles 15:24) at her conference meet establishes her as a potential state meet favorite in PA, along with HM frosh Sara Sargent.

The Top 25
Athlete (preseason in parentheses, plus grad. year, school, state)

 1. (1) Chelsey Sveinsson, 2011, Greenhill HS, TX
 2. (2) Aisling Cuffe, 2011, Cornwall Central HS, NY
 3. (3) Megan Goethals, 2010, Rochester HS, MI
 4. (6) Molly Grabill, 2011, Rancho Bernardo HS, CA
 5. (4) Sarah Andrews, 2010, The Woodlands HS, TX
 6. (7) Wesley Frazier, 2013, Ravenscroft HS, NC
 7. (8) Carolyn Baskir, 2010, East Chapel Hill HS, NC
 8. (9) Emily Lipari, 2010, Roslyn HS, NY
 9. (13) Kelsey Lakowske, 2011, Boulder HS, CO
 10. (20) Megan Morgan, 2010, Torrey Pines HS, CA
 11. (5) Jessica Tonn, 2010, Xavier Prep HS, AZ
 12. (10) Chelsea Ley, 2010, Kingsway Regional HS, NJ
 13. (11) Kathryn Fluehr, 2011, Community School of Naples HS, FL
 14. (12) Samantha Nadel, 2012, North Shore HS, NY
 15. (14) Diane Robison, 2010, Parkway Central HS, MO
 16. (NR) Emily Sisson, 2010, Parkway Central HS, MO
 17. (15) Eleanor Fulton, 2011, Highlands Ranch HS, CO
 18. (17) Katie Flood, 2010, Dowling Catholic HS, IA
 19. (16) Ashlie Decker, 2010, Dowling Catholic HS, IA
 20. (18) Annamarie Maag, 2011, Jesuit HS, OR
 21. (19) Malia Cali, 2010, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, LA
 22. (22) Sara Kroll, 2010, Livonia Churchill, MI
 23. (25) Avery Clifton, 2010, Washburn Rural HS, KS
 24. (NR) Carmen Carlos, 2013, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS, AL
 25. (NR) Meghan McGovern, 2012, North Penn HS, PA
Honorable mention
Teeny Adams CA
Nicky Akande GA
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
Mackenzie Carter NY
Courtney Chapman NY
Allison Clark WA
McKenna Coughlin NY Madeline Chambers OH Chloe Curtis CA
Jenna Davidner MA
Kaitlyn Davis VA
Maggie Escobar TX
Sarah Fakler AZ
Megan Ferowich TN
Erin Finn MI
Erika Fluehr FL
Amanda Fox IL
Leah Francis AK
Karis Frankian CA
Maria Frigo KY
Samantha George NC
Kinsey Gomez ID
Carly Hamilton OH
Kaitlin Hanenberg CO
Grace Heymsfield AR
Laura Hoer NC
Keelin Hollowood NY
Ashley Isham TX
Rachel Johnson TX
Oliva Jones IL
Lavinia Jurkiewicz IL
Rolonda Jumbo AZ
Ariel Karabinus VA
Sydney King NY
Kim Kirby TX
Carly Kitts TX
Kathleen Lautzenheiser VA
Abbey Leonardi ME
Alex Leptich MI
Hannah Luber NY
Catrina McAlister CA
Cory McGee MS
Sarah McIntosh IL
Kaylin Mahoney CA
Mackenzie Maki KS
Molly Malone NY
Sydney Marshall GA
Bret McDaniel GA
Jenna McMiller WI
Erin Menefee CA
Liberty Miller CA
Clara Milne NM
Baylee Mires WA
Amanda Moreland NY Michelle Moriset MI
Julie Nacouzi CA
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
Amanda Russell TX
Sara Sargent PA
McKinzie Schulz IL
Payton Schutte OR
Molly Seidel WI
Erika Setzler AR
Melissa Skiba CA
Makenna Smith CA
Joanna Stevens VA
Kathleen 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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