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2007 Foot Locker Nationals - Saturday Dec 8, 2007

Photos taken by John Herzog and Don Rich from Saturday's races and events at the 2007 Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, California on Saturday, December 8th.

Foot Locker Nationals 2007 - Girls Dec 9, 2007

December 8, 2007 in San Diego, CA. Ashley Brasovan runs a conservative early race and then turns it on the last half for the win over former national champs Jordan Hassay and Kathy Kroeger.

Throwback Thursday: Brasovan Wins National Title Jul 11, 2013

As the 2013 cross country season looms, we look back to 2007. Wellington's Ashley Brasovan defeated recently turned pro and Oregon star Jordan Hasay to take the Foot Locker National championship. Check out the highlights, article, and video interviews with Brasovan and the other three Florida finalists in this week's Throwback Thursday.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Coverage Dec 5, 2007

Brasovan & Fout Win!!!  The results are in and the champions are...Ashley Brasovan of Florida and Mike Fout of Indiana!!!  Brasovan used a strong third mile to beat out defending champions Jordan Hasay (CA) and Kathy Kroeger (TN).  In the boys race Fout survived a blazing opening mile to pull away in the third mile in grand fashion.  The Foot Locker National Championships definitely inspired! (Photos by John Herzog)Race Results: Boys / GirlsBoys Summary: Underdog Fout Wins Boys RaceGirls Summary: The Florida Mighty Mite Brasovan Wins Girls RaceRace Videos: Girls Championship / Boys Championship FL Champs Post Race Interviews: Ashley Brasovan - Part 1 / Ashley Brasovan - Part II / Mike Fout Interview / Coach Butler (Brasovan's Coach)Boys Post Race Interviews: Chris Derrick (IL) / German Fernandez (CA) / Colby Lowe (TX) / Donn Cabral (CT) / Kevin Havel (IL) / Luke Puskedra (UT) / Brandon Jarrett (NJ) / Rob Finnerty (MN) / Mark Dennin (PA) / Luke Lovelace (SC) / Brian Leung (NJ) / Bobby Nicolls (CO) / Chris Aldrich (PA) / Vince McNally (PA) / Jason Witt (VA) / Patrick Campbell (NC) / Ryan Hill (NC) / Stephen Clark (UT) / Miles Unterreiner (WA) / Rory Tunningley (TX)Girls Post Race Interviews: Kathy Kroeger (TN) /  Jordan Hasay (CA) / Neely Spence (PA) / Claire Durkin (OH) / Emily Lipari (NY) / Emily Jones (MA) / Kauren Tarver (CA) / Chelsea Ley (NJ) / Brittany Koziara (FL) / Kacey Gibson (PA) / Chelsey Sveinsson (TX) / Aurora Scott (VA) / Carly Seymour (PA) / Cory McGee (MS) /  Lauren Smith (TX) / Kathleen Lautzenheiser (VA) / Emilie Amaro (FL)Foot Locker Photos: Race Photos by John Herzog. Don Rich and Scott Bush / Friday's Course PreviewFoot Locker Videos: MileSplit Foot Locker Video Page (All Videos) Footlockercc.com Race Coverage: Click HerePre Race Interviews:  German Fernandez (CA) / Course Preview / Aurora Scott (VA)  / Brian Leung & Brandon Jarrett (NJ) / Bobby Nicolls (CO) / Kevin Williams (CO) / Jordan Hasay (CA) / Chris Derrick (IL) / Michael Hammond & Jason Witt (VA) / Aurora Scott's Parents (VA)Foot Locker is staying the course... to write and relive running history Foot Locker Finalist Capsules: Northeast / South / Midwest / WestFoot Locker Top 15 Predictions by Brandon Miles: Boys / Girls

Foot Locker is staying the course...to write and relive running history. Dec 7, 2007

 There was no magic to the creation of the first, and still only true national championship in high school sports. But over the years, the meet has created a bit of magic on its own – from launching professional running careers, to introducing future couples, to creating one of the more exclusive clubs in sports – that of the Foot Locker Finalist.The MileSplit Network's Don Rich sat down with Foot Locker VP of Brand Marketing, Jeanine Zocks, for an interview on the past, present, and future of Foot Locker Nationals. Read on for more...

Foot Locker Nationals Predictions by Brandon Miles - Top 15 Boys Dec 5, 2007

  Brandon Miles of MileSplit US is confident to predict for this weekend's Foot Locker Nationals that the weather will play a role in how runners from different geographic regions of the country will fair at Balboa Park with rain (80% chance on Friday, 40% chance on Saturday) and cooler temperatures expected for this weekend.By breaking 15 minutes in his Midwest Regional victory in Kenosha, Mike Fout joined pretty good company to make him the slight individual favorite according to Miles. A group of runners who more than often end up as Foot Locker Nationals champions, which has been the case in recent years with the likes of Dathan Ritzenhein, Chris Solinsky, and Matthew Witherow. Solinsky and Witherow would have enjoyed being able to run in Saturday's forecasted weather than the typically warm Southern Cal that they ran through onto theirnational titles.

Catching up with the 1981 Kinney Nationals champion Charles Alexander Dec 7, 2007

  If one were to ask the question of who was the only Virginia high school runner to win the boys title in a Foot Locker/Kinney Nationals, many would be stumped to come up with the correct answer of 1981 Kinney Nationals champion Charles Alexander of St. Christopher's School in Richmond. In the third ever Kinney Nationals held in Orlando, Alexander would win by four seconds in 14:51 by outkicking Californian Harold Kuphaldt.MileStat.com's Brandon Miles was able to catch up with the 1981 national champion while out in San Diego this week for the 29th annual event. Yes, it has been 26 years since Virginia had an individual boys champion. 

Foot Locker West Athlete Capsules Dec 5, 2007

The pack during the first mile of the FL West boys race The strength of the West once again lies in how well their pack runs.  Both the boys and girls squads have front runners with a chance to win the individual title.  German Fernandez and Jorday Hasay enters as pre-race favorites, while Luke Puskedra is also a pre-race favorite on the boys side.  The boys side however has no athletes competing with past Foot Locker Nationals experience.

Foot Locker South Athlete Capsules Dec 5, 2007

Kathy Kroeger (TN) leads the Girls Seeded race at FL SouthThe strength of the South region this season lies in it's depth.  The South girls have at least six athletes who have a shot to finish in the top eight, led by five Foot Locker returnees.  The South boys return numerous individuals from last year's squad and are looking to harness that experience for a big performance this year. 

MileSplit Foot Locker National Coverage Dec 10, 2007

Brasovan & Fout Win!!!  The results are in and the champions are...Ashley Brasovan of Florida and Mike Fout of Indiana!!!  Brasovan used a strong third mile to beat out defending champions Jordan Hasay (CA) and Kathy Kroeger (TN).  In the boys race Fout survived a blazing opening mile to pull away in the third mile in grand fashion.  The Foot Locker National Championships definitely inspired! (Photos by John Herzog)Race Results: Boys / GirlsBoys Summary: Underdog Fout Wins Boys RaceGirls Summary: The Florida Mighty Mite Brasovan Wins Girls RaceRace Videos: Girls Championship / Boys Championship FL Champs Post Race Interviews: Ashley Brasovan - Part 1 / Ashley Brasovan - Part II / Mike Fout Interview / Coach Butler (Brasovan's Coach)Boys Post Race Interviews: Chris Derrick (IL) / German Fernandez (CA) / Colby Lowe (TX) / Donn Cabral (CT) / Kevin Havel (IL) / Luke Puskedra (UT) / Brandon Jarrett (NJ) / Rob Finnerty (MN) / Mark Dennin (PA) / Luke Lovelace (SC) / Brian Leung (NJ) / Bobby Nicolls (CO) / Chris Aldrich (PA) / Vince McNally (PA) / Jason Witt (VA) / Patrick Campbell (NC) / Ryan Hill (NC) / Stephen Clark (UT) / Miles Unterreiner (WA) / Rory Tunningley (TX)Girls Post Race Interviews: Kathy Kroeger (TN) /  Jordan Hasay (CA) / Neely Spence (PA) / Claire Durkin (OH) / Emily Lipari (NY) / Emily Jones (MA) / Kauren Tarver (CA) / Chelsea Ley (NJ) / Brittany Koziara (FL) / Kacey Gibson (PA) / Chelsey Sveinsson (TX)  / Aurora Scott (VA) / Carly Seymour (PA) / Cory McGee (MS) /  Lauren Smith (TX) / Kathleen Lautzenheiser (VA) / Emilie Amaro (FL) / Brittany Koziara (FL) / Kayla Hale (FL) / Brasovan, Koziara, Amaro, Hale (FL)Foot Locker Photos: Race Photos by John Herzog. Don Rich and Scott Bush / Friday's Course PreviewFoot Locker Videos: MileSplit Foot Locker Video Page (All Videos) Footlockercc.com Race Coverage: Click HerePre Race Interviews:  German Fernandez (CA) / Course Preview / Aurora Scott (VA)  / Brian Leung & Brandon Jarrett (NJ) / Bobby Nicolls (CO) / Kevin Williams (CO) / Jordan Hasay (CA) / Chris Derrick (IL) / Michael Hammond & Jason Witt (VA) / Aurora Scott's Parents (VA)Foot Locker is staying the course... to write and relive running history Foot Locker Finalist Capsules: Northeast / South / Midwest / WestFoot Locker Top 15 Predictions by Brandon Miles: Boys / Girls

Foot Locker Midwest Athlete Capsules Dec 6, 2007

 Claire Durkin (OH) won the FL Midwest girls race by 41 secondsPack running will be the key to success if the Midwest hopes to win the team races Saturday at Foot Locker Nationals.  At the Midwest Regional packs reigned supreme in both races if you look at the results.  The boys have a dominant top four with a lot of experience after them to fill the rest of the scoring gaps, while the girls have a mix of newcomers and experience that should make their team very strong.

Christine Babcock Interview: A Season to Remember Jun 4, 2008

What a season it's been for California's Christine Babcock. The Woodbridge H.S. senior ran 10:04.03 for 3200m at the Arcadia Invitational, taking Jordan Hasay to the line and running one of the top ten fastest times ever in the event. However, Babcock really broke onto the national landscape when she ran 4:36.57 for 1600m at her Master Section Championships, one of the fastest times ever run. At the California State Championships this past weekend Babcock ran the fastest 1600m ever with her winning time of 4:33.82, and when converted ranks her as the second fastest miler in prep history. See what Babcock has to say in this exclusive interview, where she talks about her record-breaking race, why she didn't run Foot Locker, and much more.

The Florida Mighty Mite Brasovan Wins Girls Race Dec 8, 2007

Florida's Ashley Brasovan winning the girls title(Photo by John Herzog)A quick early pace broke up the girls race very early with a group of five chasing pre-race favorite Jordan Hasay.  With a mile left to go the top athletes started catching Hasay with the smallest of athletes, 4' 11" Ashley Brasovan making the biggest move to challenge for the win.  In the final 600 meters the Florida star proved her toughness to knock out the rest of the field and cruise away to victory.

Road to Portland: Here They Come Nov 25, 2007

U.S. Fayetteville-Manlius earns their trip to NTNThe last Nike Team National Regionals took place Saturday morning and afternoon, as the New York, Northeast and Southeast Regions were each run.  Some teams surprisingly qualified for NTN, while a few top teams did not live up to expectations.  Check in for summaries, articles, photos and videos of each region.  New information will be posted throughout the next few days.QualifiersNTN New York Girls: Fayetteville-Manlius & Burnt-HillsNTN New York Boys: Shenendehowa & Warwick ValleyNTN Northeast Girls: Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) & Voorhees (NJ)NTN Northeast Boys: Brookline (MA) & Danbury (CT)NTN Southeast Girls: Collins Hill (GA) & Tatnall (DE)NTN Southeast Boys: Oak Ridge (TN) & Thomas Jefferson (VA)

Foot Locker Northeast Athlete Capsules Dec 5, 2007

 FLNE Girls race winner Neely Spence (PA)The best of the best in Northeast came together at Van Cortland Park two weeks ago at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional.  The top ten boys and the top ten girls each qualified for Foot Locker Nationals this coming weekend in San Diego.  See who qualified and what they have accomplished.

PA poised to launch individuals and teams to 2 national meets Nov 22, 2007

This is the big weekend for athletes and teams from Pennsylvania hoping to advance to Foot Locker Nationals December 8th in San Diego, and to Nike Team Nationals on December 1st in Portland, Oregon. There are two returning Foot Locker finalists, and a few girls who have been close, and this year have a great chance of advancing. And in the first year of the regional race for Nike Team Nationals, the top two PA boys teams and top-ranked girls team are aiming for the 4th NTN. As always, our previews are merely a guide, and NOT predictions. Our sister site ArmoryTrack.com of the MileSplit Network will be providing complete coverage of the NTN regional at Wappinger Falls, NY, while the PennTrackXC.com team will cover the Foot Locker regional at Van Cortlandt Park in da Bronx.

12/9 WKND: All-Ams Spence, Seymour, Gibson lead NE win|Dennin 13th|Indoor: Price #12 all-time 500m Dec 5, 2007

On Sunday at the Seton Hall Games, Easton senior Chanelle Price posted the #12 all-time 500 meter dash, going 1:13.22. All DVGTCA and TFCAGP results posted. At the DVGTCA Meet #2 @ Lehigh, Karen Shump went two-and-O for the season with a 4-foot+ winning shot. Chester and Council Rock O'Hara battled in a close DMR. Rhian Jones, Haverford, and Alix Williams, Strath Haven, busted a minute in the 400. Also at Lehigh, in the TFCAGP Division I, Central Bucks East senior Josh Izewski eclipsed 8:55 in the 3000. Adam Haun, Council Rock South neared 22' in the long jump. Derek Hynes, Central Bucks South, cleared 14' in the pole vault. Joining him with the early state lead in that event was Phoenixville's Tony Shirk, who did it at the TFCAGP Division II meet. Holy Ghost Prep cracked 11 minutes in their DMR win. Penn Charter's Shawn David also long jumped close to 22'. PA All-Americans Neely Spence, Kacey Gibson and Carly Seymour - Photo by John Herzog At Foot Locker, Neely Spence moved into the top 5 at the halfway point and continued to move up into 3rd before finishing 4th. Carly Seymour finishes in 9th place after running in the top 10 for most of the race. Kacey Gibson earns all-american with her 12th place finish. Mark Dennin finishes 13th in the boys race. Vince McNally 27th and Chris Aldrich 31st. Click here for complete Foot Locker coverage. Click here for the rest of the weekend's meets, both XC and indoor PA's All-Time Foot Locker Results Story: PA's six Foot Locker Finalists left nothing on the course. Boys Post Race Interviews: Mark Dennin (PA) / Chris Aldrich (PA) / Vince McNally (PA) Girls Post Race Interviews: Neely Spence (PA) / Carly Seymour (PA) / Kacey Gibson (PA) Foot Locker Photos: Race Photos by Don Rich, John Herzog and Don Rich / Friday's Course Preview Foot Locker Videos: MileSplit Foot Locker Video Page (All Videos) Full Coverage on our national page MileSplit.US Boys Race Video / Girls Race Video Webcast Archive    

Derrick & Havel Finish Second and Seventh! Dec 8, 2007

Chris Derrick and Kevin Havel finished their seasons on a high note.  All season long these two runners distinguished themselves as two of the best runners in the country.  Derrick entered as a pre-race favorite, while many predicted Havel somewhere between 12-20.  Congrats to both Chris and Kevin on amazing cross country careers!Kevin Havel Post-Race InterviewChris Derrick Post-Race Interview

Underdog Fout Wins Boys Race Dec 9, 2007

Mike Fout (IN) racing to the finish, winning the boys title(Photo by John Herzog)Running as a true underdog despite winning Foot Locker Midwest, Indiana's Michael Fout ran an incredibly smart race to win the Foot Locker Nationals Boys Race. As the race pushed on minute by minute Fout put himself in position to win, finally opening a slight lead before the second run up the big hill.  A strong field pushed the pace early, with the top finishers getting up front.  At the end though it was the strong kick of Fout's earning the victory.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - West Boys Aug 28, 2007

The West boys were dominated by senior talent last fall at Foot Locker Regionals.  With 17 of the top 19 regional racers now graduated, a new era can rise up and take hold of the dominant West reign.  With a nice mix of talent, from a variety of states, this year's West squad could be the most diverse in some time.

Race to San Diego & FL Nationals: 3 Regionals Down, One to Go Nov 24, 2007

Mike Fout (IN) wins the FL Midwest boys raceThe best of the best congregated at the Foot Locker Midwest, Northeast and South Regional courses Saturday to prove just who belongs in San Diego in two weeks time for nationals.  Each region showed talent, and a few surprises took place.  Check out our full coverage inside of each region. TONS of videos and pictures of FL South and FL Northeast.Race WinnersMidwest: Mike Fout (IN) & Claire Durkin (OH)Northeast: Donn Cabral (CT) & Neely Spence (PA)South: Colby Lowe (TX) & Kathy Kroeger (TN) 

Foot Locker Midwest Athlete Capsules Dec 7, 2007

Claire Durkin (OH) won the FL Midwest girls race by 41 seconds Pack running will be the key to success if the Midwest hopes to win the team races Saturday at Foot Locker Nationals.  At the Midwest Regional packs reigned supreme in both races if you look at the results.  The boys have a dominant top four with a lot of experience after them to fill the rest of the scoring gaps, while the girls have a mix of newcomers and experience that should make their team very strong.  

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Dec. 4) Dec 4, 2007

Jordan Hasay leads the way on the girls sideWith the fields finally set for the Foot Locker National Championships this coming weekend, the MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings has very little movement this week.  California athletes top the rankings with German Fernandez and Jordan Hasay leading the way.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Nov. 6) Nov 6, 2007

With state meet concluding, and the season starting to point towards post-season races, the MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings expanded to twelve athletes a piece this week.  Newcomers to the list include: Griff Graves (VA), Brian Leung (NJ), Claire Durkin (OH) and Nadya Bishton (AZ).

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - National (Oct. 9) Oct 9, 2007

   With many of the top individuals not competing this past weekend, or running in smaller invitationals, few changes occurred on this week's top ten lists.  However, one newcomer jumps onto the list.  Peter Dorrell (Sr., Blacksburg, VA) moves to #10 on the boys side.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings: Weekend Wrap-Up Nov 26, 2007

U.S. #1 Chris Derrick cruises in to qualify for Foot Locker NationalsThree of four Foot Locker Regionals took place this past weekend.  The results were fantastic as thirty boys and thirty girls stamped their ticket to San Diego.  See how the MileSplit Top Twelve did.  Expect a lot of movement in this week's rankings due out Tuesday.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Region Sep 17, 2007

A traditional power at Foot Locker Nationals, the Midwest Region's performances this year, thus far, are as good as they have ever been.  While few emerging newcomers earn their way onto this week's MileSplit Foot Locker Power Rankings, some heralded veterans show why they are on this list in the first place. 

Foot Locker Rankings Aug 27, 2007

Nothing is more prestigious for a distance runner than qualifying for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.  The best of the best have annually competed in this event, making it the showcase of post-season competition.  This year, MileSplit.us will be ranking the top individuals in each region!

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Nov. 20) Nov 20, 2007

U.S. #2 Luke Puskedra leads the way at NTN Southwest(Photo by Gary Murray)One week to go until three of the four Foot Locker Regionals take place.  With such important meets ahead, many of the top runners in the land ran one more race before the big weekend.  Two new athletes join the ranks this week.  Mike Fout of Indiana jumps to #10 on the boys side, while Nastia Bishton of Arizona joins her sister Nadya at #12 on the girls side.

Underdog Fout Wins Boys Race Dec 8, 2007

Mike Fout (IN) racing to the finish, winning the boys title(Photo by John Herzog)Running as a true underdog despite winning Foot Locker Midwest, Indiana's Michael Fout ran an incredibly smart race to win the Foot Locker Nationals Boys Race. As the race pushed on minute by minute Fout put himself in position to win, finally opening a slight lead before the second run up the big hill.  A strong field pushed the pace early, with the top finishers getting up front.  At the end though it was the strong kick of Fout's earning the victory.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Girls Aug 28, 2007

Last December, the Midwest girls won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships team title.  They completed the task with amazing precision, placing their top five scorers in the top twelve spots.  This year, the Midwest girls are looking just as strong, as four returnees will be duking it on for a team spot again, and a slew of young talent tires to break through.

Foot Locker Nationals Predictions by Brandon Miles - Top 15 Girls Dec 6, 2007

Photo by Scott BushTop 15 girls predictions for Foot Locker Nationals by Brandon Miles of MileSplit US. There are two past Foot Locker Nationals champions in the field coming off strong regional wins in 2005 champ Jordan Hasay from California and 2006 champ Kathy Kroeger from Tennessee. History will be working against both though for a second national title. Hasay would become the first runner to win a second title with a year of separation between two wins. Meanwhile, Kroeger will be attempting to break the curse of the four previous underclassmen national champions before her who failed to repeat the following year and gave way to a new champion. Best bets to become the new champion appear to be are Midwest Region winner Claire Durkin of Ohio (pictured above), Northeast Region winner Neely Spence of Pennsylvania, and last year's national runner-up Aurora Scott of Virginia.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - West Region Sep 18, 2007

  The cross country courses out west are really starting to heat up!  Newly minted 1-2 ranked boys, German Fernandez and Luke Puskerda, opened their seasons with blazing course records, while on the girl's side Christine Babcock broke her own meet record this past weekend impressively.  The West looks great, but there is a long way to go.

Interview with the Scott\'s Dec 8, 2007

Interview with the parents of Aurora Scott, Spencer and Ozella Scott on pre-meet Friday at Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego. A lengthy interview (13:53) talking about the beginning of Aurora's running to her development into one of the nation's best high school cross country runners today as a senior.Pictured left by John Herzog: Aurora Scott doing her run through the course preview on Friday with mom Ozella watching in the background. 

MileSplit National Team Power Rankings (Oct. 30) Oct 30, 2007

With most of the top teams winning this weekend, little movement occurred on the Oct. 30 installement of the MileSplit National Team Power Rankings.  However, US #10 Wheaton North boys and US #8 Fort Collins girls both lost, with Murrieta Valley (CA) and Dakota Ridge (CO) taking their spots in this week's rankings.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Oct. 30) Oct 30, 2007

With 15 of the MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Ranking athletes competing this past weekend, and with all of them winning, few changes took place in this week's rankings.  However, a few performances really stood out, thus raising an athletes ranking.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Nov. 14) Nov 13, 2007

   A fine week of performances keep the MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings interesting.  A few loses by ranked athletes helps new athletes jump into the fray as the Foot Locker regional competitions draw near.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - South Region Sep 19, 2007

Unlike most other regions, matchups between Foot Locker contenders in the South Region come about frequently.  In the first two weeks, nearly all the boys on the MileSplit FL Power Rankings top twelve met another contender, while half the girls seemed to as well.  With a couple of very close races, the rankings jumped around a bit, although few newcomers arrived on this weeks' rankings.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - South Boys Aug 30, 2007

Youth is served as the South boys line it up again for another fall.  Last year, the South Region had six boys that were non-seniors, the most out of any region.  With those six all returning (no transfers), and a lot of other distancemen stepping it up during the spring, this year's Foot Locker South Regional should be might competitive.

The Road To San Diego Nov 22, 2007

 Where do journeys begin? How do they begin? The answer is different for everyone. But for the Road to San Diego we are not concerning ourselves with everyone. We are focusing on the top PA talent in cross country, as they continue their trek to qualify for the Footlocker National Championships in San Diego, CA. They have one shot to make it...

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Boys Aug 27, 2007

The Midwest boys look strong this year, despite their last place finish at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships last fall.  Led by a quartet of seniors, who have run nine-flat or under for two miles, and a couple of juniors who have Foot Locker Nationals experience, the Midwest is ready to show their strength in cross country once again.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings: Weekend Wrap-Up Nov 19, 2007

With three of the four Foot Locker regionals taking place next weekend, many of the top individuals around the country used a post-season meet to tune-up for the competition and a few more had their last state series competition.  Next week sixty of the eighty Foot Locker Nationals competitors will be named.  It's finally time!

MileSplit Foot Locker Nationals Coverage Dec 13, 2007

  Click Here for the most updated MileSplit coverage of the Foot Locker Nationals Brasovan & Fout Win!!!The results are in and the champions are...Ashley Brasovan of Florida and Mike Fout of Indiana!!!  Brasovan used a strong third mile to beat out defending champions Jordan Hasay (CA) and Kathy Kroeger (TN).  In the boys race Fout survived a blazing opening mile to pull away in the third mile in grand fashion.  The Foot Locker National Championships definitely inspired! (Photos by John Herzog)Durkin finishes fifth and Infled 13th!  Four female runners from Ohio qualified at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional held on November 24th in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The ladies are: Claire Durkin of Worhington Kilbourne; Emily Infeld of Beaumont; Chelsea Oswald of Walsh Jesuit; and Stephanie Morgan of Barnesville.  Congratulations Claire Durkin on finishing fifth and being an All-American.  Other Ohio finishers were Emily Infeld, 13th place, Chelsea Oswald, 31st, and Stephanie Morgan, 35th.  These ladies have had outstanding Cross Country seasons, and at OHRunners we look forward to seeing how well they compete in the upcoming Track and Field seasons. Click Here to see past results of the Foot Locker Nationals Check out the Foot Locker Nationals home page for a live webcast of the races. Official Foot Locker Nationals Results  Boys/Girls Foot Locker Finalist Capsules: Northeast / South / Midwest / West Foot Locker Videos: MileSplit Foot Locker Nationals Video Page (All Videos)Foot Locker Photos: Race Photos by John Herzog / Friday's Course Preview Foot Locker Top 15 Predictions by Brandon Miles: Boys / GirlsGirls Summary: The Florida Mighty Mite Brasovan Wins Girls RaceBoys Summary: Underdog Fout Wins Boys Race Post Race Interview With Claire Durkin:  Click HereRace Videos: Girls Championship / Boys Championship FL Champs Post Race Interviews: Ashley Brasovan - Part 1 / Ashley Brasovan - Part II / Mike Fout Interview

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - National (Oct.2) Oct 2, 2007

A weekend of top notch action concludes, and the new MileSplit Foot Locker Power Rankings - National (Oct. 2) are now ready.  Many of the top ten originals still roam the list, but a few fresh faces enter the mix.  The biggest jump on the list is Katie Flood (So., Dowling Catholic, IA), moving from un-ranked to fourth in the country after a huge win over Emily Sisson at the Roy Griak Invitational.  Meanwhile, Doug Smith (Jr., Gill-Bernard's, NJ) and Kevin Williams (Sr., D'Evelyn, CO) both enter the boys rankings. 

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - South Girls Aug 30, 2007

The South will not only be strong on the boys side this year, but on the girls side, on paper, they look to be the strongest region up top.  Foot Locker defending champion Kathy Kroeger is back and running strong, while runner-up Aurora Scott has one last year to earn a national championship.  With those two leading the way, the South will be very tough to beat, especially since they return six of their top ten from 2006.

MileSplit US National Foot Locker Power Rankings (Oct. 24) Oct 24, 2007

With dozens of state meets happening over the next two weeks, upsets are bound to occur.  This week, little change took place in the rankings, however new #1 rankings for both boys and girls took place in the MileSplit US National Foot Locker Power Rankings.  Luke Puskedra (UT) and Jordan Hasay (CA) took over the top spots after their stellar performances.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings - Weekend Wrap-Up Nov 12, 2007

Many of the top individuals took the weekend off after strong performances at their respective state meets the week before.  However a few of the top runners did compete and finished with amazing results.  Boys US #1 Chris Derrick won the NTN Midwest Regional by nearly twenty seconds, while girls US #1 Jordan Hasay won by over 90 seconds at her Sectional race.

Foot Locker Weekend Ahead! Dec 4, 2007

 Course Preview Video: Nice shot of Hill and Campbell climbing the steep hill. Ryan's giving him some advice. Photo: Ryan Hill previewing the course on Friday. Taken by John Herzog, Milestat.com  * Ryan Hill and Patrick Campbell will represent North Carolina in San Diego. * Don't forget to get your Foot Locker predictions in. Check out the rules. * Foot Locker National coverage on Milesplit.US beginning tomorrow * LIVE WEBCAST on FootLockerCC.com December 8th - 9:15 Girls & 10:00 Boys (Pacific Coast Times) Photo: Patrick Campbell (medal) and his Mooresville crew after finishing 9th at the South Regional & qualifying for Nationals

Foot Locker Nationals Coverage: Six Virginians will be in San Diego Dec 5, 2007

 MileStat.com will be on-site with coverage of the Foot Locker Nationals in not so sunny San Diego (rain forecasted for Friday into Saturday) with Brandon Miles and photographer John Herzog. This week will have the largest number of finalists from Virginia at the Foot Locker Nationals in a decade as the 1997 FLN had four girls and two boys from Virginia. At least one in the group including Jason Witt of Midlothian, Griff Graves of Abingdon, Thomas Porter of Mountain View, and Michael Hammond of Midlothian will be looking to break a four year drought of no Virginian boys earning All-American honors with a top 15 finish at Foot Locker Nationals (Kippy Keino, Fork Union, 2002, 15th). While two boys in Griff Graves and Thomas Porter will have experience from last year as returning finalists, Aurora Scott will be making her fourth trip to San Diego as she looks to continue her progression of improved places in each of her races at Balboa Park. A national runner-up last year, Scott is not in the favorite role as she found herself in last year after a course record breaking performance at the regional meet in 2006. Winning is a goal for Scott, but a victory would be an upset to others. Kathleen Lautzenheiser is part of the trio of Midlothian finalists who will be in San Diego as they were all guided by long-time Midlo coach Stan Morgan. Coach Morgan has coached for decades until having his first individual qualify for Foot Locker Nationals this year and ended up having not just one, but three finish in the top 10 at the South Regional.We arrive in San Diego on Thursday and will be bringing you plenty of coverage through Sunday with photos, videos, interviews, stories, and more. Excited to also be part of the MileSplit US national coverage team with national editor Scott Bush, penntrackxc.com's Don Rich, flrunners.com's Jason Byrne, and MileStat.com's own Brandon Miles and John Herzog. Foot Locker is staying the course... to write and relive running history FL Nationals Webcast Live: Click HereFoot Locker Videos: MileSplit Foot Locker Video Page (All Videos) Pre Race Interviews:  German Fernandez (CA) / Aurora Scott (VA)  / Brian Leung & Brandon Jarrett (NJ) / Bobby Nicolls (CO) / Kevin Williams (CO) / Jordan Hasay (CA) / Chris Derrick (IL) / Michael Hammond & Jason Witt (VA) / Aurora Scott's Parents (VA)Foot Locker Photos: Friday's Course PreviewFoot Locker Finalist Capsules: Northeast / South / Midwest / WestFoot Locker Top 15 Predictions by Brandon Miles: Boys / GirlsFoot Locker Regional Recaps: Northeast / South / Midwest / WestFoot Locker Nationals Official Website: Click Here 

Foot Locker is staying the course...to write and relive running history. Dec 7, 2007

 There was no magic to the creation of the first, and still only true national championship in high school sports. But over the years, the meet has created a bit of magic on its own – from launching professional running careers, to introducing future couples, to creating one of the more exclusive clubs in sports – that of the Foot Locker Finalist."This meet kind of marks you as a leader, and someone who can make a difference down the road" says Foot Locker Vice President of Brand Marketing, Jeanine Zocks. "It's like a club, a badge and an honor that says you have what it takes to influence others in a positive way."The MileSplit Network's Don Rich sat down with Foot Locker VP of Brand Marketing, Jeanine Zocks, for an interview on the past, present, and future of Foot Locker Nationals.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Northeast Boys Aug 31, 2007

With many of the top runners in the region graduating, the Northeast boys field is wide open.  A few experienced seniors lead the charge, such as: Sintayehu Taye, Brandon Jarrett and Donn Cabral.  After those three, there are no less than a dozen others that could finish as high up as fourth at Foot Locker Regionals in November.  It's a new year in the Northeast, so let the fun begin!

MileSplit Foot Locker Power Rankings - National - Weekend Wrap-Up Oct 22, 2007

As the state series meets fall upon us, many of the top harriers in the land ran easy this past weekend, if at all.  The one state champion crowned, US #2 Luke Puskedra, ran away to a meet record at the Utah State Cross Country Championships.  While Puskedra kicked it to another gear, many others did as well.

Changes are Coming: NTN Shifting Gears Apr 29, 2008

While this might be the heart of the track and field season, cross country simply cannot stay out of the headlines.  A source close to MileSplit explained this past weekend that Nike Team Nationals (NTN) will be undergoing a name change in 2008 to Nike Cross Nationals (NXN).  For well over a year rumors have swirled about that Nike would include an individual aspect to their already successful team nationals, and that possibility now seems to be a reality. 

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Northeast Rankings Sep 20, 2007

While most of the nation competed over the past few weeks, the Northeast starts a little slower.  With only one or two meets under each athletes belt, the Northeast rankings did not jump around as much this week.  The Pennsylvania girls, Neely Spence and Carly Seymour, are still 1-2, while Brandon Jarrett continues to lead the way on the boys side. 

Brasovan Wins National Championship! Dec 8, 2007

 Oh there were plenty of doubters!  There were doubts that she could qualify through Footlocker South--a course that jinxed her for the prior two years.  And then there were doubters after she qualified with a 6th place finish out of the South region.  But you'd be hard pressed to find any doubters today!Ashley ran what was described by many as the "perfect race" and it was exactly what Coach Doug Butler had prescribed that she do.  Brasovan went out conservatively, hanging roughly around 10th place.  Then slowly she started moving up in the pack... to 7th... to 5th.  At about the 1.75 mile mark, she really started to make her move.  At that point, Jordan Hassay of California had a big lead and looked like she would take it home--although some said Hassay looked weathered even early in the race despite her leading.  Ashley moved into second place just before the 2.5 mile mark.  She then whiddled away at Hassay's lead and finally took the lead for good with about 600 to go.  Her lead grew and Hassay got caught.The rest of the Florida girls also ran great races.... four girls qualifiers and national championship!  What a great day for Florida!  Tons of coverage, photos, videos, results, and articles are up.  Click the headline for coverage.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings - Weekend Wrap-Up Nov 5, 2007

With over half a dozen of the top boys and girls participating in their respective state competitions, a lot of fine performances highlighted the weekend.  The top state performances came from Chris Derrick (IL) and Carly Seymour (PA).  Derrick won the Illinois State Meet with the second fastest mark ever on the course, and the fastest time in thirty years.  Seymour dominated the Pennsylvania State Meet, running the fastest time of the day by 25 seconds in 17:49.

Foot Locker Nationals: Four Florida Finalists + Fans Head to San Diego Dec 7, 2007

It was a great year for Florida girls!  Four Floridians qualified for this year's prestigious Foot Locker Nationals race in San Diego:  Kayla Hale, Emilie Amaro, Brittany Koziara, and Ashley Brasovan.  This is the most historic and significant cross country race for a high school individual and an experience that will no doubt forever be a highlight in these ladies' lives. The girls and their crews have already arrived on the West Coast for tomorrow's race.  I will be joining my our MileSplit coverage team out there on Friday night, bringing our total to six.  We will be bringing you a flood of thousands of photos, hours of video interviews and race footage, and plenty of articles, race summaries, and analysis throughout the weekend.  There is also a live webcast and will be live updates posted during the race on the forum and our national portal.  Look for results within the hour after the race. Click Here for More on Our MileSplit Us National Portal...  

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Northeast Girls Sep 3, 2007

 Always tough, the Northeast girls should perform well at Foot Locker once again.  With half the team from last year returning, and a pack of much improved runners from around the region, the Northeast should rise to the challenge once again in San Diego. 

MileSplit Foot Locker National Coverage Dec 9, 2007

Brasovan & Fout Win!!!  The results are in and the champions are...Ashley Brasovan of Florida and Mike Fout of Indiana!!!  Brasovan used a strong third mile to beat out defending champions Jordan Hasay (CA) and Kathy Kroeger (TN).  In the boys race Fout survived a blazing opening mile to pull away in the third mile in grand fashion.  The Foot Locker National Championships definitely inspired! (Photos by John Herzog)Video Interview with Miles UnterreinerRace Results: Boys / GirlsFoot Locker Photos: Race Photos by John Herzog / Friday's Course PreviewFoot Locker Videos: MileSplit Foot Locker Video Page (All Videos)MileSplit Foot Locker National Coverage Page 

Foot Locker Nationals: Luke Lovelace Journal Dec 14, 2007

South Carolina senior Luke Lovelace (above) competed in his second consecutive Foot Locker National competition last Saturday.  Lovelace finished thirty-fourth overall and capped his high school cross country career with his best season yet.  See what Lovelace says about the exciting weekend and all its happenings.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - West Girls Aug 29, 2007

With nearly half of the Foot Locker West National Team returning from '06, the expectations are high in '07.  Jordan Hasay is the number one ranked harrier of course, after her however, the rankings get a little more complex.  Every year the West seems to have a lot of young ladies who put up some very impressive numbers, and this year should be no different.

Hill & Campbell All-Americans Dec 8, 2007

Foot Locker Nationals proves to be huge success for both runners . . . they have made all of NC proud! Congrats, guys.  Ryan Hill of Hickory finished 11th in 15:32Hill post race interviewPatrick Campbell of Mooresville came across in 15:38 for 14th.Campbell post race interview  

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - National Sep 25, 2007

Each week, from now until Foot Locker Nationals, MileSplit.us presents the top ten ranked boys and girls in the nation.  Highlights and results on each of the top ten ranked boys and girls come out on Mondays, while new top ten rankings are released on Tuesday.  Regional rankings come out every other week. 

The Florida Mighty Mite Brasovan Wins Girls Race Dec 8, 2007

Florida's Ashley Brasovan winning the girls titleA quick early pace broke up the girls race very early with a group of five chasing pre-race favorite Jordan Hasay.  With a mile left to go the top athletes started catching Hasay with the smallest of athletes, 4' 11" Ashley Brasovan making the biggest move to challenge for the win.  In the final 600 meters the Florida star proved her toughness to knock out the rest of the field and cruise away to victory.

Ashley Brasovan 17:20, Michael Fout, 14:50, win Footlocker! Dec 8, 2007

Boys Foot Locker ResultsFull Boys Results*Official Results Courtesy of Footlocker*1. Michael Fout 14:502. Christopher Derrick 14:573. German Fernandez 15:094. Colby Lowe 15:125. Luke Puskedra 15:156. Brandon Jarrett 15:167. Kevin Havel 15:188. Donn Cabral 15:199.  Rob Finnerty 15:2110. Maverick Darling 15:23 Girls Foot Locker ResultsFull Girls Results*Official Results Courtesy of Footlocker*1. Ashley Brasovan 17:202. Kathy Kroeger 17:283. Jordan Hasay 17:314. Neely Spence 17:355. Claire Durkin 17:446. Emily Lipari 17:467. Aurora Scott 17:468. Katie Flood 17:479. Carly Seymour 17:4810. Lauren Tarver  17:53 

MileSplit's Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Boys Aug 30, 2007

The Midwest boys look strong this year, despite their last place finish at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships last fall.  Led by a quartet of seniors, who have run nine-flat or under for two miles, and a couple of juniors who have Foot Locker Nationals experience, the Midwest is ready to show their strength in cross country once again.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Girls Aug 31, 2007

Last December, the Midwest girls won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships team title.  They completed the task with amazing precision, placing their top five scorers in the top twelve spots.  This year, the Midwest girls are looking just as strong, as four returnees will be duking it on for a team spot again, and a slew of young talent tires to break through.   Two girls from Ohio are ranked in the top twelve and two more Ohio girls are mentioned to keep an eye on.

MileSplit\'s Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Boys Aug 31, 2007

 The Midwest boys look strong this year, despite their last place finish at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships last fall.  Led by a quartet of seniors, who have run nine-flat or under for two miles, and a couple of juniors who have Foot Locker Nationals experience, the Midwest is ready to show their strength in cross country once again.

MileSplit Foot Locker Power Rankings - National (Oct. 16) Oct 16, 2007

While few top individuals lost this past weekend, a few did, thus lifting a few fresh faces into the MileSplit Foot Locker Power Rankings - National.  Three new faces grace the rankings this week in: Rob Finnerty (Sr., Burnsville, MN), Georgia Griffin (Sr., Hanover, NH) and Kathy Kroeger (Jr., Independence, TN).  Also, a new girls US #1 is crowned. 

VA @ FLN: Scott becomes 3-time All-American, Witt misses top 15 by 1 spot Dec 9, 2007

 Stan's 3 Foot Locker Finalists Midlothian coach Stan Morgan had coached cross country for years without a Foot Locker finalist. While he still has to catch up to good friend and Mountain View coach Dave Davis who had his fifth qualifier this past weekend in San Diego with two-time qualifier Thomas Porter, Morgan was able to get his first finalist in the form of a trio with Michael Hammond, Kathleen Lautzenheiser, and Jason Witt. The only school to have sent more from Virginia in the same year was in 1979 with 4 athletes from Virginia High. (Photo by John Herzog) Virginia had a fair showing at Foot Locker Nationals. Nothing to jump out of the seat over, but the fact that the state had six athletes make the trip reflects highly of the talent in Virginia as well as the fantastic seasons by all six in order to earn their trip to San Diego. Aurora Scott wrapped up an incredible career at Foot Locker Nationals with her third All-American honor with a seventh place finish of 17:46. She joins very elite company with achieving the feat on three occassions. Meanwhile, Midlothian senior Jason Witt (pictured left by John Herzog) nearly became an All-American as well as he finished two seconds and one place off top 15 with a 16th place time of 15:43. Virginia will have to wait another year to see if they can have a boy crack into the top 15 as it has been since 2002 that a qualifier from the state has earned All-American honors at Balboa Park. Plenty of national coverage of the event with MileStat.com's Brandon Miles and John Herzog assisting in coverage at our MileSplit Network national site at MileSplit US. Please go and check out the great coverage found there including results, race summaries, stories, interviews, photos, race videos, and more!Foot Locker Nationals Coverage Central at MileSplit US

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Dec. 11) Dec 11, 2007

The final MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings are here.  With Foot Locker Nationals taking place last weekend, the top athletes in the nation had a chance to go head to head and prove just who is best.  Ending number one on our Power Rankings are Foot Locker champions Ashley Brasovan and Mike Fout (above, photo by John Herzog).

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings - Weekend Wrap-Up Oct 29, 2007

The majority of ranked individuals competed this weekend, as conference and state-series races took place in full force.  Kevin Williams won the Colorado State title, while Georgia Griffin (New Hampshire) and Katie Flood (Iowa) won their respsective state titles as well.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Nov. 28) Nov 27, 2007

Donn Cabral (CT) jumps to U.S. #4 after a his FLNE winWith one more Foot Locker Regional to go, the MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings begin to shape up into a meet preview more than anything.  With three Foot Locker Regionals taking place this past weekend a lot of movement occurred in this weeks rankings.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Dec. 11) Dec 14, 2007

The final MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings are here.  With Foot Locker Nationals taking place last weekend, the top athletes in the nation had a chance to go head to head and prove just who is best.  Ending number one on our Power Rankings are Foot Locker champions Ashley Brasovan and Mike Fout (above, photo by John Herzog).

07 Foot Locker Nats - Emilie Amaro Dec 8, 2007

Post-race interview with Emilie Amaro of Florida at the 2007 Foot Locker Nationals. Amaro finished 25th in the girls race with a time of 18:31.

MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings (Nov. 28) Nov 28, 2007

With one more Foot Locker Regional to go, the MileSplit Foot Locker National Power Rankings begin to shape up into a meet preview more than anything.  With three Foot Locker Regionals taking place this past weekend a lot of movement occurred in this weeks rankings.  Donn Cabral (above) made the largest leap of the week to U.S. #4.

MileSplit's Foot Locker Power Rankings - Midwest Girls Aug 30, 2007

Last December, the Midwest girls won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships team title.  They completed the task with amazing precision, placing their top five scorers in the top twelve spots.  This year, the Midwest girls are looking just as strong, as four returnees will be duking it on for a team spot again, and a slew of young talent tires to break through.

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