Foot Locker West Championships: Hasay, Schwartz lead qualifiers


Mt Sac, Walnut, CA

December 6, 2008

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(Walnut, California) - The 30th Anniversary of Foot Locker National Championships begins after the final and most historic West Region Championships. With marquee names and dramatic history, running enthusiasts travel to historic Balboa Park in sunny San Diego, CA. Coming to you with onsite coverage post-race stories, results, video and analysis.


Girls Championship: In historic fashion the queen of the west coast, Jordan Hasay, dominated a tightly contested race to claim  a record setting 4th straight individual championship in 18:02. California Division I individual state champion Alex Dunne placed second (18:12) with super frosh Danielle Menlove from Utah coming in 3rd (18:23). Girls Championship Results

Danielle Menlove; Utah State Champion, "I am really looking forward to finals, the hills were really hard but I felt like I did my best. I tried to stay with the leaders and stay relaxed through the first half of the race. Looking forward to nationals. " Menlove is not new to winning or running well, multiple youth national champion, the US #2 all-time youth 1500m runner, and Utah State Champion breezed through the 5000m course to a 3rd place finish. As we watch the exit of the Jordan Hasay we see the emergence of the future star Danielle Menlove.

 Jessica Tonn; Arizona State Champion,  "I was happy the race started out slowly, the past two years I have always been tired at nationals, I felt the pace will help me be more fresh for nationals. My goal is to get all-american this year (top 15), my major goal is top ten; the highlight of my season was the nike region race when I ran 17:40 over 5k; my parents are my biggest supporters, they drive me to practice and my coach jeff messer has coached me since 7th grade, he is so positive. I feel Balboa is a challenging course, I like the hills and feel they will play to my advantage. I am so excited to qualify for my third Footlocker Finals."




Girls National Championship Qualifiers

1. Jordan Hasay, SR, CA 18:02 6. Jennifer Bergman, SR, CA 18:40
2. Alex Dunne, SR, CA 18:12 7. Shalaya Kipp, SR, UT 18:44
3. Danielle Menlove, FR, UT 18:23 8. Sheree Shae, SR, CA 18:48
4. Jessica Tonn, JR, AZ 18:31 9. Taylor Wallace, SR, OR 18:50
5. Megan Morgan, JR, CA 18:33 10. Jacque Taylor, JR, CA 18:54


Boys Championship: On the boys side Alaska native Trevor Dunbar blazed through the mile mark in the lead however, coming out of the switchback CA own Chris Schwartz took the lead and never looked back. Briefly sharing the lead with AZ Brian Shrader, Schwartz raced away to victory. Making up for a dismal CIF state championship performance the Foothill CA senior races away from pre-race favorite Trevor Dunbar to record a very swift 15:38 victory. Boys Championship Results










Boys National Championship Qualifiers

1. Chris Schwartz, SR, CA  15:38 6. James Cameron, SR, CA  15:48
2. Brian Schrader, JR, AZ  15:42 7. Cody Helbling, JR, ID  15:49
3. Trevor Dunbar, SR, AK  15:43 8. Tyre Johnson, SR, CA  15:52
4. Wyatt Lantrum, SR, CA  15:46 9. Zachary Torres, SR, CA  15:52
5. Shane Moskowitz, JR, WA  15:47 10. Steve Magnuson, JR, AZ  15:52


Girls Race Preview: Seeking a 4th consecutive West Region Individual championship Jordan Hasay enters historic Balboa Park. Coming off a 4th consecutive CIF Individual Championship (Video Link) the Mission Prep senior eyes a 4th consecutive title with sights set on another National Championship a week later. She will face Utah freshman phenom Danielle Menlove of Utah for the first time. Menlove recently came within a few tenths of Hasay's Youth National 1500m record of 4:28.61; when she ran 4:29.90 to win the 2007 National Championship. Menlove is no stranger to winning or running fast having placed 3rd in the 2008 NSIC Indoor National Championship Mile in 4:55.54 and racked up numerous Youth National Championships.  Arizona 5A state champion Jessica Tonn seeks her 3rd berth to footlocker nationals. Finishing fourth at the Mt. Sac Invitational in California and sixth at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Alabama, Tonn is a threat for a top 5 national finish. (Photo Courtesy: Margot Kelly)

Runner-to-watch: Danielle Menlove UT; Alex Dunne CA; Jessica Tonn AZ; Taylor Wallace OR; Shalyla Kipp UT; Teeny Adams CA; Alyssa Andrews WA

Boys Race Preview: In boys championship action Alaska native Trevor Dunbar (Photo left) enters as the individual favorite. Coming off a 9:01 outdoor two-mile in near zero degree weather and blizzard at the schools local track Dunbar is in phenominal conditioning. (Video Link

Runners-to-watch: Chris Schwartz CA; Brian Shrader AZ; Tim Freriks AZ; Zach Torres CA; Mack Young WA; Michael Miller WA