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(Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) The 30th Anniversary of Foot Locker National Championships begins with marquee names and dramatic history, running enthusiasts travel to historic Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. Watch Footlocker Finals Live on Milesplit!

WEATHER UPDATE: Balboa Park: Saturday, December 13, 2008
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Hi: 64°

Mostly cloudy in the morning...Becoming partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers. Highs 61 to 66.

West Midwest Northeast South
Chris Schwartz 15:38    Jakub Zivec    15:09 Solomon Haile 15:21 Bill Matthews 14:48


 Boys National Championship Preview

Individual Race Favorite

Solomon Haile

 (Photo by Fran McLaughlin)


Boys Preview: This years national final features new faces and names as a new champion will be crowned. The top ten from a year ago are all gone opening the door for hopefuls from across the country. Headlining the boys favorites is Minnesota transfer Jakub Zivec who recently placed 2nd at the NXN National Championships after dominating the Footlocker Midwest Region Championships. After running the entire season in J.V. races, Zivec, a native of the Czech Republic, travels to Balboa Park as one of the favorites.

 The Kelly Chronicles

Footlocker South individual champion Bill Matthews and runner-up Matt Sonnenfeldt (read: Running Journal)will lead the pack of national champion hopefuls. Keep an eye on Maryland seniors Solomon Haile, Northeast Region Champion, and Chris Schwartz, West Region Champion, as they are definite darkhorses who could emerge victorious. Alaska native Trevor Dunbar, who qualified 3rd at the West Region Championship is a dominant force, we expect the Kodiak senior to finish in the top 10. (Picture Right: Brian Shrader AZ; Photo by Margot Kelly)

ON THE RADAR: Joe Manilafasha, CO; C.J. Brown, TX; Tyler Udland, NJ; Brian Shrader, AZ   COMPLETE LIST OF FINALISTS

The Balboa Park Course   Milesplit Athlete Journals


West Midwest Northeast South
Jordan Hasay  18:02    Megan Goethals    17:31 Emily Jones  17:31 Kathy Kroeger  17:13


Girls National Championship Preview

Individual Race Favorite Jordan Hasay 

Defending Champion Ashley Brasovan

 (Above; Photo by: John Olson)

Girls Preview: Featuring three previous girls National Champions, 2005 Jordan Hasay; 2006 Kathy Kroeger; 2007 Ashley Brasovan, the girls National Championships will be one for the history books. Watch Live!

Jordan Hasay enters the national finals after completing an undefeated season in which she capped with a 4-peat at both the CIF State and Footlocker West Region Championships. The Queen of West Coast distance running should stamp her name in the history books with another individual national crown. Close on her heals, Tennessee's Kathy Kroeger, 2006 National Champion, comes off a Footlocker South victory over 2007 defending National Champion Ashley Brasovan. The showdown between the last three National girls champions is shaping up as Kathy Kroeger, Ashley Brasovan, and Jordan Hasay battle to become two-time Footlocker National Champions. (Picture left: Jordan Hasay; Photo by Margot Kelly)

Michigan star Megan Goethals is undefeated on the season, after a stellar Midwest victory heads to the finals looking to cap a perfect season. New frosh on the block, Danielle Menlove enters her first National Final after a 3rd place showing at the West Region. Look for Menlove to earn All-American honors. (Picture: Danielle Menlove UT; Photo by Margot Kelly)

 The Kelly Chronicles

Other top ten competitors will be California standout Alex Dunne who won the CIF Div I State XC Championship and placed 2nd to Hasay at the West Region Championship. She will have company along with 3-time National Finalist and Missouri State XC Champion Emily Sisson, and 4-time National Finalist Shelby Greany of NY. Let's not forget NXN individual National Champion Chelsey Sveinsson, who placed 4th in the Footlocker South Region, will seek to be double champion.


Jessica Tonn, AZ

Alex Dunne, CA

Emily Sisson, MO

Emily Jones, MA

Megan Marsico, VA

Shelby Greany, NY




The Balboa Park Course

Hasay, Brasovan, Kroeger feature


Balboa Park Course Records
Boys Record: Reuben Reina, 14:36, 1985 Girls Record: Melody Fairchild, 16:39, 1990


Past Footlocker National Champions
  Boys Girls  
Year Athlete Time Grade Region State Athlete Time Grade Region State Course
2007 Michael Fout 14:50 12 Midwest IN Ashley Brasovan 17:20 11 South FL San Diego
2006 Chad Hall 15:20 12 West CA Kathy Kroeger 17:29 10 South TN San Diego
2005 AJ Acosta 15:02 12 West CA Jordan Hasay 17:05 9 West CA San Diego
2004 Kenneth Cormier 15:22 12 West AZ Aislinn Ryan 17:31 11 Northeast NY San Diego
2003 Matthew Withrow 14:55 12 Midwest IL Katelyn Kaltenbach 17:24 11 Midwest CO San Diego
2002 Chris Solinsky 14:41 12 Midwest WI Zoe Nelson 17:30 10 West MT San Diego
2001 Timothy Moore 14:50 12 Midwest MI Amber Trotter 16:24 12 West CA Orlando
2000 Dathan Ritzenhein 14:35 12 Midwest MI Sara Bei 16:55 12 West CA Orlando
1999 Dathan Ritzenhein 14:29 11 Midwest MI Victoria Chang 17:05 12 West HI Orlando
1998 Jorge Torres 15:17 12 Midwest IL Erin Sullivan 17:35 12 Northeast VT Orlando
1997 Abdirizak Mohamud 15:22 12 Northeast MA Erin Sullivan 17:22 11 Northeast VT Orlando
1996 Abdirizak Mohamud 15:21 11 Northeast MA Kristen Gordon 17:34 12 West CA San Diego
1995 Abdul Alzindani 15:11 12 Midwest MI Kim Mortensen 17:12 12 West CA San Diego
1994 Matt Downin 14:58 12 Northeast NH Julia Stamps 16:41 10 West CA San Diego
1993 Adam Goucher 14:41 12 Midwest CO Erin Davis 17:11 9 Northeast NY San Diego
1992 Brendan Heffernan 15:13 12 Northeast NJ Amanda White 17:34 12 Northeast MD San Diego
1991 Corey Ihmels 15:03 12 Midwest ND Liz Mueller 17:21 11 Northeast CT San Diego
1990 Louie Quintana 15:07 12 West CA Melody Fairchild 16:39 12 Midwest CO San Diego
1989 Bryan Dameworth 14:49 12 West CA Melody Fairchild 17:05 11 Midwest CO San Diego
1988 Brian Grosso 15:03 12 Midwest MI Celeste Susnis 17:14 11 Midwest IN San Diego
1987 Robert Kennedy 14:59 12 Midwest OH Kira Jorgensen 17:08 11 West CA San Diego
1986 Marc Davis 14:38 12 West CA Erin Keogh 16:55 12 South VA San Diego
1985 Reuben Reina 14:36 12 South TX Erin Keogh 16:43 11 South VA San Diego
1984 Scott Fry 14:50 12 Midwest OH Cathy Schiro 16:48 12 Northeast NH San Diego
1983 Matt Giusto 14:54 12 West CA Janet Smith 16:43 12 Northeast NJ San Diego
1982 Eric Reynolds 14:35 12 West CA Christine Curtin 16:58 11 Northeast NY Orlando
1981 Charles Alexander 14:51 12 South VA Connie Robinson 16:40 12 Midwest OH Orlando
1980 Jay Marden 14:53 12 West CA Ceci Hopp 17:12 12 Northeast CT San Diego
1979 Brent Steiner 15:05 12 Midwest KS Ellen Lyons 17:28 12 West ID San Diego