12/13-Francis Koons 9th at Foot Lockers and finishes in tears of joy Dec 14, 2003

Frances Koons began as a 12 minute two-miler in 9th grade and today, finished 9th in the Foot Locker XC Championships, starting to cry in shear joy at her achievment just before crossing the finish line in San Diego, California. Despite the hyperactive atmosphere of the event, Koons went to San Diego to \"represent Pennsylvania well.\" And that she did, getting focused on the race itself when the time came to run. \"It went out so amazingly fast. I thought it must have been a 200 meter race. But we all got out well and it settled down.\\\" The only thing that bothered her during the race was the dust and dirt kicked up by the lead vehicle as they crossed changing surfaces, including grass, dirt and wood chips. \"I felt bad for the girls up front. It bothered me a little.\"

Niehaus Finishes 17th, Blackmon Finishes 32nd at Footlocker Dec 13, 2003

Kate Niehaus (sophomore, Spring Valley) and Angelina Blackmon (senior, Northwestern) concluded their 2003 cross-country season Saturday at the 2003 Footlocker Nationals at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Both Blackmon and Niehaus compete in South Carolina\'s 4A classification of female runners.

Fahey finishes 27th at Foot Locker Nationals Dec 13, 2003

Beth Fahey of Forest Park finished her strong senior cross country season with an admirable 27th place finish at the Foot Locker Nationals race at Balboa Park in San Diego with a time of 18:39. Fahey was the fifth finisher for the South region after being the final national qualifying individual at Foot Locker South with a eight place finish. Fahey was only one of three Virginia girls who have qualified for Foot Locker Nationals competition in the past five years (Erin Swain in 1999 and Cara Kiernan in 2002).

Two South Carolina Rivals Qualify for Nationals Nov 29, 2003

Sixty-four athletes from four region Footlocker meets qualified for a spot at the 2003 Footlocker Nationals on Dec. 13 this Saturday. South Carolina runners competed at the South Region meet on Nov. 29 at McAlpine Park in Charlotte.