The growth of the sport of cross country at the prep level is inspirational. What is also inspirational is that, after 31 years, the FootLocker Cross Country series, still has resonance. It is the Horatio Alger story of championships, meaning, no matter what small town or school you are from, if you run well in one of the four regional championships, then, you can run in the Final! And, if you can keep your head during the final, and stay close to the front, and kick like a person possessed, you might have a chance!
Adam Goucher, Bob Kennedy, Suzy Hamilton, Todd Williams, Julia Stamps, Deena Kastor, Jorge and Ed Torres, Alan Webb all ran there. The race course in San Diego is hallowed ground, and the fans who watch the top runners will be enthralled by some tremendous racing!
My picks? Emily Sisson from Missouri looks good to me. Craig Lutz and Caty Flood, last weekend's NXN champs, look good, and for teams, I say, Midwest rules! (My spoiler is Shane Moskowitz, from Washington, the Border Clash champ!)
We will twitter the races LIVE on Saturday!
2009 FootLocker CC Champs, December 12, 2009, Live coverage of meet:
FootLocker articles, plus slide shows on each athlete -
Photo Galleries are here -
And on Runblogrun:
FootLocker NE changes regional race location:
Saucony Becomes Official Sponsor of FootLocker Cross Country
FootLocker 2009, NE, SE, MW Regional Results, November 28, 2009
FootLocker 2009 Western Regional results/story/photo gallery of girls race, December 5, 2009
FootLocker 2009 Western Regional results/story/photo gallery, of boys'
race, December 5, 2009
For more on Saucony XC, please click on www.Saucony.com/ShayXC
For more on FootLocker XC Series, please click on www.footlockercc.com
For more on the Running Network, please click on www.runningnetwork.com.
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