Foot Locker Cross Country Championships
- 1 Regional championships
- 2 National Championship
- 3 Race divisions
- 4 Courses
- 5 Past results
- 6 Repeat national champions
- 7 Foot Locker Champions to win NCAA titles
- 8 Alumni
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships are a series of annual cross country running races held in various regions of the United States to determine the premier cross country runner in various age groups, but mainly serves to find the best prep (high school) cross country athlete in the country. The FLCCC were previously known as the Kinney Cross Country Championships, which was started by Woolworth's Kinney Shoes division in 1979 in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Finally in 1993, this elite series of cross country races became known as the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, as it still is today, for Woolworth's sporting goods company. For most people associated with the sport, the name is just shortened to Foot Locker or even abbreviated in agate results as FL. The event is the longest-running national cross country race for high school students.
Annually there are a total of four regional championship races (usually in late November), that lead up to the national championship in San Diego in December.
The Northeast Region comprises most of the states in New England (MA, CT, NH, ME, RI, and VT) plus PA, NY, MD, DE, NJ, and the District of Columbia. After being held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York for its first 30 years, in 2009 it moved to Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, Long Island, before moving back to Van Cortlandt Park in 2012.
The Midwest Region comprises the heartland states and is by far the largest region in the FLCCC series, which has states including: MN, WI, IA, ND, SD, IL, CO, KS, OH, IN, MO, MI. This event is held at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside yearly.
The South Region is made up of states in the southern and southeastern United States including: FL, TX, KY, SC, NC, AL, GA, OK, TN, VA, AR, WV, LA. The South Region event is held at McAlpine Greenway in Charlotte, North Carolina annually.
The West Region is considered by many to be the most potent region with the most runners appearing in the national championship. States included in the west: CA, WA, UT, ID, AZ, NM, NV, AK, HI, OR, WY, and Overseas Military. This regional race is generally conducted at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California and is generally a week later than the other three regional races.
The Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship is held annually in San Diego's Balboa Park (though it has been held in Orlando, Florida on 7 occasions), just as it started in 1979. A total of 40 elite cross country runners race 5 kilometers (3.1 mi), for superiority in both individual and regional standings. The top ten runners from each region are invited to the national championship in San Diego, with each region also sending two alternates. From 1981-2004, the race had 32 runners, with each region sending 8. In 1979-1980, there were 35 runners from 5 regions.
The number of divisions vastly differs on the region, however there are races set aside for specific age groups and one or two open events sponsored by Nike for athletes not in high school (parents, fans, supporters) to compete in.
Common regional divisions
- Seeded Girls
- Seeded Boys
- Freshman Girls
- Freshman Boys
- Sophomore Girls
- Sophomore Boys
- Junior Girls
- Junior Boys
- Senior Girls
- Senior Boys
Additional regional divisions
The West Regional contains the following additional divisions:
- 7th and 8th grade
The South Regional contains the following additional divisions:
- Nike Masters for both men and women
- Ages 10 and under
- Ages 11 and 12
- Ages 13 and 14
The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, then referred to as the Kinney Cross Country Championships started off as a small event in San Diego, California in 1979. The races moved to Orlando for the 1981 and 1982 national championships, but quickly was moved back to Balboa Park in San Diego in 1983. Additional races run in Orlando were held in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.
The Orlando course was extremely flat, but deceivingly slow in terms of runners' times. Patches of grass and sand were scattered throughout the flat, 5,000m course.
All-Time Orlando Kinney/FL Cross Country Championships Record -- Boys: Dathan Ritzenhein, 14:29, 1999
All-Time Orlando Kinney/FL Cross Country Championships Record -- Girls: Amber Trotter, 16:24, 2001
San Diego, California
Balboa Park in San Diego has served as the most frequent venue for the national championships. The course is winded in a figure-8 fashion through the Morley Field portion of the nearly 5.0 km² park. There is no shortage of hills and mounds making this course the definitive cross country course. (Although the San Diego venue has always been Balboa Park, the Championships in 1979 and 1980 were run on a course other than Morley Field--a course on the western edge of Balboa Park.)
All-Time Balboa Park Kinney/FL Cross Country Championships Record -- Boys: Reuben Reina, 14:36, 1985
All-Time Balboa Park Kinney/FL Cross Country Championships Record -- Girls: Melody Fairchild, 16:39, 1990
In addition to a national champion being crowned in each gender division, the top 15 finishers in each gender division receive All-American honors and an overall team champion is declared based on which region had won the meet.
|Footlocker National Champions|
|2012||Ed Cheserek||14:59||12||Northeast||NJ||Anna Rohrer||17:25||10||Midwest||IN||San Diego|
|2011||Ed Cheserek||14:52||11||Northeast||NJ||Molly Seidel||17:21||12||Midwest||WI||San Diego|
|2010||Lukas Verzbicas||14:59||12||Midwest||IL||Aisling Cuffe||16:53||12||Northeast||NY||San Diego|
|2009||Lukas Verzbicas||15:07||10||Midwest||IL||Megan Goethals||17:06||12||Midwest||MI||San Diego|
|2008||Solomon Haile||15:15||12||Northeast||MD||Jordan Hasay||17:22||12||West||CA||San Diego|
|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||Bob 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|
Repeat national champions
There have only been a total of seven runners that have repeated as national champions. Zero have been national champions three times at the Kinney/FL Cross Country Championships.
Boys with two National Championships
- Edward Cheserek won in 2011 and 2012.
- Lukas Verzbicas won in 2009 and 2010.
- Dathan Ritzenhein won in 1999 and 2000.
- Abdirizak Mohamud won in 1996 and 1997.
Girls with two National Championships
- Jordan Hasay won in 2005 and 2008.
- Erin Sullivan won in 1997 and 1998.
- Melody Fairchild won in 1989 and 1990.
- Erin Keogh won in 1985 and 1986.
Foot Locker Champions to win NCAA titles
There have been a total of twelve Foot Locker Champions to win NCAA Titles in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, or Outdoor Track and Field, including eight men and three women.
|Footlocker National Champions and NCAA Champions|
|NCAA Outdoor||NCAA Indoor|
Jen Rhines, Deena Kastor (née Drossin), Amy Rudolph, Milena Glusac, Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, Ryan Hall, Alan Culpepper, Chris Derrick, Adam Goucher, Kara Goucher (née Wheeler), Jordan Hasay, Sara Slattery (née Gorton), Steve Slattery, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Lauren Fleshman, Chris Solinsky, Molly Huddle, Sara Hall (née Bei), Cheri Goddard-Kenah, Meb Keflezighi and Marc Davis
- Gatorade Player of the Year awards #Cross Country
- Champs Sports Bowl (sponsored by a Foot Locker division)
- "Foot Locker and ASICS Continue Running Support". Herald Online. October 18, 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- Foot Locker Northeast Region, retrieved Nov. 9, 2009
- Foot Locker Cross Country Championships – Official website
- NCAA Division I Championships (Men)
- NCAA Division I Championships (Women)