USATF Junior Championships
Boulder Colorado

Boulder, Colorado put on its most gentle winter face for the US XC Championships, & was rewarded with some sterling results. Jordan Hasay of California took an early lead & in spite of lacking training at altitude ran away with the race. She was initially chased by a pack of five runners that included former Footlocker champion Aislinn Ryan of the University of Colorado by way of NY, who won a XC race just a week ago, & Aurora Scott, who placed 2nd in the 2006 Footlocker race. Scott actually fell in what amounts to a ditch, which is commonly referred to as Jonesy's surprise but righted herself to qualify for the US team that will compete in Kenya next month. 

For Jordan it was an impressive win. She essentially challenged everyone to stay with her & strolled to an facile victory. For some it would seem as redemption after failing to defend her Footlocker crown in December but that would be unfair, for early in last year's XC season she had admitted that the focus was this race & not Footlocker. In point of fact her father had admitted (just after Footlocker) that her training had been altered from the previous year with the USATF as the goal, noting he had feared that she was a little short, & shouldered the blame for the loss. That and a loss of sleep for a number of days may also have been a factor but it was clear that she was more than primed for this race. 

The top 8 qualify for the World XC Championships.

Girls Junior Nationals - 6K
1 Jordan Hasay San Luis Distance Club Arroyo Grande CA 15 21:44
2 Bona Jones North Carolina State University Fort Myers FL 18 21:58
3 Kari Hardt Arizona State University Queen Creek AZ 18 22:04
4 Aurora Scott Norfolk Real Deal Chesapeake VA 17 22:06
5 Jocelyn Burke Waunakee WI 19 22:16
6 Aislinn Ryan Bellvale NY 18 22:19
7 Kinsey Farren Dallas Metroplex Striders Track Club Dallas TX 18 22:33
8 Keri Bland Fairview WV 19 22:39
9 Kristen McGlynn Bailey CO 19 22:41
10 Jessica Pixler Sammamish WA 18 22:45
11 Marie Lawrence Buffalo Chips Running Club Reno NV 17 22:56
12 Elizabeth Bies Yankton SD 17 22:58
13 Kauren Tarver Wrightwood CA 16 22:59
14 Laura Thweatt Durango CO 18 23:00
15 Laurynne Chetelat Buffalo Chips Running Club Davis CA 16 23:07
16 Allison Gohl Westminster CO 17 23:09
17 Kelsey Smith Buffalo Chips Running Club South Lake Tahoe CA 15 23:16
18 Bria Wetsch University of Oregon, Chaska MN 18 23:19
19 Kelly Waters Louisville CO 18 23:30
20 Kelcie Wiemann University of California, Simi Valley CA 19 23:31

Junior Men's Race 8K
The Junior men's race saw Elliott Heath of Minnesota, an unheralded high school runner, took control with 3 kilometer's to go surprising himself & most everyone else. Heath had been a Footlocker qualifier in 2006 placing 33rd. Placing 2nd was University of Oregon Freshman Kenny Klotz, who placed 4th in the 2005 Footlocker race. Klotz noted later that he felt well until they neared the end & the altitude probably caught up with him. Matt Tebo of New Mexico, who placed 5th in last year's Footlocker earned 3rd. The altitude was a factor for many including Oregon's A J Acosta, who dropped out of the race.

1 Elliot Heath Winona MN 18 26:07
2 Kenny Klotz Univ. of Oregon, Portland OR 18 26:18
3 Matthew Tebo Albuquerque NM 17 26:22
4 Ryan McNiff Los Alamos NM 19 26:23
5 Noel Bateman New Rochelle NY 18 26:23
6 Joshua Edmonds Cooperstown NY 19 26:24
7 Alex Crabill UCLA, Lakewood WA 18 26:29
8 Dustin Martin Wings of America, Albuquerque NM 17 26:30
9 Griff Graves Abingdon VA 16 26:35
10 Matthew Herzl Littleton CO 18 26:36
11 Seth Dubois Altamont NY 18 26:36
12 Jacob Matthews UCLA, Folsom CA 18 26:44
13 Jon Grey Norman OK 18 26:47
14 Isaac Stoutenburgh Univ. of Oregon ,Central Point OR 18 26:51
15 Brian Long Louisville KY 17 26:53
16 Kevin Sullivan UCLA, Simi Valley CA 18 26:54
17 Ahmed Osman San Diego CA 19 26:57
18 Benjamin Zywicki Colorado Springs CO 18 26:58
19 Kevin Williams Lakewood CO 16 27:08
20 Eiger Erickson Centennial CO 19 27:12
21 Eric Lynch Eugene OR 18 27:19