California junior Claudia Lane from Malibu easily ran away from the field at the Foot Locker National Championships December 9th at Balboa Park in San Diego winning in 17:03.4. Lane won last year in 17:04.8 and will attempt to be the first three time winner next year.
Tiny little Redwood Empire has had an amazing history at these National Championships.
We have actually had two girls in the top seven twice before besides winning three different years and having two of the fastest four time ever..
Here is a look at how our girls have done.
1994 Julia Stamps, Santa Rosa 1st, won by 31 seconds. Video of race
1997 Sara Bei, Montgomery 10th and Trina Cox, Santa Rosa 24th.
1998 Sara Bei, Montgomery 3rd and Trina Cox, Santa Rosa 6th.
2000 Sara Bei, Montgomery 1st, course record and Amber Trotter, Ukiah 7th.
2001 Amber Trotter, Ukiah 1st, course record, won by 40 seconds. Video of race
2007 Sarah Sumpter, Healdsburg 22nd.
2008 Jacque Taylor, Casa Grande 30th.
2009 Julie Nacouzi, Montgomery 25th and Jacque Taylor, Casa Grande 40th.
2010 Julie Nacouzi, Montgomery 3rd. Video of race
Fastest times ever run at Nationals Year Time Athlete Gr High school City St Course 2001 16:24 Amber Trotter 12 Ukiah Redwood Valley CA Orlando, FL 1990 16:39 Melody Fairchild 12 Boulder Boulder CO San Diego, CA 1981 16:40 Connie Robinson Cincinnati OH Orlando, FL, different course from 2000. 1994 16:41 Julia Stamps 10 Santa Rosa Santa Rosa CA San Diego, CA, missed CR by 2 seconds. 1985 16:43 Erin Keogh 11 Langley McLean VA San Diego, CA 1983 16:43 Janet Smith 12 Edison NJ San Diego, CA 1984 16:48 Cathy Schiro 12 Dover NH San Diego, CA 2010 16:53 Aisling Cuffe 12 Cornwall Central Cornwall-on-Hudson NY San Diego, CA 2000 16:55 Sara Bei 12 Montgomery Santa Rosa CA Orlando, FL, set CR that Trotter broke.
The three fastest times ever run by girls from the west team were all from Redwood Empire.
Elsie Allen’s Celedonio Rodriguez has gotten our boys represented with his 18th place finish in 1998.