West Region Top Girls To Watch
1. Claudia Lane, Malibu (CA), junior
The defending Foot Locker Nationals champion is the undisputed favorite heading into the race on December 9 in San Diego. Lane will likely win her second straight national title. The question, however, is just how impressive will it be? Will Lane set a course record at Balboa Park? That came in 1990 by the effort of Melody Fairchild, who ran 16:39.20 at Balboa Park; the overall meet record, held by Amber Trotter and last accomplished in 2001 in Kissimmee, Florida, stands at 16:24.10. Whatever Lane does, though, she probably won't disappoint -- and surely, there are a lot of prognosticators out there she doesn't need to worry about. Will she run a course record? Will she not? In Lane's mind, that's not really the question. She's done enough over the season to prove it's been a wildly successful one, setting course records at the Lake Casitas Twilight (16:32.00) and the Mt. SAC Invitational (15:49.00). While it would be easy to compare her season to Katelyn Tuohy -- a recent NXN champion -- maybe let's just pump the brakes and allow Lane to have her day, too. The defending champion, only a junior, still has one more season left, too.
Full List of Qualifiers
|3||18:16.3||12||SALT LAKE CITY UT|
|5||18:18.0||12||SAN CLEMENTE CA|
|6||18:19.5||12||SEDRO WOOLEY WA|
|10||18:26.0||10||CHULA VISTA CA|