Through the years, many Foot Locker alumni have gone on to some pretty amazing accomplishments…from national level success to NCAA championships, they have competed at the world-class level and at Olympic Games and have set records in the sport too numerous to mention.
In celebration of its 25 th anniversary, Foot Locker has created a special award to honor these athletes, who we are so proud to have in our ranks. Through a voting process, which included input from staff, media and supporters of the event, Foot Locker is naming the first two members – one male and one female – to the Foot Locker Cross Country Hall of Fame.
The criteria for the selections included the athlete's performance at our event, athletic achievements at the collegiate and post-collegiate level, as well as the athlete's personal representation of the sport of running off the track, road or cross country course. Since the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships has been the stepping-stone to success at other levels for so many of our athletes, making these selections was an extremely difficult task.
The first ever female inductee to the Foot Locker Cross Country Hall of Fame is Suzy Favor Hamilton.
About Suzy: She was a two-time Foot Locker national finalist while in high school in Steven's Point, Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin she won 23 Big Ten titles, and nine NCAA titles – a record that still stands. She is a three-time Olympian, a three-time USA Outdoor 1500m Champion and a three-time USA Indoor Champion. She is the second fastest American ever at 1500 meters and she posted the fastest women's 1500 meter time in the world in 2000 (3:57.40) at the Bislett Games.
The first ever male inductee to the Foot Locker Cross Country Hall of Fame is Bob Kennedy.
About Bob: He was a two-time Foot Locker National Finalist while at North High School in Westerville, Ohio. His second trip to San Diego ended with him being crowned Foot Locker Cross Country Champion in 1987. At Indiana University, he was the NCAA Cross Country Champion as a freshman. He grabbed 20 Big Ten titles and was a four-time NCAA Champion. Since his college success, he has been a four-time USA Outdoor Champion and has made two trips to the Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. team. He is the current American Record Holder in the 5000 and the 3000 meters.
Congratulations to these two talented runners as the inaugural members of the Foot Locker Cross Country Hall of Fame.