2006 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships

Girls National Final

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The girls’ race began with a large group of 20 runners holding close through the first mile.  Four-time FLCCC National Finals qualifier Marie Lawrence of Reno, Nev., made a move after the first mile and the rest of the field gave chase. The lead group became more defined through the second mile when Kroeger and Aurora Scott of Chesapeake, Va., set the pace as they did as competitors in the South Regional.  Kroeger opened up a lead with half a mile remaining and increased her distance from the pack to about 30 meters, finishing in 17:29 to become the South Region’s first female national champion since Erin Keogh in 1986.  Scott, who pressured Kroeger through the second half of the race, finished second with a time of 17:36, while Emily Sisson of Omaha, Neb., finished third in 17:56.  Scott (South) and Sisson (Midwest) are both 2006 FLCCC Regional Champions. Vanatta, Lawrence and Gits crossed the line next with Tarver, Spence, Seymour and Hasay rounding out the top ten. Defending champ Jordan Hasay's finish marked the fourth straight year that the defending champ failed to defend the national title.

The Start

Marie Lawrence took an early lead.

Lawrence nearing half mile.

Marissa Treece took the lead near the 1/2 mile (2:47)

Emily Sisson was near the front at 800m.

Treece and Sisson at 1000m.

Mile Split (5:30)

Girls lead pack at 1 3/4 mile

There was a big pack at the top of the hill.

Vanatta going downhill.

The lead pack started to separate at the
halfway point.

Scott and Hasay just past halfway.

Lead pack at 2800m.

Six person pack into the two mile mark (11:36)

Scott with Kroeger off the shoulder.

Scott and Kroeger at 3400m.

Heading across the steet.

Kroeger and Scott at 2 1/2 mi.

Kroeger begins her move.

Kroeger opened a lead at the top of the hill.

Kroeger had a big lead down the hill.

Kroeger nearing 3 mi.

Kroeger begins her kick.

Heading into the finish.

Kroeger wins!