2006 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships

Boys National Finals

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In the boys’ race, the excitement was intense as it came down to the final seconds between Hall, a senior at Big Bear High School and Steve Murdock of Clifton Park, N.Y.  The race opened up with the entire field staying together and several of the top finishers vying for the lead.  Northeast Regional Champion Craig Forys of Howell, N.J., took an early lead on the hill just after the first mile, but the pack quickly reconvened on the downhill.  Staying together through the halfway point, Murdock attempted a move by breaking away two meters from the pack, but again, the group came back together and continued to battle for the win.  In an exciting finish, Hall and Murdock were neck-and-neck through the last 400 meters, until Hall managed to pull away in the final stretch to claim victory in 15:20.  Forys pushed it through the final 30 meters to pass Murdock for the second place finish in a time of 15:24.  Murdock finished third, just one second behind Forys, with a time of 15:25. Hassan Mead and Matt Tebo rounded out First Team All-American.

The canon goes off!

South boys at the start.

Forys got out quickly.

Tebo was fast at the 400m.

Hall at 600m


Heading into the 800m mark.

Lead pack at 800m (2:20)

Hall began his first move heading
across the road

Tebo answered the challenge.

Hall nears 1mi.

Gruenewald nears mile mark

Forys and Murdock at mile (4:52)

Hall led halfway up the hill

Murdock going down the hill

Murdock going into halfway

Murdock and Hall after 2-mile

Hall made the move past the 2-mile

The lead opened

Murdock caught him on the hill

Murdock led going down the hill

Hall closes at 3mi mark

250m to go Hall passed

Hall kicked it in