2006 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships head to Spokane


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 2,300 athletes are expected to compete at the 2006 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Saturday, December 9, at Plantes Ferry Recreation Park in Spokane, Wash.

Athletes aged 8 to 18 from all 57 USATF Associations will compete for boys' and girls' titles in five age divisions. The USATF Junior Olympic program age divisions are bantam (10 and under) racing over 3 kilometers; midget (11-12) racing 3 km; youth (13-14) racing 4 km; intermediate (15-16) racing 5 km; and young men/women (17-18) racing 5 km.

Past champions and rising stars in the mix

*2005 Intermediate Girls champion Krystal Harper looks to repeat, but will face stiff competition from 2005 Youth Girls champion Emily Sisson in the race for the crown in the Intermediate Girls division.

*In the Midget Girls 3 km race, 2004 Bantam Girls champion Kaylor Murray, who took ninth in last year's Midget Girls race, will look challenge 2005 fifth place Midget Girls finisher Kristen Traub.

*Darren Fahy, the 2004 Bantam Boys champion, will be running for the Midget Boys title, while his brother, Steven Fahy, will be vying for the Bantam Boys crown.

For more information and complete results from the 2006 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, visit www.usatf.org.