All-Marin Runners of the Year

All-Marin girls cross country runner of the year: Julia Maxwell





All-Marin boys cross country runner of the year: John Lawson



2012 Footlocker National Finals

2012 Footlocker Cross Country Championships National Finals  Sat. Dec 8  San Diego

John Lawson ran a very competitive race to place 9th in 15:31 which is the best finish by a MCAL athlete at the Footlocker Championships. The previous best was a 19th place finish by Jake Schmitt in 2004.

Julia Maxwell ran a tough race to place 20th in 18:04 which is the highest place for a MCAL female athlete at the Footlocker Championships. The previous best was a 21st place finish by Robyn McSwain (Berry) in 1980. In 1980 there were 32 qualifiers for the race, now there are 40.

On Friday evening the Footlocker finalists, parents and coaches were invited to a panel composed of 2012 Foot Locker Legends, all former competitors at Footlocker Nationals. The Legends were:

  • Deena Kastor   Inducted into the Footlocker Hall of Fame
  • Bob Kennedy
  • Meb Keflezighi
  • Ryan Hall
  • Adam Goucher
  • Sara Bei Hall
  • Lauren Fleshman
  • Ed Torres
  • George Torres
  • Carrie Tollefson

Photo of West Region Team                        By Kelly Lawson

Footlocker West Team

Footlocker West Team

Marin History at Footlocker Nationals

The Footlocker National Championships was started in 1979. The race was run at Balboa Park in San Diego and 32 runners qualified for the championship race. In 2004 Nike started the Nike Cross Nationals (Erik Olson of Novato competed in NXN in 2009 placing 21st). In 2004 Footlocker added 2 more qualifying spots to each region so the Championship field increased to 40. The race was held in Orlando, FL 1981-82, 1997-2001.

  • 1980  Robyn McSwain (Berry)  Terra Linda  21st  18:40  (32 competitors)
  • 2004  Jake Schmitt  Redwood  19th  15:54
  • 2009  Theresa Devine  Marin Catholic  26th  18:17
  • 2010  Dan Milechman  Tamalpais  37th  16:00

On Saturday John Lawson of Drake and Julia Maxwell of Branson will be added to the list.

If we inadvertently missed anyone, please let us know.

Two Marin Athletes Qualify for Nationals!!

Footlocker Western Regional Cross Country Championships  Sat. Dec. 1  Mt. Sac

History was made today with two Marin runners qualifying for the Footlocker National Championships with top 3 finishes at the Western Regional Race. The top 10 finishers qualify for Nationals. The course was very muddy and treacherous yesterday but the Footlocker team spent many hours getting the course ready for the races today.

Julia Maxwell and Anna Harleen of Branson raced in the Girls Seeded race. Anna was ill but she still ran tough to finish in 99th place. Julia had to work hard today as she was in about 40th place at the 800m mark. She was able to work her way up to 3rd by the mile. Julia placed 2nd in 18:15. The race was won by Marissa Williams of LA in 17:45.

John Lawson and Clayton Hutchins of Drake raced in the Boys Seeded race. John ran a very smart race to finish 3rd in 15:37. The race was won by Ben Saarel of Salt Lake City, UT in 15:28. Clayton Hutchins ran a great race to finish in 15th place in 16:02. He just missed the 10th qualifying time by 12 seconds.

In the Girls State Team Competition, California placed 1st as a team with Julia as the #2 runner. In the Boys State Team competition, California placed 3rd as a team. John Lawson and Clayton Hutchins were the top two scoring runners on the CA team.

Julia Maxwell

Julia Maxwell

John Lawson

John Lawson


Now onto the Footlocker Nationals!





Julia and John will travel to San Diego for the Footlocker National Championships to be held on Sat. Dec. 8 at Morley Field.