Claudia Lane Wins Second Foot Locker Nationals Title

Ben Crawford

Claudia Lane of Malibu High School in California successfully defended her Foot Locker Nationals title on Saturday morning in San Diego at Balboa Park in 17:03.4, one second faster than her winning time in 2016.

The junior had Melody Fairchild's 16:39.2 course record on the brain, a mark that has stood since 1990.

But Lane reportedly had a sore throat on race day, according to the in-stadium announcers, and couldn't quite tackle the pace by herself as she ran anywhere from 15 to 20 seconds ahead of the field for the entire race.

She'll have another shot at the record next year as a senior, when she will have the opportunity to become the first-ever three-time Foot Locker champion.

"I'm so excited, so grateful to have this opportunity again," Lane said after the race to Carrie Tollefson. "[The record] was on my mind but I'm fine that I didn't break it, especially with next year. The uphills were a little tough but overall was a fun race." 

Lane jetted out in 5:17 for the opening mile, with the rest of the field passing through over 5:30. By two miles, she had slowed slightly to 10:57, while Michigan's Olivia Theis and Illinois' Katelynne Hart had emerged as the leaders of the chase pack with an 11:12 split.

By comparison, Lane's splits last year were 5:18 and 10:55.

Even without the record, the run caps an impressive year for Lane that saw her break several course records set by legendary California prep phenom Sarah Baxter, including an unreal 15:49 over 2.93 miles at the Mt. SAC XC Invitational, 16:30 over 5K at Woodward Park for the CIF State Finals, and 16:59.6 at the Mt. SAC 5K course for Foot Locker West.

Ultimately, debate will continue about who is the true top girls high school cross country runner of 2017 as Nike Cross Nationals champion Katelyn Tuohy of New York was just as dominant on the East Coast this year, with new records at Van Cortlandt Park's 2.5 mile Manhattan Invite course in 13:21.8, Bowdoin Park in 16:52, and Glendoveer Golf Course for NXN in 16:44.

Sophomore Hart, fourth at NXN last weekend, outkicked Theis — a University of Michigan recruit — for runner-up honors, 17:22.5 to 17:22.6.

NCAA Weekend In Review: Josh Kerr Sets NCAA Record, TeeTee Terry Breaks Out

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Josh Kerr of New Mexico rightfully claims the throne as prince of the NCAA weekend after breaking one of the oldest records in Division I history: the 1500m. The three-time NCAA champion ran 3:35.01 at the Bryan Clay Invitational to narrowly beat out Sydney Maree's 3:35.3, which has stood as the DI standard since 1981.

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Patience Pays For Vivian Cheruiyot In London Marathon

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Phyllis Francis Double, Spicy Men’s 4x400 On Tap At Michael Johnson Invite

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Some of the NCAA’s best sprinters will descend on Waco, Texas, looking for fast times at the Michael Johnson Invitational. Joining the top talent from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Baylor will be several professional athletes—including 2017 world 400m champion Phyllis Francis. You can watch the meet live on FloTrack and find the full schedule and entries here. 

After Year-Long Layoff, Marathoner Laura Thweatt Is Back

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There's at least one top U.S. marathoner who didn't compete in Boston this week.

Dominique Scott-Efurd Joins Forces With Emma Coburn

South African national record holder and five-time NCAA champion Dominique Scott-Efurd announced on Friday that she is joining the training group that includes world championship gold medalist Emma Coburn. The group, which is coached by Coburn’s husband Joe Bosshard, is based in Boulder, Colorado, and also includes Aisha Praught-Leer and Kaela Edwards.

House Of Run: What Will Be The Legacy Of The 2018 Boston Marathon?

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On the latest episode of the House of Run podcast, Jason and Kevin discuss Desiree Linden becoming the first American woman to win Boston since 1985, Yuki Kawauchi's comeback victory, the bizarre top five in both races, the panoply of DNFs, and the horrific weather in Boston.

Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba To Chase World Record At London Marathon

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It's hard to imagine a 26.2-mile race topping the drama of Monday's Boston Marathon, but the high-profile athletes assembled in London and lofty goals vocalized for this Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon indicate that track fans may very well get two of the best marathons ever in a span of six days. 

London Marathon Men's Preview: Eliud Kipchoge Could Break World Record

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The only athletic accomplishment that reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has left to garner is an official world record in the marathon. His 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 Event in Monza last May didn't count for official record-keeping, but the race did prove he is more than capable of bettering Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 world record—given the conditions are cooperative.