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RE: Remember Amber Trotter...

0000012 wrote:

she had her eating disorder her junior year of xc. she did bad at FLN and then took a lot of time off to get better. she came back to XC better than ever, and then after running a couple of all comers meets was diagnosed with a stress fracture. i know for a fact if she wouldnt have gotten injured the national 2mile/3200 and 5k indoor and outdoor records would probably have her name all over it.

I disagree, I was in Orlando for that race and Amber looked to be about 5' 8" and well under 100 pounds. It wasn't just her weight, but her arms and shoulders had that look of an ED. There are a lot of great runners who were thin like Kim Gallagher and Zola Budd for example, but they looked natural and actually gained a little weight each year, whereas Amber looked like she got smaller each year. If Amber was healthy in her senior year, I can't imagine what she looked like as a junior. I think Amber admitted herself that she was still battling an ED in her senior year and knew she could not continue, which played a role in her decision to turn down scholarship offers and put on some weight.

With that said, I agree with a poster who said that Amber would have won Footlocker in any era. Amber absolutely dominated Footlocker in a year when all of the top girls were in the race. Under difference circumstances, Amber could have run sub-16. That Orlando course was very slow, the athlete I was there to support was 29 seconds off of this regional time which was run on a tough course.

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