A few more images from NXN 2010 from the photography of Jeff and Karen McCoy.
Coach Cucuzella was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his prized harrier Matt Jablonski!
Courtesy of Nike and Runnerspace
A gallery of my favorite photos from NXN 2010.
Fort Collins's two big freshman contributors, Michelle Kramer and Audrey Oweimrin, negotiate the whoop-de-dos at NXN.
The state of Virginia was represented by one team and two individuals at the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals held Saturday, December 4th at Portland Meadows in Portland...
Erin Hooker maintained a top-20 position throughout the girls' race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Spencer Wenck made the most of the opportunities presented by the muddy conditions at NXN. Photo by Alan Versaw.
PORTLAND, Ore. – One by one they crossed the finish line, each one crying. Fayetteville-Manlius knew what was happening.
PORTLAND, Ore. – When Ammar Moussa finally made it back to his team’s tent someone had already pulled out their cell phone to announce exactly how much his...
Manlius XC Club (Fayetteville-Manlius, NY) made history by winning their 5th straight NXN girls title with a mere 27 points!
Photo by Susan Dickinson
Hailey Pierce and the rest of the Tatnall girls are out to prove that they belong at NXN and that the Southeast Region isn't has week as everyone claims it to be!...
2010-12-04 at Portland Meadows 5k in Portland (via MileSplit United States)
The worst of the slop occurs just before the whoop-de-dos. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Burcham Finishes 16th - Earns All-American Honors Photo courtesy of Cabell Midland UPDATES: Jacob Burcham, a sophomore at Cabell Midland High School, earns...
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Photo by Ron Crocker While the girls' race focus stays on the original purpose of the Nike Cross Nationals in crowning the national team championship and if the...
A virtual meet preview of the championship girls' race for the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals based on current season best 5K performances in the MileSplit database. No...
A virtual meet preview of the championship boys' race for the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals based on current season best 5K performances in the MileSplit database. No...
Saturday will be bittersweet for these three young women. Marci Witczak, Maddie Alm, and Mariel Fulton will toe the line with their high school teammates for one final...
A list of all team and individual qualifiers for the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals to be held Saturday, December 4th at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon. Includes...
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WHAT IS NXN?
The Nike Cross Nationals is comprised of 8 Regional Qualifying meets and the National Finals in Portland. Following in the tradition of European cross country meets, the Nationals event will again feature a multiple loop race course with man-made obstacles built on the inside of the horse race track at Portland Meadows in Oregon. Spectators can enjoy a continuous live view of the race from the venue's enclosed 3,000-seat grandstand, and a live webcast feed of the event will run on nikecrossnationals.com.
Fields of 22 seven-person clubs and an additional 45 individuals (male and female) will lay it all on the line in the quest for the sport's biggest prize, the coveted Winged Goddess of Victory statue.
SO WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR?
* This year we are taking seven runners and two chaperones instead of eight runners and one chaperone. This will eliminate the eighth traveling runner and provide stronger support for each club.
* The great state of Wyoming has moved from the Southwest Region to the Northwest Region.
NXN RACE SCHEDULE
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Portland Meadows, Portland OR
9:00a: Community Race
10:05a: Boy's Championship Race
11:35a: Girl's Championship Race
* Awards to follow each race
* Schedule subject to change
WHERE ARE THE REGIONAL MEETS?
NXN - NORTHWEST (11.13.10) - Boise, Idaho
NXN - HEARTLAND (11.14.10) - Souix Falls, South Dakota
NXN - MIDWEST (11.14.10) - Terre Haute, Indiana
NXN - SOUTHWEST (11.20.10) - Tempe, Arizona
NXN - SOUTH (11.20.10) - The Woodlands, Texas
NXN - SOUTHEAST (11.27.10) - Cary, North Carolina
NYN - NORTHEAST (11.27.10) - Wappingers Falls, New York
NXN - NEW YORK (11.27.10) - Wappingers Falls, New York
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
All teenage cross-country runners and clubs are invited to participate in the NXN Series which includes the Nike Cross Nationals Regional Championships in eight select cities across the United States.
The clubs and individuals competing in Nike Cross Nationals are selected through a series of regional qualifying events. The nine regions represented are: Heartland, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, South, Northeast, Southeast, California and New York. There are also four at-large clubs.
In addition, NXN-VI in Portland will feature the NXN Community Race for any additional clubs and individuals willing to test their mettle across the championship course!
High school aged students in grades (9-12), born September 1, 1990 or later. (Certain states allow those in the 7th and 8th grades to compete; athletes in those grades from those states will be allowed to compete as well).
Individuals may compete as well according to the guidelines noted above. All individuals must compete unattached.
* $125 per club (maximum 7 members per club)
* $25 per individual
* $300 Club Bulk unlimited entry fee
Late entry fee:
* $150 per club
* $30 per individual
*check regional websites for entry date deadlines
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?
Automatic qualifiers into Nike Cross Nationals from the NXN Regionals: The top two placing clubs in each gender of the Championship Division race at each NXN regional will earn automatic berths to NXN in Portland. Additionally, the top five placing individuals who are not on automatically placing clubs will advance to NXN as individual qualifiers.
At-Large qualifiers into Nike Cross Nationals from the NXN Regionals: A total of four at-large club berths per gender will be awarded. Clubs placing either third or fourth in the Championship Division race at each NXN regional will move into a pool of clubs receiving consideration for advancing to NXN as an at-large qualifier. A committee of experts will determine the at-large qualifiers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Nike Cross Nationals (NXN)?
It's the Ultimate XC Experience! Nike Cross Nationals is a series of regional championship events culminating with the national championship. All high school athletes are invited to compete in the NXN Regional Championships. The top two clubs and top five individuals not on a qualifying club will advance to the National meet. In addition, four at large clubs will also be selected to compete using these guidelines.
Who can compete in the NXN Regional?
Just about anyone in high school! If you are eligible to compete for your local high school, you're eligible to compete here! Oh yea, it also takes a bit of guts and a willingness to have fun! By the way, this isn't only for the fastest clubs around... we've got races in the schedule for open division and frosh-soph! Heck, your regional might even have a community 'fun run' available!
Do I have to compete as part of a club?
Nope! That's why we've changed the name to Nike Cross Nationals, cuz we're taking individuals too! If you wanna race, then we've got the place. Just register in time and we'll find a space for you. If you're ultra swift, we'll save an individual spot for you in the featured Championship Division race!
What if our club doesn't have seven runners competing at the regional?
Well, it takes five to be an official and accepted club entry. The good news? Each of you can still sign up to compete as individuals are share in the competition!
Can individuals qualify to Nike Cross Nationals?
You bet! The top five individual boys and girls placers from non-qualifying clubs in the Championship Division race at each regional earn individual spots to NXN in Portland! More qualifying info here.
Why should I run at the NXN Regional?
The reason you wanna be at this ultra-cool event is because the very best clubs and the top individuals from your neck of the woods will be there, making history in the first ever combined club & individual regional championship in history! We're talking about the experience of a lifetime: total VIP treatment, marching bands, professional Nike athletes, awesome competition, a chance to strut your stuff, and maybe even the chance to run your way into the first-ever Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland! How cool is that???
How many races will there be at the Regional Championships?
The number of races may vary by region. Every region will have a championship race (Nationals qualifier), and an open race. Some regions may host a frosh/soph race if there is sufficient interest and/or overflow from the Championship and Open races. Some regions may also include a community race. Every high school harrier - no matter what ability - has a spot. Check your Regional Championship's page to verify which races will be run at that specific region.
How does a club qualify for the Championship section at the NXN Regionals?
A committee will select the top 25-35 (number is based on course capacity) clubs per gender in the region and they will compete in the Championship section.
Will clubs be invited to register for the Championship section?
There is no formal invitation. All clubs/individuals are welcome to compete and must register for the NXN Regional races regardless of what section they are entering, including the championship section. Clubs/individuals will then be seeded into the appropriate race. Race registration will close the Sunday before the regional races.
When will clubs be notified about entry into the championship section?
Race assignments will be put up on the regional pages on nikecrossnationals.com the Wednesday before the actual race. Clubs will not be contacted, they must check the website. An NXN selection committee will determine the 25-35 best clubs per gender for the championship section. We will do our very best to ensure the most deserving clubs are seeded into the championship section.
Is transportation provided to the NXN Regional Championship?
No, clubs are responsible for their own travel and accommodation, but a list of recommended hotels can be found on the regional web pages.
Can a club petition the committee for inclusion in the Championship race if it feels wrongly denied entry?
Yes, all petitions will be weighed carefully and equally.
Can clubs wear their high school uniforms?
No, club runners cannot wear anything relating to their high school program.
Can individuals enter?
Yes, individuals can enter and will be placed in either the Championship section or non-Championship section, depending on the size of the field and the athlete's ability.
If a club qualifies for the NXN Finals, where do they register?
Clubs will be contacted after the race about registration procedures.
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