Coverage

NXN Girls Individual Preview Nov 27, 2012

If you’ve watched US#1 Sarah Baxter destroy hallowed course records of Amber Trotter at Mt. SAC and Julia Stamps at Woodward Park during this epic 2012 fall campaign, you might have said, “Wow, she looks like she could be running with the boys.” (File photo by Pat Bendzick)

NXN Girls Wrap: Dominate Runs for Manlius and Baxter Dec 2, 2012

The girls of Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.), known as Manlius XC here, came into Saturday’s Nike Cross Nationals girls’ championship race in Portland with six consecutive titles under their belt.  Yet, there were questions.  F-M had, at the Eastern States Championships in October, been beaten for the first time in any meet in six years (by Tatnall DE) – though F-M had been without its #1 Jillian Fanning.  Would they finally relinquish the NXN crown?  Who would beat them?

NXN Boys Wrap: Arcadia, Wharton turn Mud City into Upset City! Dec 2, 2012

The Nike Cross Nationals finally crowned its first two-time boys’ national champion Saturday.  But it wasn’t those 2011 titlists that had ruled in record fashion all fall long – from North Carolina to New York – and had been favored, despite nearly stumbling last weekend in their regional. (Photo by Patty Morgan)

NXN Girls Team Preview Nov 28, 2012

They are questions you’ve posed and heard regarding the Nike Cross Nationals girls’ team title every year since 2007.  Why?  Well, because until the answers change, what other questions are there to ask?  Can the Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) girls (known here as Manlius XC) win again?  And if not, who can beat them? (Photo by Pat Bendzick)

NXN Boys Individual Preview Nov 29, 2012

If you see Nick Ryan going out hard Saturday during the Nike Cross Nationals Boys Championship race at Portland Meadows, perhaps grabbing a sizable lead in the first mile, you best not let him go this time.

Mary Kate Vaughn NXN Post Race Interview - Stuck in the Mud! Dec 4, 2012

Oakwood's Mary Kate Vaughn, despite being stuck in the mud and falling at the start of the NXN girl's race, plodded her way through the mud and water, working her way up to a 27th place finish in a time of 20:21.  As a Freshman, she has continued to improve each and every race and has proven herself to be one of the premier freshman girl's in the nation.

Sam Wharton NXN Post Race Interview - Adding to His Legacy! Dec 3, 2012

Tippacanoe's Sam Wharton surprised everyone at the Nike Cross Nationals by winning in a time of 17:06. On the podium in Portland he quipped,   “I set a record: the slowest winner ever!” However, on a course that he described as "absolutely ugly," he was the strongest and the smartest,  adding to the "legacy" he is establishing as one of the best Cross Country runners in Ohio high school history.  

NXN Boys Team Preview Nov 30, 2012

It’s fascinating how the history of Nike Cross Nationals has evolved in terms of comparing the girls’ and boys’ championships.  With the girls, you had a program in Fayetteville-Manlius which has won six titles in a row -- not to mention another in the same state, Saratoga Springs, which has claimed three consecutive runner-up finishes.  For the boys, however, there has not only never been a repeat champion, but no club has won two titles overall in the 8-year history of the event.  Eight different NXN boys’ championships, eight different winners.

Q & A with Assumption Head Coach Barry Haworth about Nike Cross Nationals this Saturday Nov 30, 2012

Barry Haworth is the Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Assumption High School in Louisville, Kentucky.  They have won three consecutive Class AAA State Championships.  Last weekend they won the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional to qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals for the 2nd year in a row.  Coach Haworth answers questions below:

NXN: Individuals Shine on Mostly Disappointing Day for Colorado Dec 1, 2012

One message has shown through in the last five weeks. Whether you put Elise Cranny, Heather Bates, and Katie Rainsberger on hills, in mud, or on a flat and fast course, they are among the very best in the nation. Here, Elise Cranny crosses the NXN finish line in seventh. Photo by Patty Morgan.

Southwest Region at Nike Cross Nationals Nov 29, 2012

Late in the NXR-SW race, Jordan Cross, Luis Martinez (partially hidden), Michael Finch, Jake Heslington, and Andy Trouard strained toward nailing down a bid to Nike Cross Nationals. Photo by Alan Versaw.

Q & A with St. Xavier Head Coach Chuck Medley about Nike Cross Nationals this Saturday Nov 29, 2012

Chuck Medley is the Head Coach at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky.  His senior heavy team won the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional last Saturday in North Carolina.  They won the top meets in Kentucky (Trinity Invitational) and Illinois (Palatine Invitational.)  They were also Runner-Ups at the nationally renowned Great American Cross Country Festival in North Carolina.  Below he answers questions about this weekend's Nike Cross Nationals Race in Portland, Oregon.   

Mason's Lauren Wood NXN Post Race Interview - An Amazing Season! Dec 5, 2012

Mason Senior Lauren Woods took advantage of the opportunity to run in the NXN Championships.  Her overall Senior XC season was more than she hoped for, and she accomplished more than she thought was possible, breaking 18 minutes, getting 4th in the State D1 girls' race and running 65th in the NXN Championships.  She is now looking forward to the upcoming track season.

VA at NXN: Blacksburg boys 10th! Dickerson & Bethel run strong in the 20s! Dec 3, 2012

  At the 2012 Nike Cross Nationals, the state of Virginia was represented by a team and a pair of individuals led the defending four-time Group AA state champion Blacksburg boys earning the highest finish ever by a Virginian boys' squad at NXN with a 10th place finish of 257 points to become the first Southeast boys' team qualifier to place among the top 10 in meet history.

Tatnall 6th at NXN, Foley #1 girl Dec 1, 2012

The Tatnall girls placed 6th overall, just 10 points from the podium that they stood on last year. An amazing accomplishment considering all that they have overcome this year, including: a transfer of one of their top runners, and injuries to their two of their top runners in Reagan Anderson and Rebecca Salter. They repped DWare to the fullest!

The Road to Portland: Jessica Molloy Nov 29, 2012

Jessica Molloy recently qualified for NXN as an individual.  She has graciously agreed to keep us all informed about what life is like as a Nike Cross Nationals Qualifier.  Keep up with her here on her "Road to Portland."

NM Results: NXN, Foot Locker West Dec 2, 2012

Save for Luis Martinez's spectacular run at NXN, New Mexico rode quietly into the sunset of the 2012 cross country season today. Photo by Patty Morgan.

Watch Burcham Live at Nike Cross Nationals Nov 30, 2012

US#8 Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland concludes his fabulous cross country career tomorrow at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon at the Portland Meadows 5K course. You can watch him live at 2:30 p.m. EST at: Nike Cross Nationals and Foot Locker West (Live webcast!) Get all results, videos, photos, articles and more with our coverage at Nike Cross Nationals Milesplit Coverage

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