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Nike Cross Nationals Virtual Meet Girls Preview Dec 1, 2010

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 individual qualifiers are included in this virtual meet preview and only runners on the 22 team qualifiers. Any corrections or missing times, please email to bmiles@milesplit.us.

Nike Cross Nationals Virtual Meet Boys Preview Dec 1, 2010

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 individual qualifiers are included in this virtual meet preview and only runners on the 22 team qualifiers. Any corrections or missing times, please email to Brandon Miles at bmiles@milesplit.us.

Nike Cross Nationals - Boys Preview Dec 2, 2010

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 Fayetteville-Manlius girls can extend their streak to five titles, it is the individual stars which takes the spotlight for the boys' race at the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals. Defending Foot Locker Nationals champion Lukas Verzbicas of Sandburg High School in Illinois will be attempting to put stamp himself as one of the all-time greats in the history of United States high school cross country by trying to win both national titles at the Nike Cross Nationals and Foot Locker Nationals in consecutive weekends. His biggest test arguably will not be in doubling back on likely tired legs in San Diego next Saturday at Foot Locker Nationals, but his first stop in the double at Portland Meadows in his first ever Nike Cross Nationals race.

Nike Cross Nationals Preview Dec 2, 2010

    The 7th annual Nike Cross Nationals will be held on Saturday, December 4th, at Portland Meadows on the north side of the city of Portland, Oregon. The meet has served as the unofficial yet virtually legitimate national high school cross country team championships since NXN's inception in 2004. A total of 22 of the nation's best cross country teams representing nine regions across the country will be racing alongside each other on the three loop course inside the horsetrack within the infield area of Portland Meadows.  The 5K course layout has traditionally been muddy and slick footing as a result of the area's regular rainfall. The Nike experience is an unforgettable few days for the athletes and coaches starting with the all-expense paid trip to Oregon as well as plenty of free gear and other perks showered upon them as they arrive on the Nike Campus.

Nike Cross Nationals Qualifiers List Nov 29, 2010

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 links to team pages and athlete profile pages on MileSplit. At-large team berths were announced on Monday by meet management. Davis (UT), Loyola (CA), The Woodlands (TX), and Neuqua Valley (IL) were selected as the at-large teams for boys. North Shore (NY), Great Oak (CA), La Costa Canyon (CA), and Wheaton Warrenville South (IL) were selected as the at-large teams for girls.

Vote on who will be the 2010 NXN Champions! Dec 3, 2010

Participate and vote in our polls on who will win the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals individual and team titles this weekend at Portland Meadows in Oregon. The Fayetteville-Manlius girls are heavy favorites, while American Fork boys appear to be a very slight favorite in most pre-meet predictions and rankings. Meanwhile, Foot Locker Midwest and NXN Midwest champions Lukas Verzbicas (IL) and Allie Woodward (WI) are the top ranked individuals heading into Saturday's national championship race.   NXN Boys Team Poll NXN Girls Team Poll NXN Boys Individual Poll NXN Girls Individual Poll

Hailey Pierce and the rest of the Tatnall Girls! Dec 4, 2010

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!  Hailey herself may place in the top 5 while the girls team also could place there as well!  Watch LIVE

How Will Colorado Fare at NXN? Nov 30, 2010

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 race. Photos by Alan Versaw.

Watch Jacob Burcham Live at Nike Cross Nationals Dec 3, 2010

Burcham Finishes 16th - Earns All-American Honors    Photo courtesy of Cabell Midland UPDATES: Jacob Burcham, a sophomore at Cabell Midland High School, earns All-America Status at the 7th annual Nike Cross Nationals at Portland Meadows / Portland, OR on December 4th, 2010.   Burcham earned third team All-America Status with his sixteenth place finish in a time of 16:44.9.Only the top 21 runners are given the honor of All-American - 1st-7th (1st team), 8th-14th (2nd team), and 15th-21st (3rd team). There were sixteen seniors, three juniors, and 2 sophmores in this elite group. With the sixteen seniors graduating, Jacob will be retuning in the number three spot. Jacob Burcham's Splits at NXN: Split 1 - 28th - 2:23.98 Split 2 - 16th - 5:47.25 Split 3 - 28th - 9:47.73 Split 4 - 24th - 13:21.15 Split 5 - 16th - 16:44.9   Jacob Burcham and coach Chris Parsons of Cabell Midland are in Portland, Oregon for the Nike Cross Nationals. Jacob is ready to go. Here is his pre-race video.   Jacob Burcham 2010 Pre-Race Interview     Watch live as Jacob Burcham take on some of the best cross country runners in the Nation at the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Pre-meet coverage - 10:05am (Portland time) 1:05pm (Eastern time) Girls Championship race - 10:25am (Portland time) 1:25pm (Eastern time) Boys Championship race - 11:35am (Portland time) 2:35pm (Eastern ti...me)   Watch Nike Nationals Live   2010 NXN Live Results

2010 NXN - Championship Girls Race Dec 4, 2010

Championship girls race footage from the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals held on Saturday, December 4th at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon.

Virginians @ 2010 Nike Cross Nationals: Midlo boys 21st, LeHardy 26th, Cutright 38th Dec 5, 2010

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, Oregon. Course conditions were arguably worse than ever in meet history as times absolutely went out the window as runners raced only for highest individual and team placement possible with one another. It was a mixed bag of results for the Virginia delegation in Oregon this weekend.   Photo by Ryan Kelly   The Midlothian boys had a disappointing showing in the mud at Portland Meadows for the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals. This year's Virginia 3A state cross country champions and NXN Southeast Regional team champions placed 21st out of 22 teams with 462 points. Competing as the Chesterfield XC Club, Darren Barlow led the Midlo boys as the team's top finisher in Oregon with a 103rd place finish (17:43) and sophomore Sean Willard was one of the team's individual bright spots in 108th place (17:50). Nonetheless, the Midlothian had a very successful season in becoming the fourth boys' team from Virginia to qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals (Midlothian - 2006, Thomas Jefferson S&T - 2007, Jamestown - 2008) and winning their fourth state cross country team title in school history.   Photo by Ryan Kelly   Hidden Valley's two individual qualifiers in Annie LeHardy and Haley Cutright had much better showing than the Midlo team in Portland. Both Hidden Valley seniors competed last year at NXN when their team qualified as an at-large berth and used their experience from a year ago to their advantage to improve upon their 2009 NXN finishes. LeHardy went from 52nd place in the 2009 race to 26th place (19:28) in 2010 as the Group AA state cross country champion was the highest finisher among the Southeast Region individual qualifiers. Her teammate Haley Cutright was only 12 places behind in 38th place (19:51) to improve drastically from her 90th place finish in the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals. LeHardy and Cutright look to build upon their fall success into the track season, which Cutright has never ran track before while LeHardy has never ran indoor track. The possibility is more likely for both happening for the first time in the 2011 track season, which could help form a potential state record chasing 4x800 with teammates Carolyn Bethel and Ashleigh Torres.   Full Coverage of Nike Cross Nationals at MileSplit US Meet Page

NXN Pre-Meet Interviews with Midlo boys & LeHardy/Cutright Dec 3, 2010

MileStat.com's Brandon Miles and Ryan Kelly are in Portland, Oregon covering the Nike Cross Nationals this weekend for MileSplit US, which also features a small group of Virginian participants with the Midlothian boys and individual qualifiers Annie LeHardy and  Haley Cutright of Hidden Valley. MileStat.com interviewed the Midlothian boys and the Hidden Valley duo on Thursday at the Nike Campus.   Midlothian Boys Pre-Meet Interview Annie LeHardy & Haley Cutright Pre-Meet Interview

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