Nike Cross Nationals

December 02, 2011 @ Portland Meadows 5k in Portland, OR

Official Meet Web Site


With faster performances in more events at increasingly elite levels, Haley Pierce this winter achieved national prominence unprecedented for a Delaware runner. ...
My name is Ann Herman and I am a senior at Pennsbury High School. This cross country season has been an exhilarating whirlwind and it was an awesome way to end my high...
Angel Picarillo and Dustin Wilson take 13th in their respective races. At the course tour on Friday, PA athletes Dustin Wilson, Angel Piccirillo, Tori Gerlach and...
It was a relatively successful day for Massachusetts athletes at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. The Pembroke boys, Hamilton-Wenham girls, and...
Elle Purrier of Richford High School capped off her stellar season with a 32nd place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, OR. The Vermont State Champion and...
Champlain Valley made a triumphant return to the Nike Cross Nationals after weathering a small bump in the road at the Northeast Regional Championships. CVU finished...
Sticking together: At the first pass over the whoop-de-dos, it was the pack mentality working for Fort Collins. Photo by Patrick Bendzick.
NXN, Indoor's first weekend!!! Ellie Gonzalez, FL bound Hannah Oneda!!! College Actions!
The field separated quickly after the “cannon” went off to start the 2011 NXN Championship, with the strong favorites, surging ahead from the crowd of...
All eyes were meant to be on Futsum Zeinaselassie. Previews had Zeinaselassie as the odds on favorite to win by a wide margin. That all changed once the gun went off...
Sarah Baxter (CA) won the individual title with a time of 17:38, 3rd fastest on the course. Haley Pierce (DE) was 2nd, Katie Knight (WA) was 3rd and Jillian Fanning...
Albemarle senior Adam Visokay had one of the best individual races yet by a Virginian in the history of the Nike Cross Nationals with his 10th place finish in a loaded...
Class AAA State Champions Assumption finishes their amazing year with an 18th place finish at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon today.
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Todd Grasley of interviewed Elliot Clemente, the NXN Southeast champ from Belen Jesuit, on Friday afternoon. He talks about tomorrow's big...
The Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) brings together the best teams in the country and pits them against each other on the most unique course available. Portland Meadows will...
Belen Jesuit landed this afternoon in Oregon. Take the trip along with them with live Twitter updates courtsey of #2 runner Avery Lopez and other members of the team!
Twenty-two of the nations' top teams and forty-five of the best individuals will make the trek to Portland, Oregon for Nike Cross Nationals. The teams are comprised...
The Midlothian girls received word this morning that they had been selected as one of the four at-large team selections for next weekend's Nike Cross Nationals. This...
The girls of Assumption of qualified for Nike Cross Nationals next week in Portland, Oregon.

Additional Information

Course Map:


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

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.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Portland Meadows, Portland OR

9:30am: Community Race
10:25am: Girl's Championship Race
11:35am: Boy's Championship Race
* Awards to follow each race

* Schedule subject to change


November 12, 2011
NXN Northwest Regional - Boise, Idaho - Registration Info

November 13, 2011
NXN Midwest Regional - Terre Haute, Indiana - Registration Info
NXN Heartland Regional - Souix Falls, South Dakota - Registration Info

November 19, 2011
NXN Southwest Regional - Mesa AZ - Registration Info
NXN South Regional - The Woodlands, Texas - Registration Info

November 26, 2011
NXN Southeast Regional - Cary, North Carolina - Registration Info
NXN Northeast Regional - Wappingers Falls, New York - Registration Info
NXN New York Regional - Wappingers Falls, New York - Registration Info

December 3, 2011
NXN Championship - Portland Meadows, Portland OR
NXN Community Race - Portland Meadows, Portland OR

Read more: - Nike Cross Nationals Official Site - NXN - Meet Info - Meet Info

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.

Entry fees:

* $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


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.


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 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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