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The Nike Cross Heartland Regionals, Sioux Falls, SD, Sunday November 13 (http://www.runnerspace.com/nxnhl) brings together the top high school teams and individuals from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin as a qualifier for the Nike Cross Nationals Championships, Portland, Oregon, Saturday December 3. Only the top two teams and five individuals (not on those teams) from this Heartland Regionals (among eight regionals nationally) advance to Nationals. This article is an attempt to highlight the top teams and individuals from each state, and then suggest most likely national qualifiers. (By state high school federation rules, high school teams and individuals can not officially participate in post-high school season competitions representing their schools. Therefore, high school teams will technically be representing “clubs” (e.g., Tiger XC club) and individuals competing “unattached” in the regional and national NXN meets; but we’ll identify these clubs/individuals by the associated high schools.)
Highlights from the Boys Race at Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional in South Dakota
Post-race interview with repeat NXN Heartland champion Tony Smoragiewicz of South Dakota
Highlights from the Girls Race at Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional in South Dakota
Maria Hauger decisively wins the 2011 Nike Heartland Regional with a time of 17:52.67.
Post-race interview with Heartland runner-up Stephanie Jenks of Iowa
For the second straight year, Tony Smoragiewicz proved that he's not just the best high school cross country runner in the state, but the best in the Midwest. (via The Argus Leader)
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