Individual At-Large Watch: Top Candidates For NXN


Nike Cross Nationals is fast approaching. We're less than two weeks away from the big season-ending cross country event at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon. 

So what's next? 

With five regional races already completed, the ensuing weekend will culminate with the last three Nike qualifying races on the schedule (New York, Northeast and Southeast) and the California Interscholastic Federation Championships in Fresno. 

In October, NXN announced the inclusion of five more at-large individual berths to both the boys and girls fields following every regional.

No particular guidelines were broken out as to how at-large athletes would be selected (Our only prediction is that invitations could be a mixture of a runners who did not qualify at regionals and a select number of athletes who did not race there) by the NXN committee, though we'll go one step further. 

In the meantime, here's a running list of the most deserving athletes who did not qualify, in ascending order. 

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Potential Individual At-Large Boys Candidates For NXN (Only those who raced at Nike Region)

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1

Alex Maier

Flower Mound (TX)South32nd2-time NXN top 15 finisher; Texas State Class 6A  Championships (1st); 2 total wins; PR and US No. 2 of 14:34.92

2

Cruz Gomez

PSJA Memorial (TX)South13th1-time NXN qualifier; McNeil Invitational (1st); Texas State Class 5A Championships (4th); 6 total wins; PR and US No. 9 of 14:48.66

3

Maxwell Manley

Edina (MN)Heartland7thRoy Griak Inviational (1st); Minnesota State Class AA Championships (3rd); 5 total wins; PR of 15:18.40

4

Zachary Erickson

Idaho Falls (ID)Northwest19thBob Firman Invitational (2nd); Idaho State Class 4A Championships (2nd); 3 total wins; PR of 15:09.40

5

Bradley Peloquin

Gig Harbor (WA)Northwest12thNike Portland Invitational (1st); WIAA State Class 3A Championships (4th); 5 total wins; PR of 15:06.50

6

Tommy Brady

Maine South (IL)Midwest16thFirst to Finish Invitational (7th); Peoria Invitational (2nd); Illinois Class 3A Championships (2nd); 4 total wins; PR of 15:34.96

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Potential Individual At-Large Girls Candidates For NXN (Only those who raced at a Nike Region)
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1

Lexy Halladay

Mountain View (ID)Northwest25th2-time NXN qualifier; St. Olaf Invitational (3rd); Nike Battle for 509 (1st); Idaho State Class 5A Championships (1st); 3 total wins; PR of 17:08.73

2

Lauren Peterson

Farmington (MN)Heartland22nd2-time NXN qualifier; Roy Griak Invitational (3rd); Minnesota State Class AA Championships (2nd); 6 total wins; Season PR of 17:27.30

3

Kyla Becker

Portland Lincoln (OR)Northwest20thStanford Invitational (2nd); Warner Pacific Invitational (1st); Oregon State Class 6A Championships (3rd); 7 total wins; PR of 17:24.40

4

Ember Stratton

Hellgate (MT)Northwest8th1-time NXN qualifier; Bob Firman (13th); 2 total wins; Montana State Class AA Championships (3rd); Season best of 17:52.10

5

Aubrey O'Connell

Prosper (TX)South6thMarcus Invitational (8th); McNeil Invitational (7th); Texas State Class 6A Championships (3rd); 2 total wins; PR and No. 8 of 16:52.84

6

Kaylee Thompson

Classical Academy (CO)Southwest6thColorado State 3A Championships (1st); 5 total wins; PR of 17:18.33

7

Allie Janke

North Central (WA)Northwest9thBob Firman (6th); Washington State Class 4A Championships (1st); Border Clash (4th); 2 total wins; PR of 17:36.80

8

Phoebe Bates

Carmel (IN)Midwest31stFlashrock Invitational (1st); Indiana State Championships (49th); 5 total wins; PR of 17:36.86

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