* Alex Maier was selected as one of five at-large boys to compete at NXN
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With the addition of 10 at-large individuals in 2018, it's a new era at Nike Cross Nationals.
The national championship in Portland, Oregon, has only gotten stronger with the inclusion of a few more racers on the line at Glendoveer Golf Course on December 1.
But the weekend proved to be a learning curve.
When the NXN decision committee met to determine at-large individuals on November 24, not all athletes who were chosen for the first five spots decided to accept invitations, for multiple reasons.
Based on information we received, we feel it's important here to list all athletes who were actually considered for the at-large berths, which includes those who declined the offers and ones who accepted.
Right now, NXN is still confirming at-large individuals on the girls side. In the meantime, check out the five at-large boys entries in the slideshow.