The At-Large Athletes Who Were Invited To NXN

* St. Joseph's (SC) Ava Dobson is an at-large individual that was selected for NXN 

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Following nine regional competitions -- including the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 30 -- across multiple weeks in November, decisions were made by committee members on Saturday to add five at-large individuals in both the boys' and girls' fields at Nike Cross Nationals.

Below are the individuals that were invited, either by virtue of competing outside a Nike Cross Nationals Regional Qualifying race, or those who did so, falling short of earning a ticket by finishing outside the automatic placements. 

We'll be updating as selections change, and/or as athletes decline invitations. 

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Boys At-Large No. 1 Invitation: Patrick Anderson (declined)

School: Mount Lebanon (PA)

Bio: Foot Locker Northeast champ, PIAA Class 3A champion

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Boys At-Large No. 2 Invitation: Liam Murphy (accepted)

School: Allentown (NJ)

Bio: Third at Foot Locker Northeast, NJSIAA Meet of Champions champion

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Boys At-large No. 3 Invitation: Graydon Morris (declined)

School: Aledo (TX)

Bio: Third-place at Foot Locker South, first at UIL Class 5A Championships

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Boys At-Large No. 4 Invitation: Brendan Favazza (accepted)

School: Clarkston (MI)

Bio: Sixth at NXR Midwest, seventh at Foot Locker Midwest, second at MHSAA Division 1

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Boys At-Large No. 5 Invitation: Gavin Sherry (declined)

School: Conard

Bio: Second at Foot Locker Northeast, first at New England Championships, first at CIAC State Open

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Boys At-Large No. 6 Invitation: Kevin Antczak (accepted)

School: Mainland Regional (NJ)

Bio: Fourth at Foot Locker Northeast, second at NJSIAA Meet of Champions, third at Group Championships

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Boys At-Large No. 7 Invitation: Jack Jennings (accepted)

School: Mendham (NJ)

Bio: Fifth at Foot Locker Northeast, 14th at NJSIAA Meet of Champions, 1st at NJSIAA Group Championships

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Boys At-large No. 8 Invitation: Mike Hancock (accepted)

School: Dearborn Divine Child (MI)

Bio: Second at Foot Locker Midwest, third at MHSAA LP Division 2 state championships


Girls At-Large No. 1 Invitation: Marlee Starliper (accepted)

School: Northern (PA)

Bio: Foot Locker Northeast champion, PIAA Class AA champion

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Girls At-Large No. 2 Invitation: Karrie Baloga (declined)

School: Cornwall (NY)

Bio: Third at Foot Locker Northeast, fourth at NYSPHSAA Class A championships

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Girls At-Large No. 3 Invitation: Abby Vanderkooi (declined)

School: Western Michigan Christian

Bio: Foot Locker Midwest champ, MHSAA Division 4 winner

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Girls At-Large No. 4 Invitation: Ava Dobson (declined)

School: St. Joseph's (SC)

Bio: Second at Foot Locker South, SCHSL Class 2A champ

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Girls At-Large No. 5 Invitation: Jenna Hutchins (declined)

School: Science Hill (TN)

Bio: First at Foot Locker South, third at TSSAA Division I championships

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Girls At-Large No. 6 Invitation: Jenna Goldberg (accepted)

School: Walter Johnson (MD)

Bio: Fifth at Foot Locker Northeast, Maryland Class 4A State Champion

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Girls At-Large No. 7 Invitation: Kelsey Harrington (accepted)

School: Virginia (VA)

Bio: Fourth at Foot Locker South, first at VHSL Class 2A Championships

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Girls At-Large No. 8: Krianne McBride (accepted)

School: Home schooled (TX)

Bio: Seventh at NXR South, first at Texas Home School State Cross Country Championships

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Girls At-Large No. 9: Heidi Nielson (accepted)

School: Katy Cinco Ranch (TX)

Bio: Raced at NXR South after rehabbing from injury; qualified for two international cross country championships last year

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Declined At-Large: Sydney Masciarelli, Marianapolis Preparatory (MA)