NXN HL Girls: Hasz twins go 1-2; Wayzata dominates Nov 10, 2013

Minnesota roared in the girl’s Heartland Regional Championships in Sioux Falls this afternoon as twin sisters Bethany and Megan Hasz went 1-2 in the individual race and Wayzata placed five in the Top 40 to cruise to the girl’s team title over East Ridge (MN). (Photo by Jesse Coy)

Nike Aims for Cleaner Conditions at Portland Meadows for 10th NXN Aug 30, 2013

Nike Cross Nationals will enter its tenth year this fall. An unexpected amount of rainfall last year  created conditions that arguably crossed the line from challenging to downright sloppy. Nike hopes to curb that threat this season with some course updates.

Nick Diaz Takes Us Along On His NXN Journey Dec 6, 2013

Miami Sunset junior Nick Diaz was the lone Florida qualifier for this weekend's Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon.  Diaz punched his ticket after a ninth place finish at the Nike Southeast Regional. Due to a great team performance by the Brentwood High School team, the junior bumped up four spots into that fifth and final position. He landed in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday and will be giving us updates of his weekend so we can go along  for the journey as well. Stay tuned to and for the latest in coverage from NXN including results, photos, videos, and a complete recap of all the action. 

NXN Northeast Journal: Griffin Molino - South Williamsport - Represents District 4 well Dec 3, 2013

Junior Griffin Molino of South Williamsport made an impact in the post-season by winning his first District 4 Class A title, then moving on to the PIAA State Champs and taking the title there as well, tied for the 2nd best time of the date in an class with a 15:54. But qualifying for NXN in his first try? He believed. And he delivered. Read his take on last week and how never to give up in a race.

NXN 4 and 5 timers Nov 30, 2013

Courtney Chapman is one of only two runners to compete in five different Nike Cross Nationals races. Photo by Alan Versaw.

Getting to know the NXN bound Blacksburg girls Dec 5, 2013

Before the Blacksburg girls fly out to Portland, Oregon later this week to compete at the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals, interviewed all 7 members of their varsity squad with a series of Q&A questions to get to know each individually better as well as them share details on their teammates and team's incredible season leading to a national berth.

XC Journal: Courtney Smith, Unionville - Entry #7 - Dec 5 - One more race to goal Dec 5, 2013

Unionville senior Courtney Smith entered her third year of XC with a resume that has been growing season-to-season. As a sophomore, she was 4th in AAA at Hershey. Then last year, she won her first state title, setting a meet and course record. In the winter, she broke the state record in the 3000 meter run, but had to settle for 2nd place. She more than made up for it by twice outsprinting the same competitor, first for 3rd place in the Girls 3000 Invitational at the Penn Relays, and then in the finals of the AAA 3200 meter run at the PIAA State Championships. Smith led her team to a qualifying spot and trip to NXN after winning the Northeast Regional. But in the first 1000 meters in Portland, she fell and was spiked. She recovered for 10th. Then during indoor, and despite an injury, Smith captured 3rd in an incredible 3000 at PTFCA Indoor States, and anchored her DMR to a state title. Two weeks later, she anchored that DMR to a 6th place finish in the New Balance Nationals Indoor champs in a time ten seconds better than their state title... and anchored the 4xmile the next day to a 3rd place finish - both earning all-American recognition. But the injury endured. She went through PT, and returned to racing at the Henderson Invitational on May 2nd. Beyond happy to be back.

Athlete Spotlight: Tommy Mulroy (Midlothian) Dec 5, 2013

Tommy Mulroy will be the lone Virginian in the championship boys race on Saturday in Portland, Oregon for the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals. interviewed the Midlothian senior Mulroy after his breakthrough 15:07 runner-up PR performance at the NXN Southeast Regional and prepares for his first national race this weekend.

Colorado dreamin' at NXN (updated) Dec 5, 2013

Claire Green is one of only two members of the current Monarch team who have experienced Nike Cross Nationals. Colorado Track XC file photo.

2013 PennTrackXC Team Rankings - November 8th Update - FINAL Nov 8, 2013

We begin our eighth year of the XC Team Rankings - a poll of coaches from around the state to rank the top cross country teams of the season. This year for the second time, two are reserved for the top five A schools, top five AA schools; and which has been the case since its inception, the Top 10 reflects all PA schools, whether A, AA, AAA, public or private. And this year, we'll wait for THREE weekends of competition before making any adjustments – giving many of the teams an opportunity to get their first races under their spikes. Remember, this poll is for fun, and is intended solely to spark conversation about the sport. Once we're on a weekly schedule, the poll will be published late in the week, or earlier if meet schedules dictate.

Mary Cain Will Not Run Cross Country in 2013 Oct 28, 2013

With the 10th Nike Cross Nationals less than six weeks away, the girls’ individual competition just got a little easier for the elite contenders as Alberto Salazar has confirmed that world-class high school superstar Mary Cain will probably not be in the field. (via Runner's World)

Monarch is in! Nov 30, 2013

They get to run together one more time. Photo by Ashley Green.