Nike Cross Nationals

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Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) (formerly known as Nike Team Nationals) is an invitational cross country meet that serves as the unofficial team national championship of United States high school cross country. It was designed to heighten competition between high school cross country teams nationwide. NXN is a part of the Nike Nationals Series, which includes Nike Indoor Nationals, Nike Outdoor Nationals and Nike Track Nationals for track and field. Nike Track Nationals was recently announced by Nike, which sponsors all of these national events.

History[edit]

NTN was started in 2004 along with the other two meets in the Nike Nationals Series in order to promote the national circuit for high school competitive running. The inaugural race in 2004 consisted of 21 boys teams and 20 girls teams and was seen by an estimated 4,000 spectators. Kinetic XC Club of Saratoga High School, which had been ranked in polls as the number one girls team in the country for the past decade, dominated the girls race with a score of 51. Kroy XC Club of York High School won the boys race with 92 points. The race featured a special award called the "Golden Anchor," given to the top four number five runners in each race.

The 2005 race saw the introduction of an eighth man race, which was held before the main event races, and in 2006 combined with the open race.

An Open Race was new to the 2006 event, with 30 top boys and girls from around the country given the chance to compete as a team on the national level; however they did not qualify and therefore Nike did not provide their expenses or clothing. Also new to 2006 was a revision of the course. On December 2, 2006 a Kenyan boys team and a Kenyan girls team were also flown in to partake in the open events; the teams dominated the North American course and showed spectators a whole new view of racing.

On April 25, 2008, Nike announced that it will change their name from NTN to NXN (Nike Cross Nationals). Along with the two teams from each region that make it to NXN, Nike will also take the next five individuals from each region and they will also be able to compete in the same race, just without a team.

This new format has created many conflicts with Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. The FLCC has been one of the most prestigious high school cross country races since the 1970s. With the different regions for FL and NXN (changed to nike cross nationals in 2008 to recognize individual achievement) and both races/qualifying races near the same dates as the other, runners are faced with a tough decision to make.

The Competition[edit]

In the past, Nike has selected 20 teams from around the nation to compete in the NTN meet, which typically was held the first weekend in December (Nike Team Nationals is preceded by Nike Pre-Nationals in late September). These selections were based on regional and national rankings updated weekly during the fall cross country season. Teams were selected on "Selection Sundays", typically following the finish of state meets. There were eight regions across the country: Northeast, Southeast, South, Midwest, Heartland, Southwest, Northwest, and California. In addition, four at-large teams were selected, which could be from any region. Starting with the fourth NTN meet, however, the entry procedures changed; New York became its own region due to the girls' teams over the years dominating the meet (see below), raising the number of selected teams to 22. Also, regional meets held in each of the regions (except for California; will use end-of-season performances) now guarantee the top two finishing teams invites, most likely due to complaints about how a team should have gone, but didn't. New York was originally going to use the top 2 teams in the Federation Meet, but it was changed to also have a regional meet. This upset some fans, and cause some teams to skip the Federations meet to prepare for the NTN regional. There will still be four at-large teams chosen by the NTN committee, in addition to the top two teams from each region.

The event is held in the second weekend of December in Portland, Oregon, at the Portland Meadows thoroughbred racing track. The race features a man-made 5 kilometer course that is completed with three loops, following European cross country tradition. The venue has an enclosed 3,000 seat grandstand, allowing spectators to see the whole race, unlike normal cross country meets. The infield of the track, where the course is set up, is also open to spectators who wish to get a more close-up view of the race.

NXN has a reputation for being extremely muddy. The course is located not only in the rainy Pacific Northwest but also in a low area and a drainage basin. It is a common sight to see runners soaked in mud at the end of NXN races.

Since NXN is held on the same weekend as the Foot Locker Cross Country West Regional Championship, in 2005 and 2006, the top two runners at NXN who would have otherwise competed in the west region earned automatic bids to the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship.

Boys Individual Champions[edit]

Again, Nike Cross Nationals was Nike Team Nationals (NTN) in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Since 2008 it has been named Nike Cross Nationals (NXN).

On the far left, click the year for complete results provided by Nike. On the far right, click for complete coverage provided by DyeStat or MileSplit of that year's NTN/NXN Championship. Note: DyeStat shut down after the 2012 spring/summer track season and did not cover 2012 cross country)

Year Individual Champion State Region Time Coverage
2004 Sean McNamara Illinois Midwest 15:43.9 DyeStat
2005 Kenny Klotz Oregon Northwest 16:25.8 DyeStat
2006 James Murdock New York Northeast* 16:26.9 DyeStat
2007 Chris Derrick Illinois Midwest 15:39.8 DyeStat
2008 Reed Connor Texas South 15:13.6 DyeStat
2009 Craig Lutz Texas South 15:09.2 DyeStat
2010 Lukas Verzbicas Illinois Midwest 15:59.2 DyeStat
2011 Futsum Zeinasellaissie Indiana Midwest 15:03 DyeStat
2012 Sam Wharton Ohio Midwest 17:08 MileSplit
2013 Taylor Wilmot Washington Northwest 15:00 MileSplit
  • New York was part of the Northeast Region until the selection process was replaced by the regional meets in 2007

Girls Individual Champions[edit]

Again, results are linked by year—coverage at the far right.

Year Individual Champion State Region Time Coverage
2004 Ramsay Kavan South Dakota Heartland 18:05.37 DyeStat
2005 Betsy Bies South Dakota Heartland 19:23.47 DyeStat
2006 Ashley Higginson New Jersey Northeast 19:18.4 DyeStat
2007 Madeline Morgan Alabama Southeast 18:54.5 DyeStat
2008 Chelsey Sveinsson Texas South 17:26.9 DyeStat
2009 Katie Flood Iowa Heartland 17:47.20 DyeStat
2010 Rachel Johnson Texas South 18:18.6 DyeStat
2011 Sarah Baxter California California 17:38 DyeStat
2012 Sarah Baxter California California 19:17 MileSplit
2013 Alexa Eframison Washington Northwest 16:50 MileSplit

Summaries[edit]

Nike Team Nationals (NTN)[edit]

2004[edit]

The first-ever Nike Team Nationals were held on December 4, 2004 at Portland Meadows. The inaugural NTN Championships were hailed as the definitive championship of team cross country, as no prep cross country meet prior to this date had brought together the best teams in the nation, and therefore teams such as the York High School (Illinois) boys and Saratoga High School (New York) girls had dominated the polls for the vast majority of the preceding fifteen years. York and Saratoga were tagged as the favorites.

The meet lived up to its hype. The favorites delivered as expected. Sean McNamara of York won the inaugural boys individual title in 15:44, and Ramsay Kavan of South Dakota took the inaugural girls individual title with an 18:05 clocking.

York High School (Elmhurst, Illinois), having won twenty-four IHSA state championships and laid claim to numerous national titles in the preceding decades, cemented their place as one of the greatest high school programs in history with their national title, beating runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius (New York) 92-127. York's 92 points is tied for the second lowest boys score in Nike Cross Nationals history.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Kroy XC York Community High School Elmhurst, Illinois 92
2 Stotan XC Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 127
3 Tyson's Army Mead High School Spokane, Washington 146

On the girls side, Saratoga High School (New York) completely demolished the field. Saratoga had four individuals qualify for the FootLocker Nationals out of one regional, an unprecedented feat in cross-country history. Saratoga easily outdistanced runner-up Smoky Hills High School (Aurora, Colorado) 51-125. The 2004 Saratoga team has been billed as the "Greatest Team Ever", and their 51 points would stand until the 2010 Championships.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Team School Location Score
1 Kinetic RC Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga Springs, New York 51
2 Sisu XC Smoky Hill High School Aurora, Colorado 125
3 3-D Running Yankton High School Yankton, South Dakota 154

2005[edit]

The second edition of the Nike Team Nationals championships, held on December 3, 2005, again at Portland Meadows, was an extremely muddy affair: The all-time slowest girls individual championship time was set, and the third-slowest boys individual championship time was set this year.

In the boys race, following on the heels of the "Greatest Team Ever" Saratoga girls the previous year, the Saratoga boys claimed a national championship of their own, taking the victory by 23 points over defending champion York, 111-134. Kenny Klots (Oregon) ran to a muddy 16:25 win.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Saratoga XC Club Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga Springs, New York 111
2* Elmhurst XC Club York Community High School Elmhurst, Illinois 134
3* Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 134
  • Elmhurst XC Club gets second place on sixth runner tie-breaker

On the girls side, New York continued its national dominance: Hilton High School claimed the national crown from Saratoga, who finished 2nd, 27 points behind: 85-112. South Dakota continued its hold on the girls individual championship, with Betsy Bies winning in a mud-filled 19:23 victory.

In spite of the extreme mud, there was almost universal opinion among the runners and fans alike that "This was REAL cross country!"

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Hilton XC Club Hilton High School Hilton, New York 85
2 Saratoga Streaks Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga Springs, New York 112
3 Carroll XC Club Carroll Senior High School Southlake, Texas 123

2006[edit]

The third annual Nike Team Nationals championship, held again at Portland Meadows on December 2, 2006, saw the first team not from New York or Illinois to win either a boys' or girls' championship.

Coatesville High School (Pennsylvania) won the boys team title a 22 point spread, 126-148 over Royal High School (California). Individually, James Murdock (New York) won the individual title in the slowest boys' time up to this point with a 16:27 finish. This record would be broken by Sam Wharton of Ohio in the 2012 championships. 2004 National Champion and 2005 National runner-up York finished 10th after being one of the favorites to win a second national championship.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Bridgetown XC Club Coatesville High School Coatesville, Pennsylvania 126
2 Simi West XC Club Royal High School Simi Valley, California 148
3 Spokane XC Club Ferris High School Spokane, Washington 162

On the girls side, Ashley Higginson from New Jersey won in 19:18, five seconds faster than the previous year's champion. In the team race, however, New York continued its stranglehold on the girls Nike Team National title. After Saratoga and Hilton won the previous two years, Fayetteville-Manlius became the third different girls team from New York to win the national title.

Fayetteville-Manlius had been out of the running until they won the New York state championships, and then followed that up with the New York Federations championships. They capped their season with a fifty point national title victory over the defending champions, Hilton, 128-178.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 128
2 Hilton XC Club Hilton High School Hilton, New York 178
3 Carroll XC Club Carroll Senior High School Southlake, Texas 187

2007[edit]

Illinois and New York continued their Nike Team Nationals dominance in the fourth edition of the event at Portland Meadows on December 1, 2007.

For 2007, Nike began running Regional championships in nine regions: Heartland, Midwest, Northwest, Northeast, New York, South, Southwest, Southeast. California had its own 'regionals' by selection.

In the boys race, favored Neuqua Valley High School (Naperville, Illinois) won in what is still the closest margin in team scoring in NXN history over Los Alamos High School (Los Alamos, New Mexico), 125-127. Neuqua Valley's championship scoring started with the national champion, Chris Derrick, who had won the Illinois state meet and the NTN Midwest Regional Championship, and added a then-record-setting NTN time to his resume with a 15:39 victory.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Naperville XC Club Neuqua Valley High School Naperville, Illinois 125
2 Los Alamos XC Club Los Alamos High School Los Alamos, New Mexico 127
3 Albuquerque XC Club Albuquerque Academy Albuquerque, New Mexico 134

On the opposite side in the girls race, the word "close" was nowhere to be found in the team scoring, as defending national champion Fayetteville-Manlius (New York) romped to an 88 point win over runner-up Saugus High School (California), 83-171, which was the in Nike Team/Cross Nationals history until the 2012 championships. With the victory, Fayetteville-Manlius became the first school to win consecutive national titles as well as the first school to win multiple national titles for one gender. Individually, Madeline Morgan of Alabama won the girls championship in 18:54.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 83
2 Newhall XC Club Saugus High School Saugus, California 171
3 Kinetic RC Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga, New York 194

Nike Cross Nationals (NXN)[edit]

2008[edit]

Speed was the word in the fifth running of the Nike Team Nationals on December 6, 2008. However, the event wasn't Nike Team Nationals anymore: Nike had changed the middle word to Nike Cross Nationals instead. Therefore, Nike Team Nationals, or NTN, instead became Nike Cross Nationals, or NXN.

Illinois and New York continued adding to their impressive performances at NXN in the 2008 edition in both the boys and girls races.

In the boys team race, North Central High School (Spokane, Washington) won the national title 134-151 over York (Illinois). With their runner-up finish, York became the only boys team in NXN history to either win the championship or finish runner-up more than two times. Additionally, York became the only team, either boys or girls, to qualify for NXN in each of the first five years of its existence. Adding to the impressive Illinois resume on the boys side, that year's Class 3A state champion Naperville North (Naperville, Illinois) finished third. Naperville North had beaten York at state by one point.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 North Spokane XC Club North Central High School Spokane, Washington 134
2 Elmhurst XC Club York Community High School Elmhurst, Illinois 151
3 Naperville XC Club Naperville North High School Naperville, Illinois 195

In the girls team race, New York continued its monopoly on the girls team title, with Fayetteville-Manlius continuing to build their dynasty, becoming the first team to win three consecutive national titles, beating runner-up Saugus (California) for the second year in a row, this time by a 69 point spread.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 66
2 Santa Clarita XC Club Saugus High School Saugus, California 135
3 Wilmington XC Club Tatnall School Wilmington, Delaware 182

In the individual championships, Texas swept the titles with Reed Connor winning on the boys side in 15:14, and Chelsey Sveinsson taking the girls victory in 17:27—both times were NXN records up this point.

2009[edit]

The sixth running of the Nike Cross Nationals at Portland Meadows took place on December 5, 2009.

In the boys race, the third different national champion in three season came from a third different state. Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School (Texas) won the national title with 195 points, the highest score for a national champion in history, either boys or girls. Ferris High School (Spokane, Washington) finished six points behind Boerne. Craig Lutz completed the Texas sweep with an NXN record 15:09 clocking.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Boerne XC Club Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School Boerne, Texas 195
2 South Spokane XC Club Ferris High School Spokane, Washington 201
3 The Woodlands XC Club The Woodlands High School The Woodlands, Texas 207

On the girls side, consistency was the name of the game. For the third time in NXN history, New York teams went 1-2 as Saratoga High School reclaimed runner-up status to Fayetteville-Manlius from fourth-place Saugus (California). The Fayetteville-Manlius dynasty continued with a 74 point team score to top Saratoga's 146 for their fourth consecutive national title as Katie Flood (Iowa) took the girls individual crown in a time of 17:47.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 74
2 Kinetic XC Club Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga Springs, New York 147
3 Fort Collins XC Club Fort Collins High School Fort Collins, Colorado 161

2010[edit]

The seventh annual Nike Cross Nationals took place, as usual, at Portland Meadows on December 4, 2010.

In the boys individual race, Illinois state champion, NXN-Midwest Regional Champion, and FootLocker Midwest Regional Champion Lukas Verzbicas came to Portland Meadows looking for an Nike Cross Nationals Championship as the first part of a NXN/Footlocker sweep. Verzbicas delivered with a 15:59 victory in the mud.

In the team championship, California finally claimed a team national championship for the first time ever, with the Arcadia boys winning with 92 points to surprise runner-up Fayetteville-Manlius (New York)'s 135 points. Arcadia tied the inaugural 2004 national champions, York, for the lowest scoring team in NXN history.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Arcadia XC Club Arcadia High School Arcadia, California 92
2 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 135
3 Columbus XC Club Columbus North High School Columbus, Indiana 165

Individually for the girls, the state of Texas won their fourth individual championship in three years, with Rachel Johnson taking the girls championship in a muddy 18:19 victory.

After Johnson, however, it was entirely the Fayetteville-Manlius dynasty. After Boerne (Texas) set the NXN record for the highest scoring champion, either boys or girls (with 195 points) the previous year, Fayetteville-Manlius set the NXN record for the lowest score, either boys or girls en route to their fifth consecutive national championship with a minuscule 27 points. Manlius girls scored 1-2-4 with only a Tatnall (Delaware) girl preventing a 1-2-3 Fayetteville-Manlius sweep.

Saratoga High School finished runner-up with 104 points for the fourth New York 1-2 finish in NXN history. Fayetteville-Manlius had scored a perfect 15 at the New York state championships, then scored 28 at NXN-New York Regional. They scored one point less at the national finals than they did at regionals.

Courtney Chapman, the only senior in the Fayetteville-Manlius lineup, is the only runner ever to win five team national titles. Chapman was a part of Fayetteville-Manlius' first national title in 2006 as an 8th grader. 8th graders are allowed to participate if state association rules permit them to do so.

As if that's not enough, Fayetteville-Manlius's 27 points were enough to beat the entire rest of the nation combined. If you were to remove all the individual runners and score the entire rest of the field as one, Fayetteville-Manlius defeats the nation 27-30.

Fayetteville: 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 12 = 27 points
Rest of Nation: 3 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 9 = 30 points

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 27
* Rest of NXN Field Scored As One Team 30
2 Kinetic XC Club Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga Springs, New York 104
3 Newhall XC Club Saugus High School Saugus, California 117

2011[edit]

The eighth running of the Nike Cross Nationals was held on December 3, 2011. The meet was once again held at Portland Meadows.

In a contrast to 2010, the course was much less sloppy and consequently, times were much faster.

For the second year in a row, the individual Midwest regional champion won the national title. With Verzbicas having graduated, Futsum Zeinasellaissie of Indiana set the NXN course record in 15:03, bettering Craig Lutz's time by six seconds and running almost a full minute faster than Verzbicas did the previous year to win NXN. An astounding nineteen of the first twenty-one runners were individual qualifiers from regions around the nation.

In the team race, it came down to Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey) and Southlake Carroll (Texas) for the championship. With a four point margin of victory, Christian Brothers Academy became the first New Jersey team to claim a national championship with 91 points. Carroll finished with 95 points, earning the third podium finish for Texas in NXN history. Davis (Utah) claimed the first Utah podium spot by taking third place with 157 points.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Lincroft XC Club Christian Brothers Academy Lincroft, New Jersey 91
2 Carroll XC Club Carroll Senior High School Southlake, Texas 95
3 Davis XC Club Davis High School Kaysville, Utah 157

The girls race also proved to be quick compared to the previous year, with Sarah Baxter (California) claiming the girls championship in 17:38, a full forty seconds faster than 2010, which saw no runners break 18 minutes. After Baxter, it was all New York.

New York continued their stranglehold atop the podium for girls teams. For the first seven years of NXN, a New York girls team had claimed the championship. Furthermore, in four of those years (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010), a New York team also claimed runner-up status to the champion. The same storyline occurred yet again in 2011.

However, unlike 2010, there would not be complete and total domination by Fayetteville-Manlius en route to the championship, as Saratoga would give Fayetteville-Manlius their toughest fight yet for the win. After scoring a mere 27 points in 2010 and defeating the rest of the nation if scored as one, and winning by 77 points over Saratoga, Fayetteville-Manlius scored 60 points (still the second-lowest of their championship scores) and won by "just" 24 points for their sixth consecutive national championship. For the third year in a row, with 84 points, Saratoga was relegated to bridesmaid status to Fayetteville-Manlius, which also marked the fifth time in eight years that New York had gone 1-2 in the team standings in the national championship.

Nearly one hundred points behind the two New York superpowers was a tie between Tatnall (Delaware) and New Trier (Illinois). Tatnall won the third place trophy on the sixth-runner tiebreaker, giving the school their second podium finish in their history.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 60
2 Kinetic XC Club Saratoga Springs High School Saratoga, New York 84
3* Wilmington XC Club Tatnall School Wilmington, Delaware 182
4* Wilmette Running Club New Trier High School Wilmette, Illinois 182
  • Tatnall School gets third place podium finish on sixth-runner tiebreaker

2012[edit]

The ninth annual edition of the Nike Cross Nationals was held on December 1, 2012, once again at Portland Meadows, Oregon.

In 2012, the universal word out of Portland Meadows on the conditions was "MUDDY!" Indeed, the girls race would turn out to be one of the slowest races in NXN history, as defending champion Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley would repeat her title in 19:17, a time that was more than a minute and a half slower than her 2011 time of 17:38. Mary Cain of New York would finish second, and Katie Knight from Washington would earn third place for the second year in a row in the sloppy course conditions.

Although the conditions were vastly different from the previous year, and two of the three individual podium finishers would repeat their finishes from the previous year, one thing would stay the same in the team race: Fayetteville-Manlius.

The Southlake Carroll (Texas) girls would earn their third podium finish in team history by finishing second, just one year after their boys team finished just four points out of a national championship. The girls of Carmel, Indiana would earn the Midwest girls' first podium finish in NXN history after Wilmette XC Club (New Trier High School, Illinois) had tied for third with Wilmington XC Club (Tatnall School, Delaware) but finished fourth on the sixth-runner tiebreaker.

Those two teams, however, like the rest of the field, finished far in the rear-view mirror of the Fayetteville-Manlius dynasty. For the seventh year in a row, Fayetteville-Manlius would win the national championship. After winning by "just" 24 points over in-state rival Saratoga Springs, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls would leave no doubt in 2012: They scored 54 points and won by an astounding 144 points over Carroll, their largest margin of victory to date.

Also out of New York, East Aurora (who earned an at-large bid to NXN) would finish three points behind Carmel for fourth place, while Saratoga would finish six points behind East Aurora for fifth place, giving New York three teams in the top five.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 54
2 Carroll XC Club Carroll Senior High School Southlake, Texas 198
3 Carmel XC Club Carmel High School Carmel, Indiana 209

Whereas in the girls race it was almost as if it were business as usual, in the boys race, the mud was even worse and led to surprising results: Sam Wharton of Ohio won in 17:08, which was more than two minutes slower than the winning time in the previous year and is the slowest winning time ever in boys' NXN history. Wharton's victory was the third consecutive year a Midwest runner has won the championship and the fifth time in nine years that a Midwest runner has won the individual boys national championship.

In the team competition, Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey) was aiming to become the first boys team to repeat as national champions and at the same time, become the first boys team to win two national titles. Unfortunately for them, that was not to be: In fact, they would finish fourth, 21 points out of a podium spot.

After eight different winners in the previous eight years of NXN, Arcadia XC Club of California became the first school in boys NXN history to win a second national title, earning their second national title in three years with 108 after their previous championship in 2010. American Fork XC Club would earn a podium finish in second place, scoring 122. American Fork's podium finish is the second podium finish for Utah in as many years, and improved upon Davis' third place finish from the previous year. The 2008 national champions, North Spokane XC Club from Washington, would finish third with 146 points.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Arcadia XC Club Arcadia High School Arcadia, California 108
2 American Fork XC Club American Fork High School American Fork, Utah 122
3 North Spokane XC Club North Central High School Spokane, Washington 146

2012 NXN Finals Qualifiers: 2012 NXN Finals Qualifiers

2013[edit]

The tenth annual edition of Nike Cross Nationals took place on December 7, 2013, once again at Portland Meadows.

Complete list of team and individual qualifiers for the 2013 NXN Finals: 2013 NXN Final Qualifiers

In a complete reversal from 2012, Portland Meadows' course this year featured not mud, but snow. On a cold, windy day, teams and individuals from around the country converged on Portland Meadows.

Girls

In the girls race, three individuals quickly broke away from the pack: two-time defending individual champion Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley (California), Alexa Eframison, who qualified out of the Northwest Regional, and Elise Cranny, another individual qualifier out of the Southwest Regional. The trio would all go under 17 minutes, more than thirty seconds ahead of the chase pack. Eframison won the individual race with a great kick at the end, taking the championship in 16:50. Cranny followed Eframison in 16:53 and defending champion Baxter finished third in 16:57. The win by Eframison—who hails from Washington state—turned out to be a sign of things to come in the boys race.

In the team battle, Fayetteville-Manlius was on pace for an eighth consecutive championship, but Wayzata out of Minnesota (Heartland Champion) had other plans in the last kilometer. In the end, the Fayetteville-Manlius streak was over at seven (and the New York team championship streak ended at nine) straight by a margin of just twelve points: Wayzata took home the championship with 108 points, and Fayetteville-Manlius finished second with 120. Davis (Utah) rounded out the podium finishers with 157 points.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Wayzata XC Club Wayzata High School Plymouth, Minnesota 108
2 Manlius XC Club Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York 120
3 Davis (UT) XC Club Davis High School Kaysville, Utah 157

Boys

In the boys race, however, the individual and team races both featured storylines from Washington. The individual champion—putting an end to a streak of three consecutive champions out of the Midwest at NXN—was Taylor Wilmot of North Spokane XC Club, who won in a very quick 15:00. In fact, North Spokane XC Club took two of the top three podium spots, as Wilmot's teammate, Tanner Anderson ended up taking third place. The North Spokane duo was broken up by Blake Haney, an individual qualifier from California.

In the team race, Washington claimed top honors as Gig XC Club (Gig Harbor High School) out of Washington thwarted Christian Brothers' Academy of New Jersey's bid to become the second boys team to win two national titles. The Gig Harbor boys took home the title with 111 points, followed by Lincroft XC Club (CBA) with 139. In a bit of a surprise, Brentwood XC Club (Brentwood, Tennessee) became the first boys team from the Southeast to earn a podium spot by finishing third with 174 points.

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
Place Club School Location Score
1 Gig XC Club Gig Harbor High School Gig Harbor, Washington 111
2 Lincroft XC Club Christian Brothers Academy Lincroft, New Jersey 139
3 Brentwood XC Club Brentwood High School Brentwood, Tennessee 174

Trivia[edit]

  • Manlius XC Club (Fayetteville-Manlius High School) is the only team of either gender to win consecutive national championships.
  • Not only has Fayetteville-Manlius won back-to-back national championships, they won seven consecutive national championships from 2006 to 2012.
  • In 2013, Wayzata XC Club (Wayzata High School) became the first girls team that did not hail from the state of New York to win a national title.
  • That year, Fayetteville-Manlius finished second for their eighth consecutive top-two finish in eight tries at NXN.
  • Arcadia XC Club (Arcadia High School) became the first boys team to win multiple national titles in 2012 to go along with their 2010 national championship.
  • No boys team has won consecutive national titles in the first ten years of NXN.
  • Saratoga High School is the only school to win Nike Team Nationals both on the girls side (2004), and on the boys side (2005).
  • Since the first NXN in 2004, all nine girls national champions have been team from the state of New York. Saratoga won the inaugural one, Hilton the second, and Fayetteville-Manlius the last seven.
  • In five of the ten championships (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011) in NXN history, New York girls teams have won the championship and claimed runner-up status in the team standings.
  • Three times, it has been Fayetteville-Manlius winning the championship and Saratoga placing second to Fayetteville-Manlius.
  • Nike Cross Nationals is an unofficial national race, and because of this schools are not allowed to use their actual school name. In most cases schools will use their city name plus "XC Club."
  • Course records are held by Taylor Wilmot (North Spokane XC Club, Washington) in 15:00 (2013) and Alexa Eframison (Washington) in 16:50.
  • Washington has the most podium finishes, with six, after Gig Harbor's 2013 win. Illinois is second with five.
  • New York leads the way with sixteen podium finishes for the girls. Texas and California are tied for second with three apiece.
  • The Fayetteville-Manlius girls have more national championships than any other TEAM, boys or girls (or even combined) has PODIUM finishes.
  • Illinois also has the most individual winners for either gender, with three boys winning the individual championship.
  • Texas, however, has had four individual championships, with two for each gender.
  • The Midwest region has the most boys individual national championships with five.
  • The Midwest has also won three consecutive individual national titles from 2010-12.
  • The Heartland region has the most girls individual national championships with three.
  • The highest point total to win NXN is 195 points by Boerne (Texas) boys in the 2009 edition of NXN.
  • For the girls, the highest point total is to win a championship was set by Fayetteville-Manlius scored 128 points to win the first of their seven consecutive championships in 2006.
  • Conversely, the lowest score ever to win NXN is 27 points, set in 2010 by the then four-time defending champion Fayetteville-Manlius (New York) girls for their fifth consecutive title.
  • Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey) set the boys record in 2011 with 91 points, breaking the tie of 92 points previously held between Elmhurst (York) 2004 and Arcadia (California) 2010.
  • The lowest non-winning point totals in NXN history both occurred in 2011, with Southlake Carroll (Texas) scoring 95 points in the boys championship, and four-time runners-up Saratoga Springs scoring 84 points in the girls championship.

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