Nike Cross Nationals 2009

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The 2009 Nike Cross Nationals were held at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon on December 5, 2009. It was the sixth edition of the nationals, and for the second year in a row individual runners were allowed to compete alongside team qualifiers. The boys' race was won by Craig Lutz, a junior from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, in a championship record time of 15:09.2 for the 5 km course. Lutz came from third to first in the closing stages of the race, overtaking Joe Rosa and just holding off a strong kick from Elias Gedyon. The top five finishers in the boys' race were all juniors.

On the team side, Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School from Boerne, Texas narrowly defeated Joel E. Ferris High School from Spokane, Washington and defending champion The Woodlands High School from The Woodlands, Texas. Boerne Champion held a narrow lead from 3 km on out, gaining the biggest advantage from their second runner Nathan Christianson who finished 16th in team scoring to Ferris' second runner Alexander Avilia who finished 36th.

The girls' race was won by Katie Flood, a senior from Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa, who just held off Kathleen Stevens of Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Boys' Championship 5km[edit]

Individual race
Rank Athlete Grade School Time (
Gold medal icon.svg Craig Lutz 11 Texas Marcus High School 15:09.2
Silver medal icon.svg Elias Gedyon 11 California Loyola High School 15:09.5
Bronze medal icon.svg Joe Rosa 11 New Jersey WW-P North High School 15:09.8
4 Ammar Moussa 11 California Arcadia High School 15:17.6
5 Zach Wills 11 Ohio Mason High School 15:18.5
6 Sherod Hardt 12 Arizona Queen Creek High School 15:18.7
7 David Osborn 12 Indiana Chesterton High School 15:19.6
8 Ben Johnston 12 Washington (state) North Central High School 15:22.3
9 Justin Vilhauer 11 California Redwood High School 15:24.6
10 Adam Thorne 12 Washington (state) Ferris High School 15:25.5

Boys' Team Championship[edit]

Rank Team Points
Gold medal icon.svg Texas Boerne Samuel V. Champion High School 195
Silver medal icon.svg Washington (state) Joel E. Ferris High School 201
Bronze medal icon.svg Texas The Woodlands High School 207
4 Illinois Loyola Academy 208
5 New Mexico Albuquerque Academy 236
6 California Dana Hills High School 238
7 Washington (state) Mead Senior High School 239
8 Utah American Fork High School 247
9 New York (state) Fayetteville-Manlius High School 270
10 Rhode Island Bishop Hendricken High School 284


  1. - Nike Cross Nationals Official Site - NXN