Friday, December 04, 2009

Minnesotans Take the Nike Nationals Stage

The Minnesota high school cross country season ends tomorrow morning in Portland, Oregon.

There, on the Portland Meadows cross country course, the last home-state harriers still donning spikes, will compete in the sixth running of Nike Cross Nationals.

Class AA state champions Eden Prairie and runners-ups Wayzata will compete in the boys' race at NXN. Elk River, the Class AA girls' champs, with run against the best girls' team in the country in Portland.

Eden Prairie is ranked #15 nationally in the latest Dyestat Elite/ESPN Rise Fab 50 polls. Wayzata is ranked #20; Elk River is ranked #39 in the girls' poll.

Three Minnesota individuals will compete at NXN as well: Bloomington Jefferson's Jacob Sandry, Shakopee Class AA girls' champ Maria Hauger, and Class A girls' winner Maddie McClellan.

Last year, the Eden Prairie girls placed 10th at NXN. The Wayzata boys finished 18th. Grand Rapids exchange student Jakub Zivec was the boy's runner-up.

Last year's NXN results are HERE (boys) and HERE (girls).

The official Nike Cross Nationals web-site is HERE.

Dyestat has a thorough NXN preview HERE.

The complete Dyestat Elite/ESPN Rise Fab 50 poll is HERE.

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