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Posted: November 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Local Clubs Compete In Regional Qualifier For Nike Cross Nationals

Northwest Regional Championship Held in Boise, ID

This weekend, high-school-aged cross country athletes from across the Northwest will come together in Boise to toe the line in the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Northwest regional qualifier for the chance to compete in the NXN national championship. NXN is the only club team and individual national championship in high school cross country, giving high-school-aged cross-country athletes the opportunity to vie for a national club and individual title.

The regional championships will be completed November 14-28, with the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals held on Saturday, December 5, at the Portland Meadows race track in Portland, Ore.

Nine regions--Midwest, Northwest, Heartland, Southwest, South, Northeast, Southeast, California and New York--will each send the top two teams and top five individuals to the national meet.

New to the NXN events this year is a one-of-a-kind prediction contest. For each of the three weeks of regional competition, participants will be able to log their predictions for which teams will automatically qualify for the National meet in Portland, as well as the individual winner of the boys and girls championship race at each Regional. The contestant who most accurately predicts the automatic qualifiers and individual regional champions will win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to watch the National Meet in Portland on December 5th. For more details and official rules, please visit RunnerSpace.com.

Schedule:

 
November 14, 2009
10:45 a.m. Open and Citizen Men and Women 5K
11:30 a.m. Girls' Junior Varsity 5K
12:10 p.m. Boys' Junior Varsity 5K
12:50 p.m. Girls' Varsity 5K
1:25 p.m. Boys' Varsity 5K
2:00 p.m. Girls' Championship Introductions 
2:15 p.m. Girls' Championship 5K
2:45 p.m. Boys' Championship 5K
2:50 p.m.: Boys' Championship 5K

Location: Eagle Island State Park Cross Country Course, Boise, ID

Field: Top local high school boys' and girls' cross-country club teams from across the Northwest
(Athletes from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii)

Nike Athlete Galen Rupp
Although he has yet to lace up his first pair of Nike's as a professional, 23-year-old Galen Rupp is already an accomplished runner. After breaking records in high school--most notably the 40-year-old 5K record, which he shattered by nearly seven seconds--Rupp enrolled in the University of Oregon where he became one of the most decorated runners in the school's history. He won five individual titles, one relay title and led his Ducks to two NCAA Cross Country Championships. Not satisfied with dominating the collegiate running scene, Rupp also qualified for the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Games, both in the 10k. Galen will be on hand at the NXN Northwest Regional Qualifier to offer his support of the athletes.

As the only club team and individual national championship in high school cross country, Nike Cross Nationals brings together the top high-school-aged, cross-country club teams and athletes in America to celebrate the sport, the spirit of teamwork, and the individual commitment and perseverance of young athletes. The NXN is part of the larger Nike Nationals championship series established in 2004 to help strengthen the national circuit for high school cross country and celebrate the sport. For more information, including results and photos from the NXN regional championships, visit www.nikecrossnationals.com.

About Nike
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned Nike subsidiaries include Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand.

For more information, visit NikeBiz.com


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