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Top Sophomore Boys to end the 2019 XC Season.
This week, we're breaking down the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional
Utah Girls to watch out for at NXR-SW.
Utah Boys to watch out for at NXR-SW.
The Corner Canyon (UT) High School boys put down a huge statement on Friday at the Region 4 Championships
A recap of the 2019 Bob Firman Invitational.
A recap of the 2019 Viking Invitational
2019 Pleasant Grove Viking Invite preview:
Updated Girls Team Rankings!
Updated boys team rankings
A look at the best races from across the country.
We're back with another review of the weekend. Check out all the big action that went down.
See which teams look good early in the 2019 XC season.
Updated Girls Team Rankings
Updated boys team rankings
1st State XC MileSplit50 Rankings Release of the season!
The American Fork boys were able to get back to NXN last year after missing the trip the year before.
The American Fork girls had a super deep team with an insane spread last year!
Some of the head to head performances to watch for!
The Colts had a five-man 1,600 average of 4:15.07 and its four-man total was sub 17 minutes
Some of the MileSplit staff made their predictions on who will finish top five at Saturday's Nike Cross Nationals race at Glendoveer Golf Course, in Portland Oregon.
Final Utah XC boys team scores rankings for the 2018 season based on season best 3 mile and 5K performances in the MileSplit.com database.
See who's qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals meet.
The NXR Southwest Region had no shortage of electricity in the air after momentous finishes in the boys and girls races
By midway through the race, there were no challengers left for Cole Sprout and Easton Allred.
The Classical Academy leapt into the latest Southwest Rankings, landing on the No. 6 spot.
Lots of big action this week with several state meets.
Check out some of last week's top race videos.
Mountain Vista girls come in No. 1 in the first edition of the SW region rankings.
Check out the beginning of MileSplit50's boys team rankings
American Fork is determined to keep pushing to maintain a dominating top 3.
Who are the top returning teams in each state? We project the fastest returning teams as well as links to full statewide rankings in all 50 states using our XC team scores rankings feature.
Luke Grundvig emerged as the Top AF guy last year when Casey Clinger graduated.
Dalton Brems was one of American Fork's low stick last season. He along with Carson Clinger and Luke Grundvig were able to lead the cavemen to another State Title.
Clinger had a great junior year where he helped lead the Cavemen to win the 6A State Title and a 5th place finish at NXR-SW.
Q&A With coach Bruno Hunziker plus summer workout video.
Arcadia will feature one of the top 4x1600m relays of the year, so we took a look at its history.
The 3200m has become the king of the distance races and the amount of sub 9 minute 3200m runners has skyrocketed.
Late in the race, Aidan Troutner took on the look of invincibility, while the team race came to a rolling boil behind him.
Will American Fork (UT) continue in its dominance and recent history at NXR Southwest
Brace yourself for another rousing edition of NXR-SW Boys, but with lots of new faces this time around!
Of course it's another year of hold-your-breath racing shaping up at NXR-SW! And a few girls who stand out from this photo in last year's race are very much in the hunt again this year.
We take a look at the top 5 boys teams after the State meet as NXR-SW approaches!
Two meets shaped the news in Southwest region cross country this past week.
We take a look at the 4A-6A teams and individuals that will be racing at State!
The Albuquerque Academy and Rio Rancho girls mixed things up nicely at the Albuquerque Metro Championships, with AA taking top honors.
New Mexico's Kashon Harrison barely outdueled Colorado's Cole Sprout in the cool of the Arizona night at Desert Twilight.
There have been big doings across the region the last couple of weeks. Get caught up here!
In this week's edition of The Scoop, check out some of the top moments from the weekend
Monarch High School out of Colorado used a strong early presence up front to help pick up a big win at Saturday's St. Vrain Invitational.
Preview of the Murray Invitational.
"Cross country race coming through. Clear the path or I'll pierce your eardrums with this here whistle!"
Check out the top 100 girls cross country times in American Fork High School history according to the MileSplit database.
Check out the top 100 boys cross country times in American Fork High School history according to the MileSplit database.
Scouting report interview with American Fork boys head cross country coach Timo Mostert.
The American Fork girls won the 5A state title last year and finished 4th as Utah's top finishers at the NXN Southwest Regional. MileSplit Utah's Jim Larkin interviewed long-time American Fork girls head cross country coach Bruno Hunziker on what to expect of his team this upcoming season.
Grant Gardner added a very good track season to his outstanding cross country season from the fall and leads a very talented Springville team into this fall's fray.
Taking the top 7 all-time 3 mile cross country performers in the MileSplit.com database for each team in the state, we attempt to rank the top boys XC all-time in Utah history.
Refamiliarize yourself with the Blue Blob of Broomfield. They're going to be a load to handle.
The state of Ohio will be strongly represented at the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational!
The adidas Dream Mile fields have been set
Interview with American Fork senior Casey Clinger after breaking Utah state record with a 8:57 performance in the 3200 in the Utah 5A state meet race.
Watch American Fork's Casey Clinger rebound from a rare loss the day before in the 3200 meter run to clock a 5A state record 4:06.22 1600 meter run to win at the BYU High School Invitational closing with a 1:59 last 800!
Watch the fast section of the boys 3200 with Lehi's Ryan Raff picking up a major upset win over the two time Nike Cross Nationals champion Casey Clinger holding him off with a 9:04 win at the BYU High School Invite 3200.
Watch Casey Clinger and American Fork teammate McKay Johns go 1-2 in the 800 at the Bulldog Invitational on April 21st in Provo with a winning time of 1:53.
Here is one man's opinion of the top 8 performances from the just completed Arcadia Invitational.
It's been a busy day on the first day of the National Letter of Intent regular period, which signals a nearly four month period for graduating track and field athletes to sign with interested NCAA programs.
Vote below on who was the top boys individual performer in the state of Utah from last week's meets. Poll voting ends at Thursday at 9 PM.
While Arcadia attracts some of the top talent from all over the nation, that state of Utah has long had fantastic representation, with this weekend being no exception.
The American Fork (UT) High boys made history by recording a national record in the 4x1600m relay at Arcadia Invitational on Saturday in California
Watch Casey Clinger run an impressive 4:08 1600 effort at the UVU Invitational breaking the old meet record.
American Fork has put down a goal to reach in the 4x1600m relay. Can they make it happen?
Watch workout video with the one of the nation's top distance programs in the American Fork boys featuring Casey Clinger, McKay Johns, and Patrick Parker cranking out 800 meter repeats before their outdoor season begins.
Post-workout interview with the American Fork trio of sub 4:10 milers Casey Clinger, McKay Johns, and Patrick Parker.
Let's take a look at the nation's top 100 performing distance squads by event taking the times of top 5 runners on each team this indoor season.
American Fork (UT) senior and Brigham Young University commit Casey Clinger was named the Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2016-17.
Some of the best times and marks in the country were recorded at the UHSTCA Invitational over the weekend at the Olympic Oval in Kearns
Provo High (UT) sophomore Meghan Hunter is looking for some redemption at the UHSTCA Invitational Championships on Friday and Saturday.
Catch American Fork senior Casey Clinger while you can, he's only racing a few indoor meets this winter.
American Fork (UT) senior Casey Clinger ended his recruiting and chose BYU
American Fork (UT) senior Casey Clinger ended his recruiting and chose BYU
Watch the most popular videos on the MileSplit YouTube channel in 2016.
Impromptu vibes at PDX International Airport
American Fork failed to win NXN despite having three of the best runners in the nation. Why?
Check out the final top predictions for NXN
The best boys programs in the history of Nike Cross Nationals taking the top 7 runners' performances from each school at all past 12 NXN races then scoring as a meet.
Check out what US #1 American Fork does to prepare to NXN 2016.
Defending NXN champion Casey Clinger leads the #1 ranked team in the nation, American Fork
Find the Utah girls only results from the 2016 NXN Southwest Regional this past weekend.
Find the utah boys only results from the 2016 NXN Southwest Regional this past weekend.
Jojo and Billy break down every NXN region
Check into this weeks Run Junkie HS to see Special Guests Casey Clinger, McKay Johns, Patrick Parker, Katelyn Tuohy & Haleigh Morales in action!
Clinger and American Fork rank No. 1 in the nation both individually and as
As the mile approached, Casey Clinger was starting to pull away, but American Fork hadn't yet joined him. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Who's qualified so far?
On a day when heat, wind, and dust took their toll on a lot of runners, Casey Clinger stood tall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
We go back and take a look at the top 500 times run at the NXN Southwest Regional's meet history as well as look at the top performing programs all-time taking the top 7 runners over the meet's history.
Casey Clinger meets the Utah state meet finish line with a large gap on his pursuers. Photo by Bryan Deibel.
Nobody in Colorado came close to solving the Brie Oakley puzzle this fall. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Peak to Peak closed out a solid season with a Colorado 3A Girls state title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Broomfield's girls claimed the Colorado 5A title and Colorado power merge. Davis, American Fork, and Desert Vista loom next ahead of the Eagles. Photo by Karen McCoy.
Where is 2015 NXN Champ Casey Clinger looking to go next year?
Where are two of the best 1-2-3 Punch in the country going to go?
Check in with Billy to see what's poppin' in the XC world.
What are speed ratings? What do they mean? Which teams have have been earning the best rated performances this season?
Nate Osterstock led Olympus to a stunning win over Timpagnogos in Utah 4A last week. Contributed photo.
Check in with Billy to see what's poppin' in the XC world!
Watch the loaded Utah 5A state championship race.
What would the meet have looked like if all the teams raced head to head?
Virtual meet preview for the girls races at the Utah State Meet this Wednesday based on scoring the 3 mile season bests of all runners in each classification in the MileSplit database.
Breakdown of all the top names to watch for on Wednesday.
The Class 4A and 5A races feature 14 nationally ranked teams and individuals
Virtual meet preview for the boys races at the Utah State Meet this Wednesday based on scoring the 3 mile season bests of all runners in each classification in the MileSplit database.
Daniel Marquez and his Gila Ridge teammates came back from Desert Twilight with a win at the Ken Denson Invitational this past weekend. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the boys XC team scores rankings based on scoring the season best 5K times of the top 7 runners of each team in the state of Utah.
Check out the nation's top boys marks from this weekend
Peak to Peak shoved their way into the regional top 10 with a strong performance at Desert Twilight on Friday night. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Highland's girls took a big win, and an even bigger trophy, out of this weekend's Doug Conley meet. Photo by Irving Girabaldi.
In Mountain Vista's system of interchangeable parts, it was Joshua Romine who came up big this week. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
While we've been waiting to see the real Mountain Vista team, Monarch gave some proof they will be heard from this season. Here, Charlie Perry forms the middle of a 2-3-4 finish for Monarch at Centaurus on Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the top 500 girls cross country 3 mile times in the state of Utah in the MileSplit database as of September 5th.
Check out the top 500 boys cross country 3 mile times in the state of Utah in the MileSplit database as of September 5th.
Top 10 teams and individuals in the state ranked.
Palmer Ridge, Mountain Vista, and Rock Canyon mixed it up spendidly at the Vista Nation XC 2-Mile, but evidently the Rock Canyon girls were not easily impressed. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
Can the NXN 2015 Champion defend his title and repeat in 2016?
Preseason rankings are here for the Southwest Region!
Timpanogos has Joseph Benson out in front this fall and things are looking up once again. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With the #1 Finisher at NXN in 2015, American Fork looks to bring home a team title in 2016.
The Utah XC season is really getting underway now. Highlander marks a big showdown between many of Utah's elite teams and athletes.
MileSplit previews the top returning girls teams for the meet.
Sara Musselman was the top NXN finisher in for the American Fork squad that finished 5th at NXN in 2015.
Much is made of Casey Clinger and McKay Johns, but Patrick Parker is another Caveman who can put a little hurt on you, too. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Team scores based on returning athletes' 2015 season best 3 mile times.
Team scores based on returning athletes' 2015 season best 3 mile times.
Sadie Sargent leads Utah's top small-school program at North Summit High School in Coalville. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sara Musselman returns for her senior season with hopes of landing another American Fork berth at Nike Cross Nationals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Camren Todd heads up a very strong returning delegation from the Davis program. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Is American Fork better than Great Oak?
Casey Clinger could be having one of the best junior seasons ever.
Katie Rainsberger smashes the course record and takes the win. Photo by Ashley Green.
It was another fabulous year of competition at Nike Cross Regionals Southwest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Running the gauntlet of spectators. Photo by Alan Versaw.
At two miles, Katie Rainsberger's pace was taking its toll on Courtney Wayment and Lauren Gregory. The rest of the field had lost contact by that point. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Casey Clinger trades strides with a few co-leaders at a very early stage of the boys championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Talia Dreicer led a Los Alamos charge at the New Mexico state meet that suggested the Hilltoppers have a glimmer of hope of advancing on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Logan Mackay figures to be one of the guys Davis will be leaning on to earn yet another NXN berth on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If anyone was hoping Alamosa might let up a little now that they'd won a state title, Isaiah DeLaCerda put those hopes to rest. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sophia Galvez and Madison Foley helped Los Alamos to a dominating win in New Mexico 5A and a slot in this week's top ten regional rankings. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
The top six finishers at Colorado 5A Region 5 all wore Mountain Vista green. Photo by Joel Hawkins.
We merged all the results in every class at the State Meet then re-scored it to see how it could've played out if everyone raced each other.
We merged all the results in every class at the State Meet then re-scored it to see how it could've played out if everyone raced each other.
The Davis boys vanquished all contenders at Wednesday's Utah state meet.
MileSplit has you covered with in depth recaps for every race from the 2015 State Champs!
Casey Clinger new course record; No. 4 Davis boys thrash No. 21 American Fork
Six nationally ranked teams and six nationally ranked individuals face off tomorrow at Sugarhouse Park... here's what to know!
The American Fork girls celebrate a regional title and take aim at state next week. Contributed photo.
Joshua Romine has been a big part of the story at Mountain Vista this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Even down one of their scoring five, Desert Hills was a decisive winner at Desert Twilight. Contributed photo.
Will Handley's second-place finish was a key piece in the stunning Timpanogos upset at Bob Firman on Saturday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the first update to the National Boys XC Team Rankings since Pre-Season!
Sara Musselman has been a strong addition to the 2015 American Fork girls. Photo by Rob Versaw.
Ryan Sandoval leads a very good Pecos (NM) team that's been coming in for a lot of small-school attention in the Southwest region. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Grace Neuenschwander is a key element in a very deep Davis roster that currently checks in at #3 in the Southwest rankings. Photo by Rob Versaw.
It's time to start thinking about how the regional order of things shakes out!
The Cavemen return four varsity runners from last year's fifth place team
Unranked American Fork upsets the Pre-Season U.S. No. 7 ranked Davis girls as the U.S. No. 7 Davis boys take the win
Last year, Courtney Wayment ran as an individual at NXR-SW. This year, she's left her soccer ways behind and has donned Davis brown and gold. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Few programs have had more success in recent year's than American Fork out of Provo, Utah. Led by Casey Clinger, 8th at NXN in 2014, they look to return to Portland as they have each of the past six years.
Jaiden Melendrez, Sage Ducote, and Joshua Thatcher are three big reasons you don't want to lose sight of Desert Hills in all your excitment about American Fork and Davis. Photos by Alan Versaw.
There's been some questions on which team has the most 1600m depth and it's time to settle it once and for all.
We give you an update to our boys power rankings - check out the best teams in the state. See where your team lands on our state list.
American Fork boys have been in title contention for several years, but believe this is the time to win it.
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
Projected order of the 22 teams that will toe the line for NXN in Portland on Saturday
Your weekend XC update including action from two down to the wire NXN Regionals
Carlos Villarreal blazes to an NXN berth with 14:55 runner-up finish at NXR-SW
Championship boys race footage from the 2014 NXN Southwest Regional.
Allie Schadler races to a 3rd place finish: Photo by Alan Versaw
Cami Squires and Sammy Hollingsworth lead the American Fork charge midway through the girls championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For several of Colorado’s cross country programs, Saturday brings the moment of truth.
Based on Desert Twilight and overall season performance, Katie Rainsberger looks like the one to beat at NXR-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Paul Roberts, though running in Colorado's smallest classification, brings the best state meet time from the Centennial State to NXR-SW. Photo by Renee Haip.
Cora Cannedy and her Taos teammates set of very high standard for small school girls cross country at the New Mexico state meet on Saturday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
With the Colorado and Utah state meets now completed, what's left to settle of this is from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Those state finish up their state meets on November 8.
See how some in-state battles at State Champs have affected the Saucony Flo50 Rankings
Jimmy evaluates the top boys teams in the nation as State meets heat up
Latest Saucony Flo50 Boys Team Rankings as of October 27th.
The Palmer Ridge boys, fresh off of running what was arguably the best boys race of the Colorado state meet, relax with a little trophy time. Photo by Tim Hilt.
Interviews from the head coaches of American Fork and Davis, two of the best programs in the nation. Coaches react to another state meet where AF and Davis take the top two spots.
Watch the race video of the 5A boys race from the 2014 Utah High School State Cross Country Championships, which the Saucony Flo50 #2 ranked American Fork boys won their 6th straight state title. Coached by Timo Moster and led by race champion Zac Jacklin with the fastest time of the day at 15:05, established the state meet record for total time (77:25) and average time (15:29).
Updates and coverage from the 2014 Utah High School Cross Country State Championships at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, October 22nd.
The past two weeks have produced the most unexpected and wildly exciting changes in the Saucony Flo 50 rankings, specifically the boys Teams.
The Desert Vista girls and the American Fork boys remain at the top of the SW rankings but a lot
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
The picture is starting to look brighter once again for Heather Holt and her Fort Collins teammates. Photo by Ashley Green.
US #2 ranked Conner Mantz dominated his Utah regional meet as one of the top states in cross country got their first stage of championship season completed this week.
While Desert Vista was dominating down in Arizona, Monarch and Cherry Creek were renewing their vows of rivalry in Colorado. Photo by Ashley Green.
Utah is the highest elevation point nationally in the latest Saucony Flo50 boys team rankings with 4 teams from their state ranked among the best in the country.
The Desert Vista girls and the American Fork boys remain at the top of the SW rankings but a lot has shifted in the past month.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Tyler Day and Marcus Wheeler (Corona del Sol) enjoy some shoulder-to-shoulder running at the front of Saturday's Ojo Rojo Invititation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
After almost a month of XC action, there are some shakeups in the Saucony Flo50 team rankings. Jimmy takes a look at some of those changes on the guys' side.
A couple of big meets over the two weeks have produced some important shifts in the regional rankings.
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The Herriman Invitational course has an epic hill on its 3 mile layout known affectionately as the "Motha Cussa". US #3 ranked American Fork boys rolled, while Lucy Biles and Herriman girls defended their hilly home course with sweeping of individual and team title on Friday.
Most of New Mexico's top teams saw their first action at this weekend's UNM Lobo Inviational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out our pre-season list of the top 10 sophomore XC boys returning in the nation from the class of 2017 for this coming fall as part of the Hoka One One Future Stars series. (via MileSplit)
With meets having started now in every state except Arizona, the rankings have begun to shuffle a little.
Vote for MileSplit's National Girls XC Team Performance of the Week #1 (Monday, August 25th through Saturday, August 30th). The following 9 girls cross country teams from 7 different states had national noteworthy wins in major invitationals and meets this past week. Pick the one that most impressed you. Voting ends on Thursday, September 4th at 8 PM ET.
Final weekend of August and third week of cross country action in 2014 season. MileSplit US will be on-site with Brandon Miles and Jimmy Stevenson at the Marcus I Invitational with 2,220 athletes featuring some of the top runners and programs in the state of Texas.
Each year, one of the greatest spectacles in cross country in the entire Southwest region is the American Fork Grass Relays. Photo contributed by Timo Mostert.
We teased you with a top 10 watch list article and a Who's #1?" video ranking the top 10 teams in the country. Now is the time to reveal our complete preseason top 25 national rankings of the best returning boys squads in the nation for the 2014 XC season.
Kara Skattum posted the top time for an intriguing Broomfield girls entry at the New Balance Valmont Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Renee Haip.
Jimmy breaks down the top 10 pre-season ranked boys teams.
The following 10 high school cross country boys teams have been selected as part of our Saucony Flo 50 pre-season watch list for the upcoming season as the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the very top tier of returning squads to look out for in top national races this fall.
Pre-season scouting report on a national powerhouse cross country program in the American Fork boys of Utah.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning boys cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southwest Region including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
Most (though not all) of the boys at the front of last year's pack have graduated, but the teams at the front of the pack will ring familiar. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
For most high school cross country teams, summer is a season unto itself. Teenage runners may be on vacation—working jobs, taking family trips, going to the beach—but if they don’t run virtually every day in a calculated program to build a mountain of fitness, you can throw fall success out the window. (via Runner's World)
Many of the early leaders of last year's field have graduated, but that doesn't translate into a race that's any less competitive this year. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
A summary of what was accomplished and a look forward.
Cerake Gerberkidane built an early lead that would wither some in the final mile of the race, but not enough to wrest the individual title out of his hands. Photo by Alan Versaw.
UT/CO teams dominate NXNSW, TX rolls over NXN South! Big time CBA and Briana Gess in NJ! Colorado, Providence dominate team action at NCAA's! (Photos by Margot Kelly)
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
The Wednesday afternoon crowds lining Utah's state meet course are the stuff of legend. Photo by William Hasty.
Monarch's girls made a serious run at Davis for the region's #1 girls slot in this week's poll. Photo by John Elvig.
Great times in Colorado with Elise, Cerake and Lauren! Sarah Baxter 16:11 #2 AT, Tal Braude 14:27 #4 AT, Austin Tamagno soph record at Mt. SAC.
Conference, District, Regional and State meets are upon us and teams will begin resting up to compete well at their championship meets before gearing up for the post-season championship meets. However, a few squads are already firing up the furnace for post-season action.
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
The 5A Boys race last season was a great battle with two familiar faces in American Fork and Davis. American Fork had a very tight group at the front of the race and went on to win 29 to Davis’ 54. Also in the mix was Riverton, not far back with 74 points. American Fork went on to the highest finisher by a Utah School at the NXN meet, placing 2nd. Their team time of 1:18:18 was the second fastest team time ever, second only to the AF team of 2010 that ran 1:18.01. The Individual battle was also intense, and it took a 5A record run to win the race. Kramer Morton of Alta ran 15:13 to pull away from the AF and Davis pack.
Last season Davis and American Fork girls were poised for a battle to the wire, with both teams Nationally ranked. In the end, the Darts Claimed the victory with only 37 points. This marked the 3th straight State Championship the Darts had brought home, in a very dominant streak for Coach Talley’s team. That same team would go on to finish 12th in the Nation at Nike Cross Nationals Entering this 2013 season we weren’t sure how complete the team would be, having lost their top 2 nationally ranked individuals in Shea Martinez and Ellie Child. So could the Darts possibly bounce back from losing 3 of their top 4 from last season?
Saratoga Springs, Utah- The Region 4 Championships had to be the most stacked region in the state. with Nationally ranked teams and individuals, There are some favorites for both team and Individual State Champions to come from this region. Both the girls and boys races were thrillers, and some very impressive times were run on the fast flat Westlake course.
Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) rolled again this weekend to retain their perch atop the rankings and add to their legend, by winning with 90 points and a course record 12:44.34 team average. But that's not all!!
Lauren Gregory leads her #3 ranked Fort Collins teammates to a dominating win at Friday's Front Range Conference meet. Photo by Ken Regan.
One of the bigger pieces of news out of Colorado this weekend was the return to action of Bailey Roth, immediately enhancing Coronado's status as a player. Photo by Alan Versaw.
York (IL) made a huge move to score the #3 spot with an impressive win at the Palatine Invitational with 49 points, a 15:02 average and a 48 second spread!
There were some serious rumblings across the Southwest region last weekend. We'll try here to explain what all those rumblings were all about.
Pine Creek's Sered sisters keep a steady pace at the Coronado Cougar Classic, while ThunderRidge keeps a presence only a few strides behind. Photo by Tim Hilt.
If there is one thing to be said about the Bob Firman Invitational this weekend, it would be that most people have overlooked the Utah talent. With meet previews highlighting everyone except the Utah competitors, no one seems to think our local athletes can run with the best. If there is one thing I have learned, it would be to watch out for Utah, because we boast some of the strongest distance running talent in the country, especially for the size of the state. The meet does bring some very good talent from Washington, Idaho, and California, but there are plenty of runners from Utah that can steal the show. So who is most likely to surprise the competition in Idaho this weekend?
Zach Grand of Santa Fe and Colin Hemez of Los Alamos battle for the win at Saturday's ATC Everybody Invitational in Santa Fe. Photo by Blake Wood.
It's a familiar face, but an unfamiliar singlet, for Colorado fans of cross country. Lone Peak (UT) is riding high these days with the help of Clayson Shumway. Photo by Kyle Perry.
- Herriman High School will play host to their annual Cross Country invitational Friday night. The races will be run on the traditional course, with a few slight changes from last year. Apparently some building in the area has changed the location of the start and finish slightly, but this should only make things better.The course is known as one of the hardest in the state, and many will tell you that no other course can compare in difficulty. In fact, it may be one of the hardest courses in the entire country. Adding to the level of difficulty is the fact that it has been rainy, and the course is entirely trail, so it could be a big muddy mess this afternoon. Herriman High School will play host to their annual Cross Country invitational Friday night. The races will be run on the traditional course, with a few slight changes from last year. Apparently some building in the area has changed the location of the start and finish slightly, but this should only make things better.The course is known as one of the hardest in the state, and many will tell you that no other course can compare in difficulty. In fact, it may be one of the hardest courses in the entire country. Adding to the level of difficulty is the fact that it has been rainy, and the course is entirely trail, so it could be a big muddy mess this afternoon.
The Monarch girls got out strong at St. Vrain... and finished even stronger. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Connor McMillan ran the second-fastest time ever at the American Fork Grass Relays and helped his team to a convincing victory on Saturday. Photo by Rochelle Pinnock.
Daniel Book leads a strong Cherry Creek team at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Weekend Highlights from August 25-31. American Fork and Timpanogos both hosted meets this weekend, with great performances coming from both. At the American Fork Grass Relays meet, the top performers on both the girls and boys sides of the competition ran into the record books.
You may remember this group of girls that hammered from the front end of last year's NXR-SW championship race. Three of the four will be back this fall, but the selection of teams at the top may be different this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Heading in to the season it is very difficult to guess what a lot of teams might do. For the 5A season preview I took a little different approach. Obviously there are a lot of teams that are looking to climb the boards and stir things up. As the season progresses that picture will become very clear, but for now I have broken down only a few teams that I think have the makings of a podium fight. If there is a team you think should be in the mix let me know why.
They're (mostly) back this fall and just as dangerous as ever. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Lucy Biles and Sydney Badger battled at Great Southwest in June. They figure to meet again at NXR-SW in November. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ashi Geberkidane, Colorado's top XC performer in 2012, is flanked by two Utah runners, Kramer Morton and Brayden McLelland, late in last fall's NXR-SW championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Utah High School State Track and Field Championships concluded today in Provo. It was an exciting day of competition in every classification. The weather was bi-polar as it was pouring rain one minute and sunny and hot the next. The athletes seemed more focused on winning a state championship than they were about the weather. The team titles on both the Girls and Boys side went to Davis High School as the Darts made it a three-peat. The individual events were exciting as well. Here is our event-by-event breakdown of the action.
This weekend Utah athletes will be spreading across quite a few meets throughout the state. Copper Hills High School will host the UHSTCA Championship meet, which is usually one of the top meets in the state for running great times. Other meets this weekend will be the Manti Invitational, The Uintah Invitational in Vernal, and the Delta Invitational, as well as some athletes heading to California for the Arcadia Invitational.
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Thursday at Simplot will be the first day of prelims with only one final being held. The Boys and Girls weight throw final will be held, the preliminary rounds in both the Girls and Boys 3200m and 1600m. Each of these events should be exciting as there are enough talented Utah athletes to fill every final. It should be a battle between Utah, Idaho and the other competing states to get into the fastest finals.
This week I had the opportunity to speak with Kramer Morton, standout from Alta High School. As a Junior, Kramer won the 2012 5a State Cross-Country championship and placed 11th at Footlocker Nationals. He is gearing up for a big track season, and is hoping to add a few more state championship trophies to his shelf.
When the rain is relentless — the steady downpour for nearly a week straight kind of relentless — the smart thing to do is head for higher ground. The American Fork boys’ cross-country team did just that earlier this month in Portland, Ore. (via www.sltrib.com)
The Nike Cross Nationals finally crowned its first two-time boys’ national champion Saturday. But it wasn’t those 2011 titlists that had ruled in record fashion all fall long – from North Carolina to New York – and had been favored, despite nearly stumbling last weekend in their regional. (Photo by Patty Morgan)
Splattered in mud from head to toe, Connor McMillan crosses the NXN finish line for American Fork. Photo by Patty Morgan.
Late in the NXR-SW race, Jordan Cross, Luis Martinez (partially hidden), Michael Finch, Jake Heslington, and Andy Trouard strained toward nailing down a bid to Nike Cross Nationals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Herriman's boys, after a disappointing finish in 2012, stayed strong throughout the season to claim the 4A title and come within a whisker of a Nike Cross Nationals berth. Photo by Diana Biles.
Brayden McLelland led American Fork's charge on Saturday with a 15:03 in sixth. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Late in the race, Bernie Montoya begins his counter-surge that would reel in the premature surge of Ben Saarel. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Bernie Montoya, Elise Cranny take NXNSW wins! Domanic, Jochen take NXNS wins! Southlake Carroll dominated team titles at NXNS! (Photo of Montoya winning by Margot Kelly)
Claire Green and Kaitlyn Benner bring a Colorado state title with them to Arizona, along with hopes of tackling a course more suited to their natural speed. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Luis Martinez had a stellar senior cross country season for the Cleveland (NM) Storm and heads into Saturday's NXR-SW championship race as one of the favorites for the individual title and as the leader of a team in the hunt for a slot to NXN. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The teams for the girls championship race have been announced!
The roster of teams has been released for NXR-SW!
Things are building to fever pitch in New Mexico. Photo by Blake Wood.
Tori Parkinson was the top finisher on a Mountain Crest team that stunned the world of 4A cross county in Utah. Photo by Kyle Perry.
Sarah Baxter smashed the CR by 16s at Mt. Sac with a 16:00 clocking! Perrin gets MT state title, Rohrer and Erba super fast in IN! Much more inside!
Ben Saarel crosses the finish with the second-best Utah 3A state time in history. Photo by Kyle Perry.
With the Utah season nearly done and the Colorado season heading into regionals, here is the current shape of the NXR-SW rankings:
Once again, we hit the road across the Great Southwest. Really big and meaningful meets were difficult to come by this weekend, but I'll tell you what we turned up:
Two days out from the Utah state cross country meet, it's time to start taking a look at what's coming to the starting line. Here's our glance at the 5A story.
Mountain Vista has a roster full of ways to hurt you. Andrew Walton and Eric Steiner are two of those ways. Colorado Track XC file photos.
The Los Alamos, New Mexico, boys stunned the field at the Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race on Friday evening. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Study these faces well. If they run at the Desert Twilight this weekend, you'll want to know who they are. Photo by Margot Kelly.
If air quality was a concern for you in Utah this weekend, it was likely a bigger concern in Boise, where they ran the Bob Firman Invitational. Regardless of particulate levels in the air, those who competed seemed to run very well this weekend
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The Desert Vista boys took their show to California this weekend, facing some of the top boys teams in the nation. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Herriman's (UT) times may have been a little off this week, but there would be a reason for that. Here, Lucy Biles leads a very thinned out crowd of leaders up a long hill in the girls race. Photo contributed by Jonathan Haag.
We're still missing some meet results from the week gone by, but it's time to do some quick dissection of the results we have seen.
Jacob Thomson lets it out as he crosses the line well ahead of Jacob Burcham in KY! Arcadia is back and looking very solid while Kaylee Flanagan looks scary good in IL! (Photo by Jonathan Grooms)
We're not dealing with a complete set of meet results from last week yet, but we'll deal with the ones we have.
Kyle Lund leads a Fairview team that is rapidly rising the ladder of NXR-SW boys rankings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luis Martinez was on fire under the Albuquerque full moon on Friday night, but Los Alamos took Cleveland by surprise for the team title at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
Included are MileSplit’s selection of the top 2012 U.S. boys’ individual and team cross country performances August 27 through September 3. Photo - Southlake Carroll HS (TX), preseason ranked #2, started the season impressively.
I don't believe we picked up results from every meet in the state this past week, but we did get a good selection.
It's cross country time!!
Zac Jacklin, Brayden McLelland, Connor McMillan, Tyson Green, and Caleb Thompson kept the trophy in American Fork. Contributed photo.
Included are the top 2012 U.S. boys’ individual and team cross country performances through August 25. (Photo - Andres Arroyo, Colonial HS, FL, #13 U.S. ranked.)
Os and ahhs. Ogden celebrates their team titles in the late evening light at Sugar House Park. Contributed photo.
Much to nobody's surprise, Erin Hooker and her Fort Collins teammates occupy the #1 preseason ranking in the NXR-SW region. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Great contests have been the trademark of the NXR-SW races. Expect nothing about that to change this year. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Clayton Young has graduated, and so the mantle of leadership at American Fork passes to Brayden McLelland. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Preston Johnson and Brad Nye are part of the reason that Davis comes in as favorites in 5A boys, but only part of the reason. Photos by Alan Versaw.
At two miles into the race, Erin Hooker challenges Sarah Fakler for the lead. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mountain View and Davis figure to be two of the teams toward the top once again at this year's NXN-SW boys race. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Three of the top four girls finishers from last year's NXN-SW championship race are back, and they're each bringing top-tier teams with them to back them up. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jeff Abbey leads the Fort Collins finishers at the Front Range Conference meet just over a week ago. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Mary Cain #10 All-Time at Bowdoin NY | US#3 Bismarck scores 17 pts for 7th straight, US#5 Leingang goes sub-15 in ND. Simi Valley wins loaded Team Sweeps at Mt. SAC. (Photo by Kyle Brazeil)
Nevada's Nick Hartle made it to NXN last year and appears to be the Silver State's strongest hope for representation at the national championship again this year. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Last year, Luis Martinez finished 55th at NXN-SW. Don't look for a repeat of that finish this fall as he leads the Cleveland HS (NM) team into regional contention. Colorado Track XC file photo.
When you start looking at the top talent in Arizona, it's hard to miss Carter Macey and his Desert Vista teammates. And, although they took this past weekend off, they are taking the desert by storm. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Shea Martinez, Sarah Feeney, and Summer Harper work the front of the pack at the Murray Invitational in Utah. Photo submitted by Corbin Talley.
Although it's way too early to make hard predictions about who will get bids to the NXN-SW championship races, it's not at all too soon to look and see what's happening in the various states that may have implications for who might make it to the big dance.
It's still early, very early, but it's time to start looking at which teams are positioning themselves for a bid to the championship races at NXN-SW.
American Fork won their annual relay with the 2nd fastest all-time team clocking. Grace Tinkey (GA) smokes a 17:55 5k at the Mercy Invite while Allie Ostrander (AK) goes sub-18 at the Skyline Invite.
Brayden Cromar is one of the reasons that Davis is aiming for a return trip to NXN this fall. Colorado Track XC file photo.
The meet management wasn't distributing results, but nobody needed them to determine who the winner was. Even if they'd gone by too fast to read the name on front, we all knew it was the team in the bright orange uniforms that had won the meet. It's difficult to pick the two best runners on American Fork's roster, but these two are plenty to handle. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Claire Green of Louisville leads a pack of Colorado runners early in the NXN-SW girls championship race. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When does the page turn from the past to the present? The quest to crown the greatest boys team in US history compromises a group spanning four decades. Each with a story and an argument as to their place among the cross immortals.
Los Alamos: New Mexico's green wall of girls. Photo by Blake Wood.
It was a Who's Who of Colorado female high school cross country runners at the start of the Pat Patten Invite on Friday. Kelsey Lakowske, second from lett, sneaked away for the win. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Clayton Young has stepped up in a big way for American Fork over the last three weeks. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Highlands Ranch phenom Eleanor Fulton had a very nice weekend, winning the Division II girls title at Liberty Bell and breaking the meet record in the process. Photos by Jeff McCoy.
Welcome to the Lions' Den: Alhambra's season has been going very nicely to date. Photo by Margot Kelly.
Neil Longenbaugh leads the charge for this year's version of the Red Army. Photo contributed by Gary Murray.
Jamie Lee started the season strong for American Fork, finishing third at the Premier Invitational in Tooele. Colorado Track XC file photo.
It didn't take long for Albuquerque Academy and American Fork to establish their places at the front of last year's NXR-SW event. Photo by Alan Versaw.
One week from now, 44 teams will be in Portland, and each with the dream of contending for the national championship of high school cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Wade Meddles (Sierra Lutheran, Nevada) dominated the boys championship race at NXN-SW. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Photo courtesy: John Olson, South Carolina Runner's
The title of fastest girl in Utah belongs, this year, to Gilian Gorelik of Park City. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Scott Fauble (Wheat Ridge), David Perry (Niwot), Connor Winter (Arapahoe), and Dusty Solis (Coronado) each rank among Colorado's top male runners. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
The Scourge of Utah - the American Fork boys. Contributed Photo.
Sierra Lutheran's Wade Meddles, shown here at last year's NXN SW meet, had the NXN SW performance of the week, posting a 15:03 at the Stanford Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In this weekly feature, we'll put a finger to the wind to see who's showing what in the race for NXN SW berths. Photo from NXN SW 2008 by Alan Versaw.