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NXN 2008
44 teams and 90 individuals will compete for national titles -- 2 teams and five individuals per gender from the regions and 4 at large teams.

In its fifth year, the meet changes its name from Nike Team Nationals to Nike Cross Nationals to reflect the addition of an individual championship. There are two regional boundary changes: Missouri moves from Heartland to Midwest and Wisconsin moves from Midwest to Heartland.
Portland OR December 6


Nov 15
Midwest Terre Haute IN
Heartland Sioux Falls SD
Northwest - Boise ID

Nov 22
South The Woodlands TX
Southwest Tempe AZ

Nov 29
Northeast Wappingers Falls NY
New York Wappingers Falls NY
Southeast Cary NC

By Committee: California

Regional Team Rankings - by Marc Bloom and Rich Gonzalez

Prior Years - DyeStat coverage of first 4 years as new meet gives teams proof that "We're Number One!"
FINALS December 6 - complete coverage on DyeStat
The Teams - all 44 teams with their regional and national rankings. Entries include 37 of the 50 teams in Marc Bloom's latest  Super 25 national rankings.
The Individuals  - 90 individuals
About those at large bids - John Dye tells how Nike's good intentions led to unintended consequences.

Selection Sunday

The boys field gets two from the NE and two from California.  Girls get two from the South and two from New York.  Now it's on to Portland for finals December 6!

  • At-Large Announcement - Meet organizers name the 8 teams to receive at-large bids to the NXN FInals in Portland OR
  • Nov. 29 regionals:
  • New York - a stepping stone for US#1 Fayetteville-Manlius girls en route to possible 3-peat in Portland.  NY#1 Shenendehowa boys overcome fall by #2 runner
  • Northeast - Intrastate battles of Massachusetts girls and New Jersey boys live up to the hype. Lincoln-Sudbury MA girls edge Newton South and West Windsor North NJ boys edge Don Bosco.  .
  • Southeast - Regional #1 teams win.  Tatnall DE girls beat Collins Hill GA to earn 3rd straight trip to Portland.  Jamestown VA boys beat Broughton Raleigh NC. 
Open Race - Kenyans are coming again

The rankers knew what they were doing.
Thirty two teams were auto qualifiers for national finals by virtue of finishing 1st or 2nd in the eight regional meets held between Nov. 15 and 29.  All but five of the 32 were ranked 1st or 2nd in their region by Marc Bloom and Rich Gonzalez in the latest regional team rankings before their regional.  Hawk boys (Alta UT) were the lowest ranked team to auto qualify, being ranked 4th in the Southwest before the regional.  Four other auto qualifiers were ranked 3rd in their region.

Challenging Choices - Individual XC stars around the country weigh post-season options between Foot Locker and NXN and Foot Locker.  SteveU reports.