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Heartland Region
November 15, 2008 at Sioux Falls SD

Iowa - Kansas - Minnesota - Nebraska - 
North Dakota - South Dakota - Wisconsin

Two teams and five individuals will qualify for NXN national finals December 6, 2008 at Portland OR. 
Heartland Team Rankings - Pre-Season
Rankings by Marc Bloom and Rich Gonzalez; distributed by NSSF

  1. Wayzata (MN) - Regional titlist and state 2A champ has 5 of 7 back with ‘07 J.V. adding depth
  2. Bismarck (ND) - State A winner returns most of team led by regional titlist Joash Osoro
  3. Shawnee Mission NW (KS) - State 6A champ, regional runner-up has 5 9:40s 2-milers back but lacks spark
  4. Eden Prairie (MN) - Group of 9:35 to 9:50 2-milers poised to challenge Wayzata for state honors
  5. Brainerd (MN) - Return 4 of 7 from squad that placed 4th in regional
  6. Stevens Point (WI) - State Div I runner-up returns 5 of 6 with 48-second-spread
  7. Yankton (SD) - Lose #1 man but next 6 return from reg’l 9th-placer; excellent track season
  8. Stillwater (MN) - State 2A 4th-placer returns 4 of 7 in long tradition of distance success
  9. St. Thomas Aquinas (KS) - Returns a pair of all-staters and good back-up as state 5A favorite
  10. Norfolk (NE) - Top 6 back, all juniors in ’07, from state A 4th-place team

Bubble teams alphabetically:     Cedar Rapids Washington (IA), Edina (MN), Jamestown (ND), Madison-La Follette (WI), Manhattan (KS), Moorhead (MN), Pleasant Valley (IA),  Rosemount (MN), Sioux Falls Roosevelt (SD), Willmar (MN)

  1. Dowling Cath (IA) - Regional winner returns most of line-up led by all-American Katie Flood
  2. Burnsville (MN) - State 2A titlist and reg’l 4th-placer returns top 4 within 5 seconds at state
  3. Bismarck (ND) - State A champ returns 5 all-staters that ran 5:20 to 5:30 for 1600 in spring
  4. Sioux Falls Roosevelt (SD) - Regional 3rd-placer has top 3 back from state 2A’s Top 10 under new coach
  5. Yankton (SD) - Regional runner-up has solid group of 7 under new head coach
  6. Manhattan (KS) - State 6A titlist has 6 of 7 back led by state 3200 winner Marley Crusch
  7. Lakeville North (MN) - State 2A 5th-placer has all 7 back with 39-second 4k spread for top 5
  8. Whitefish Bay (WI) - Close state Div 1 runner-up returns top 5 with 55-second spread for 4k
  9. Marian (NE) - State A favorite Kelli Budd leads team seeking 6th straight title needing 5th scorer
  10. Eden Prairie (MN) - State 2A runner-up returns state’s best top-3 but needs to close ranks

Bubble teams alphabetically: Blue Valley NW (KS), Fargo So (ND), Iowa City (IA), Iowa City West (IA), Lincoln Pius X (NE), Millard No (NE), Minot (ND), Olathe East (KS), Omaha Westside (NE), Prior Lake (MN), Urbandale (IA), West Fargo (ND)