Nike Team Nationals Dec 4, 2004 at Portland Meadows

Twenty boys and twenty girls teams (two from each of eight regions plus four at large teams) will participate in the first truly national high school cross country team invitational ever in the United States. The meet will be the most high tech meet ever held in the US, with two 23-foot jumbotrons, aerial video, TV screens throughout the grandstand, and a new Finish Lynx system to display interim standings and team scores every 1,000 meters. All expenses of the teams are paid by Nike, and admission is free.

Televised on Fox SportsNet Dec. 8 at 3 pm local time

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NTN field is complete with last 8 acceptances
11/28/04 -- The last eight NTN bids were acccepted today, completing the field for the first Nike Team Nationals to be held in Portland next Saturday. Automatic bids were accepted by four California teams after yesterday's state meet -- Royal XC Club Simi Valley and Dana Hills XC Club boys and Fountain Valley and Thousand Oaks girls. National at large bids were accepted by Harrisburg Harriers PA and El Toro CA boys and Murrieta Valley CA and Bethlehem XC Club NY girls. NTN status table. CA#1 Ventura girls declined an NTN invitation, deciding to close their season with their California State Meet championship yesterday.

The chart below shows the final status of NTN selections, wil 41 teams accepted (bold face).

NTN Selections as of Nov. 28 - final
Nov 28 selections
1 Royal XC Club Simi Valley
2 Dana Hills XC Club
3 El Toro XC Club Lake Forest
4 Loyola XC Club Los Angeles
1 Ventura XC Club ***
2 Fountain Valley XC Club
3 Thousand Oaks XC Club
4 Murrieta Valley XC Club
Nov 21 selections
1 Stotan AC, Manlius NY
2 Lincroft TC NJ
3 Harrisburg Harriers PA *
4 Lockport XC Club NY
1 Kinetic Saratoga Springs NY
2 Roxbury XC Club NJ
3 Bethlehem XC Club NY *
4 Bay Shore XC Club NY
Nov 14 selections
1 Hoover XC Club AL
2 Winter Park XC Club FL
3 Washington XC Club Pensacola FL
4 Jefferson XC Club Alexandria VA
1 Scottsboro XC Club AL
2 Harford Harriers MD
3 Mountain Brook XC Club AL
4 Lake Braddock XC Club VA
1 The Woodlands XC Club TX
2 Carroll XC Club Southlake TX
3 A&M Consolidated XC Club TX
4 Kingwood TC TX
1 Kingwood XC Club TX
2 Southlake XC Club TX
3 Highland Park XC Club TX
4 Marcus XC Club Flower Mound TX
1 Ferris XC Club Spokane WA
2 Jesuit XC Club Portland OR
3 N. Spokane Harriers Spokane WA *
4 Eisenhower XC Club Yakima WA *
1 Flathead XC Club Kalispell MT ***
2 Crusader Harriers Portland OR
3 Hilltop Belles Tacoma WA
4 Harbor Racing Team, Gig Harbor WA
Nov 7 selections
1. York XC Club, Elmhurst IL
2. Yahara Hills RC, Madison WI
3. Northridge XC Club IN
4. Milford XC Club MI
1. Clarkston MI ***
2. Bowling Green XC Club OH
3. Waukesha West XC Club WI ***
4. Naperville North XC Club IL
1. Liberty XC Club MO ***
2. Marshall Mix MN
3. Team Swanson KS
4. West Plains XC Club MO ***
1. West Plains XC Club MO ***
2. Yankton XC Club SD
3. Iowa City West XC Club IA
4. Roosevelt XC, Sioux Falls SD *
1. Mountain View XC Club UT
2. Albuquerque Academy XC Club NM
3. Los Alamos XC Club NM
4. Fort Collins XC Club CO
1. Los Alamos XC Club NM
2. South Tahoe XC Club CA
3. Smoky Hill XC Club Aurora CO *
4. Fremont XC Club Plain City UT
* = at large. ** = Awaiting state ruling. *** = Declined. **** = invited

Fremont UT girls invited
11/24/04 -- Fremont XC Club Plain City UT girls, undefeated Utah champion, accepted an at large invitation, raising the field to 33, with eight final selections -- four California automatics and four at large -- to be made Sunday Nov. 28. Fremont won the extra at large bid that resulted when only one of the Midwest region automatic slots for girls was accepted due to state association issues.

NTN field grows to 32 teams with 4 picks from Northeast;
9 slots left for next Sunday

11/21/04 -- Four teams from the Northeast region were invited today to the new Nike Team Nationals (NTN) to be held in Portland OR December 4. After evaluating state meet results in New York and New Jersey, the committee tabbed the Stotan Athletic Club, Manlius NY and Lincroft Track Club NJ boys and the Kinetic Saratoga Springs NY and Roxbury XC Club NJ girls as 1-2 in the Northeast.

Still to be decided --

After the California State Meet next Saturday, the NTN field will be completed with four California teams and five at large selections. One extra girls at large slot is available because Clarkston MI girls declined, and the Midwest third team, Waukesha West, also declined, both due to state association issues. All teams ranked 3rd or 4th in any region will be considered for the last at large bids.

There will be 21 boys teams instead of 20 because MW#2 Madison West XC Club WI initially declined due to state association issues and their automatic bid was given to Northridge XC Club IN. Later, Madison West appealed the state association decision and terms for their participation were worked out. NTN decided to admit Madison West as an extra team rather than use an at large slot.

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