Los Alamos grad Laura Wendelberger appears to be on track to make a big impact at Notre Dame. Photo by Blake Wood.
A summary of what was accomplished and a look forward.
Estancia's Aubri Wrye figures to be among those leading the 3A girls pack next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Hands down, the most significant running sport event in the state this weekend was the Early Grizzly Open in Alamosa.
You've probably been told that running in two or more pairs of shoes throughout the week can lower your risk of injury. According to a first-of-its-kind study, you've probably been told correctly, as runners who rotated among multiple models during the 22-week study had a 39% lower risk of running injury than those who almost always ran in the same shoes. (via Runner's World)
While most of 5A is familiar with one another from 4A, Lovington's Alexis Mata and Luis Villasenor will be new cards in the deck. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Saturday the 7th of December, the legendary Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country course in Walnut, CA will play host to the 34 Annual Foot Locker Western Regional Championships.
Shawvan Levi figures to lead the individual title chase, but can anyone hold off Taos for the team title? Photo by Alan Versaw.
Luiz Martinez's third-place finish in 2012 was bettered only by Ben Johnson's second in 2006. Photo by Patty Morgan.
A complete list, to-date, of New Mexico entries for Foot Locker West.
Kiana Chavez led Ramah to a solid 2A finish last fall. She gets a chance to make an even bigger difference next fall in the new 1A/2A classification. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Caroline Alcorta (VA) ripped up the McAlpine Park course to the tune of 16:55! Many more dominate performances as well as a few surprises. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
Courtney Chapman is one of only two runners to compete in five different Nike Cross Nationals races. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Ryan Sandoval placed 10th at the 2013 state meet. As a junior next fall, he figures to place even higher in 3A next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Penn State alum Tyler McCandless pulls away from the field at the midway point. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Talia Dreicer returns the top 5K time for Los Alamos next fall, but it will be something of an accomplishment just to stay ahead of her own teammates. Photo by Alan Versaw.
#1 Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) made history in New Jersey with an amazing 15:52 average on the Holmdel, NJ layout. Man are they ready for NXN!!
Here's a quick look at the times and places at the one mile timing mat for the NXR-SW open races. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Wondering how the NXR-SW championship races developed? Here's an opportunity to take a closer look. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Want to know how to do virtual meets? How to add a profile and cover photo to your athlete page? How to tag an athlete in a photo or article? Here's how.
The site is standing on its own two legs but will need somebody closer to the action to sustain the growth.
Fort Collins took flight when it counted, narrowly beating Davis and earning an NXN berth. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
A multi-state field of up to 500 athletes is the goal for the organizers of the Air Force High School Indoor Open.
Cerake Geberkidane (almost) ran away from a talented field. He'll have it down by nationals. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Navajo Pine's Terrence Lee finished 15th in 2A this fall as a sophomore. He figures to be one of 1A-2A's top runners next fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tyler Saiz enjoyed a solid season at Western State, culminating in a 4th-place team finish at DII nationals. WCSU Athletics photo.
Briana Gess finally let the cat out of the bag, laying waste to a talented field at the NJ MOC on her way to a high ranking. (Photo by Robert Kellert)
Assorted observations on the weekend that was NXR-SW.... Photo by Alan Versaw.
Carisma Lovato logged New Mexico's top girls finish with an 18:38. Photo by Alan Versaw.
UNM's nationally ranked cross country teams are heading to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships as they aim for high finishes and continue their streak of team NCAA appearances. (via GoLobos.com)
Check here for live updates from the NXR-SW venue.
38 states & 20 Countries, Our look at where the 2013 NCAA womens field attended high school.
Michael Goke is one of a long list of returning Rio Rancho Rams that figures to make life difficult for the rest of New Mexico's 6A teams. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Barring something unusual happening, the start line is going to look at lot the same for a lot of 4A girls teams next fall, including--but not limited to--Taos. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A few editions to the rankings, but mainly status quo this week as the heavy hitters proved they belong right where they're at. (Photo by Scott Shaffer)
Box assignments here for Saturday's two championship races here.
Click here for the girls open race assignments.
Click here for the boys open race assignments.
A breakdown of the home states/countries of the 2013 D1 Nationals based on regional results.
#4 Carmel (IN) won going away in the Nike Midwest Regional with 66 points and #12 Naperville North (IL) finished 2nd with 125 points. Also, shocker in NY as Saratoga Springs narrowly goes down.
Large study of running fitness in recent decades found today's children are much slower (via children.webmd.com)
They've won a few of these before, but they keep finding ways to do it bigger. Contributed photo.
Two more big regionals took place for Nike Nationals in the Northwest and the Midwest this weekend, making for some changes in the rankings. (Photo by Rick Blanchard)
Pat Zacharias and his UNM teammates next travel to Indiana for NCAA DI Nationals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alexa Efraimson (yellow) won an epic duel with Makena Morley at the NXN Northwest meet.
Kelli Reagan, Senior, St. Pius X - MileSplit New Mexico Runner of the Year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
MileSplit New Mexico Runner of the Year: Colin Hemez ran the best when it counted the most. Photo by Alan Versaw.
In the chess match that is getting athletes to flock to your indoor meet, the Great Southwest Classic has made the latest move.
#19 Edina (MN) makes it into the rankings after they took out #22 Wayzata (MN) 106 to 135 at the Nike Heartland Regional as both squads will make it to nationals.
UNM's nationally ranked cross country teams are heading to the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Ogden, Utah, Friday, as both teams eye advancing to the national championships. (via GoLobos.com)
Colorado's Blake Theroux (58) looks to lead the Buffaloes to a regional title and a national championship berth. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Malia Gonzales is just as fierce of a competitor on the islands as she was in the desert. Photo by Eric Alcantara.
Quietly in the top-10 for a few weeks, Blacksburg (VA) looks poised for big things this weekend at the VA state champs.
New Mexico has a solid tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the boys to date.
A big change occurred at the top of the rankings as a #1 is toppled for the second time this season. Many more action packed meets occurred as well so keep on reading! (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Vandine)
It took an entire team's worth of inspired performances to topple Eldorado, but Abigail Napier's run was critical to La Cueva's success nevertheless. Photo by Alan Versaw.
No matter how fast, how hard, how far or how well you run, you have at least one thing in common with every other runner on the planet – you breathe. But is there a right way (or a wrong way) to breathe when running? Can breathing incorrectly decrease performance?
Donevan Gravelle made certain the Taos scoring got off to a great start, and his teammates cleaned up nicely in his wake. Photo by Alan Versaw.
For the first time all season, Nica Vasquez was the face of the front for Los Alamos cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Efraimson, DeBalsi, Werner, Reilly tear up course records during a pretty fine weekend of XC racing!
With only a quarter-mile to go, William Charles steels himself to withstand the closing charges of Garrison Eddie and Jacob Subratie. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Kevin Batt (301), Tabor Stevens (behind Batt), Julian Florez (302), Jovanny Godinez (303), and Kyle Masterson (306) pack things up front for Adams early in the race. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Nearing the midway point of the 5A boys race, there was a surprising leader setting the pace. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Addison Rauch and her East Mountain teammates completed the goal that got away from them last year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mike Walker may have made the most important single move in all ten state meet races when he caught and passed Albuquerque Academy's Kevin Wyss at the finish line. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tiger spottings were a frequent thing at the front of the 3A girls field. Photo by Alan Versaw.
When Alex Eustace and his Zuni teammates break a sweat, everyone gets to feel the heat. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Dayna Guerro would push Taylor Bacon over the first mile, but Bacon had withered the challenge by the second pass of the football stadium. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Mackenzie Everett bided her time early, then dominated late, leading La Cueva with a 19:16 finish. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Nike will be sending elite runner German Fernandez (Riverside High, CA and Oklahoma State) to Arizona to attend the Nike Cross SW Regionals at Toga Sticks in Gilbert Arizona on November 23rd
Tre' Riley, at right, was young last year and finished 25th in the state meet. Look for a much bigger contribution from him this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Eldorado's Adam Monroe and Rio Rancho's Devin Paredes battled most of the way through the Metro Championships in October. How this pairing comes out on Saturday could have a signficant bearing on the overall team standings. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Colin Boyle)
Veronica Sandoval leads up much-improved UCCS women's team into Canyon, Texas, for this weekend's South Central Region Championship. Photo by Ashley Sikora/UCCS Sports Information.
Rachel Fleddermann will be looking to outrun the crowds again at this year's state meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cameren Kristensen and Julie Giannini have seen a lot of each other this season, but there's one more round of it coming. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
Last year, Dayna Guerro went out hard before succumbing to Valene Madalena's withering pace. This year, Guerro appears to be better prepared for whatever ordeal Madalena might throw her way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Sean Stam helped the New Mexico Lobos to a fifth-consecutive Mountain West Conference title on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Chris Kane)
Colin Hemez led his Los Alamos team to a tellling sweep of their district contests. Photo by Blake Wood.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
Amanda Mercer of Los Alamos put away the District 2 - 4A individual title. Photo by Blake Wood.
From 2K forward, Emma Bates didn't so much as have anyone cluttering up the vision in her rear-view mirror. Photo by Alan Versaw.
With 200 meters to go, it all came down to a showdown between Isaiah Bragg and Luke Caldwell. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Have you ever wondered what coaches think about and look at when it comes to recruiting? Look no longer! Milesplit has sat down with a few different coaches to talk to them about recruiting athletes. In this first installment in a multi-part series, Brent Bailey reflects on the coach's side of recruiting. Bailey grew up in Colorado and earned a scholarship to run at McPherson College in Kansas. After a succeful career as an athlete and work as an assistant, Bailey became the head cross country and track coach at Kansas Wesleyan University. MileSplit took the opportunity to sit down with him and chat about what he looks for in athletes coming out of high school.
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.
Isaiah Bragg is enjoying a solid season at the Air Force Academy and is key to the Falcons' hopes for a conference title. Photo by Ray McCoy, USAFA/DenMar Photo Services.
Stephen Kersh took on a major change in climate when he went to the University of Portland to run for the Pilots. University of Portland photo.
Paul McMullen was not a star coming out of high school, in fact he attended Eastern Michigan with just a $600 scholarship at first, but he made the most of his chance. Having been a successful football player in high school Paul may have looked more like a tight end than miler at the elite level, but he competed, and beat, the best of his time. He was National Champion at 1500m in 1995 and 1996. Despite losing two toes in a lawn mower accident in 1997, he competed until 2001 when he set his lifetime PR of 3:33.89 and placed 10th at the World Championships for a second time. Currently Paul is a Cat-2 cyclist and entrepreneur. His latest company called TruthLocker, helps solve the bullying epidemic. This edition of Pro Tips Milesplit had the privilege to talk to Paul about his career, injury and using his size to his advantage while competing at an elite level.
Sydney Salas and Dayna Guerro battle for the lead in the shade of the Ruidoso pines. Photo by Steven Montoya.
Mt. SAC and the first crazy wave of State Championships across the nation made for quite the busy weekend for XC! And what a weekend it was!
Eventual race winner Jereme Santistevan stakes out an early lead at Friday's Los Alamos Invitational. Photo by Blake Wood.
Julie Giannini is the top returning female finisher for this year's Los Alamos Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The girls championship race gets off in a near-perfect v-formation at last week's Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
The University of New Mexico men's and women's cross country teams both ranked ninth in the nation in the most recent edition of the USTFCCCA national rankings released Tuesday. (via GoLobos.com)
The biggest meet in the region last week? Hands down, that would be the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Blake Wood.
Seraiah Pineda has been running well across the border at Texas Tech this fall. Texas Tech Athletic Communications photo.
Jereme Santistevan stayed just out of reach of the chase pack the entire race to win the Jamboree Championship title. Photo by Blake Wood.