Jimmy gives the low down on all the XC action across America.
High school cross country in February? You'd better believe it! Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
SFIS Alumni Christian Gering ran to the top of the Fort Lewis College record books at the Ft. Hays St. Tiger Open. Photo by Brianna Archuleta/Sports Fanatic Photography.
Santa Fe senior Victoria Quintana (bib# 66) has been a cornerstone for the Demons since 2011. Photo by Patrick Quintana.
Miyamura's Niles Thomas leads the Boys Championship race in its early stages. Photo by Blake Wood.
Runners will be firing off the line in Saturday's Varsity division races at the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Sampson Sage.
Los Alamos, Santa Teresa, and Roswell will all be running in the girls Championship race at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The Onate Knights will be one of 32 teams to take the starting line in the Championship Race at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Since 2004 the Nike Cross Nationals has brought the fastest high school cross country teams and athletes in the country to Portland, Oregon to compete for the ultimate prize – a national championship. In its 11th year, the Nike Cross Nationals will be contested for the first time ever at Glendoveer Golf Course.
American Fork and Desert Vista retain their top spots in the rankings, but some recent meets have clearly had their impact in the rankings.
Saturday morning will be full of racing at both the Rio Grande XC Invitational and Rio Rancho Jamboree. Photo by Sampson Sage.
Let's review the XC action from this past weekend's meets. Cover art by Sampson Sage.
Auburn's Kevin Wyss was named the SEC Freshman Runner of the Week following his performance at the Florida State Invitational, the conference office announced Tuesday. (via www.auburntigers.com)
The picture is starting to look brighter once again for Heather Holt and her Fort Collins teammates. Photo by Ashley Green.
MileSplit got the juice coast to coast this past weekend, which included some stellar performances as some of the nation's best went head to head.
Last week was a relatively quite week for most New Mexico Alumni. Cover art by Sampson Sage.
La Cueva's Natasha Bernal returned to the Albuquerque Academy XC Course and notched another impressive victory. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Familiar Metro foes Albuquerque Academy, La Cueva, St. Pius X, and Sandia will face-off in Saturday's Metro Championships. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
While not in the same race, Valencia's Carisma Lovato and most of the Albuquerque Academy field will be in action this weekend. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
Cibola's Chris Harlow scored a nice victory last friday at the Highland Invitational. Photo courtesy Alan Versaw.
In the latest Run Junkie HS, Jimmy breaks down the top highlights from the first weekend of XC action in October!
While Desert Vista was dominating down in Arizona, Monarch and Cherry Creek were renewing their vows of rivalry in Colorado. Photo by Ashley Green.
The start of the girls varsity race at the 2014 Onate Rob Winter XC Invitational saw 18 teams firing off at the gun. Photo by Kelly Salas.
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers will be toeing the line at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Casa Grande, Arizona Friday Evening. Photo by Rod Stanopeiwicz.
A list of the top 50 fastest boys individual 5K times in the Foot Locker West Region states prior to October 4th weekend.
Santa Fe Indian School Alum Christian Gering (pictured above at the Joe Vigil Invite) led the Fort Lewis Skyhawks last weekend at the Roy Grial Invite. Photo by Brianna Archuleta/Sports Fanatic Photography.
It was difficult to miss the Albuquerque Academy presence at the front of their own invitational on Friday. Photo by Rod Stanopiewicz.
"Upset City Baby!" as Dick Vitale would say...the US #1 ranked girls team as well as the defending NXN girls champions both go down in the same weekend. This week's Run Junkie HS highlights the best of the September 27th meets.
The last couple weeks of meets have altered the outlook of our panel a little.
Estancia's Jakob Bernal (in the white) has been on a tear this early season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Check out the top sophomore boys XC performers nationally from the first month of cross country below split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars.
With the crack of the starter's pistol, competitor's in the 2014 Albuquerque Academy Invite rush to establish position, including eventual winner, Niles Thomas (second from the left). Photo by Blake Wood.
Friday brings another chapter to the storied history of the Albuquerque Academy Invite. Photo by Blake Wood.
Addison Rauch will lead the Lady Timberwolves Saturday as they host the East Mountain Nick Martin Memorial XC Invite. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Each month, MileSplit will be selecting 21 sophomore girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One One building into the end of season team to be finalized in early December. Check out the top sophomore girls XC performers nationally from the first month of cross country below split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars.
Alana Hadley ran her first 5k at age six and broke 21:00 in the 5k at age nine. In 7th grade, she ran a 17 minute 5k in her first track meet. She began toying with longer races and found even more success in the half and full marathons. Now a professional marathoner, she will compete in the Marathon Olympic Marathon Trials.
Each month, MileSplit will be selecting the top 21 freshmen boys in the nation as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One One building into the end of the year team to be finalized in early December.
Familiar with Flotrack's RunJunkie? Well, it has come to MileSplit, this is the first episode of RunJunkieHS! Jimmy recaps the past weekend's XC action and previews what is to come.
Jemez Valley's Valene Madalena won the Laguna-Acoma Invitational this past Saturday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Aztec Tiger Alum Rachel Kresl runs a Seasons Best while also securing the Individual Victory at the Colorado College Autumn Classic. Photo courtesy of Alan Versaw.
Each month, MileSplit will be selecting 21 freshmen girls as part of the Future Stars of XC Team presented by Hoka One One building into the end of the year team to be finalized in early December. Check out the 21 top freshmen girls XC performers nationally from the first month of cross country below split into a first, second, and third team of Future Stars.
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.
Rio Rancho's Devin Paredes racing at the UNM Lobo Invite, won Saturday's Cleveland XC Invite. Photo courtesy of Alan Versaw.
Look for Belen's Aaron Valenzuela in the lead pack at Saturday's Belen Adron Gardner Classic. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Jimmy breaks down some of the top male underclassmen after the first month of XC!
Del Norte Alum Tyler Saiz ran a Season's Best 27:36 at the Western State's Mountaineer Open in Gunnison, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Jullian Cullumber - Western Sports Info.
We highlight the best girls performances by the Future Stars of the sport nationally from the first month of the high school country season. Presented by Hoka One One.
A couple of big meets over the two weeks have produced some important shifts in the regional rankings.
The starting gun is up at ATC Everyody Invite. Photo by Blake Wood.
Holly Bent led a storm of Monarch Coyotes to the Liberty Bell finish line on Friday. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The tight start of the Southwest XC Challenge requires athletes to get out quicker than normal. Photo courtesy of Sampson Sage.
Diana Hawk clocked an 18:23 5k at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo courtesy of Alan Versaw.
La Cueva's Natasha Bernal powers away from the field for a dominating victory at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo courtesay of Alan Versaw.
Most of New Mexico's top teams saw their first action at this weekend's UNM Lobo Inviational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tanner Norman and Tyler Matzke negotiate the never-ending gauntlet of spectators at the UNM Lobo. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Looping through the starting line, Miyamura's Nile Thomas and Albuquerque Academy's Jordan Lesansee lead the Varsity Boys Race early during the UNM Lobo Invitational. Photo courtesay of Alan Versaw.
Adam Kedge is the head cross country coach for boys and girls and head track coach for boys at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kedge’s teams have won 20 New Mexico State titles in the past 18 years. (via Runner's World)
One of the showdowns to look forward to on Saturday is a first match-up between an even-more-loaded-than-last-year Rio Rancho team and the defending state champions from La Cueva who return with most of last year's roster intact. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Tyrell Natewa ran a 16:58 5k to open his season. Photo courtesy of Trinity Marketing Department.
With meets having started now in every state except Arizona, the rankings have begun to shuffle a little.
Josh McAdams, winner of multiple national steeplechase titles, had to overcome a lot of people thinking he couldn't do what he did. Contributed photo.
Emerald Goranson was Socorro's top finisher at state last year as a freshman. On Friday, she gets to help set the tone for a new season at Socorro's own home meet. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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.
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By Dave Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org Clovis High freshman Kelsey McNaughton was a bit stunned at how the girls race turned out in Friday’s season-opening Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Coach Mark Bussen, on the other hand, was not. McNaughton ran away from the field to win the three-mile event in a time of 20 minutes, … (via Clovis News Journal)
It’s not about the performances of the top two or three runners on the cross-country course. (via The Santa Fe New Mexican)
Chris Harlow and Devin Paredes are the two lone 6A representatives in the top seven of returning runners. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Kara Skattum posted the top time for an intriguing Broomfield girls entry at the New Balance Valmont Cross Country Invitational. Photo by Renee Haip.
We teased you with a top 10 watch list article and a Who's #1 video ranking the top 7 runners in the country. Now is the time to reveal our complete pre-season top 25 national rankings of the best girls returning in the nation for the 2014 XC season.
The first program of its kind to identify, recognize and award the future stars and faces of the sport, Hoka One One and MileSplit will showcase the best underclassmen runners of high school cross country this fall.
Molly Klein boasts the fastest time of any returning female runner from New Mexico, but it you limit it to in-state performances at altitude, Jessie Hix takes top honors. Photos by Alan Versaw.
For the fourth consecutive year, Joe Franklin's men's and women's cross country teams were picked to win Mountain West titles. (via GoLobos.com)
Filling out your schedule on MileSplit is simple to do. And doing so helps your parents and athletes to more quickly access information about meets.
Matthew Sepulveda figures as one of the leaders-by-committee of what could be a very good Hobbs team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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The preseason rankings for the Southwest region are in!
Hannah Gunther's track season should help have Taos excited about the possibilties for cross country season. Photo by Alan Versaw.
'A Havahla Haynes has been promoted to New Mexico's associate head cross country coach for the 2014 season. (via GoLobos.com)
Times, they are a changin'. And here are some of the changes high school coaches and athletes can expect from the new signing periods.
Kenny Henry and Kathy Brion join an elite group of coaches across the nation as USTFCCCA Coaches of the Year.
Yes, there is a lot of 2014 left before indoor season rolls around, but the major indoor regional meet dates are set.
Alizabeth Williams leads a formidable ATC team into the 3A fray this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A list of the top 25 fastest returning girls cross country teams within the states of the NXN Southwest Region including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and 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.
Lovington will be looking to expand the impact they had in 3A last year into 5A this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
La Cueva has a roster long on girls who quietly get things done. Noelle Hendrickson is one of the faces in that crowd. Photo by Alan Versaw.
The fastest returning girls runners within the Foot Locker West Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
The fastest returning boys runners within the Foot Locker West Region for the upcoming 2014 cross country season between the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
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.
Like the last installment in this series about requesting online registration, adding an image to a meet page or to the forum never requires Insider status. To add an image to a meet page, however, does require team admin/coach status for the host school.
Online registration is an enormous time saver for meet management. If you've never before requested online registration for your meet--or just need a refresher course--here is how you make the request.
Maybe you've been looking at the calendar and wishing your meet had a logo next to it like other meets--or maybe you just need to update the existing logo for your meet. Here's how you take care of that situation.
Ryan Sandoval and Austyn Salvador could see a lot more of each other at this year's state meet--and with potentially a lot on the line. 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.
Tyler Pennel competes in the World Half Marathon Championships earlier this year. Contributed photo.
Here's your opportunity to contribute something to the science behind how we do things in track and field!
Led by Hannah Baca, St. Pius X may have this year's best chance of knocking off perennial favorite Los Alamos. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cross country team scoring is closely related to doing virtual meets, but has some built-in features that virtual meets do not that give it some flexibility to do some intriguing things.
Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated.