2014 Nike Cross Nationals - 2014 NXN
The F-M girls were upset last year to snap their streak of seven straight NXN titles but they're back on top in 2014 and had some company on the podium; the F-M boys, runners up in 2004 and 2010, broke through to win their first NXN title. Individually, Tanner Anderson (15:11) and Allie Ostrander (17:19) got the win at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland. Pretty amazing one high school could have the best boys and girls teams in the country.
Bill Aris' famed F-M has seven women's titles but has never claimed the men's crown; can the upstate New York school become the first to sweep both titles? North Central (WA)'s Tanner Anderson is the favorite in the boys' race after a 14:32 CR at the Washington state meet; Fiona O'Keeffe (Davis CA) looks to be the top girl in the field.
For the first time in 11-years, NXN won't be at the Portland Meadows horse racing track.
*DyeStat article/reaction FM coach Bill Aris: "I like this course. I think it's a great improvement. We lose the hay bales, the mud, the pretender hills. This course affords a good challenge and covers a lot of bases."
*Running Times article