Cross Country

Cross Country

April 11, 2024

Brutal: The Fan Experience at World Cross Country in Belgrade

LetsRun contributor Tim O’Hearn visited World XC in Serbia and wrote a gonzo piece on his experience watching the race without access to the finishline in a city known for its fierce history and Brutalist architecture.

April 09, 2024

How To Make World XC Matter

We have a simple way to make World XC very important again - not just for those battling for the medals. Make it the primary way to qualify for the Olympics and Worlds in the 10,000.
March 30, 2024

Jacob Kiplimo & Beatrice Chebet Repeat at 2024 World XC as Kenyan Women Go 1-2-3-4-5

On a day with 80+ degree temps, the Kenyan women put on a show. They were so good their 28:46 WR holder didn't even score. Weini Kelati was top US woman in 15th with Anthony Rotich top US man in 22nd.
March 29, 2024

Friday at 2024 World XC: How to Navigate the "Hay Maze", Weini Kelati Is Fearless, Jacob Kiplimo Is Ready

The top athletes and your intrepid correspondent experimented with methods for hurdling the hay bales in Belgrade. Plus hear how Anthony Rotich ran 27:08 while running less than 70 miles per week.
March 27, 2024

2024 World XC Women's Preview: Kenya's DREAM TEAM Looks To DOMINATE

The Kenyan Team is AMAZINGLY good. We just aren't sure which Kenyan is the favorite for gold. Is it the defending champ Beatrice Chebet who ran 14:05 last year or is it Kenyan champ Agnes Ngetich who just ran a 28:46 10k world record in January?
March 27, 2024

With an American Record Under Her Belt, Weini Kelati Is Ready for the Big Stage of World XC

Kelati ran 66:25 at the Houston Half and 30:33 at The TEN and is looking to become the first US woman to finish in the top 10 at World XC since Shalane Flanagan in 2011. *MB: An American woman hasn't finished in the top 10 at World XC in 13 years, will Weini Kelati end that streak in 2024?
January 24, 2024

Q&A with 2023 Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year Addy Ritzenhein

The Niwot (Colo.) sophomore won NXN in December and was surprised with the Gatorade award by Katelyn Tuohy on Tuesday. *MB: Addy Ritzenhein talks to
January 20, 2024

Cooper Teare & Weini Kelati Win 2024 USATF Cross Country Titles

Teare became the first man in 56 years to win US titles in the 1500 and XC while Kelati won by 37 seconds just six days after setting the half marathon AR.
January 18, 2024

2024 USA XC Preview: Hocker & Teare v the Bor Brothers, Kelati Tries to Keep Rolling

Cole Hocker, Cooper Teare, & Drew Hunter are among the notable names challenging defending champ Emmanuel Bor and his ace steepler brother Hillary. *MB: 2024 USATF Cross Country Champs - Hocker, Teare, Kelati and more!!
December 07, 2023

The Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Are Back with an Old Name and a New Sponsor

After changing its name twice in recent years, the meet, now in its 45th year, has emerged from a period of uncertainty and signed a new sponsorship deal with HOKA.
November 29, 2023

Weekend Viewing Guide: Cross Champs, NXN, Blanks Chases Olympic Standard & Valby Sub-15:00 at BU?

Cross Champs is Thursday, NXN is Saturday, and most of the NCAA's best will be in Boston trying to run fast 3ks and 5ks.
November 18, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Breakdown: Tuohy's Heroics, Valby's Historic Season, OSU Dethrones NAU, & More

Tuohy did not get the repeat individual title but today's gutsy run may have been her finest hour in what may have been her final race for NC State. Our Jonathan Gault breaks it down in 3,000+ words.
November 17, 2023

Laurie Henes Says Katelyn Tuohy "Is In Better Shape Than She's Ever Been" Ahead of 2023 NCAA XC Meet

Plus UVA coach Vin Lananna explains why Saturday's meet has sold out to the public.
November 16, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Women's Individual Preview: Who Has The Edge in Valby-Tuohy II?

Tuohy topped Valby in 2022 but Valby destroyed Tuohy at Nuttycombe this year. Who wins this much-anticipated rematch in what very well could be their final NCAA showdown?
November 15, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Women's Preview: Surging NAU Tries to Derail NC State 3-Peat

No women's team has three-peated since Stanford (2005-07) while the NAU women have never won NCAA XC. Will one of those droughts change on Saturday?
November 15, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Men's Preview: The NAU-OSU Rematch Should Be Incredible

NAU beat OSU on a tiebreaker a year ago and both teams could be even better in 2023. Who will win it all in Charlottesville?
November 10, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Championships Qualifiers & Analysis

The OK State men & NAU women impressed. There was drama out West, where the Gonzaga & Portland men surprised as Oregon & Washington failed to qualify.
November 09, 2023

Here Are the Projected 2023 NCAA XC Qualifiers (Pre-Regionals)

Skipping Nuttycombe could come back to haunt the Oregon men -- right now, they're projected to miss NCAAs. We project every team qualifier ahead of Friday's regionals.
October 27, 2023

2023 NCAA XC Conference Recap: Valby’s Dominance Grows, Stanford Men & UW Women Win Final Pac-12s, Wisconsin Men Score 19

Parker Valby won the SEC meet by a staggering 33.8 seconds while the Stanford men rebounded from a disappointing showing at Nuttycombe to win Pac-12s.