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Postal Nationals UPDATE: National distance powerhouse Brentwood HS, TN joins the list as possible national title contendars. Brentwood XC finished 3rd at Nike Cross Nationals last fall with a superb 1-4 spread. Already  run 17:15.58 for the 4xMile Relay Indoors, US#10 all-time overall. They are nearing a 1st in prep distance running, that is having four runners sub 9;00 for 3200 meters. The mark of excellence was established in 1974-75 Hammond HS, IN led by Rudy Chapa Rudy Chapa 8:48c; Tim Keough 8:49c; Carey Pinkowski 8:54c are the only team to have three sub 9-minutes all are legends. When Alec Thomas led the charge with an 8:57.79 at Arcadia the team filed in closely, Taylor Caldwell 9:05.95; Coleman Churitch 9:08.79; Aaron Thomas 9:12.32. The top four on any team in Postal History with these four performances. The possibility exists that Brentwood will be the first team with four sub 9-minute 3200 meter runners separating themselves from Hammond and everyone else.


BOYS POSTAL NATIONALS "BRENTWOOD EMBARKS ON HISTORY"

 

GIRLS POSTAL RANKINGS "Great Oak HS, CA on Verge of Recordbooks"

 

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XCnation featured a news article - Mar 17 2014, 03:18 PM
​Postal History: Founded in 1956 by cross country coach Forrest Jamieson (2013 Hall of Fame Biography) the "Postal" concept was presented to Track&FieldNews. Bert & Cordner Nelson seeing the potential of such an event quickly jumped behind ...
 
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XCnation featured a news article - Mar 17 2014, 12:14 AM
"BRENTWOOD TOP-4 EMBARK ON HISTORY"National distance powerhouse Brentwood HS, TN joins the list as possible national title contendars. Brentwood XC finished 3rd at Nike Cross Nationals last fall with a superb 1-4 spread. Already  run 17:15.58 fo...
 
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XCnation featured a news article - Feb 18 2014, 05:12 PM
(2004 York HS, Elmhurst, IL "The Best Ever" Photo Courtesy Nick Kucz)Its Official. Joe Newton's 2004 York HS, Elmhurst, IL team best ever.Each year XC Nation performs team rankings in relation to that current year’s competition using a dynamic co...
 
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XCnation featured a news article - Feb 7 2014, 01:22 AM
St. Teresa HS, Decatur, Illinois Cross Country Girls and Head Coach Todd Vohland were honored by the Governor at the Illinois State Capitol. Honored for being Illinois State Champs and NHSCA DII National Team Champions. ...
 
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XCnation featured a news article - Jan 26 2014, 08:01 PM
2013-14 Alexa Efraimson, Camas, WAThe Camas HS junior shocked the distance running world winning Nike Cross Nationals in a meet record 16:50 for 5k. Defeating two-time defending NXN champion Sarah Baxter. Two-time defending NXN champion Sarah Baxter fi...
 
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Alexa had a great season, but not perfect. She lost her first race of the year to Ella Donaghu at the Pier Park invitational on 9.18.13.
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2014-02-10 12:34:14

St. Teresa HS, Decatur, Illinois Cross Country Girls and Head Coach Todd Vohland were honored by the Governor at the Illinois State Capitol. Honored for being Illinois State Champs and NHSCA DII National Team Champions. STORY

2014-02-06 17:03:31

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2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
MARTY LIQUORI - Essex Catholic HS
Newark, New Jersey 1963-1967

The 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee is one of the great legends of cross. We hope in the coming weeks to share his high school cross country legacy.

Before he broke the 4-minute mile barrier as a 17-year old senior in high school he set the Van Cortlandt Park Course Record 12:23 in 1966 which is still the standard of excellence, he was also a three-time New Jersey State cross country champion (2xParochial/1xNP-A), and in 1966 was the top high school cross country runner in the nation.

Hall of Fame Story Coming Soon

(photo Liquori defeating Pre 1975)
2014-01-25 22:39:53 
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2014 NHSCA POSTAL NATIONALS: First Release May 1, 2014; 2nd Release June 1, 2014; Final Release coming June 16, 2014 POSTAL NATIONALS HEADQUARTERS

The Age of NXN "The Golden Era of Prep XC" For five decades the great teams strived to be crowned National Team Champions. Entering its 10th season Nike Cross Nationals has revolutionized the fastest growing sport in America sparking the "Golden Age" of high school cross country. STORY

Chasing History: The Long Legacy of High School Cross Country
Editor David Taylor explains the XCNation Ranking algorithm used by the National High School Coaches Association and how it applies to history. Going back through time the top teams are scored against the same variables as today. See who tops the list and why. STORY

2013-11-04 23:47:48
NEW NHSCA BOYS OVERALL TEAM RANKINGS
Defending NXN National Champions US#1 ARCADIA HS, CA continue to set the pace for the nation leading 4-California teams into the top 25!  STORY

NEW NHSCA GIRLS OVERALL TEAM RANKINGS
Historic teams are defined by historic moments when it matters most. With the eyes of an entire state upon them, the US#1 Wayzata HS, MN girls ran to supremacy claiming the Minnesota Class AA State Championship. It wasn't that they won that mattered, it was how they won. Scoring 37-team points and an astonishing 5.4 second 1-5 spread! It gets even better, the 1-7 spread was only 6.6 seconds! All five scorers finished in the top 10, with all seven in the top 12! The team 4K average of 14:37.5 is a state meet record and ranks with the best all-time, reminiscent of the 2009 Fayetteville Manlius HS, NY National Championship team. The team performance, the team spread, verses competition faced contributed to our belief that Wayzata's victory is one of the top team performances at the State Championship level in US history. Look out NXN, Wayzata is coming! STORY
 

Chasing History: The Long Legacy of High School Cross Country
Editor David Taylor explains the XCNation Ranking algorithm used by the National High School Coaches Association and how it applies to history. Going back through time the top teams are scored against the same variables as today. See who tops the list and why. STORY
Our Story: Meeting Pre's Dad, Inspiring XCnation
2013-10-20 01:41:16
NEW NHSCA NATIONAL RANKINGS 10/13 BOYS | GIRLS
NEW NHSCA DII NATIONAL RANKINGS 10/14 BOYS | GIRLS

GIRLS TEAM RANKINGS- US#1 Birmington Seaholm HS, Michigan girls make a huge leap in the national team rankings after defeating US#8 Northville HS, MI @ Coaches Legend Invitational with a meet record 18:12 5k team average. Led by expected Foot Locker finalist Audrey Belf, Seaholm is eying a repeat National Championship!

BOYS TEAM RANKINGS- US#1 York HS, Illinois boys retain the top spot in the nation. Defending NXN Champions Arcadia HS, CA moves into US#2 after a resounding victory @ Clovis; the largest jump in the rankings comes from US#8 Fayetteville Manlius HS, NY who nearly defeated US#3 CBA @ Manhattan.

Seaholm HS Feature QuestionnaireXCnation editor David Taylor speaks with US#1 Seaholm HS, MI head Coach Jeff Devantier. Devantier was named 2012-13 NHSCA Girls XC National Coach of the Year and returns the defending MHSAA State and National Championship team. STORY


THE DUKES OF YORK
David Taylor chronicles the legacy of York cross country and their consistent presence in the national championship picture STORY

THE LINE "I AM A XC RUNNER"
Estacada High School junior Mariah Johnson shares a moving piece about why she is a cross country runner STORY

 

2013-10-04 11:13:59
NEW NHSCA NATIONAL RANKINGS
Photo by Thomas Makinney
York HS, Elmhurst, IL
"Talk is cheap, dirt is free, don't tell me, show me." Joe Newton

He is regarded as one of the best coaches in the history of prep cross country. He has produced some of the top teams of all-time to include his 1999 national championship team led by Don Sage and his 2004 Nike Team Nationals Championship team led by Sean McNamara. He is 84-year-old Joe Newton, and we believe his 2013 team is his best team yet and perhaps comparible to that incredible team from 1999. READ MORE

 

2013-09-28 18:02:26

 

ROY GRIAK INVITATIONAL: US#14 Wayzata HS, MN wins in a blowout! Edina HS, MN finishes 2nd with Bismarck HS, ND 3rd! .

MCQUAID INVITATIONAL: US#1 Fayetteville Manlius HS, NY girls lose to US#4 Unionville HS, PA 46-79! Unionville!!! US#19 Fayetteville Manlius HS, NY boys defeat US#16 Liverpool HS, NY 62-66! 

STANFORD INVITATIONAL: US#1 Arcadia HS, CA wins by 65-points with 15:53 5k team average; La Costa Canyon HS, CA finishes 2nd with 165 points and De La Salle HS, CA 3rd with 189 points. 

PALATINE INVITATIONAL: US#9 Palatine HS, IL girls defeat US#10 Assumption HS, KY 106-118! Palatine girls ran with an astonishing 12-second 1-5 spread! US#4 York HS, IL boys dominated unranked St. Xavier HS, KY 49-107!

COACHES LEGENDS INVITATIONAL: US#5 SALINE HS, SALINE, MI GIRLS SQUARE OFF AGAINST US#6 NORTHVILLE HS, NORTHVILLE, MI

CULVER INVITATIONAL: US#7 Carmel HS, IN boys score 57-points to win! Columbus North HS, IN finishes 2nd with 85-points! US#2 Carmel HS, IN girls continue to stake a claim to the top team in the nation scoring 23-points destroying the competition putting all five in the top 7 places, the 2-5 gap was 11-seconds!!! With top runner Kacey Welch winning in 17:53 for the 5000 meter course.

FOOTHILL LEAGUE: US#14 Saugus HS, CA girls lose to Ca
nyon HS, CA 35-37, as noted @ Dyestat it is Saugus first league loss in 8-years!

 

2013-09-26 09:26:15

 

Arcadia HS, Arcadia, California

 

US#1 ARCADIA HS, CA boys dominate Woodbridge with 14:33.20 3-mile team average, US#8 All-Time. The Apaches are looking more and more like '10 & '12 NXN Champ teams! All-Time Lists

US#2 CARMEL HS, IN girls continue their path of destruction enroute to 24-point blowout of Trinity Valkyrie Invite defeating 44-teams. 18:16 5k team average and 39-second 1-5 spread! Could Carmel be the top team in America?

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Postal Founder Forrest Jamieson Biography

XCLEGACY TEAM SPOTLIGHT: RELIVING THE LEGENDARY TEAMS 
1972 LOMPOC HS, CA "THE MAGNIFICENT-7"
1977 DEERFIELD HS, IL "THE BEST EVER?"


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Some interesting facts on the history of XC
-Postal Notes: American Fork HS, American Fork, Utah has finished 2009-10 (9:20.16), 2010-11 (9:13.74), 2011-12 (9:20.06), 2012-13 (9:16.33) in the top 25 all-time Postal National Rankings. The Cavemen are coached by Timo Mostert, no other team has ever produced 4-consecutive seasons like American Fork.
 
-The first national championship system was implemented by Track&fieldnews founder Bert Nelson entitled "Postal Nationals" when former rival and Palo Alto HS coach Forrest Jamieson presented the idea where teams mailed via mail (postal) time trial results for 2mile and 3mile distances. These began in 1957 and ended in 1978. The Postal record for team times are 73:17.6 for 3-miles set in 1975 by York IL averaging 14:39.52 for 3-miles on the track! and 46:21.0 for 2-miles set in 1972 by Lompoc CA averaging out to 9:16 per runner for two-miles on the track.
-Craig Virgin of Lebanon ran 13:50.6 in 1972 to set the Illinois State Cross Country Championship record. This is the oldest state cross country record in the books. Virgin, the top prep in the nation broke Steve Prefontaine's two-mile record that season running a solo high school only 8:40, went on to win NCAA and USA Cross Country Championships. Of his greatest feats Virgin is the ONLY American to claim a World Cross Country Championship which he won in 1980 and 1981. America's greatest cross country runner.
-Founded in 1890 the USA Winter XC Championships are the nations oldest national championship.
-The first official rankings to girls HS teams was released in 1977 by Marc Bloom's Harrier Magazine. Edison, CA was awarded the team national championship.
-The Track&fieldnews '57-'78 Postal record for two-miles is 8:51.8 set in 1975 by York HS Ron Craker.
-Lukas Verzbicas is the only high school athlete to win both Nike Cross and Foot Locker Nationals in the same year becoming the first consensus national champion in history. Add in his triple crown winning mile, two-mile and 5000 meters at the National Indoor Championships; the 8:29 two-mile national record run at the Pre Classic; and the 3:59 mile at the Jim Ryun Dream Mile and Lukas is the best prep distance runner wire to wire in US history.
-The tightest 1-5 spread in US history at ANY meet competition happened at the 2012 Shore Conference Championships when Christian Brothers Academy, NJ ran a 7-second spread with a 15:08.67 team average. The tightest spread in state meet history was set in 1981 at the Indiana State Cross Country Championships when Carmel HS, IN averaged 15:16.66 with a 9-second 1-5 spread. To be noted, the '81 Greyhounds broke the 15:30 team average barrier three times that season and 8-times perfect scored invitationals.
-The Track&fieldnews '57-'78 Postal record for 3-miles is 13:43.6 set in 1973 by Rich Kimball of DeLaSalle.
-The fastest individual 5000 meters in US history happened in 2000 at the Michigan State Championships when Dathan Ritzenhein blasted 14:10.4.
-Boston Bill Rodgers won the first medal for the USA at the World Cross Country Championships finishing 3rd in 1975 a month before winning his first Boston Marathon.
-Most know Jim Ryun as America's greatest miler and first sub-4 prep. However, he was also an accomplished cross country runner leading Wichita East to the 1964 team championship behind a state record 9:08 for two-miles.