High School XC, A Muddy Ultra and Winter!

photo credit: Salomon Running

photo credit: Salomon Running

The News

Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) was on Saturday and it was exciting!

The girls’ race was won by Allie Ostrander, a senior from Kenai, Alaska.

“I got to the last kilometer and I thought, this is like the end of Mount Marathon – you feel dead, but you have it in you to do it. I just went for it.”

In July, she was the overall winner of the Mount Marathon Junior Race. Allie is Alaska’s first ever national champion in cross country.

The boys’ race was won by Tanner Anderson. The senior from North Spokane, Washington led nearly the entire race and he hung on for a two-second victory. The top six boys were all seniors.

Full Results are available here: Boys/Girls (scroll down)

The races can be replayed here: Boys/Girls

photo credit: Gary Paulson

photo credit: Gary Paulson

On the team side, central New York dominated. The Fayetteville-Manlius girls were in top form, placing all five scoring runners in the top 20 (and within 11 seconds of each other). They scored a mere 70 points – second place finisher Temecula scored 149.

Manlius Girls (70 points):
11 Olivia Ryan 18:35
12 Annika Avery 18:38
13 Sophia Ryan 18:38
14 Jenna Farrell 18:39
20 Samantha Levy 18:46
(82) Jessica Howe 19:33
(106) Reilly Madsen 19:51

The boys had to overcome a tough day by their star, Bryce Millar (I wish my bad day was a 16-minute 5k). They were able to do so without much difficulty. The Fayetteville-Manlius boys had four guys at 16:03 or faster, and the team scored 111 points – second place finisher Wayzata scored 159.

Manlius Boys (111 points):
8 Peter Ryan 15:40
14 Bryce Millar 16:00
15 Kyle Barber 16:00
19 Adam Hunt 16:03
55 Riley Hughes 16:29
(60) Joseph Walters 16:32
(138) Jonathan Abbott 17:32

NXN has been around for 11 years, and this is the first time that a school has ever swept the national titles.

Another local team, Liverpool, placed 4th in the boys’race (and Saratoga Springs was 10th in the girls’ race). The pros may hang out in Boulder, Flagstaff and Mammoth Lakes – but high school cross country Mecca is central New York.

If you haven’t had enough cross country, you’re in luck!! Foot Locker Cross Country Championships are on Saturday. There is a live webcast of the event. I encourage you to watch – last year’s races were awesome!!

For a list of competitors, click here.


Speaking of pros, everybody and their brother showed up to run the North Face Endurance Challenge 50-miler in San Fransisco. How stacked was this field? Mike Wardian came in 24th. Brett Rivers came in 25th. Chris Vargo came in 42nd!

photo credit: iRunFar

photo credit: iRunFar

Sage Canaday ran well all day and he managed to hold off Dakota Jones. Rob Krar, the pre-race favorite, struggled mid-race. However, he managed to rally and finish 12th, right behind his racing buddy Zach Miller.

Full Results of the North Face event can be found here.

If you recall, Ryan Ghelfi had suggested a team competition for The North Face race. If there was a team competition, it would have gone something like this:

1) Salomon 17 points (Castanyer, Lightfoot, Maravilla)
2) Nike 22 points (Varner, Tollefson, Miller)
3) North Face 27 points (Bowman, Olson, Krar)

photo credit: iRunFar

photo credit: iRunFar

Magdalena Boulet dominated the women’s race. She pushed the pace all day, and she managed a ten-minute victory.

Full Results of the North Face event can be found here.

My Upcoming Races

I registered for Cayuga Trails 50. It will be my second time at CT 50, and I’m really looking forward to it!

My Training

I’ve cut back on my mileage the last few weeks, but I’m still squeezing in some nice workouts. Yesterday, I did a tempo run and managed to split 5:34, 5:43 and 5:41 in very cold temps. I’ve very happy with where I’m at heading into the new year!

Keep Running!!

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4 Responses to High School XC, A Muddy Ultra and Winter!

  1. aggieruns says:

    I can’t imagine running 50 miles…wow. My first marathon this year was enough. Do you have any time goals for the Cayuga Trails 50? Good luck.

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