Nation preps for one cold run

The Nike Cross Nationals appear headed for snow on top of ice
Dec. 5, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Standing water turned to ice Thursday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Cold weather is part of the annual race, although last year was tolerable even many minutes after the finish.
File photo.

PORTLAND - Cold air and even snow won't just be part of Saturday for the Portland area, but part of the nation - at Portland Meadows.

High school cross country teams from across the U.S. are set to take part in the annual Nike Cross Nationals, a 5,000-meter race inside the horse race track that attracts most of the top runners in the nation.

Although it's been cold at the race in the past, forecasts expect temperatures in the 20s with the possiblity of snow on the course.

The girls race is likely to attract significant attention as Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley, Calif., races for her third-straight win. Baxter enters the race having never lost a high school race, including the NXN as a sophomore and junior. Saturday, she'll compete against Mary Cain of Bronxville, N.Y., who turned pro at the age of 17 in November and is being coached by Alberto Salazar through the Nike Oregon Project.

Here are the previous winners of the meet, which is in its 10th running.

BOYS

2004 Sean McNamara Illinois Midwest 15:43.9 DyeStat 2005 Kenny Klots Oregon Northwest 16:25.8 DyeStat 2006 James Murdock New York Northeast* 16:26.9 DyeStat 2007 Chris Derrick Illinois Midwest 15:39.8 DyeStat 2008 Reed Connor Texas South 15:13.6 DyeStat 2009 Craig Lutz Texas South 15:09.2 DyeStat 2010 Lukas Verzbicas Illinois Midwest 15:59.2 DyeStat 2011 Futsum Zeinasellaissie Indiana Midwest 15:03 DyeStat 2012 Sam Wharton Ohio Midwest 17:08 MileSplit

GIRLS

2004 Ramsay Kavan South Dakota Heartland 18:05.37 DyeStat 2005 Betsy Bies South Dakota Heartland 19:23.47 DyeStat 2006 Ashley Higginson New Jersey Northeast 19:18.4 DyeStat 2007 Madeline Morgan Alabama Southeast 18:54.5 DyeStat 2008 Chelsey Sveinsson Texas South 17:26.9 DyeStat 2009 Katie Flood Iowa Heartland 17:47.20 DyeStat 2010 Rachel Johnson Texas South 18:18.6 DyeStat 2011 Sarah Baxter California California 17:38 DyeStat 2012 Sarah Baxter California California 19:17 MileSplit

 

Oregon will be represented by Grant sophomore Ella Donaghu and Summit High junior Hannah Gindlesperger in the girls race, and by junior Reilly Bloomer of South Eugene and senior Ahmed Ibrahim of Reynolds as well as the Central Catholic boys team, which won the Class 6A OSAA title and received an at-large bid after finishing third in the Northwest Region qualifier.

The club team from Fayetteville-Manlius in upstate New York will be looking for its eighth-straight team title.

The girls race is set for 10 a.m., with the boys race at 11:30 a.m.

 

                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                      

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