The members of our team have an opportunity to run in one more race after the ND State Meet. On Sunday, Nov 9, those who choose to participate will be traveling to the Nike Heartland Regional Meet (NXN) in Sioux Falls, SD. This race is sponsored by Nike, and the top two teams from each championship race advance. The top five individuals not on advancing teams also go on to Portland, Oregon, for the National Championship race. The Heartland region is made up of the following states: IA - KS - MN - NE - ND - SD - WI. The meet does consist of many different divisions.
Everyone on our team is eligible to participate in the NXN meet. For those wanting to run in this event, we will continue to practice after the state meet at our regular time of 4 pm, from Central High School. Anyone attending is expected to keep practicing like it’s our regular season.
This is not a school-sponsored event. We will be running under the club name of Knights XC, and traveling to this meet does require the costs to be shouldered by each person attending. I will register those that want to attend (because the teams must register together). The registration deadline is October 29. After that date I will have to charge you for those costs, even if you decide not to attend. We will be traveling with Red River’s team to this event but will be running under separate club names.
$30 Registration fee
$25 hotel room fee
$$ money for about 3 meals and souvenirs
In previous years athletes had to get rides to the meet with their parents or find a ride with another family heading down to the meet. This year RR and GFC are looking at hiring a charter bus to take us to Sioux Falls. The bus would hold 53 people and it would be first come first serve between us and RR people. We would make the bus open to parents too. The cost would be $55 per seat. We will need to know very soon if this is something people would be interested in doing in order to reserve the bus. It would be a great way to travel as a group.
If either of our boys or girls teams qualify for the championship division, we will be allowed to run seven athletes in those races. Anyone after the seventh runner will run in the open division. Those runners that have traveled to this meet in the past have found it to be a great way to finish the season.
One of my favorite things about attending a meet like this is the chance for our runners to see so many great athletes from other states, and realize just how much they can still push themselves to improve. It is a great incentive for them to train through the winter.
I would like to know by the end of this week, Friday Oct 10th, who is interested in attending, who would ride the bus, or would be going with parents. I need to start looking at hotels and wither there is enough interest in hiring a charter bus.