The rugged Freedom Park course is a challenge enough, and then you add several strong teams to the mix as well.
Where will Jack Paddison and his Providence Day teammates fall when you score the two huge events as a single meet?
What happens when you put the results from all the races together? Where does your team stack up?
Each state claims one individual title and one team trophy, including Nick Linder's dominating win.
Check out all the action from McAlpine, where NC teams battled squads from South Carolina, Georgia, and even Alaska.
The junior outdueled another 2014 breakout candidate, Kiley Aymor, as well as established star Malia Ellington.
Phillip Hall and the Broughton boys showed up in the Championship Boys race to defend their titles and left doing just that, in addition to leaving with two of NC's most impressive races of the weekend. Sara Platek and Alexa King also proved that they are going to be forces in the state moving into the big invitationals coming up in the next few weekends.
One of Virginia's most prolific photographers made the drive down to WakeMed, and posted nearly 4000 photos of the meet.
Photos from the wooded trails on the back side of the WakeMed course, by NCRunners reporter Abby Brooks.
Watch the girls championship race video from the 2014 adidas XC Challenge in Cary, North Carolina which featured an individual battle between two super sophomores in Libby Davidson of E.C. Glass High School in Virginia and Sara Platek of Ragsdale High School in North Carolina.
Watch the championship boys race video from the 2014 adidas XC Challenge in Cary, North Carolina which South View (NC) High School's Phillip Hall repeated as meet champion at WakeMed with a 15:12 5K performance. The Broughton boys were impressive as well with both their squad and Hall certainly as US top 25 ranking bubble candidates based off their first month of race performances.
Ryen Frazier in her 2014 debut, plus hordes of former North Carolina prep runners competing at the collegiate level!
The gun fires on a huge weekend of cross country in NC, as teams from 6 states compete on two of the biggest courses.
Tanis Baldwin knows the Freedom course well, having won a regional title there, and he is also familiar with his chief opponent.
Kiley Aymor takes on runners from NC, SC, GA, and AK (that's Alaska, not Ardrey Kell), including state champ Jenna Gearing.
All eyes will be on Phillip Hall and Sara Platek as they attempt to continue their dominating seasons - this time with tough out-of-state competition.
Tanis Baldwin and Zach Boone renew their rivalry on the rugged course, with a couple of Charlotte-area schools for extra competition.
St. Pius X returns from Georgia, minus superstar Austin Sprague, to try to earn a repeat team title.
Bonnie Angermeier and a powerhouse Blacksburg team invaded WakeMed and took the 2013 back to Virginia with them.
Athletes like Helen Morken and Maysa Araba talk about the closeness of the team and how it motivates them to succeed.
With big meets come big competition and for this week's Adidas Challenge down in Cary, North Carolina that is going to mean a lot of the top kids in Virginia are going to be meeting some new competition. Headling this competition are the Bruins of Blacksburg High School.
Jimmy breaks down some of the top male underclassmen after the first month of XC!
Chapel Hill's boys have a freshman class that could be a competitive team all by itself, with 5 under 18:25.
The Green Hope graduate only had one season in high school, but now she's crushing it in the SEC.
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