As many of the nation's best battled the cold and wind (and hay bales and manufactured hills), they also represented their home states.
Which county has the best distance runners? Using combined results from all classifications, we have the answer...sort of.
Elly Henes (Green Hope) is North Carolina's lone representative in Oregon this year. LIVE webcast begins at 12:30 Eastern.
If you're looking for someone who really has the potential to rewrite the state records this winter, look no further than Blake Dodge.
Jahmaal Daniel (Terry Sanford) is back, and he wants to move up in the North Carolina all-time rankings.
This young lady has the best returning time in five running events, but she can only run four at the state meet.
Smallest schools classification? Yes. Small talents? Absolutely, positively not. Also, Isaiah Moore is really good.
Last year's meet attracted talent from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and even Michican to compete against NC's best.
Caroline Alcorta (VA) ripped up the McAlpine Park course to the tune of 16:55! Many more dominate performances as well as a few surprises. (Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)
After a hiatus in 2013, the outdoor track and cross country meets are back, providing NC athletes with top competition.
Powered by three individual qualifiers, North Carolina claimed the win in the seeded boys race at Foot Locker South.
Get the first reporting of all the postseason action on North Carolina soil, right here all day. (photo by Brandon Miles)
While most of North Carolina's top runners have opted for McAlpine, a few teams and individuals will head to WakeMed.
Elijah Inuwah (Central Academy of Technology) is one of many athletes looking forward to competing for a state title without 3A athletes in the way.
As good as they have been, the Broughton boys have not had a "perfect race" all season. They will have one more chance on their home course.
With 32 girls under 18:00 minutes for the season, the 10 qualifying spots will be up for grabs Saturday in the 34th running of the Foot Locker South Regional meet.
The Providence Day senior began his ascent to national recognition on this weekend a year ago, and can bring that process to competion on Saturday.
#1 Christian Brothers Academy (NJ) made history in New Jersey with an amazing 15:52 average on the Holmdel, NJ layout. Man are they ready for NXN!!
After last year’s scintillating record run of 14:28 by Sean McGorty(Chantilly, Fairfax, VA), it would seem there would be lull before someone could challenge the record again. But, in recent years the hallowed ground of 14:30s is not so sacred anymore and the talent keeps coming in waves. (Photo by Chris Kane)
Gevontae Hardy and Brandon Gambrell could be leading North Forsyth back to glory after a long period of middling results.
Fort Collins took flight when it counted, narrowly beating Davis and earning an NXN berth. (Photo by Margot Kelly)
Several former North Carolina high school runners made it to the three divisions of NCAA championships last Saturday.
Mecklenburg County rules the 3A classification, while Catawba County is a hotbed for talent in the smaller classes.
Cerake Geberkidane (almost) ran away from a talented field. He'll have it down by nationals. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Is this the year that Parkland's girls finally break through for the team title? Returning rankings give them a solid chance.
Pre-meet team rankings and preview for the 2013 Nike Cross Southeast Regionals by Brandon Miles of MileStat.com, a MileSplit US affiliate. A list of the top 10 ranked teams going into this meet which are competing at WakeMed Soccer Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Rankings took in consideration several factors to determine order including state meet performances, head-to-head matchups, speed ratings, history of team's post-season performances in past years, and projecting a team score based on their team's runners and displacers from others.
Since the first Olympics, when runners tried taking different herbs and even wine to improve performance, there has been an endless search for the ultimate “superfood”. Do they actually exist?
You might have guessed that Wake County tops 2 of the 8 races, but so does a county you might not expect. Hint: both of these runners go to school there...
Briana Gess finally let the cat out of the bag, laying waste to a talented field at the NJ MOC on her way to a high ranking. (Photo by Robert Kellert)
The NCHSAA requirements for "Polar Bear" directors have increased, and all the details you need to know are inside.
Ian Milder's big breakthrough at this race last year makes him the top returner from North Carolina, with eyes on a trip to San Diego.
McCann Sheridan was in third at the bell and looked to be done, when he mounted a huge kick to take the win.
Articles on breathing, sleeping, running form, and many other topics of interest to runners, with more to come.
The Chargers Postseason Tune-Up combines a beautiful facility with good competition, as Foot Locker South approaches.
A few editions to the rankings, but mainly status quo this week as the heavy hitters proved they belong right where they're at. (Photo by Scott Shaffer)
Since she won the 1600 and 1000 at last year's indoor meet, Blake Dodge has gotten faster. Much faster.
#4 Carmel (IN) won going away in the Nike Midwest Regional with 66 points and #12 Naperville North (IL) finished 2nd with 125 points. Also, shocker in NY as Saratoga Springs narrowly goes down.
As times have changed, so have the necessary tools that coaches use to get their job done, and MileSplit is one of those.
The top collegiate performances by former North Carolina high school runners - NCAA Regional Edition
Two more big regionals took place for Nike Nationals in the Northwest and the Midwest this weekend, making for some changes in the rankings. (Photo by Rick Blanchard)
Fike's Ian West is the top returning vaulter in the state, and his outdoor best puts him among the top 50 returners in the nation.
With more meets on the schedule and more talent in the meets than ever before, the 2014 indoor season promises fireworks.
Alexa Efraimson (yellow) won an epic duel with Makena Morley at the NXN Northwest meet.
Isaiah Moore (Cummings) finished last winter as one of the top returners in the nation, and he has picked up right from there.
Coleman Mitchell has a 5K time that many high school seniors would love to have, and he still has 4 years to improve it.
Huffman pushed the pace early, then Milder provided an incredible finish, and both went under 9 minutes for the first time.
En route to winning a 5th straight title, Green Hope's girls fielded three freshmen - and no seniors.
Seventh-graders range from beginners to experienced varsity runners, depending on their background and school.
Ben Huffman (Providence Day, in white) signalled the start of a tremendous postseason with a win at Reagan last year.
The defending champions look strong again next year, and will get an additional boost from a rising 9th-grader.
Comparing our middle-school runners is more difficult because there isn't a standard distance around the state.
The top collegiate performances by former North Carolina high school runners over the past two weeks.
Not only did the Weddington boys break through for a title this year, but they did it with a relatively young team.
This list contains many future stars of our sport, but there are others not on the list that will still become top runners.
The youngest Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier in 30 years is also just a regular high school student, trying to balance academics with high professional goals.
#19 Edina (MN) makes it into the rankings after they took out #22 Wayzata (MN) 106 to 135 at the Nike Heartland Regional as both squads will make it to nationals.
The 2A West is rising - first the East Lincoln girls won a title, and now the Shelby boys have a year to make the next step.
The top 10th-graders still have two years to improve, though experience tells us that some won't be in the final 2016 senior rankings.
Quietly in the top-10 for a few weeks, Blacksburg (VA) looks poised for big things this weekend at the VA state champs.
Both defending 2A champion teams are built for the long haul, setting up the possibility of double repeats next fall.
Next year's seniors are stars already, which means we could be in store for a tremendous season for individual runners.
A big change occurred at the top of the rankings as a #1 is toppled for the second time this season. Many more action packed meets occurred as well so keep on reading! (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Vandine)
The top three boys teams from 2013 lose a grand total of one runner to graduation, setting up a rematch next fall.
Look back on the top performances by seniors over the entire fall cross country season.
Efraimson, DeBalsi, Werner, Reilly tear up course records during a pretty fine weekend of XC racing!
(Bad fall at the state meet) + (Young team) = Lots of unfinished business and motivation for the South View boys.
The state's top cross country runners are heading to the postseason, while sprinters, jumpers, and throwers are just starting out.
Elly Henes lifted her team to a state championship and the top spot in the final rankings, while jumping up to #4 herself.
These two champions, one current and one former, pushed each other to the top times in the classification when it mattered most.
With all of the fanfare surrounding the NCHSAA state meet, let's not forget about Ben Huffman and his postseason goals.
Carrboro's Maysa Araba, spurred on by great competition, claimed the top spot in the rankings.
Zach Boone (Mitchell) cashed in the state championship that he might have earned last year were it not for a freak injury.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Colin Boyle)
Kayla Holder's solo performance at the NCISAA state meet vaulted her to the top of her classification's rankings.
Corbin Boyles (Maiden) controlled the boys race from the start, but the girls provided the most exciting finish of the day.
You've seen the best of the action and awards photos in our recap articles; how about some glimpses into the overall atmosphere of the NCHSAA State Championship.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
Though she is a junior and has been running at a high level for years, Malia Ellington just claimed her first cross country state title.
The uniform colors changed but the final outcome was the same: a 1-2 finish and a team title for Cardinal Gibbons.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Chris Kane)
There is absolutely no debate as to which girl is tops in the state, but the battle for #1 in the boys rankings will continue.
This duel to the wire was just one tiny part of an incredibly fast and competitive pair of races from the state's largest schools.
Well, another great weekend of State Championship action is in the books and what a weekend it was. (Photo by Don Rich)
All that purple and black should leave no doubt about the state's best boys team, but how did the stats fall for the girls' teams?
Along with a great race by Elly Henes, it was the depth of Green Hope that propelled them to a fifth straight team title.
Philip Hall (Terry Sanford) won his duel with Tanis Baldwin (East Henderson) and claimed the course record with the day's best time.
From the start to the finish and everywhere between, the athletes, the course, and the officials delivered a meet for the ages.
For 16 teams and 132 runners in each of the eight races, todays' finish line represents the end of an entire season.
The runners of Bishop McGuinness have become Villains to all the 1A competition, and they're looking to sweep both titles Saturday.
Check out the course that hosts the NCHSAA state meet, as well as many other races during the year.
The first gun fires at 10:00 Saturday, starting off a day filled with some of the most exciting battles in recent memory.
Zach Boone (Mitchell) returns to Beeson Park, where he had a courageous performance last fall, this time in pursuit of an individual title.
If the Carrboro girls can defend their title again this year, facing stronger competition than ever, it will be especially impressive.
The Mount Tabor senior has already defeated the toughest foe she will ever face, as well as the ones from other schools.
Even though they have moved up to 2A, Science & Math is still a contender for a state title, and they have an individual contender too.
The sun rises over the lake on a cold morning at McAlpine Park - guest photo by Jackson Walker
Along with their explosive leader, this tightly packed group of young Mavericks wants to take down the three-time champs.
Mt. SAC and the first crazy wave of State Championships across the nation made for quite the busy weekend for XC! And what a weekend it was!
After finishing third in the last two state meets, is this the year that Weddington breaks through for a 3A championship?
Check out last week's collegiate performances by former North Carolina high school runners