The Nike Team Nationals will be held on Dec. 4 in the Portland, Oregon area, where definitive national team champions will be crowned for the first time, for both boys and girls. A total of 20 boys teams and 20 girls teams will compete for national honors. To improve a team's ranking, squads should plan to compete at inter-state meets that usually attract talented teams from a region. In Pennsylvania, the Briarwood Scholastic Invitational at Belmont Plateau in Philly is one such meet, usually hosting teams from Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and New York, as well as Pennsylvania. Contact: Ed Ulmer, 215/357-9020, email@example.com, or Fred Rosenfeld, 610/896-7356. firstname.lastname@example.org.
For folks in western PA, there is a big meet the same Saturday in Hilliard, Ohio, the Midwest Meet of Champions. Contact: Pat Schlecht, 614/771-2299. email@example.com. And of course, the Great American XC Festival is the biggest meet of the season, held in Cary, North Carolina.