In November, we will once again be traveling to the Nike Cross Regional Southwest Championships in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of November 16th-18th and racing as Vista Nation XC Club. This is an opportunity for our entire TEAM to race on what is arguably the fastest HS 5K XC course in America. It is also our opportunity to qualify for the Nike Cross Country National Championships in Portland on December 2nd. Every member of our team is eligible to attend the NXR trip as a part of the Vista Nation XC Club if the following requirements are met:
Consistently train everyday over the summer.
Athletes stay in town to train/race the week of fall break (Oct 6th-15th).
Athletes continue to train and attend practice each day after the League meet until the NXR SW Regional on November 18th.
Athletes follow all team policies related to academics, sportsmanship, etc. during the season.
To be eligible for the Championship race at NXR athletes will need to commit in advance to being at all practices the week of Thanksgiving if we qualify for Nike Cross Nationals.
Have a discussion with Coach Dalby about traveling to Arizona as part of Vista Nation XC Club before making any travel arrangements.
Trip Overview and Cost When: November 16th-18th What:Nike Cross Regionals Southwest Championships (website info) Where: Casa Grande, AZ Who: Any deserving Vista Nation XC athlete that meets the requirements above. Championship Race: The top 7 boys, and 7 girls will run in the championship division of NXRSW to try and earn a spot at this years NXN National Championship race. Open Race: All runners on the TEAM that make the trip will have the opportunity to compete in the open division of NXRSW if not running in the championship races. This is a very competitive race! Varsity teams that do not qualify for the championship division will be in the open division, along with the regions top JV runners. Tentative Trip Cost and Itinerary (doc)
Nike Cross Nationals and Thanksgiving Break A new challenge for us this year will be Thanksgiving break. For the first time Douglas County Schools is giving us the entire week off. This is a great break from the stresses of school, and time to be able to spend with our families. This will also be the time we are hopefully finishing our final preparations to race our best at the national championship. If we are fortunate enough to make it back to Portland this fall to race at NXN we are asking all athletes that qualify to be at practice each morning during that week. We will not meet as a team the day of Thanksgiving.
Flights This year athletes are responsible for booking their own flights. These are the flight that the coaches will be on, and the flights we are recommending that athletes be on as well. Southwest # 1762 Thursday November 16th Departs 12:55 pm Arrival 2:50 pm Southwest #2835 Saturday, November 18th Departs 6:10 pm Arrival 7:55 pm Athletes that are not on the team flight, or not coming into AZ at the same time as the team, are responsible for arranging their own ride to the hotel. All athletes should be at the hotel no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th. There will be a team practice from the hotel at 5 p.m. that night that we expect all athletes to be at. I am Interested in the trip, what next? Here are the steps that need to take place if you are interested in the trip.
Understand the expectations (see above) to be eligible for the trip.
If you can meet these expectations speak w/ Coach Dalby ASAP about the trip before making any plans to travel as a part of Vista Nation XC Club.
Read the attached letter and trip itinerary from John Walton.
Parents should contact John Walton with your child's travel plans. If you are willing to be a parent driver while in AZ please let John know at this time as well.
Train hard all season and get ready to run fast in AZ!
Parent Chaperones We are once again anticipating that there will be a lot of parents with us on the NXR trip. Our biggest need from parents on the trip is help with driving kids around. If you are planning on accompanying the team in AZ, and are willing to help drive during the trip in your rental car please let John Walton know when you contact him about your athlete coming to AZ. We always appreciate the help!