NXN-Northwest Championship entries are posted on their website (runnerspace.com/nxnnw) ... quick thoughts:
-Small fields this year (16 teams each)
-Lots of good girls teams missing -- NW#3 Grant OR, NW#6 Sunset OR, NW#8 Tahoma WA, and even NW#9 Vallivue ID...
-Small fields will help teams with strong front runners but weak #4/5 runners. Great news for teams like Gig Harbor and Summit!
-Small fields negate the usual advantage of strong pack teams, like the Kamiakin and Central Valley boys...
Still, glad to see most of the top teams in the region will toe the line, including the top eight boys teams and nine of the top 13 girls teams.
Start lists for the Heartland regional have also been posted, though I haven't looked at those yet aside from noting that they are as big as they have been in the past (so for the first time, the Heartland will be a bigger/better attended meet than the Northwest! yikes...) and the Midwest entries will be posted tomorrow (and very likely to be bigger than the Northwest as well).