2020 Wings Team

The 2017 girls team poses proudly after a messy “Junior” race in Bend, OR

The next USA Cross Country Championships will be held January 18, 2020 in San Diego, CA. Once again, Wings of America will sponsor a team to represent Native America in the Junior men’s and women’s races. The organization will cover travel expenses and room and board for the fourteen young men and women selected to race in Wings uniforms. In addition to the trip to San Diego,CA Wings will host the 2020 National Team in Albuquerque, NM during winter break for a multi-day training camp .

Wings created this opportunity in order to showcase the talents and positive achievements of American Indian youth and provide them with a cross-cultural learning experience. The program brings Native youth together from across the nation to compete as a team in an elite field of both high school and college runners. Many program alumni have earned the attention of college coaches with their performance in this race. Wings runners have captured thirty national junior team titles since their debut in 1988. For a printable version of the 2020 Wings National Team qualifying criteria and instructions, please CLICK HERE.

2020 Wings National Team Opportunity Flyer

*** “JUNIOR” ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Athletes must be 14 years or older on the day of competition (January 18, 2020) and cannot become 20 years of age during 2020.***

High-school-aged athletes looking to earn a spot on the team MUST:

1. Complete the FREE 2020 Wings National Team application. “Click Here”

2. Compete in at least one of the following races to post a qualifying mark:

  • Any NXR (Nike Cross Regionals) race
  • Any Footlocker regional race

See details for each race below…

Nike Cross Regionals:

Region (States Included) Race Date/Location/Registration Link Registration Deadlines (Early/Late)
Northwest (WY, WA, ID, OR, MT, AK, HI) Saturday, November 16, 2019/Eagle Island XC Course, Boise, Idaho/http://nxrnw.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=248&title_id=212&do=title&pg=1&folder_id=267&page_id=1544 (11.6/11.12)
Heartland(IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI) Sunday, November 10, 2019/Yankton Trails Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota/http://nxrhl.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=300&title_id=213&do=title&pg=1&folder_id=268&page_id=480 (10.30/11.3)
Midwest (IN, IL, OH, MI, MO) Sunday, November 16, 2019/LaVern Gibson XC Course, Terre Haute, Indiana/http://nxrmw.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=298&title_id=216&do=title&pg=1&folder_id=271&page_id=488 (11.6/11.12)
Southwest (CO, UT, NM, AZ, NV) Saturday, November 23, 2019/Grande Sports Academy, Casa Grande, Arizona/ http://nxrsw.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?do=title&title_id=214&event_id=302 (11.12/11.19)
South (AR, LA, OK, TX, MS) Saturday, November 23, 2019/Bear Branch Park, The Woodlands, Texas/http://nxrs.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=304&title_id=215&do=title&pg=1&folder_id=270&page_id=486 (11.12/11.11)
Southeast (DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, KY, WV, DC) Saturday, November 30, 2019/WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina/http://nxrse.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=303&title_id=217&do=title&pg=1&folder_id=272&page_id=492 (11.20/11.26)
Northeast & NY (NJ, NY, PA, CT, MA, ME, VT, RI, NH) Saturday, November 30, 2019/Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls, New York/http://nxrne.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=301&title_id=219&do=title&pg=1&folder_id=274&page_id=498 (11.20/11.25)

REGISTRATION FEES: NXN: “Early”: $35.00 individual, $175.00 team (MORE THAN 5 TEAM MEMBERS). “Late”: $45.00 individual, $200.00 team

***If travel costs and race registration fees prohibit you from running a Wings National Team qualifying race, please scroll down for more information about Wings’ race registration and travel assistance programs for the 2019 National Team.***

“Championship” Vs. “Open” Races- Which to register for?: Each NXN regional race has two race options for high-school-aged athletes wishing to compete. The “Championship” race is for those athletes and teams wishing to earn a berth to the NXN NATIONAL meet in December. This race tends to be faster and more competitive than the “Open” race divisions. In fact, many regions require a fast enough regular-season “seed time” to gain entry into this field. If you’ve run a fast enough seed time and you’re up for the challenge of running with the “big dogs”, Wings strongly encourages you to register for the Championship race. But please keep in mind that many likely qualifiers who chose to run the “Championship” race in years passed have struggled to run to their potential after being “swallowed up” by a large pack of fast runners. If the idea of competing with the best runners in your regions still intimidates you, perhaps you want to “run from the front” in a less-competetive division of the “Open” race. The choice is yours. Times from either race will be considered as qualifying times by Wings.

Footlocker Regionals:

Region (States Included) Race Date/Location/Registration Link Registration Deadlines (Early; Late)
Northeast (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, DC) Saturday, November 30, 2019/Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY/ https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127282 $20 thru 11.11; $30 thru 11.25
South(AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV) Saturday, November 30, 2019/Mc Alpine Park, Charlotte, NC/https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127288 $20 thru 10.08; $25 thru 11.26; $40 thru 11.27
Midwest (CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI) Saturday, November 30, 2019/UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI/ https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127281 $15 thru 10.01; $20 thru 11.01; $25 thru 11.22; $30 thru 11.22
West (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY) Saturday, December 7, 2019/ Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA/ https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=127290 $20 thru 11.16; $40 thru 12.1


***If travel costs and race registration fees prohibit you from running a Wings National Team qualifying race, please scroll down for more information about Wings’ race registration and travel assistance programs for the 2020 National Team.***

“Age-Group” Vs. “Seeded” Races- Which to register for?:

Footlocker “seeded” races highly competitive championship races used to select some of the top individual high-school-aged runners in the nation. These races tend to go out very fast and have a large pack of quality runners up front fighting for a berth California to nationals in San Diego. If you feel you can compete with runners of this caliber, Wings encourages all prospective athletes to rise to the occasion. However, if you feel like you perform better leading the pack with a lot of room to breathe, this may not be the race for you. Even the best runners can get “eaten up” and discouraged by the crowd in these elite-level races.

“Age-group” races at the Footlocker Regionals are filled with quality competition but are not nearly as deep as the seeded races. Winners don’t often run as fast as the top ten (or 25) in the seeded race but still clock some great times. If you want to run fast with a little more elbow room and running for a spot at Footlocker Nationals isn’t important to you, one of the age-group races may be your best bet.

For First-Year College Runners:

Native athletes who are not in high school and meet USATF “Junior” eligibility requirements can compete in an NXN Regional CITIZEN’S RACES or a Footlocker Regional OPEN RACE (if your region has one) for the same consideration. Check the “Meet Info” section of your region’s NXR or Footlocker page for more information about races for non-high school races.

Alternatively, a college athlete may wish to contact Wings Program Coordinator, Alicia Littlebear (505) 982 6761 to request the organization consider late-season 6K (girls) and 8K (boys) race times as qualifying criteria.


Race Registration & Travel Assistance:

Wings will assist qualified American Indian student-athletes wishing to qualify for the Wings National Team under the following terms:

Race Registration Assistance:

In order for Wings to cover NXR or Footlocker Regional race registration fees, student-athletes must:

1. Have finished at least one official team race during the regular 2019 high school cross country season at (or below) the qualifying standards:

Men’s Qualifying Time:_________________________(5K)- 17:05

Women’s Qualifying Time: ______________________(5K)- 21:00

**Contact Wings program director for qualifying time in states where women run other than 5K**

2. Complete the free 2020 Wings National Team application on the Wings website at least five (5) days before the qualifying race they wish to run:

3. Email the Wings Program Coordinator (alicia@wingsofamerica.org) at least seven (7) days before the qualifying race they wish to run to confirm their desire to be registered to compete.

4. Be able to provide proof of enrollment in a state or federally recognized Indian Tribe.

5. Provide a copy of their class schedule and a “grade check” showing they are in academic good standing (C-Average or better). For grade check form please “Click Here”

Travel & Lodging Assistance:

In addition to assisting with race registration fees, Wings will transport a limited number of student-athletes to the NXR Southwest regional race. Those traveling in Wings vehicles will be under the direct supervision of Wings personnel for the duration of the trip and must stay in accommodations arranged by the organization the night before competition. Spots in Wings vehicles traveling to NXR SW will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Student-Athletes applying for travel assistance MUST meet ALL race registration assistance criteria (above) and submit ALL required paperwork/ permissions at least seven (7) days before travel. If you hope to travel to with Wings, please contact the Wings Program Coordinator, Alicia Littlebear alicia@wingsofamerica.org  ASAP to reserve your spot in the Wings caravan. Student-athletes from outside New Mexico and Arizona may apply for lodging assistance to help them attend the qualifying race of their choice.

Please contact the Wings Program Coordinator ASAP if you would like to further explore this option. Contact: Alicia Littlebear @505-982-6761 or alicia@wingsofamerica.org with further questions