2023 Wings National Team Qualifying

For the 34th time since 1988, Wings of America will sponsor a team of the fastest Native American runners ages 14-19 to compete at the USA Cross Country Championships. Eight young men and eight young women will represent the organization in the “junior” age division races on January 21, 2023 in Richmond, VA. More information about the National Meet and course can be found here. With the help of Wings and their high school coaches, these student-athletes will train through the winter holidays to stay in shape for running competition.

The 2022 Wings National Team post-race in San Diego, CA. January 8, 2022.

Runners will be selected for the team based on their performance at post-season championship races, including Nike Cross Regionals and Champs Sports (formerly “Eastbay” or “Footlocker”) Regionals. After an open registration period in which runners identify themselves as eligible for selection, those with the 8 fastest regional qualifying times were invited to be a part of the team.

Qualifying Race Registration & Lodging Assistance

Wings will assist American Indian high school student-athletes wishing to qualify for the Wings National Team with one or more of the following:

Race Registration Fees

Hotel Room Costs

Travel to NXR SW Race

To receive NXR or Champs Sports Regional race assistance, runners must meet the following standards:

Runners that travelled with Wings to NXN SW after their shakeout run at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, AZ, Nov. 2021
  • Finish at or below the qualifying time in at least one (5K) race during the 2022 high school cross country season.
    • Boys: 17:25 17:40 (updated 10.18.22)
    • Girls: 21:15 21:30 (updated 10.18.22)
    • **If your state races a distance other than 5K, please contact Wings for a qualifying time**
  • Complete the 2023 Wings National Team Application.
  • Submit a grade check form and class schedule.
    • Must be in good academic standing (C-average or better in each class) to receive assistance.
  • Provide proof of enrollment in a state or federally recognized Indian Tribe.

Wings National Team Application and grade check form must be submitted at least seven (7) days before the qualifying race the athlete plans to run.

Qualifying Race Information:

Nike Cross Regionals (NXR):

NXR Northwest Regional – Boise, Idaho (November 12, 2022)

States include: AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY

NXR Heartland Regional – Sioux Falls, South Dakota (November 13, 2022)

States include: IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI

NXR Midwest Regional – Terre Haute, Indiana (November 13, 2022)

States include: IN, IL, OH, MI, MO

NXR Southwest Regional – Tempe, Arizona (November 19, 2022)

States include: AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT

NXR South Regional – The Woodlands, Texas (November 19, 2022)

States include: AR, LA, OK, TX, MS

NXR Southeast Regional – Cary, North Carolina (November 26, 2022)

States include: DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, KY, WV, DC

NXR Northeast/New York Regional – Wappingers Falls, New York (November 26, 2022)

States include: NJ, NY, PA, CT, MA, ME, VT, RI, NH

Champs Sports Cross Country Regionals:

Champs Sports Region Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (December 3, 2022)

States include: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

Champs Sports Northeast Region- Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY (November 26, 2023)

States include: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, DC

Champs Sports South Region- McAlpine Park, Charlotte, NC (November 26, 2023)

States include: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Champs Sports Midwest Region UW Parkside Kenosh, WI (November 26, 2023

States include: CO, IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, MO, ND, SD

Wings created the Wings National Team opportunity to showcase the talents of American Indian youth and provide them with exposure to higher levels of competition in the company of runners from other Tribes. Many program alumni have earned the attention of college coaches and/or a spot on a junior national team competing for “Team USA” internationally. Wings National Teams have captured 33 national titles since their debut in 1988.

Questions? Contact Daan Haven, Program Director

Ph: (928) 349-7221 eMail: dustin@wingsofamerica.org