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. 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.
Runners will be selected for the team based on their performance at post-season championship races, including Nike Cross Regionals and Eastbay 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 Eastbay Regional race assistance, runners must meet the following standards:
- Finish at or below the qualifying time in at least one (5K) race during the 2022 high school cross country season.
- Boys: 17:25
- Girls: 21:15
- **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 Southeast Regional – Cary, North Carolina (November 26, 2022)
States include: DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, KY, WV, DC
Eastbay Cross Country Regionals:
Eastbay West Region [Location and Date TBA by Eastbay]
States include: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY
Eastbay Northeast Region [Location and Date TBA by Eastbay]
States include: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, DC
Eastbay South Region [Location and Date TBA by Eastbay]
States include: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
Eastbay Midwest Region [Location and Date TBA by Eastbay]
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: email@example.com