Each year some of the state’s top talent travels to post season cross country meet around the country to compete against other top athletes in an assortment of races. The 2015 season was the height of LA XC against regional and national competition. Devyn Keith qualified for Nike Cross Nationals (only LA runner to qualify in NXN history), Gabrielle Jennings was the AAU Junior Olympics national champion, Eric Coston was first alternate for Footlocker Nationals after finishing 11th at regionals and Olivia Murphy was 3rd Team All-South at Nike South. Last year team Louisiana won the AAU XC Nationals as a team in the girls 15-18 division.
When will LA reach those height again or even qualify a team to NXN? Can LA continue to have success with the AAU Junior Olympics? We will only have to wait a few shorts months to find out. Here is some information on these post season meets:
Footlocker South– Novemeber 25th, Charlotte NC
Nike Cross Regional South– November 28th, Woodlands TX
AAU Cross Country Junior Olympics- December 2nd, Charlotte NC (Information is not available yet but will be linked at a later date).