It was a traditional midwestern cross country championship at its core two seasons ago with the weather conditions as nasty as it could be. There was a course change coupled with the cold wind, and of course, mud that saturated the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country course near the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus.
For the girls, it was one of the fastest national qualifying fields as the top four were under 17:40 and all ten placements clocked beneath the 18:15 barrier. Abby Vanderkooi of Michigan took home first place honors in 17:17.
On the contrary, the boys championship race was a bogged down affair with winner Josh Methner of Illinois waiting until the final stages of the final mile in 15:46. It was so close as the tenth finisher was just 13 seconds back in 15:59.