North Idaho outside the tent in Reno, Nevada at the 2018 USATF Junior Olympic XC Nationals.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The North Idaho XC Team made an incredible showing this year at their national competition. Rowan Henry set the bar high when he kicked off the day in the 8-under boys race with a national title.



The USA Track and Field Jr. Olympic National Cross Country Championship was held on December 8th in Reno, NV.  Despite snow, slush, ice and mud, North Idaho Cross Country (NIXC) posted its best results at a national championship since its founding in 2005.  With 32 runners ages 8-17 competing from NIXC, here’s the recap:


1 National Champion

12 All-Americans (top 25 in each age group)

1 Third place team out of 27 teams (11-12 y.o. boys)

1 Fourth place team out of 22 teams (9-10 y.o. girls)

1 Fifth place team out of 30 teams (11-12 y.o. girls)


Another 7 runners placed in the top 50.  60% of the team ends the 2018 season as a top 50 runner in the country.


 Rowan Henry, National Champion for U8 boys | Klotz Images
North Idaho All-Americans
Back row, left to right: Zack Cervi-Skinner, Neil McCarthy, Lachlan May, Max Cervi-Skinner, Mitchell Rietze
Second row: Lauren Forster, Dorothy Gallus, Elli Rietze, Coach Erin Lydon Hart, Christian Kuplack
Front row: Helen Oyler, Rowan Henry, Adalyn Depew
North Idaho XC 11-12 boys 3rd place team
Left to right: Max Cervi-Skinner, Lars Bazler, Ethan Hickok, Coach Erin Lydon Hart, Zack Cervi-Skinner, Alex Jones, Owen Hickok, Neil McCarthy, Lachlan