The high school cross country season is over just in time for the national events.

It starts this weekend as both the Desert Vista boys and girls cross country teams compete in the Nike Southwest Regional on Saturday at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa.

The event includes teams and individuals from Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Nevada.

The top two placing clubs in each gender of the Championship Division race at each NXN regional will earn automatic berths to NXN in Portland, Ore.

Additionally, the top five placing individuals who are not on automatically placing clubs will advance to NXN as individual qualifiers.

A total of four at-large club berths per gender will be awarded. Clubs placing either third or fourth in the Championship Division race at each NXN regional will move into a pool of clubs receiving consideration for advancing to NXN as an at-large qualifier. A committee of experts will determine the at-large qualifiers.

The national race is held Dec. 3 at Portland Meadows in Portland.

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