Great Oak boys take second at Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, girls place ninth

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Runners from Temecula’s Great Oak High School and Newbury Park High School await the results at the 16th annual Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, Saturday, Dec. 7. Courtesy photo
The Nike Cross Nationals is the ultimate cross-country experience, and when runners from all over the nation took to the course Saturday, Dec. 7, in Portland, Oregon, all eyes were on Great Oak and Newbury Park high schools. This year marked the 16th anniversary of the event and included individual and club qualifiers from eight regional championships that came together to compete to be crowned national champion. Fields of 22 seven-person clubs and an additional 50 individuals, both males and females, put their best foot forward in the quest for the sport’s biggest prize, the coveted Winged Goddess of Victory statue. The Nationals course at Glendoveer Golf Course offers athletes a premium, challenging championship venue for putting it all on the line. It also gives spectato
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