Update 6/12/21

The NIRCA Fall 2021 National Championship is (tentatively) on!

We are thrilled to announce that Fall XC Nationals is planned for November 6th, 2021 in Shelbyville, IN. These plans are subject to change as new information emerges, so keep checking here for immediate updates as they are available.

For the Fall 2021 season, Nationals eligibility criteria for club and individual participation will be waived. NIRCA fall season meets will all be considered Non-Qualifiers.

Regionals: tentatively planned, all dates TBD. Fall season: clubs hosting meets should submit their races for the NIRCA event calendar as soon as their events are confirmed.

Published Articles

2019 XC Nationals: Men’s Individual Preview
November 14th, 2019

No clear favorite and inconsistency will lead to a tight race in Richmond.

#previews #nircanats 

2019 XC Nationals: Women’s Individual Preview
November 14th, 2019

A chink in the armor of Stein or false hope for the field? Deepest field in recent memory will result in a large lead pack.

#previews #nircanats 

2019 XC Nationals: Women's Team Preview
November 14th, 2019

The question on everyone’s mind going into Saturday is whether or not Michigan will become the first team in NIRCA history to three-peat.

#previews #nircanats 

2019 XC Nationals: Men's Team Preview
November 14th, 2019

With a deep and talented field, the championship race is wide open for a few schools to claim their first ever championship, but Michigan is prepared to defend their title in hopes of repeating.

#previews #nircanats 

Pacific Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 31st, 2019

Will the Cal Poly men find a way to finish first a team? Is there a team with enough firepower to prevent UC-Davis women from repeating?

#NIRCARegionals #Pacific #Previews 

Great Plains Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 31st, 2019

Illinois the favorites to sweep the men's and women's race but don't sleep on Wisconsin.

#NIRCARegionals #GreatPlains #Previews 

Great Lakes Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 31st, 2019

The Michigan women’s and men’s teams look to continue their winning streaks and defend their titles from 2018, while several teams look capable of an upset.

#NIRCARegionals #GreatLakes #Previews 

Southeast Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 24th, 2019

Will NC State men make history with a perfect score of 15? Can the UNC women win for the third consecutive year?

#NIRCARegionals #Southeast #Previews 

Mid-Atlantic Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 24th, 2019

Penn State looks poised to sweep the team awards but will face stiff competition. Will Suzanne Stein be dethroned or continue to dominate?

#NIRCARegionals #MidAtlantic #Previews 

Northeast Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 24th, 2019

23 of the top 30 men return to battle for glory and Northeastern will seek a repeat. Several freshmen will make their appearance on the women's side as the usual suspects seek a team victory.

#NIRCARegionals #Northeast #Previews 

2018 XC Nationals: Men's Team Preview
November 9th, 2018

No clear favorite means it’s anyone’s race, but will there be a first-time champion?

#nircanats #previews 

2018 XC Nationals: Men’s Individual Preview
November 9th, 2018

After three consecutive years of the Men’s National Champion reigning from Iowa State, expect the champion to come from a different, but familiar, team this year.

#nircanats #previews 

2018 XC Nationals: Women's Team Preview
November 8th, 2018

Will Michigan become the 4th team, 3rd school, to repeat as Champions or can someone upset them and prevent the next dynasty?

#previews #nircanats 

2018 XC Nationals: Women’s Individual Preview
November 8th, 2018

The reign of Katelyn McCracken from Duke comes to an end, but familiar faces battle it out for the supremacy.

#nircanats #previews 

Northeast Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 26th, 2018

Northeastern women return a strong team, but will they repeat? Men have the most returning top 30 runners of any regional, but uncertain depth could lead to an upset.

#NIRCARegionals #Northeast #Previews 

Southeast Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 20th, 2018

Southeast's most decorated female runner, Katelyn McCracken from Duke, graduates leaving the individual title up for grabs. Little depth on the men's side, can underclassmen step up for their teams?

#NIRCARegionals #Southeast #Previews 

Great Plains Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 18th, 2018

Iowa State graduated all top 5 men from one of most dominate teams ever, can they defend their title? Can Northwestern women repeat or will the Schulz sisters lead Illinois to team glory?

#NIRCARegionals #GreatPlains #Previews 

Great Lakes Regional: Men's and Women's Preview 
October 18th, 2018

Michigan women seek to become next powerhouse, led by Anna Piccione, as they both look to repeat.  Purdue and Indiana primed to battle for men's team title but dark horse could play spoiler.

#NIRCARegionals #GreatLakes #Previews 

Mid-Atlantic Regional: Men's and Women's Preview
October 18th, 2018

2016 Regional Champ Suzanne Stein (Penn State) looks to repeat while the Penn State women go for their 6th consecutive title. No clear-cut favorite on the men's side but plenty of depth.

#NIRCARegionals #MidAtlantic #Previews 

2016 XC Nationals: Men's Individual Preview
November 10th, 2016 (Updated: Nov 11th)

2015 national champ Rob Scanlon (Iowa State) looks to defend his title and repeat while a strong and diverse group of challengers hope to find their way to the top of the podium.

#nircanats #previews 

2016 XC Nationals: Women's Individual Preview
November 9th, 2016

With no clear-cut favorite and no top ten finishers returning from a year ago, the women’s individual championship is up for grabs in Hershey.

#nircanats #previews 

2016 XC Nationals: Men's Team Preview
November 7th, 2016

The defending champs look primed for a repeat but anything can happen on NIRCA's most challenging championship course. See who is in contention for the men's team title on the unforgiving Hershey hills this weekend.

#nircanats #previews 

2016 XC Nationals: Women's Team Preview
November 7th, 2016

Will the traditional powers add to their legacy or is 2016 the year for a first-time champion to emerge on the women's side?

#nircanats #previews