An extremely strong track season has propelled a former champion into the conversation for this fall's 6A title race.
Can a team that didn't make the 5A state meet last fall be a contender in 6A? With a budding star and a tight pack, yes.
If this these girls continue the improvement arc they charted in the spring, they could be posing on an awards stage in November.
Connor Meaux may have made the transition to full-fledged stardom in the spring, and he leads a very experienced squad.
Cypress Woods has plenty of talent back, but there isn't much data to evaluate the team's progress since last fall.
After the 2013 fall season ended at the region meet instead of at states, Eastwood may be driven to advance this fall.
Antigone Archer is the only top 5 runner returning for the 3-time champions, but it still won't be easy to slay the Dragons.
The uniforms stood out, but the team has some serious unfinished business remaining after a change from 4A to 6A.
Safiya Belbina is a powerhouse, but based on track results she may have some competition for the top spot on her own team.
To really be considered a top program, you have to be consistent - and Del Rio has been in the top 10 in Texas for the last 3 years.
If you want an example of a team that was young in 2013 but got valuable experience for a title run in 2014, look no further.
While most former 5A teams were moving up, Grapevine stayed put, and that helps make them a title contender in 2014.
Ever run on a course so fast that it needed a speed limit? Prosper has, and the Eagles are a sleeper candidate in 5A.
For the first time in the countdown, we're focusing on an experienced, veteran team instead of a young, rising squad.
Kim Endo was the lone representative of her team at the state meet last fall, but this year should be a different story.
You don't often see a competitive boys' team that only graduates one runner over a two-year span, but this is one.
The team with the best returning 2 Mile times in the state isn't in the UIL, and might be in the middle of a long title streak.
After a strong track season, Ryan Flores is prepared to lead up front, but who will shore up the back end of this team?
A 3rd-place finish in 3A last fall was just the start, as this squad fielded 4 freshmen and 2 sophomores in that race.
Only one team in the Lone Star State can claim 6 straight championships in their sanctioning body's largest classification.
Pre-season scouting report on a national powerhouse cross country program in Southlake Carroll High School of Texas.
Canyon Randall returns a talented front four, but the mystery of who the fifth runner will be makes it hard to evaluate the Raiders.
Vandegrift is the fastest girl's returning 5A team, led by twins Natalie & Loren Goddard who posted times of 19:10 & 19:18 as freshmen. The varsity team has a strong group of girls, all with 5k times ranging within less than a minute of each other. The Vandegrift girl's team was last year's Region IV Champions, and finished 10th in the state.
Rising junior Abby Guidry, 18:23 5k runner & 5:01 miler, looks to medal at state meet and qualify for NXN. Guidry hopes to redeem herself from a disappointing end to track season due to illness.
The Southlake Carroll boys and girls teams both won their third state title in a row at last year's UIL State Championships. The boys were led by senior Jacob Pickle, who placed 2nd individually, and sophomore Antigone Archer led the girls team with an individual 5th place finish. The teams went on to qualify for Nike Cross Nationals, where the boys team placed 14th and the girls team placed 17th against the top running schools in the nation.
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- Chandler Heikkila to Texas A&M University
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- Natalie Polei to University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- Christian Culpepper to Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Jacob Walters to Point University
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