Check out our pre-season list of the top 10 sophomore XC girls returning in the nation from the class of 2017 for this coming fall as part of the Hoka One One Future Stars series.
Watch Kingwood High School (TX) rising senior Myles Marshall win the finals of the boys 800 meter run at the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China with a "David Rudisha-esque" race as referred to by the race commentator. Marshall set an aggressive pace from the start to lead the field for the first 400 meters, before having to battle back to regain it in the last 200 meters to 1:49.14 victory and Youth Olympic Gold.
The first program of its kind to identify, recognize and award the future stars and faces of the sport, Hoka One One and MileSplit will showcase the best underclassmen runners of high school cross country this fall.
A list of the top 50 fastest girls cross country times in the state of Texas as of August 25th.
A list of the top 50 fastest boys 5K cross country times in the state of Texas as of August 25th.
Here is a summary of the results of the week.
These two teams took the defending champions right to the edge of defeat in 2013, but one has enough returning talent to do it again, and again.
Only one team in Texas can graduate three strong runners and end up getting better, and this year's edition could be a monster.
One of these teams had the best 5-girl results from track season, plus very low turnover due to graduation, a formula for success.
With only 33 seconds separating their returning 1-5 runners, The Woodlands has the closest pack in the countdown.
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.
CCCAT Pre-season Polls.
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.
- Congrats: Myles Marshall named USATF Athlete of the Week!
- Congrats: Myles Marshall names USATF Athlete of the Week!
- Jr. High meet 10/6 -10/11
- Pro track & field on TV
- Article Comment: Preseason XC Countdown: Girls #2
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- Article Comment: Preseason XC Countdown: Girls #5
- Ashley Jansen to Adams State University
- Samantha Homan to New Mexico State University
- Chandler Heikkila to Texas A&M University
- Zahir Nobles to University of Iowa
- Erica Brown to Texas Tech University
- Christian Culpepper to Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Natalie Polei to University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- Jacob Walters to Point University
- Deja Young to Wichita State University
- Kate Rosentahl to Milligan College