The 2016 XC season was very good. The State of Texas put the nation on notice. With the post season ride they took us as fans on and put the competition through, it had to be one of the top season of recent memory.
At the 2016 Nike Cross Nationals, Texas athletes littered the top 10. Sam Worley, Alex Maier, Reed Brown, and Daniel Bernal ran through the national meet like a Texas tornado placing 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 10th. A week later, the lone star gentlemen took it to the Foot Locker nationals and ran just as impressively. Brown came away with the victory with Maier in 5th, Worley in 9th, Daniel Viegra in 22nd, and Graydon Morris made history with being the first freshman to qualify out the South Region in several years.
For an encore, the 2017 season has been very fast. In case you haven't noticed, the 2017 XC season has seen an above normal amount of boys who have run under 16:00 in the 5K.
In the attached slides you will see how 2017 stacks up in the last five years of XC action.
2013 - Avg 15:59.67, Sub 16:00 times - 85
2014 - Avg 15:50.14, Sub 16:00 times - 153
2015 - Avg 15:49.43, Sub 16:00 times - 133
2016 - Avg 15:44.27, Sub 16:00 times - 163
2017 - Avg 15:43.11, Sub 16:00 times - 184
2013 I 2014 I 2015 I 2016