2011 Missouri State Boy's Cross Country Rankings (Oct. 17th)
October 17, 2011Get In The Game Jefferson County
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM RANKINGS
#1) ROCK BRIDGE- No changes here. The boys from RB rolled right along with wins at Parkway West and Border Wars.
#2) ROCKHURST- The Rock was victorious at KC Metro with a super-low 53 points.
#3) WEST PLAINS- The Zizzers jump a spot to #3 after sweeping the Frank Horton Invite in Tennessee and winning handily at the Ozark Conference Meet.
#4) SLUH- SLUH won the MCC Conference meet and once again put together a pretty good spread.
#5) LIBERTY - Liberty scored a nice win at the KC Suburban Gold Conference meet over a rejuvanated Lee's Summit North squad. The Blue Jays are a deep bunch as evidenced by 4-8 men who all finished between 17:11 and 17:20.
#6) MARQUETTE- The Mustangs continue to rise after a runner-up performance at Parkway West and then a huge victory over conference rival Eureka at the Suburban West meet.
#7) FESTUS- Festus is back in the rankings on the strength of an impressive win at Farmington where they scored just 32 points. With the 1-2 punch of Drew White and Shane Brown and plenty of depth at the five, six and seven spots these guys are not to be messed with.
#8) EUREKA- Eureka was second to Illinois powerhouse O'Fallon at the Ron Jorgenson meet before finishing a close second to Marquette at conference.
#9) LEE'S SUMMIT NORTH -The defending champs are back in the rankings thanks to the return of number one man Kolton Sheldon.
#10) PARKWAY CENTRAL- The Colts come in at #10 after winning the conference meet over good squads from Webster Groves, Kirkwood and Parkway West.
TOP 15 BOYS
#1) Zach Herriott, SR, Rockhurst- Herriott moves back to the #1 spot after his 15:21 at KC Metro. He and Drew White are pretty much 1 and 1A but we had to make a decision. Ultimately Herriott's wins at Forest Park and KC Metro give the Rockhurst senior an oh-so-slight advantage over White's third place at Forest Park and runner-up finish at Rim Rock.
#2) Drew White, SR, Festus- White cruised to victory at the Potosi Invite, besting Scott City standout Brandon Shemonia by nearly 40 seconds. While victory at the Class 3 State meet seems almost assured for the Festus senior bragging rights for the fastest time of the day and maybe even a State record will be up for grabs.
#3) Drew Cargill, SR, West Plains– Cargill finally appeared to show his cards for the first time this year at the Frank Horton Invite in Tennessee where he rolled a 15:38 on his way to a 41 second victory. The 4:14/9:14 man also picked up wins at the Ozark Conference meet and the Bomber Invite (AR) and could very well be a factor for the Class 4 title.
#4) Noah Kauppila, SO, Marquette- The super sophomore jumps to #4 after a big win at Parkway West in 15:45 and a dominating performance at the Suburban West Conference meet where he topped Eureka standout Ethan Lambert by 18 seconds.
#5) Caleb Wilfong, SR, Rock Bridge- We are not sure if Wilfong was holding back a bit at the Parkway West meet where he was beaten by #4 Kauppila but he came back to grab the win the following week at the Border Wars meet over his very capable teammates Jordan Cook and Nathan Keown.
#6) Jordan Cook, SR, Rock Bridge– Cook sat out as his mates took home top honors at Parkway West but was back in action at Border Wars a week later where he finished second in 16:31.
#7) Brandon Shemonia, SR, Scott City– Shemonia was mighty impressive at Cape Notre Dame, running 15:44 and notching a 21 second win over Cape Central's Billy Leighton. He then scored runner-up finishes to #2 Drew White at Potosi and Farmington.
#8) Nathan Keown, JR, Rock Bridge- Keown, the State's best number three man by a landslide, was third at Parkway West and third at Border Wars. He likely won't be third at State but he won't be far off.
#9) Shannon Hall, SR, Liberty– Hall has bounced around the rankings a bit and he does it again here moving all the way to #9 after a hard-fought conference victory over Blue Springs frontrunner Simon Belete and a finally healthy Kolton Sheldon from Lee's Summit North.
#10) Ethan Lambert, SR, Eureka– Lambert was second to O'Fallon (IL) star Alex Riba at Ron Jorgenson and to #4 Kauppila at the Suburban West Conference meet.
#11) Simon Belete, JR, Blue Springs– A new name in the rankings this week, Belete was just a tick behind #8 Keown at Parkway West and three back of #9 Hall at their conference meet.
#12) Kolton Sheldon, SR, Lee's Summit North– He's back. The only runner on this list who has two Class 4 top five medals in his trophy case appears to be healthy as we enter the final month of the season. Watch for him to vault up the list as he gains fitness over the next three weeks.
#13) Michael McCullough, SR, Staley– McCullough earns the #13 spot on the strength of a 15:52 fifth place effort at the always tough KC Metro meet. It deserves mentioning that he was bested by honorable mentions Liban Samatar from Oak Park and Max Jobson from Liberty North at the KC Suburban Blue meet but McCullough's KC Metro performance was too outstanding to overlook. He beat Samatar there as well as a number of very tough runners.
#14) Ryan McAnany, SR, Rockhurst– The Rockhurst number two man went sub 16 at KC Metro clocking 15:56 for sixth place overall.
#15) Nicolas Stewart, JR, McCluer North- Stewart was fourth behind the Rock Bridge trio of Wilfong, Cook and Keown at the Border Wars meet and follwed it up with a Suburban North conference title in 16:19.
Honorable Mention: Chris Carter, Ian Fraizer, Shannon Hall, Max Jobson, Billy Leighton, Cody Medler, Liban Samatar, Devin Sander, Eric Sivill, Kaleb Wilson