2011 Missouri State Boy's Cross Country Rankings (Sept. 30th)
September 30, 2011Get In The Game Saint Louis Magazine
TOP 10 BOYS TEAMS
#1) ROCK BRIDGE- These guys made no bones about it after the Forest Park Cross Country Festival; they wanted to go up to the Palatine Invite and show the nation they could compete with anyone. They did just that and then some in beating famed York High School among many others on their way to a runner-up finish at the most competitive meet in subruban Chicago. Only hosts Palatine, ranked 11th or 12th in the country depending on which national rankings list you prefer, were able to top Rock Bridge and only by 16 points.
#2) ROCKHURST- The Hawklets won handily at Rim Rock, besting runners-up Liberty by 68 points. It's amazing how such a dominating performance can now seem ho-hum for a team that has quickly become a powerhouse.
#3) SLUH- LIke Rock Bridge, SLUH went to Palatine but they probably weren't quite as pleased as their Missouri counterparts. Of course that's because they have very high standards. An eleventh place showing there is certainly nothing to sneeze at and their spread (32 seconds) remained shockingly low for such a big race.
#4) WEST PLAINS- The Zizzers won the Hancock Invitational pretty handily with Drew Cargill getting the win.
#5) EUREKA- Eureka put five in the top ten at the Fox Warrior Invitational. These guys have a very legitimate shot to grab a trophy at State in Class 4.
#6) LIBERTY - Liberty makes the move up to #6 on the strength of a runner-up finish at Rim Rock and a sixth place effort at the Roosevelt Heartland Classic in Ames, Iowa.
#7) MARQUETTE- The Mustangs were just 11 points back of #6 Liberty at Rim Rock.
#8) PARKWAY WEST- Parkway West grabbed top honors at the Parkway Central Invite and followed up with a second place finish at Hancock.
#9) PARKWAY CENTRAL -The Colts move up one spot to #9 this week after a runner-up finish on their home course to #8 Parkway West.
#10) BLUE SPRINGS- Blue Springs makes their first appearance in the rankings this year after a win at home over previously ranked Lee's Summit North and a ninth place finish at Rim Rock where they bested another previously ranked squad in Festus. They get the nod at #10 over Lindbergh, a group that appears to be on the rise.
TOP 15 BOYS
#1) Drew White, SR, Festus- White showed up big at Rim Rock as he always seems to do in important races. His runner-up finish there to Kansas’ Jacob Morgan was a very high level run and he bested previous #1 Zach Herriott in the process. In his post-race comments White hinted his focus will now be on qualifying for the Foot Locker finals. He’d be the first Saint Louis area boy to compete there since Marquette’s Greg Speicher in 1995.
#2) Zach Herriott, SR, Rockhurst- Herriott was third at Rim Rock despite a nasty sinus infection. To that end you could make the argument that he should remain number one and we almost kept him there. Injuries and illnesses happen though and you have to give credit to Drew White for stepping up and getting the job done. We’ll see how Herriott fares at KC Metro if he is back at 100%.
#3) Caleb Wilfong, SR, Rock Bridge- Wilfong hung on gamely at the front for as long as he possibly could at the Palatine Invite against an amazing field but it wasn’t quite enough as he slipped to 12th at the finish. Races like that against national level competition will likely only make him stronger in the end.
#4) Jordan Cook, SR, Rock Bridge– Cook was 11th at Palatine, edging past teammate Wilfong in the final mile. We couldn’t quite justify moving him ahead of Wilfong here but had no problem moving him up to #4.
#5) Drew Cargill, SR, West Plains– Cargill was the Hancock Invitational champion at Jefferson Barracks in 16:27. The West Plains senior has yet to really throw down a fast time this season but the potential is absolutely there.
#6) Brandon Shemonia, SR, Scott City– Shemonia went sub 16 at Cape Central to top the host school’s number one man Billy Leighton by five seconds.
#7) Noah Kauppila, SO, Marquette- The Marquette sophomore climbs one spot to #7 after a 15:40 fourth place showing at Rim Rock.
#8) Nathan Keown, JR, Rock Bridge- Keown was 16th at Palatine proving that Rock Bridge has one of the top 1-2-3 combos in the entire country.
#9) Ethan Lambert, SR, Eureka– Lambert is on the rise after another victory, this time at Fox in 16:25.
#10) Nicolas Stewart, JR, McCluer North- Stewart was the champ at the Hazelwood West Invite in 16:21.
#11) Eric Sivill, SR, Parkway Central- Sivill won his home invite in 16:31 and continues to impress in what has been a breakout season for the senior.
#12) Ryan McAnany, SR, Rockhurst– The boys list was tough this time around and McAnany is one of the reasons why. The senior ran really well at Rim Rock in finishing 11th ahead of several other contenders. It was difficult to compare that performance against Lambert, Stewart and Sivill who ran more low-key meets. You can pretty much take numbers nine through 15 and rank them any way you'd like.
#13) Justin Brown, SR, Truman- Brown took home a one-second win at Blue Springs ansd then finished 12th at Rim Rock in 16:07.
#14) Shane Brown, SR, Festus- Brown was second behind teammate Drew White at their home invite before finishing 13th at Rim Rock.
#15) Amos Bartelsmeyer, JR, MICDS– Bartelsmeyer won the Paul Enke on a tough Sioux Passage course in 17:06 to get the nod at #15 just ahead of Cape Central's Billy Leighton.
Honorable Mention: Ian Fraizer, Shannon Hall, Billy Leighton, Kent Mastroianni, Michael McCulloch, Liban Samatar