2011 Missouri State Boy's Cross Country Rankings (Oct. 31st)
November 6, 2011Get In The Game Saint Louis Magazine
TOP 10 BOYS TEAMS
#2) ROCKHURST- No surprises at the Kansas City Sectional where Rockhurst took home top honors. They will look to finish off their stellar season at State with as high a podium finish as possible.
#4) LEE'S SUMMIT NORTH -The defending champs jump all the way from #9 to #4 after a strong third place showing at Sectionals. They still need a little boost from their five man but their 4 is solid and their 1-3 are as good or better than everyone outside of Rock Bridge.
#5) SLUH- You have to go all the way back to 2004 to find the last time SLUH did not win a trophy at State. That really is an amazing stat and though we have them ranked #5 here they are certainly capable of a top four finish. Keep an eye out for an apparently healthy Nathan Rubbelke at their number one spot. That could be what keeps the trophy streak alive for the Junior Bills.
#8) EUREKA- Each team has gaps between runners that they would like to fill. One place where the Wildcats all of a sudden appear to have filled such a gap is between 1 and 2 where senior Cade Netscher finished just five seconds behind longtime number one Ethan Lambert at Sectionals. Tight 1-2 punches are huge at State and that could vault the boys with the E on their chests up into the top four in Jeff City.
TOP 15 BOYS
#1) Zach Herriott, SR, Rockhurst- Herriott scored convincing wins at Districts and Sectionals and has run well under 16 minutes every time out in 2011. The question seems to be just how fast can he go at State? The Rockhurst senior already owns the second-fastest time ever and with ideal temps predicted for Saturday Matt Tegenkamp’s record looks to be in serious jeopardy.
#3) Caleb Wilfong, SR, Rock Bridge- Wilfong appears to be at full strength after a one-second victory at Sectionals over Drew Cargill from West Plains. He comes in to State as the only contender from Class 4 that has beaten #1 Zach Herriott in cross country during the last two seasons. We would not be shocked if he won on Saturday.
#5) Noah Kauppila, SO, Marquette- Kauppila is very simply one of the best sophomores in the country. He has consistently run in the 15:45 range on some very legitimate courses over the last few weeks including a 15:50 at Sectionals. We expect more of the same on Saturday and though he may not win this year you may never see him lose in Missouri again.
#7) Kolton Sheldon, SR, Lee's Summit North– We told you Sheldon was back after his conference race but now he's darn near back to where he was last year when he finished fifth at State. A runner-up showing at the Kansas City Sectional where he beat some really talented runners tells us he is fully capable of his third top five performance in a row.
#9) Devin Sander, SR, Hickman– Sander has been on the rise down the stretch and ran perhaps his best race of the year in finising fourth in Sectional 3. Hard to believe he won't continue his run for one more week and if he does he will finish very high.
#11) Billy Leighton, JR, Cape Girardeau Central– Leighton was the District 1 champ and then finished runner-up to #5 Kauppila at Sectionals. He has been in and out of the rankings this year but was always right there. He is now firmly in as we look forward to State.
#15) Nicolas Stewart, JR, McCluer North- Stewart was the champ at the Class 4 Sectional 2 meet and has been very solid all year long. We have no reason to believe that will not continue on Saturday.
Honorable Mention: Chris Carter, Max Jobson, Nathan Rubbelke, Kaleb Wilson