Nate MacDonald was D'Evelyn's top finisher at State last fall and one of a lengthy list of reasons D'Evelyn is a good team to have an eye on this fall.
When this fall's season starts, Alamosa puts their three-year run of 3A state titles on the line. And, honestly, despite the biggest hit to graduation that 3A has likely ever seen the Mean Moose is not out of the hunt. But, Alamosa will have to get some big jumps out of a few folks to be there.
As we've done with all the other articles in this series, we take a look at rankings of returning runners for each of last fall's cross country, this spring's 1600s, and this spring's 3200s, scoring each by conventional methods of cross country scoring.
. No one set of rankings opens a perfect window on the season ahead, but the compilation of these three sets of rankings sheds a good deal more light on the prospects than any one set of rankings would alone. And, of course, none of the rankings take into account incoming freshmen.
We begin with the rankings of returning cross country runners.
By Fall, 2016, Cross Country Rankings
Let's first concede here that a lot of the cross country times you see above are NXR-SW times. While not bogus times, they probably exert a bit too much influence over some teams' scores. And, while you may or may not be surprised at D'Evelyn coming out at the top of these rankings, you do need to note that three of the times that make up their scoring five come from the D'Evelyn Dash. That meet confounded rankings all last fall, too. So, make of it what you will.
Gunnison finished third at the state meet last fall and should figure as a team worth watching again this fall, even if the cross country rankings above do seem to undersell them a little.
And, finally, we should note that Cole Sprout will be running for Valor Christian this fall, not Faith Christian. So, that changes the picture a little for Faith Christian.
Click on Next to view the rankings by 1600 times.