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Preseason Regional Rankings - South - HS Cross Country - DyeStat

Published by
DyeStat   on Aug 20 2013, 04:13 PM

Previewing and Ranking the South

By Rob Monroe

Aside from the Southlake Carroll (Texas) girls, all the auto qualification spots to Portland look to be hotly contested this year in the South as the boys depth looks stronger than it’s been in a couple of years, and the girls depth at the top continues to be a strength of the region. On both sides, the front runners are the same three programs, including the two traditional powerhouses of the region over the last decade.

Texas girls have six teams that look fully capable of punching a ticket to Portland, and all are in the UIL 5A Classification, but it is already guaranteed that not all of those teams will be on the line come state as four reside in the same region. Attesting to their dominance over the region, the Texas girls are represented by 14 of the 15 spots in the rankings this preseason. On the boys side, while the top 5 start off the season as a Texas sweep, three other states are represented in the top nine, led by the only non-Texas program to qualify for Nationals from the South during the NXN regional era.

Rankings note: Any runner who was top-5 at any of the championship meets (NXN Nationals, NXN Regionals, and their State Meet) are counted as a "scorer" even if they weren't usually a top-5 runner. The same accounting is used for "varsity" runners.

BOYS

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)

                2012 NXN Nationals eighth place; NXN-South Champion; Texas 5A State Champion

                Two scorers and two varsity runners return

2. Lewisville Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South third place; Texas 5A State fifth place

                Four scorers and five varsity runners return

3. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas)

                2012 NXN Nationals 22nd place; NXN-South Runner-up; Texas 5A State Runner-up

                Three scorers and three varsity runners return

4. College Park (The Woodlands, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South fifth place; Texas 5A State third place

                Six scorers and six varsity runners return

5. Strake Jesuit (Houston, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South seventh place; Texas 5A State 11th place

                Four scorers and four varsity runners return

6. Rogers (Rogers, Arkansas)

                2012 NXN-South 14th place; Arkansas 7A State Runner-up

                Four scorers and six varsity runners return

7. Jenks (Jenks, Oklahoma)

                2012 Oklahoma 6A State Champion

                Three scorers and five varsity runners return

8. Timber Creek (Keller, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South 13th place; Texas 5A UIL Region I fifth place

                Three scorers and three varsity runners return

9. St. Paul’s (Covington, Louisiana)

                2012 Louisiana 5A State Runner-up

                Four scorers and five varsity runners return

10. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A UIL Region I seventh place

                Two scorers and four varsity runners return

11. Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A UIL State ninth place

                Five scorers and seven varsity runners return

12. Cedar Park (Cedar Park, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South sixth place; Texas 4A UIL State Runner-up

                Two scorers and four varsity runners return

13. Keller (Keller, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A UIL Region I sixth place

                Five scorers and seven varsity runners return

14. Bentonville (Bentonville, Arkansas)

                2012 NXN-South eighth place; Arkansas 7A State Champion

                Two scorers and three varsity runners return

15. Del Rio (Del Rio, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A UIL State seventh place

                Three scorers and five varsity runners return

GIRLS

1. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)

                2012 NXN Nationals Runner-up; NXN-South Champion; Texas 5A State Champion

                Three scorers and four varsity runners return

2. Lewisville Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South fifth place; Texas 5A State third place

                Five scorers and eight varsity runners return

3. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas)

                2012 NXN Nationals 21st place; NXN-South Runner-up; Texas 5A State fourth place

                Three scorers and four varsity runners return

4. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A Region 1 fourth place

                Four scorers and five varsity runners return

5. New Braunfels (New Braunfels, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A State eighth place

                Five scorers and seven varsity runners return

6. Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South sixth place; Texas 5A UIL State fifth place

                Four scorers and seven varsity runners return

7. Kingwood Park (Kingwood, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South seventh place; Texas 4A UIL State fourth place

                Five scorers and six varsity runners return

8. Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A UIL State tenth place

                Four scorers and five varsity runners return

9. Jenks (Jenks, Oklahoma)

                2012 Oklahoma 6A State Champion

                Four scorers and six varsity runners return

10. Kingwood (Humble, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South third place; Texas 5A UIL State Runner-up

                One scorer and three varsity runners return

11. McNeil (Austin, Texas)

                2012 Texas 5A UIL Region II fifth place

                Five scorers and seven varsity runners return

12. Highland Park (Dallas, Texas)

                2012 Texas 4A UIL State Champion

                Four scorers and five varsity runners return

13. College Park (The Woodlands, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South fourth place; Texas 5A UIL State sixth place

                One scorer and two varsity runners return

14. Northwest (Justin, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South 13th place; Texas 5A UIL Region I fifth place

                Five scorers and seven varsity runners return

15. West (Plano, Texas)

                2012 NXN-South 12th place; Texas 5A UIL Region II seventh place

                Three scorers and five varsity runners return

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4 comment(s)  
Weehank
Update on Bentonville girls. Came in second at the Missouri Southern Stampede(27 teams). Two of our top 5 were out with illness/injury while 5 other top 13 runners didn't run. On to KU next week, that will be a true test. Also, our top Boy, Jacob Shiohira placed second with a 15:30 clocking(5K)
Weehank
Bentonville Varsity girls came in 3rd at Memphis Twilight, while the JV team nearly swept with 16 points. This team is deep!
DougB
Thanks! Keep us posted on their progress.
Weehank
We have a very young team in Arkansas(Girls)that will soon compete on the Regional level. Last year Bentonville finished 2nd at the State meet(7A) and lost one senior. All other 8 members are returning and 2 of their current top 3 are freshmen. Our top 13 girls are at 21:00 or below and 8 of those are freshmen or sophomores. Look for them soon!
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