Quick Picks


It has been a SUPER busy week with all of the conference championships happening within a three day span. There are some really deep and talented conferences that deserve some love and recognition. Unfortunately, I'll be keeping my predictions only to the men today as my women's knowledge isn't extensive enough to give you fair/reasonable predictions.


Let's begin...


West Coast Conference

BYU will simply overwhelm this field. They have firepower and depth in a meet that is rather small. Portland will keep things competitive (if they want to), but this will be all about the Cougars. Gonzaga has a solid team this year. Don't sleep on them just because they have to deal with two powerhouse programs.


Individual

1. Clayson Shumway (BYU)

2. Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse (Portland)

3. Rory Linkletter (BYU)

4. Conner Mantz (BYU)

5. Nick Hauger (Portland)

6. Connor McMillan (BYU)

7. Chris Olley (San Francisco)

8. Clayton Young (BYU)

9. Caleb Webb (Portland)

10. Daniel Carney (BYU)

11. James Mwaura (Gonzaga)

12. Stuart McCallum (Portland)

13. Reuben Kiprono (Portland)

14. Jacob Heslington (BYU)

15. Kyle Thompson (Gonzaga)


Team

1. BYU Cougars

2. Portland Pilots

3. Gonzaga Bulldogs

4. San Francisco Dons

5. Santa Clara Broncos


Patriot League

Navy should keep things relatively competitive, but Army is simply the better squad through five scorers. After that, bronze is a toss up. Lehigh, Bucknell, and Boston U. all have respectable trio's leading their squads, but they have all struggled on the backend. I like the Bison's top three a bit more than the other programs here (but not by much).


Individual

1. Jake Brophy (Navy)

2. Paul Luevano (Boston U)

3. Kevin Murray (Navy)

4. Roman Ollar (Army)

5. Robert Santoyo (Army)

6. Ryan Kutch (Fordham)

7. Jeff Kirshenbaum (Lehigh)

8. Connor McMenamin (Bucknell)

9. Brett Davidson (Boston U.)

10. Benjamin Petrella (Army)

11. Chris Rainey (American)

12. Jacob Stupak (Bucknell)

13. Michael Karls (Navy)

14. Mikey Singer (Army)

15. Alex Seal (Boston U.)


Team

1. Army Black Knights

2. Navy Midshipmen

3. Bucknell Bison

4. Lehigh Mountainhawks

5. Boston U. Terriers


BIG East

Individual

1. Andrew Marston (Villanova)

2. Casey Comber (Villanova)

3. Jack Van Scoter (Georgetown)

4. Euan Makepeace (Butler)

5. Nicholas Wareham (Georgetown)

6. Barry Keane (Butler)

7. Christian Liddell (Georgetown)

8. Eion Nohilly (Georgetown)

9. Josh Phillips (Villanova)

10. Spencer Brown (Georgetown)

11. David Rosas (Providence)

12. Bobby Johnson (Butler)

13. Nick Steele (Villanova)

14. Johnny Leverenz (Butler)

15. John Klaiber (Marquette)


Team

1. Georgetown Hoyas

2. Villanova Wildcats

3. Butler Bulldogs

4. Marquette Golden Eagles

5. Providence Friars


BIG Sky

I anticipate that two or three Lumberjacks (likely Day, maybe Lomong) will rest this weekend. That, however, shouldn't be much of an issue. Southern Utah has a respectable program, but they aren't beating NAU. I do think Aidan Reed and Christian Ricketts will put together respectable performances. After that, it's a bit of a toss up. I'll take Weber State over Montana State. I think they have the better overall team through five runners.


Individual

1. Matthew Baxter (Northern Arizona)

2. Luis Grijalva (Northern Arizona)

3. Blaise Ferro (Northern Arizona)

4. Aidan Reed (Southern Utah)

5. Geordie Beamish (Northern Arizona)

6. Christian Ricketts (Southern Utah)

7. Ryan Raff (Northern Arizona)

8. Ty Mogan (Montana State)

9. Nate Osterstock (Southern Utah)

10. Joey DeFeo (Northern Arizona)

11. Jack Shea (Northern Arizona)

12. George Espino (Southern Utah)

13. Jacob Stone (Weber State)

14. Colin Burk (Montana State)

15. Wyatt Diderickson (Idaho State)


Team

1. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

2. Southern Utah Thunderbirds

3. Weber State Wildcats

4. Montana State Bobcats

5. Idaho State Bengals