UPDATED XC Top 50 Rankings: Week 3 (9/17)


(Wasn’t Ranked): Was not ranked the week before.


First number indicates how much the individual has moved in the rankings. A plus (with green) means they have improved in the rankings. A minus (with red) means they have regressed in the rankings. Colors may not show on mobile.

The second number indicates where they were ranked the week before.

50. Ryan Robinson, Junior, Michigan State (-2 / 48)

It wasn't the best performance for the Michigan State junior who finished 16th overall at the Spartan Invite. It's tough to even argue that they were running conservatively due to how spread out his teammates were. Still, it's an early season meet and I'm more curious to see how they'll perform at Roy Griak next week before I make any significant moves.

49. Cerake Geberkidane, Rs. Junior, Oklahoma State (+1 / 50)

48. Jeff Thies, Rs. Senior, Portland (+1 / 49)

47. Evan Stifel, Senior, Ohio State (-4 / 43)

It was a rough day for Stifel at the Commodore Classic who finished 10th overall despite being ranked the 3rd best individual in the field. It's certainly not the start I was expecting out of the Ohio State distance star, but we have to keep in mind that he placed 10th at the Commodore Classic last year and went on to have a great postseason.

46. Andrew Ronoh, Junior, Arkansas (+1 / 47)

45. Jacob Burcham, Rs. Senior, Oklahoma (+1 / 46)

44. Andy Trouard, Rs. Senior, Northern Arizona (+1 / 45)

43. Emmanuel Rotich, Junior, Tulane (-1 / 42)

42. Gabe Arias-Sheridan, Senior, St. Mary's (Cal) (-1 / 41)

41. Arsene Guillorel, Senior, Samford (-1 / 40)

40. Mike Tate, Rs. Senior, Southern Utah (-1 / 39)

Despite averaging a quick pace of 4:50 per mile, it appears that Southern Utah was practicing their pack-running and were holding back from an all-out effort. Still, it's an encouraging sign that Tate is fit right now.

39. Miguel Bautista, Senior, Texas Tech (-1 / 38)

38. Euan Makepeace, Rs. Sophomore, Butler (+6 / 44)

What a great win for the Butler sophomore! Makepeace was able to pull off a huge upset over Jacob Choge to take the Commodore Classic title. It certainly validates his NCAA 5k qualifying performance this past spring. If he continues to race like this, then I will happily improve his spot in the rankings throughout the season.

37. Jacob Thomson, Rs. Senior, Kentucky (0 / 37)

36. Robert Brandt, Junior, UCLA (0 / 36)

35. Ben Flanagan, Rs. Senior, Michigan (0 / 35)

If there were any concerns about the impact Ben Flanagan would have after redshirting last cross country season, he is quickly putting them to rest. Flanagan took the win at the Adidas XC Challenge to secure his second win of the season over a field that held respectable talent from NC State.

34. Brian Barraza, Rs. Senior, Houston (0 / 34)

33. Conor Lundy, Sophomore, Princeton (0 / 33)

32. Thomas Pollard, Rs. Sophomore, Iowa State (0 / 32)

31. Aaron Baumgarten, Rs. Senior, Michigan (0 / 31)

30. Brent Demarest, Rs. Junior, Virginia (0 / 30)

29. Michael Williams, Senior, Washington State (0 / 29)

28. Philo Germano, Rs. Senior, Syracuse (0 / 28)

27. Cory Glines, Rs. Senior, Northern Arizona (0 / 27)

26. Jonah Koech, Junior, UTEP (0 / 26)

25. Chartt Miller, Rs. Senior, Iona (0 / 25)

24. Gilbert Kirui, Senior, Iona (0 / 24)

23. Gilbert Kigen, Junior, Alabama (0 / 23)

See #18...

22. Vincent Kiprop, Junior, Alabama (-1 / 21)

See #18...

21. Sean Tobin, Senior, Mississippi (-1 / 20)

20. Yusuke Uchikoshi, Senior, Boise State (-1 / 19)

19. Rory Linkletter, Junior, BYU (+3 / 22)

The BYU Autumn Classic was a small meet that was predominately run by, you guessed it, BYU. However, we did get to see Linkletter and Utah State's Dillon Maggard go head-to-head in one of the better matchups so far this season. In the end, Linkletter would get the best of Maggard thanks to a huge move in the final portion of the race.

It's a small meet and the course does favor BYU, but it's tough to say whether this result tells us more about Linkletter or more about Maggard. Nonetheless, Linkletter got the win over a top 10 name and he will improve in the rankings because of that.

18. Alfred Chelanga, Junior, Alabama (0 / 18)

Alabama went to UC Riverside to make their season debut. However, their top three raced in the Open race while the rest of the squad ran in the invite portion. They took care of business by cruising to an easy effort where they took the "non-D1" section by going 1-2-3 (all with times of 24:23).

It's a little odd that they would separate their team into two different races. I'm not going to think too much into this, but it is certainly a bit unexpected.

17. Matthew Maton, Junior, Oregon (0 / 17)

16. John Dressel, Junior, Colorado (0 / 16)

15. Joe Klecker, Rs. Sophomore, Colorado (0 / 15)

14. Tyler Day, Junior, Northern Arizona (0 / 14)

13. Jack Bruce, Senior, Arkansas (0 / 13)

12. Jacob Choge, Sophomore, Middle Tennessee State (0 / 12)

In a race he was favored to win, Choge had to settle for 2nd at the Commodore Classic. Unlike Linkletter and Maggard, I think this race just showed how good Makepeace was. I'm not ready to penalize Choge just yet. This is only the second person Choge has to lost to in XC (excluding Nationals).

11. Hassan Abdi, Senior, Oklahoma State (0 / 11)

10. Lawrence Kipkoech, Rs. Junior, Campbell (0 / 10)

9. Jonathan Green, Rs. Senior, Georgetown (0 / 9)

8. Dillon Maggard, Senior, Utah State (0 / 8)

Maggard may have lost to Linkletter, but it was a small meet on BYU's home course which heavily favored Linkletter. It also didn't help that an entire pack of BYU Cougars were more or less able to team up against Maggard.

I want to see how Maggard performs at another meet before he falls (or improves) in the rankings.

7. Colin Bennie, Senior, Syracuse (0 / 7)

6. Jerrell Mock, Rs. Senior, Colorado State (0 / 6)

5. Matthew Baxter, Rs. Senior, Northern Arizona (0 / 5)

4. Alex George, Senior, Arkansas (0 / 4)

George may have placed 7th at the Iona Paddy Doyle Invite, but it seems clear that Arkansas was not giving 100% effort at this meet.

3. Morgan McDonald, Senior, Wisconsin (0 / 3)

2. Grant Fisher, Junior, Stanford (0 / 2)

1. Justyn Knight, Senior, Syracuse (0 / 1)

JUST MISS (in no order)

Trent Powell (Colorado State)

Iliass Aouani (Syracuse)

Thomas Ratcliffe (Stanford)

Andrew Marston (Villanova)

Lachlan Cook (Virginia)

Colby Gilbert (Washington)

Grant Fischer (Colorado State)

Michael Ward (Bradley)

Chase Weaverling (Virginia)

Zach Perrin (Colorado)

Jonathan Harper (BYU)

WHO TO WATCH (in no order)

Kigen Chemadi (MTSU)

Peter Lomong (NAU)

Amon Kemboi (Campbell)

Festus Lagat (Iowa State)

Ethan Gonzales (Colorado)

Eduardo Herrera (Colorado)

Cameron Griffith (Arkansas)

Frank Lara (Furman)

Michael Vennard (Boise State)

Kasey Knevelbaard (Southern Utah)

Ben Young (Kentucky)

Colin Abert (Penn State)

Cornelius Kapel (UTEP)

Ryan Thomas (Columbia)

Sean Torpy (Miami, OH)


Ryan Robinson (Michigan State): I certainly expected a bit more out of Robinson. This is probably one of the easiest fields he'll face this season. He'll need to be better next week at Roy Griak if he wants to keep his Top 50 spot...


Euan Makepeace (Butler): It's never an easy task to defeat Jacob Choge. Makepeace had the upset of the week and showed that he is a legitimate threat throughout the Great Lakes region and the NCAA.


Columbia senior Ryan Thomas took the win at the Iona Paddy Doyle Invite this past weekend. Some of the competition may not have been racing all-out, but it's definitely something to take note of as the season progresses.

Keep an eye on Sean Torpy (Miami, OH). He was one of the most highly sought recruits in the nation throughout 2015 and he is beginning to show some promise after placing 4th at the very competitive Commodore Classic.

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