XC Top 50: Week 1 (9/9)

Updated: Sep 23, 2018


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


First number indicates the change in a runner's ranking from week prior

Second number indicates where the runner was ranked last week

50. Erik Rotich, Senior, Eastern Kentucky (0 / 50)

49. Cooper Teare, Sophomore, Oregon (0 / 49)

Teare was 5th at the Oregon XC Preview, but he raced unattached (as did Brown). Is it possible that Coach Thomas has decided to redshirt his young stars and focus on next season when they are another year older?

48. Tanner Anderson, Senior, Washington (0 / 48)

Did not run with team at Sundodger Invite.

47. Euan Makepeace, Rs. Junior, Butler (0 / 47)

46. Morgan Beadlescomb, Junior, Michigan State (0 / 46)

45. Casey Comber, Rs. Junior, Villanova (0 / 45)

44. Andrew Marston, Rs. Junior, Villanova (0 / 44)

43. Garrett Reynolds, Junior, UCLA (0 / 43)

42. Jaret Carpenter, Junior, Purdue (0 / 42)

41. Aaron Templeton, Rs. Senior, Furman (0 / 41)

40. Luis Grijalva, Sophomore, Northern Arizona (0 / 40)

The NAU men took the top five spots in an early-season rust-buster at the George Kyte Invite. Grijalva placed 5th overall.

39. Eduardo Herrera, Sophomore, Colorado (0 / 39)

Did not run with team at Wyoming Invite.

38. Emmanuel Rotich, Tulane, Senior (0 / 38)

37. Miler Haller, Rs. Junior, Boise State (0 / 37)

It was a strong group effort from the Boise State men who took spots one through seven at the Sundodger Invite (Haller was 5th). Nothing flashy, but it shows that he's fit enough to hang with a quick pace and maintain composure within a group.

36. John Dressel, Senior, Colorado (0 / 36)

Did not run with team at Wyoming Invite.

35. Conner Mantz, Rs. Sophomore, BYU (0 / 35)

34. Clayton Young, Rs. Senior, BYU (0 / 34)

33. Kigen Chemadi, Senior, Middle Tennessee State (0 / 33)

32. Mickey Davey, Senior, Air Force (0 / 32)

The Air Force men shook off the rust at the Wyoming Invite, but it was clear that they were holding back. The Falcons' top three took spots 6, 7, and 8 with Davey filling that 7th spot.

31. Peter Seufer, Senior, Virginia Tech (0 / 31)

30. Peter Lomong, Senior, Northern Arizona (0 / 30)

The NAU men took the top five spots at the George Kyte Invite with Lomong taking the win and looking smooth while doing so. This race doesn't mean much, but the good thing is that Lomong is fit and ready to prove that last year was no fluke.

29. Ben Veatch, Junior, Indiana (0 / 29)

28. Brent Demarest, Rs. Senior, Virginia (0 / 28)

27. Geordie Beamish, Rs. Senior, Northern Arizona (0 / 27)

The NAU men took the top five spots in an early-season rust-buster at the George Kyte Invite. Beamish would place 4th overall.

26. Aidan Tooker, Junior, Syracuse (0 / 26)

Did not run with team at Spiked Shoe Invite.

25. Nadeel Wildschutt, Sophomore, Coastal Carolina (0 / 25)

It was an easy win for the sophomore at the Coastal Carolina Invite. However, the real story was having his (assumed) younger brother Adriaan Wildschutt only six seconds behind. That could be a nasty 1-2 punch if Adriaan is as good as the elder Wildschutt.

24. Steven Fahy, Senior, Stanford (0 / 24)

Did not run with team at San Francisco Invite.

23. Cole Rockhold, Senior, Colorado State (0 / 23)

The Colorado State men had a strong, but conservative effort at the Wyoming Invite with Rockhold settling for 3rd overall. The Rams were clearly holding back, so expect something big from them and Rockhold in the future.

22. Nick Hauger, Senior, Portland (0 / 22)

Did not run with team at Spiked Shoe Invite.

21. Connor McMillan, Rs. Senior, BYU (0 / 21)

20. Oliver Hoare, Junior, Wisconsin (0 / 20)

19. Edwin Kurgat, Junior, Iowa State (0 / 19)

18. Andrew Jordan, Junior, Iowa State (0 / 18)

The Iowa State men packed together and took the top seven spots (with John Knownes running unattached) at the Hawkeye Invite. It was clearly an easier effort for the Cyclones, but it did tell us that both Kurgat and Jordan are healthy.

17. Jonathan Davis, Junior Illinois (0 / 17)

16. Azaria Kirwa, Senior, Liberty (0 / 16)

Cruised to an easy win at the Virginia Tech Invite two weeks ago.

15. Alex Ostberg, Rs. Junior, Stanford (0 / 15)

Did not run with team at San Francisco Invite.

14. Robert Brandt, Senior, UCLA (0 / 14)

13. Lawrence Kipkoech, Rs. Senior, Campbell (0 / 13)

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

11. Joe Klecker, Rs. Junior, Colorado (0 / 11)

Did not run with team at Spiked Shoe Invite.

10. Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse, Junior, Portland (0 / 10)

Did not run with team at Spiked Shoe Invite.

9. Alfred Chelanga, Senior, Alabama (0 / 9)

8. Amon Kemboi, Sophomore, Campbell (0 / 8)

7. Rory Linkletter, Rs. Senior, BYU (0 / 7)

6. Vincent Kirpop, Senior, Alabama (0 / 6)

5. Gilbert Kigen, Senior, Alabama (0 / 5)

4. Morgan McDonald, Rs. Senior, Wisconsin (0 / 4)

3. Grant Fisher, Senior, Stanford (0 / 3)

Did not run with team at San Francisco Invite.

2. Tyler Day, Junior, Northern Arizona (0 / 2)

1. Matthew Baxter, Senior, Northern Arizona (0 / 1)

The NAU men took the top five spots at the George Kyte Invite with Baxter and Day settling for 2nd and 3rd in their season debuts.





JUST MISS (in no order)

Dan Curts (Iowa State)

Thomas Pollard (Iowa State)

Lachlan Cook (Virginia)

Yusuke Uchikoshi (Boise State)

Ryan Forsyth (Colorado)

Conor Lundy (Princeton)

Paul Luevano (Boston U.)

Gilbert Boit (Arkansas)

Addison DeHaven

WHO TO WATCH (in no order)

Tom Nobles (Charlotte)

Mihret Coulter (Charlotte)

Meshack Kipruto (Campbell)

Jesse Reiser (Illinois)

Thomas Ratcliffe (Stanford)

Colin Abert (Penn State)

Iliass Aouani (Syracuse)

Noah Affolder (Syracuse)

Sam Worley (Texas)

Chandler Tiegen (Washington State)

Paul Hogan (UMass Lowell)


Adriaan Wildschutt (Coastal Carolina)

If he's anywhere near as good as his brother Nadeel, then Adriaan could be a big name to watch this fall (even as a freshman).


Colin Abert (Penn State)

It's tough to say how hard other teams in the field were trying, but Colin Abert ran a very fast time for 8400 meters (25:24). After running a sub-four minute mile in the winter, Abert should be in great fitness. He could mix it up in the BIG 10 and Mid-Atlantic this fall...


  • Thomas Pollard seemed a bit rusty in his debut for Iowa State placing 17th overall. Still, it was only a 6k and a preseason meet to shake off the rust. I'm not worried about him yet.

  • Yusuke Uchikoshi looked like his old self taking the top spot at the Sundodger Invite. The Boise State men dominated this race, so it's not like there was any urgency or reasons to run hard. Still, it's a good sign for the future.

  • The same can be said for Elijah Armstrong who was returning from his two year mission trip. His 3rd place finish tells us that he's at least fit enough to hang with the rest of his teammates. That could be huge for the Broncos this fall...

  • Avery Bartlett took the win at the Georgia Bulldog Invite. That's pretty impressive for someone who is known for his 800 and 1500 speed. It's important to not overreact, but it is a nice result.

  • Thomas Ratcliffe is back! He's been out of the Cardinal lineup ever since becoming the PAC 12 Fresman of the Year in 2016. The fact that he's racing with his Stanford teammates in San Francisco is a good sign for his health and potential. Granted, they didn't go all-out, but he ran nonetheless.