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National Boys Rankings 10/27

Josh Spiker moves up to 3rd; 283 boys now listed

by John Molvar

The List - Explanation of the Rankings


Josh Spiker’s tremendous performance at Mt Sac vaults him up on the list.  If he ran like that at Stanford,
Dobson would have had his hands full.  He will get two more shots at Dobson in the West Region meet and the
final.  Another week and another course record destroyed by Sage.  In Utah the earlier season team running by some of the top teams muddied the picture.   At the state meet the wheat was separated from the chaff and the rankings reflect the clearer picture.   Still, the depth of a state whose population is small compared to other top states is impressive.  The same goes for Montana where Dave Vidal and Casey Jermyn ran excellent races.
 

The List

Notes:
FF-place in last year’s Footlocker Final

M,NE,S,W-place in last years Footlocker Region

all times have been converted to 800,mile and 2 mile

times plus or minus 1 second

*-Junior

**-Soph

Banned-runs in a state in which they are not allowed

to run in the Footlocker Meets.  Note that seniors

from PA probably will run the Footlocker since they

will be banned but since their HS XC career is over

the ban is meaningless. 
1 Don Sage, IL (9.06,4.09)

2 Ian Dobson, OR (6FF,6W,9.15,4.18)

3 Josh Spiker, CA (13FF,3W,9.00,4.13)

4 *Al Webb, VA (10S,4.06,9.15,1.53)

5 *Dathan Ritzenhein, MI (7FF,3M,9.02,4.16)

6 Josh Rohatinsky, UT (4FF,1W,8.59,4.23,1.57)

7 Brian Turner, NE (28M,4.09,1.53,9.25,48r)

8 Ricky Brookshire, NC (4.11,9.30,1.58)

9 Juan Reyes, AZ (19FF,8W,9.09,4.19)

10 Jake Flynn, MI (26FF,7M,4.26,9.36)

11 Golden Harper, UT (25W,9.14,4.26)

12 Dan Coval, PA (Banned,9.14)

13 Matt McInvale, CA (38W,9.09,4.17)

14 Jared Scott, CO (10M)

15 Ben Morales, CA (43W,9.16,4.23)

16 *J.J. Duke, CA (9.22)

17 Tristan Colangelo, MA (14N,9.17,4.17)

18 John Huber, NY (15N,9.30,4.25)

19 *Dave Vidal, MT (20W,4.18,9.24,1.59)

20 *Steve Hass, NC

21 Jason Jabaut, NY (4.11,1.55)

22 Casey Jermyn, MT

23 Brian Kerwin, NJ

24 Matt Tegenkamp, MO (19M,9.17,4.19)

25 Steve Padgett OH, (14M)

26 *Seth Pilkington, UT (4.28) (Yes, it is Paul’s son)

27 Kevin Clarey, MT (40W,4.18,9.11,1.57)

28 Rowdy Sargeson, MT

29 Fernando Cabada, CA (28W,9.02,4.20)

30 *Al Bosmenier, FL (9.28,4.26)

31 Chan Goodwin, UT 

32 *Duncan Lindquist, UT (9.37,4.30)

33 Aaron Emery, NY (25FF,3N,9.21,4.26) (inj)

34 *Nick Schnieder, MN (44M,4.21,9.27)

35 Dave Sheeran, UT

36 *Ossy Pina, CA (9.09)

37 Dave Adams, SC (9.24)

38 *Aaron Fisher, IN (20M,4.18)

39 Max Schmidt, WA (4.22,9.30)

40 Gudeta Roba, NY

41 Augie Escobar, CA (8.59)

42 *Billy Vasilyadis, NY (4.35,10.00,2.02)

43 Travis Laird, CA (4.22,9.22)

44 **Bobby Lockhardt, VA (4.22,9.29)

45 Jeff Bullock, UT 

46 Kurt George, IN (15M,9.26)

47 Devan Lomayoma, CA

48 Mike Kiter, WA (9.30,4.39)

49 Jon Severy, CO (16M)

50 Matt Emond, MA (9.23)

51 Jerry Claunch, OH (25M,4.17,9.25,1.56))

52 *Rob Koborski, TX (9.17)

53 *Neil Davis, CA (35W,9.26,4.25)

54 Ryan Bosquette, CA (4.19,9.36)

55 Tom Walsh, NY 

56 Ryan Cole, MI (17M,9.50)

57 Mason Ward, OH (58M,4.13)

58 Colby Frazier, UT

59 Hendrik Gerrits, WY (30W,4.31)

60 Dan Avilla, CA

61 Kyle Rabbitt, GA (46S,4.20,1.58)

62 *Sean Jefferson, FL (9.17,4.17,1.54)

63 Kurt Marlowe, MI (4.17, 1.57, 9.47)

64 Cory Presnick, FL (9.35,4.26) 

65 Dustin Bybee, UT

66 Renny Provey, CT (36N,4.19,9.28)

67 Eric Logsdon, OR (34W,9.13,4.21)

68 *Erik Heinonen, OR,(24W,9.13,4.20)

69 Ian Dickinson, GA (18S,9.50)

70 *Said Ahmed, MA (19N,1.52,4.18)

71 *Brian McGovern, CT (51N,9.26,4.20)

72 Matt Hansen, UT

73 Neil McDonagh, CA, (29W,4.20,9.49,1.57)

74 *Luis Bordes, TX

75 Kyle Robinson, OR 

76 Noel Paulson, OR (12W,4.17)

77 Parker Low, UT

78 Scott Wietcha, SC

79 Eric Chaves, CA

80 Eric Rasmussen, NE (39M,9.32,4.26)

81 *John Jefferson, FL (4.14,9.16,1.53)

82 Pete Furia, WA, (9.22,4.26)

83 Darrel Andruski, NY (44N,9.40)

84 Tim Carrol, PA (Banned)(4.21,9.44,1.56)

85 Scott Munro, PA (Banned,4.18,9.37)

86 **Justin Corelli, NY (98N)

87 *Tom Kubler, CA (9.21)

88 Jim Sjostrom, OH (4.24,9.44)

89 Chris Emme, TX (11S, 9.16,4.21)

90 Romney Seris, UT

91 *Seth Watkins, MT (4.25,9.42)

92 **Kevin Catlett, NY (63N)

93 Colin Ingram, NH (96N, 1.56,9.56)

94 *Josh Palazola, MA (27N,9.40,4.29,2.00)

95 Girmay Guangul, CA (9.29,4.26)

96 Dave Altmaier,KY

97 Tyler Weaver, WY

98 Nick Schuetze, OR

99 *Andy Ice, WA (9.21)

100 Billy Nelson, CA

101 Joel Moceri, PA (banned)

102 Brett Andrus, UT (26W,9.29)

103 *Mark Nevers, CA

104 Chris Fayant, WA

105 Ryan Teising, IL (9.34)

106 Derrick Wyatt, SC (12S,1.55,4.21,9.58)

107 Mosie Joseph, FL (59S,4.15,9.28,1.54)

108 Brett Holts, OR

109 Kevin Crosby, NC

110 Brock Call, UT (4.27,9.26)

111 Brian Greer, NC

112 Justin Neuroth, CA (4.17,1.59)

113 Ed Kelly, NC

114 Tim Keller, IL (9.19)

115 *Joe Kaufman, CA (73W,4.29,4.17,1.59)

116 Ryan Fennelly, PA

117 Mike Taylor, IN (40M,1.52)

118 Dan Powers, UT

119 Aaron Durham, CA

120 Dan Mejia, CA (72W,4.19)

121 Dave Albers, OH (27M,9.26)

122 Justin Rempel, KS (1.54,4.18)

123 Ryan Paul, CA

124 Geddy Ege, GA (17S,9.54)

125 Evan Fox, CA (4.13,1.54,9.57)

126 Chris Lanese, CA (4.17,9.23)

127 Nick Cowan, GA

128 Mario, Macias, CA

129 **Brice Ruiz, VA (4.29,9.50)

130 Phil Laird, FL 

131 Corey Duquette, CA (9.23)

132 Jorge Ruiz, VA

133 **Jake Raines, MS (4.29,9.40,2.00,52r)

134 Tom Greenless, MI

135 Pete Cioni, IL (4.22,9.26)

136 Matt Kalish, NH (23N,4.30,9.50)

137 Justin Schuelke, TX (4.18)

138 Leon Ardell, CA (4.20)

139 *Luis Brodey, TX (9.28)

140 Andy Bybee, UT

141 *Justin Romaniuk, NY (39N)

142 Adam Palumbo, IL

143 Ivan Banner, WA

144 *Lane Neely, OR

145 Mark Hanlon, VA

146 Tyler Cardinal, CT

147 *Austin Smith, VA (24S)

148 Mint Henk, VT

149 Dave Aleman, VA 

150 John Leroy, WI, (9.24)

151 *Vance Twitchell, MT (69W,9.56)

152 *Dave Silver, VA

153 Brad Barker, NE (4.19,9.39)

154 *Matt Tillman, Al

155 Jessie Hodges, CA (47W,9.36,4.28)

156 Larry Atkins, WV

 157 M. Mevers, CA

158 Andy Carlson, ND (35M,9.34,4.26)

159 *Cody Loy, OR

160 Andy Jackman, NH (37N,4.28,1.59)

161 Chris Hardaway, IN

162 Tony Loanzo, CA

163 Chris Andrew, CT (31N,9.46)

164 Jeremy Cadle, VA 

165 Brian Beckstead, UT 

166 Ben Ortega, NM (39W,9.31,4.28)

167 Matt Savtor, CA

168 Jeff Dichiara, NJ

169 *Mike Myers NY

170 Navac More, CA (44W)

171 Matt Topping, WA (4.18,9.35)

172 Jason Gould, TX (22S)

173 Walt Kingsbury, NJ (40N, 9.27,4.24)

174 John Drappi, MA (2.01)

175 Adam Ambrose, NJ

176 Joe Iatauro, NY (35N,4.21,9.54)

177 Carlos Arizon, AR (9.43) 

178 Justin Amason, IL (4.18)

179 Vic Moreno, CA (4.22)

180 Jim Doaty, KY (1.50)

181 Ryan Hall, CA

182 ***Tim Nelson, CA

183 Bryan Skelly, NJ

184 Pat Beattie, AZ? (51W)

185 Vic Thillet, MD (4.18,9.40)

186 Jordan Millam, MO

187 Mark Bahnuk, NJ (4.24,1.58)

188 Matt Rodrique, ME (123N)

189 *Arturo Garcia, CA (4.22)

190 Mike Hutsel, MO (1.54)

191 *Luke Garringer, NE

192 Jon Allen, AR (4.24,9.54)

193 *Bob Dunphy, TX (32S,4.20)

194 Dan Pessing, TX (1.52)

195 *Chris Elder, NC (9.45,4.34)

196 *Jim Vitale, Florida

197 Graham Lovett, NC

198 Dave Barrett, NH

199 *Erik Grumstrup, SD (4.26,9.43)

200 John Hughes, MI (4.12,1.58)

201 Kenny Dunbar, OH (4.23,9.37)

202 **Oscar Mendez, CA

203 Steve Sundell, ND (4.27,9.42)

204 Jim Sanfort, MO

205 *Tim Scarpanato, NY (76N)

206 Carlos Hunt, MD

207 Jessie Zapata, CA

208 *Nick Cowan, GA, (31S,9.49)

209 *Scott Loftin, KS (4.22,9.39)

210 **Rolf Steier, FL (45S,9.36)

211 Charlie Millioen, NY

212 Jarrett Van Tine, MD (62N,4.26, 9.38, 2.00)

213 Cory Jeffers, NV (56W,4.24,9.27)

214 Mike Audette, VT

215 Jordan Kinley, CA

216 Byron Peacock, UT 

217 *Sean Stevens, TN (9.37,4.28)

218 Dale Fox, WA (4.20, 10.02)

219 Brendan O’Keefe, ME (46N,4.18)

220 *Charlie Koeppen, IN (61M, 9.48)

221 Hendrick Kok, WA (4.18,1.57)

222 Dave Lantz, ME (9.44)

223 *Tony Rakaric, IL 

224 Joe McNair, AR

225 Ryan Fenton, ME (50N)

226 Jason Stover, MI

227 Jerry Bonner, RI (61N,4.28)

228 Grant Shaddon, IA (4.26,9.26)

229 Jeff Gaudette, ME (9.44)

230 Bill Meador, VA

231 **Andy Baska, TN (9.40,4.29)

232 *Eric Gross, AR (4.22,9.50)

233 Carlos Mendoza, IL

234 Erik Eckstrand, DE (41N,4.30)

235 *Raymon Laboy, CT (9.38)

236 Mike Doran, KY

237 Andy Caron, ME (9.44)

238 Matt Harriman, WA

239 Ed Umansky, IL (9.25)

240 Pat Norris, PA (banned)

241 Blake Jorgensen, GA (30S,9.43) 

242 Brian Hoffman, NJ

243 Chris Williams, KS (4.26, 9.34)

244 Joey Lanzillotti, LA (36S,4.25,9.50)

245 Raleigh Green, TX (39S)

246 *Salem Bush, VA

247 Adam Roache, IL

248 Ryan Hampton, MO (4.18,9.42)

249 *Pat Slattery, NJ

250 Adrian Proietti, CT

251 Julio German, NY (30N,9.46 st)(inj)

252 Joe Halin, NJ (9.33)

253 Jeff Gorman, NE

254 Sean Ricketts, CA (1.53,4.20)

255 Robert Dwyer, MA (4.19,1.56)

256 Chris Acs, OH (4.17,9.28)

257 Brian Benham, AL

258 Bobby Mead, MD

259 Parker Low, UT

260 John Summer, KS (9.34)

261 Andy Marsh, MI

262 Trent Graham, IA (4.26,9.32)

263 Brett Hyde, UT

264 Ryan Black, NE

265 Corey Elias, NH

266 Byron Gartrell, MA (9.38)

267 Jermal Hampton, KS (4.24, 1.56)

 268 Tyler McCollum, TX

269 *Braxton Collier, DC (4.24,2.00)

270 Chris Young, KY

271 Craig Swisher, OH (9.38)

272 *Matt Penza, OH (9.47, 4.34)

273 ****Ryan Deak, FL (9.58)

274 Marshall Green, WA

275 *Ryan Sheehan, PA (9.40,4.37) (banned)

276 Jeff Gosselin, NC 

277 Geoff Atkinson, MA (53N)

278 Chris Bassinger, OH (4.22,9.36)

279 Eugene Roberts, OR (4.17,9.21)

280 ***Bobby Curtis, KY 

281 Nate Peffley, IN (4.18)

282 ***Dusty Miller, TN (4.37,2.05)

283 Mike Devaughn, VA
 
Explanation of the Rankings
The purpose of the rankings is to expand the

visibility of the sport of XC, to make the season more

interesting, and to give recognition to the top

runners in the country.  Ranking runners from all over

the country, most of whom will never run against each

other, who run on thousands of different courses of

varying distances, varying terrain, varying weather,

and varying accuracy is an extremely difficult task. 

Additionally, many key race results are not widely

available or easily accessible across the country. 

Because of this, the list will contain inaccuracies,

errors and errors of omission.  Therefore, this list

should be used for entertainment purposes only.  It

should not be taken too seriously or used as a

recruiting tool for college coaches.  The response to

this list by runners, coaches, parents and fans has

been overwhelming.  I am averaging over 100 e-mails

per week.

	The rankings are based on 3 criteria of which the

first is by far the most important.  The first

criteria is which ranked runners the runner has beaten

in head to head competition this season.  If a runner

consistently beats runners who are ranked higher, they

will move up on the list.  The 2 other criteria are

necessary since many runners are undefeated, yet

haven’t faced any ranked runners.  For those runners,

I base their ranking on last year’s Footlocker

regional finish and track times.  Obviously, these

criteria are not dependable because being a good track

runner does not guarantee that one will be a good XC

runner.  Also rates of improvement for individual

runners over 1 year vary greatly.  Because there are

thousands of different courses of varying distances,

varying terrain, varying weather, and varying

accuracy, I cannot use XC times unless it is on course

in which many of the very best runners of the past

have run on year in and year out and their times are

available for comparison.  Even though these runners

are the toughest to rank, many deserve to be ranked

and I do the best I can with the relatively weak data

I have available to rank them.  Since most runners

never race out of state, there can be situations where

it is easy to rank the runners within the state but

very difficult to rate them compared to other states. 

In these situations I have to fall back on to the 2

less reliable criteria of last year’s Footlocker

Regional results and track times.  Again, XC times are

of no help.  Some runners and their supporters become

frustrated when they are ranked say 100 one week and

each week they fall 5-15 places for no apparent

reason.  Actually there is a quite valid reason.  This

is a very big country and even I am amazed by the

depth of the talent.  Almost every week I discover

some very good runners who not only deserve to be on

the list but ranked fairly high on the list.  Most of

them did nothing significant in XC or the track last

year and made dramatic improvement this season.  They

get added as they should, and runners already on the

list have to be moved down.  The bottom line is don’t

take this too seriously and enjoy.
John Molvar

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