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The annual DyeStat Elite XC Individual Top 25 series (formerly Foot Locker Favorites and renamed given additional options available now) are national and regional rankings of cross-country runners based on distance-running accomplishments to date, with an emphasis on XC and 3200/2M track results, rather than a projection of how the Foot Locker Finals or NXN Finals will turn out (predictions run later in the season).

Mt. SAC shuffles the deck

Oct 30, 2009 Boys Rankings (through Oct. 24 meets)

The Top 25

Ammar Moussa, Matt McElroy, Wade Meddles, Pablo Rosales get the biggest pushes from outstanding
Mt. SAC races; Futsum Zeinasellassie showing great form in Indiana

Story and rankings by SteveU

Pablo Rosales and Erik Olson coming down the hill in the Mt SAC Indiv. Sweeps.  Photo by Bill Foley
As was expected, Mt. SAC had a huge impact in the rankings as there were eight changes of three or more positions each from the race.  The upwardly mobile:
  • Arcadia CA jr Ammar Moussa – His victory (14:34 for 2.91M) basically puts him up there with Elias Gedyon (#7 behind Gedyon’s #6).  With an unbeaten record and the Team Sweeps win off an injury, Elias gets the slight edge
  • Edison CA sr Matt McElroy – His well-documented tumble at the bottom of the last big hill at Mt. SAC didn’t keep him from finishing an outstanding 2nd to Gedyon in the Team Sweeps (14:37).  He moves up 13 spots to #9
  • Sierra Lutheran NV sr Wade Meddles – The best of three major forays to CA (Stanford, Clovis before) saw him with an outstanding 3rd in the Individual Sweeps, two seconds behind McElroy
  • San Pedro CA sr Pablo Rosales – Previously in the honorable mention category, he takes a big jump to the big time (15th) with his 4th in the Individual Sweeps, beating four Top 25ers
While Moussa’s margin over Heyden Wooff in the Team Sweeps race was fairly substantial (14 sec.), the Individual Sweeps displayed just how close California’s top talent is.  The top 6 (5 Californians) finished within 7 seconds.  On a given day, 5th-place Erik Olson might have been 2nd or higher, for example.  Fast-improving Patrick Henry CA sr Kellen Blumberg also made a good case for rankings inclusion in 6th with his 14:42. 

Beyond Mt SAC – A relatively quiet week in terms of rankings-changing races.  But North Central IN soph Futsum Zeinasellassie IN probably ran as well as anyone outside of Mt. SAC.  His 15:16.5 and 21-second victory over many of Indiana’s best in the Carmel Semi-State looked an awful lot look the Futsum that kept building momentum all the way to San Diego last fall, where he was 7th.  Bumped up 3 spots to #12

  • Cherry Creek CO sr Walter Schafer – With some moderate ups and downs this year, Schafer has always been close to the Top 25 if in within the rankings.  An impressive regional meet victory lifts him back.

The Top 25

 1. (1) Joe Rosa, 2011, West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS, NJ
 2. (2) Zach Wills, 2011, Mason HS, OH
 3. (3) Lukas Verzbicas, 2012, Sandburg HS, IL
 4. (4) Jim Rosa, 2011, West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS, NJ
 5. (5) Brian Shrader, 2010, Sinagua HS, AZ
 6. (6) Elias Gedyon, 2011, Loyola HS, CA
 7. (11) Ammar Moussa, 2011, Arcadia HS, CA
 8. (8) Connor Adams, 2010, Flower Mound HS, TX
 9. (22) Matt McElroy, 2010, Edison HS, CA
 10. (10) Craig Lutz, 2011, Marcus HS, TX
 11. (12) Jon Vitez, 2010, Haddonfield Memorial HS, NJ
 12. (15) Futsum Zeinasellassie, 2012, North Central HS, IN
 13. (20) Wade Meddles, 2010, Sierra Lutheran HS, NV
 14. (14) Shane Moskowitz, 2010, Central Kitsap HS, WA
 15. (NR) Pablo Rosales, 2010, San Pedro HS, CA
 16. (13) Erik Olson, 2010, Novato HS, CA
 17. (16) Donovan Torres, 2011, Coronado HS, TX
 18. (7) Heyden Wooff, 2011, Camarillo HS, CA
 19. (17) Ryan Dohner, 2010, Klein Oak, TX
 20. (9) Samuel Pons, 2011, South Pasadena HS, CA
 21. (19) Parker Stinson, 2010, Cedar Park HS, TX 
 22. (21) Brad Miles, 2010, North Penn HS, PA
 23. (23) Matt Mizereck, 2010, Leon HS, FL
 24. (25) Caleb Hoover, 2011, College Heights Christian HS, MO
 25. (NR) Walter Schafer, 2010, Cherry Creek HS, CO
Honorable mention
Mohamed Abushouk NC
Blake Ahrold CA
Dylan Anthony AK
Jeff Arnier TX
Michael Atchoo MI
Brian Atkinson FL
Reece Ayers PA
Luke Baker GA
Colin Barker FL
Aaron Bartnik MN
Aaron Beattie IL
Jacob Benn TX
Marco Bertolotti NY
Sam Bernitt PA
Kellen Blumberg CA
Sean Bone MI
Michael Brajdic OH
Christian Brown Otter ND
Tyler Byrne IN
Jimmy Clark FL
Nick Composto IL
Domenic D'Aquisto CA
Ben Demaree OR
Armando Del Valle FL
Alex Dier NY
Kevin Dowd VA
Hugh Dowdy CA
Jack Driggs IL
Ryan Eaton KY
Travis Edwards CA
Jeremy Elkaim NJ
Kirubel Erassa GA
Phil Fairleigh IL
Brendan Farrell NY
Scott Fauble CO
Dustin Fay CA
Erik Fitzpatrick ID
Brandon Freyer NY
Lukas Gemar MN
Martin Grady IL
Johnny Gregorek MA
Luis Gutierrez CA
Curtis Hanle OH
Sherod Hardt AZ
Dan Harris NY
Cody Helbling ID
Francis Hernandez NH
Max Holman MS
Nick Hughes NY
Jake Hurysz NC
Tyler Jermann IL
Ben Johnston WA
Omar Kaddurah MI
Reed Kamyszek MI
Brett Kelly ND
Maksim Korolev MO
Pat Lesiewicz IL
Philip MacQuitty CA
Jose Madera CA
Andrew McCullen VA
James McIllece TX
Clint McKelvey TN
Anthony Manfrin IL
James Martin IN
Mike Mazzaccaro NJ
Colin Mearns VA
Erick Montoya FL
Mitch Moriarity CA
Jose Luis Munoz AZ
Danny Nicolls CO
Drew O'Donahue-McDonald WA
Hale O'Herren IN
Billy Orman AZ
David Osborn IN
Jantzen Oshier CA
Andrew Palmer MD

Conner Peloquin WA
Vince Perozzi PA
Kyle Pittman NM
Grant Pollock VA
Jacob Rainey TN
John Raneri CT
Heath Reedy CA
Curtis Richburg NJ
Daniel Rosales CA
Nick Ross RI
Garrett Rowe CA
Kurt Ruegg CA
Alex Saavedra NY
Will Sanford FL
Colin Savage NY
Pat Schellberg NJ
Alan Schroeder WA
Michael Scolarici IL
Jake Sienko RI
Andrew Smith IL
Neal Smith TX
Bryan Spreitzer NC
Jonathan Squeri NJ
Max Straneva NY
Blake Theroux VA
Adam Thorne WA
Otis Ubriaco NY
Tyler Udland NJ
Justin Vilhauer CA
Scott Vincenzi IN
Chris Walden IN
Michael Wallace FL
Aaron Watanabe NH
Lane Werley CA
Jake Wildenmann KY
Blake Williams NC
Nathan Williams CA
Mack Young WA
Pat Zacharias NM

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