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SteveU's DyeStat  Boys XC Top 25
2008 Individual XC Rankings
By Steve Underwood


The annual DyeStat XC 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). Early season rankings have significant basis in top returnees from last fall and those who made significant progress as distance runners in track.  As the season progresses, this season's XC results weigh continually heavier.

October 31, 2008 (rank through meets of Oct. 25)

Mt. SAC a revelation

Elias Gedyon CA makes it clear he's a national contender; Lord, Appel make big impacts
  • More than a middle distance guy - Elias Gedyon CA has already had an astonishing career as a middle distance runner; just a few in history have run the 800 in 9th grade faster than he did last year.  But he's also a good harrier - make that a VERY good harrier after he took the Team Sweeps at Mt. SAC and posted a time topped only by Trevor Dunbar AK and Chris Schwartz CA in the Individual Sweeps
  • The real deal - The aforementioned Dunbar and Schwartz also confirmed their talent in a big way, with their 1-2 finish at Mt. SAC.  They will definitely battle for a national title this fall.
  • Colorado story - 4A champ Joseph Manilafasha was best of the day at the big Colorado state meet, where three 2007 Foot Locker Finalists were competing, the most of any state.  Evan Appel also did well, repeating his 5A state title with a time 12 seconds off Manilafasha's.
  • Fastest in the country - Taylor Lord GA, considered the best in GA and a SE regional force, hit a US#1 14:43 at his county meet.  An early indicator of where he stands in the SE came at the Clara Bowl meet, where he was 2nd to Patrick McGregor AL. but beat Great American champ Billy Matthews TN.  Whether he can really compete with the best will reveal itself if Lord runs either NXN SE or Foot Locker South.

October 31 - Top 25 Boys

Oct. 31 Rank (previous Oct. 17 rank)
1. (1) Joseph Manilafasha, 2009, Denver North HS, CO
2. (3) Trevor Dunbar, 2009, Kodiak HS, AK 
3. (2) Solomon Haile, 2009, Sherwood HS, MD
4. (6) Chris Schwartz, 2009, Foothill HS, CA
5. (4) Craig Lutz, 2011, Marcus HS, TX
6. (7) Joe Rosa, 2011, West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS, NJ
7. (11) Evan Appel, 2009, Dakota Ridge HS, CO
8. (HM) Elias Gedyon, 2011, Loyola HS, CA
9. (9) Andrew Colley, 2009, Jamestown HS, VA
10. (10) Joash Osoro, 2009, Bismarck HS, ND
11. (13) Futsum Zeinasellassie, 2012, North Central HS, IN
12. (18) Reed Connor, 2009, The Woodlands HS, TX
13. (14) Zach Torres, 2009, Crescenta Valley HS, CA
14. (8) Zach Wills, 2011, Mason HS, OH
15. (12) Graham Bazell, 2009, Atholton HS, MD
16. (HM) Taylor Lord, 2009, Chapel Hill HS, GA
17. (16) Paul Snyder, 2009, Winston Churchill HS, TX
18. (19) Billy Matthews, 2009, Baylor HS, TN
19. (20) Zach Ornelas, 2009, Vista Ridge HS, TX
20. (21) Jonathon Nelson, 2009, Timpview HS, UT
21. (HM) Tyler Udland, 2010, Milburn HS, NJ
22. (22) Lukas Verzbicas, 2012, Lincoln-Way Central HS, IL
23. (23) Alex Hatz, 2010, Fayetteville-Manlius HS, NY
24. (25) Bryan Tibaduiza, 2009, Galena HS, NV
25. (HM) Matt Mizereck, 2010, Leon HS, FL

Honorable mention
Omar Aden MA,
Bobby Andrews NY, Robby Andrews NJ,
Bryan Atkinson FL,
CJ Brown TX,
James Cameron CA,
Alex de la Garza TX,
Ben DeJarnette VA, Joesph Demoor CO, Stuart Edmonds OH,
Eric Fitzpatrick ID,
Mac Fleet CA,
Dave Forward NJ,
Tim Freriks AZ,
Ben Furcht PA,
Philip Galebach MA,
Kyle Gibson IL,
Gareth Gilna NM,
Taylor Gilland NC, Demetri Goutos NY, Jordan Herbert IL,
Francis Hernandez NH, Mike Hickey NY,
John Holt VA,
Devin Huizenga ND,
Elliott Jantzer OR,
Collin Jarvis CA,
Brett Johnson NJ,
Andrew Kimpel WA,
Wyatt Landrum CA, Patrick McGregor AL, Colin Mearns VA,
Wade Meddles NV,
Ben Miller MI,
Robert Molke NJ,
Michael Murphy MI,
Bobby Nicolls CO,
Danny Nicolls CO, Emmanuel Ngula CA, Andrew Palmer MD,
Bryce Palmer NM,
Kevin Palmer NM,
Danny Pawola IL,
Dakota Peachee NC, Drew Perilli NY,
Sean Pohorence NJ, Thomas Porter VA, Connor Revord FL,
Wes Rickman CO,
 James Rosa NJ,
Dominick Robinson CO, Kevin Rosaaen WA, Donny Roys OH, Jonathan Sanchez CA, Walter Schafer CO,
Cody Schmidt CA,
Simon Schmidt CA,
Drew Shields IN,
Brian Shrader AZ,
Dart Schwaderer CO, Doug Smith NJ,
Matt Sonnenfeldt TN, Charlie Sparks GA, Leighton Spencer NJ, Andrew Springer RI,
Chris Stogsdill NY,
Steve Sulkin IL,
Jake Swearingen MO, Jimmy Tarsnane PA,
Tyler Valdes CA, Jonathan Vitez NJ,
Barak Watson ID,
Joe Whelen NY,
David Wilson MA,
Kevin Yarnell OH

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