With the Milaca Early Bird Invitational opening the high school cross country season today -- expect results courtesy of RaceBerrryJam HERE -- we thought it was high time to post the recently released Cross Country Coaches' Association pre-season rankings for Class A.
Pequot Lakes, the 3rd place finishers at State in 2007, top the boys' polls ahead of last season's runners-up Adrian. Two-time defending champion Perham is ranked #8. Pequot Lakes' Clayton Foster, the 5th place finisher at the State Meet last year, leads the individual rankings over 2007 4th placer Ryan Tholen of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Adrian, winner of three straight Class A State titles, reigns over the girls' rankings. Holy Family and Perham, 2nd and 3rd at State last year, are #2 and #3 in the rankings as well. Defending individual champ Linda Keller of Paynesville is ranked #1; 2007 Class A runner-up Naomi Landecker of Staples-Motley is ranked #2.
Full Class A pre-Season rankings are below.
Class AA rankings, published previously, can be found HERE.
1. Pequot Lakes
4. Minnehaha Academy
10. St. Cloud Cathedral
11. St. Anthony Village
1. Clayton Foster, Pequot Lakes
2. Ryan Tholen, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton
3. Moses Heppner, Warroad
4. Ryan Swenson, LacQuiParle Valley
5. Connor Gjerve, Annandale
6. Chris Reisdorfer, Adrian
7. Jordan Bendson, Staples-Motley
8. Patrick Byrant, DeLaSalle
9. Grant Timm, Plainview-E-M
10. Landon Bauer, Albany
11. Tanner Wendroth, Paynesville
12. Jordan Harldson, United South Central
2. Holy Family
5. St. Cloud Cathedral
7. Rochester Lourdes
9. Luverne Area
10. Blue Earth Area
1. Linda Keller, Paynesville Area
2. Naomi Landecker, Staples-Motley
3. Marissa Janning, Watertown-Mayer
4. Maddie McClellan, Perham
5. Lauren Rice, Holy Family
6. Abby Anderson, Perham
7. Anne Hart, St. Paul Academy
8. Adrianne Flores Medford
9. Gabi Swoboda, Redwood Valley Area
10. Jordan Kopplow, Adrian
11. Margaret Chute, Blake
12. Greta Danielson, St. Cloud Cathedral