Monday, October 06, 2008

Jacub Zivec Ranked #1 ... with an Asterisk

Interesting developments abound in the latest high school cross country polls as many schools look forward to conference championship meets this week.

First, Jacub Zivic of Grand Rapids is ranked "1*" in the Class AA boys individual poll. Willmar's Mahad Hassan is ranked "1" in the poll. The rankers don't explain the meaning of the asterisk, but it appears they want to recognize Zivec, a Czech student who is only allowed to compete in JV meets, without slighting the rest of the ranked athletes.

(You can read more about Zivec HERE.)

Second, Eden Prairie has supplanted Lakeville North atop the girls' Class AA rankings on the strength of their strong run at the Victoria Lions race.

Finally, turn-over at the top of the Class A boys' cross country poll is becoming a regular thing this year. Four different teams have topped the division in the last four weeks -- Pequot Lakes, Adrian, Mora, and now ... Blake.

Find the Class A polls HERE.

The Class AA polls are below ...

Class AA Boys:

1 Wayzata
2 Eden Prairie
3 White Bear Lake
4 Edina
5 Moorhead
6 Stillwater
7 Forest Lake
8 Owatonna
9 Minneapolis South
10 Lakeville South
11 Chaska
12 Minnetonka

1*Jacub Zivec, Grand Rapids JV
1 Mahad Hassan 12 Willmar
2 Besufekad Shannon-Tamra 12 Hopkins
3 Zach Mellon 12 Buffalo
4 Robel Kebede 12 Mpls. South
5 Lukas Gemar, 10, Moorhead
6 John Holt, Roseville
7 Jeremy Drenckhahn 12 Wayzata
8 Danny Ducharme 12 Wayzata
9 Eric Truedson, 12 Bemidji
10 Jakob Lindaas, 12, Moorhead
11 Drew Paradis, 12 Alexandria
12 Bill Struntz, 12 White Bear Lake

Class AA Girls

1 Eden Prairie
2 Lakeville North
3 Minnetonka
4 White Bear Lake
5 Eastview
6 Monticello
7 Chaska
8 Moorhead
9 Visitation
10 Lakeville South
11 Hopkins
12 Woodbury
13 Stillwater
14 Prior Lake
15 Shakopee
16 Waseca


1 Claire Guidinger, 11, Winona
2 Jamie Piepenburg, 9, Alexandria
3 Cassy Opitz, 12, Eden Prairie
4 Laura Docherty, 12, Cretin-Derham Hall
5 Katie Moraczewski, 12, White Bear Lake
6 Julia Harrison, 10, Mound-Westonka
7 Emma Bates, 11, Elk River
8 Alexandra Rudin, 10, Eden Prairie
9 Megan Platner, 10, Eden Prairie
10 Maria Hauger, 8, Shakopee
11 Kayla Uphoff, 11, Lakeville South
12 Megan Bailey, 10, Minnetonka
13 Laura Hughes, 11, Mankato West
14 Erica Seidenkranz, Monticello
15 Rachel Drake, 12, White Bear Lake
16 Hannah Kellermann, 11, Sartell

1 comment:

miller said...

Things like this really bug me. I disagree with the MSHSL rule that keeps Zivec from running varsity meets, but that's a separate issue.

Either Zivec is eligible to be ranked, or he isn't. If he is eligible, and it's a tie with Hassan, then Shannon-Tamra isn't second. He's third. You can't have a list of the top 12 individuals in Class AA and include 13 athletes.

If he's not eligible to be ranked, leave him off the list entirely. This asterisk stuff just doesn't make sense. Quit trying to please everyone.