How Good Was Freshman Christian Landis' 16:07 At The NCISAA State Championships?


Providence Day was able to hold off Cary Academy 40-50 Friday at the NCISAA State Championships.  The biggest performance seemed to be by freshman Christian Landis who took 6th overall clocking 16:07, an 18 second PR and 39 seconds faster than he ran at WakeMed at the adidas XC Challenge.  We looked up performances by freshman and under (NCISAA allows Middle Schoolers at some school) at the NCISAA State Championships to see where Landis stands.  We added performances from 2005 through 2017. 

Landis is faster as a freshman than plenty of NCISAA stars only trailing Thomas Graham, who ran 15:49 at WakeMed in 2008 to win.  Graham went on to be one of the states best cross country runners of all-time taking 9th at Foot Locker Nationals as a senior in 2011.  His 6th place finish only trails Graham's win and Coleman Mitchell's 5th place finish at Jackson Park in 2014 and ties Graham's 8th grade performance from 2007.

Also to note, Will Scott's (Forsyth Country Day) 16:19 is the third fastest freshman performance over the last 12 years at the NCISAA State Championships.  Landis and Scott currently rank 1st and 4th in the state freshman class rankings.  With a ton of stud sophomores in the NCISAA 3A like Andrew Hammel, Adam Habas and Jason Krell we're going to see some intense individual battles over the next few years.

Note* The NCISAA competes at a different course each year rotating between Hagan Stone, Jackson Park, McAlpine, WakeMed throughout the years.  WakeMed is likely the fastest of the courses run.

NCISAA State Championship Freshman & Under Rankings from 2005-2017

Rank Athlete Time Year Place Course
1 Thomas Graham 15:49.00 2008 1st WakeMed
2 Christian Landis 16:07.67 2017 6th WakeMed
3 Will Scott 16:19.70 2017 10th WakeMed
4 Nick Linder 16:26.12 2011 12th McAlpine
5 Jack Paddison 16:28.58 2011 13th McAlpine
6 Coleman Mitchell 16:29.28 2014 5th Jackson Park
7 Josh Mitchell 16:32.73 2011 15th McAlpine
8 Coleman Mitchell 16:39.88 2013 8th Hagan Stone
9 Noah Dolhare 16:39.90 2014 8th Jackson Park
10 Ben Mitchell 16:43.50 2014 9th Jackson Park
11 Thomas Graham 16:44.00 2007 6th McAlpine
12 Chase Shermer 16:47.00 2008 10th WakeMed
13 Luke Evans 16:47.56 2014 4th (2A) Jackson Park
14 Fadi Hanna 16:50.00 2007 8th McAlpine
15 Will Scott 16:52.05 2016 8th Hagan Stone
16 Tate Johnson 16:53.30 2015 12th McAlpine
17 Carl Ward 16:55.00 2007 10th McAlpine
18 Scott Foy 16:55.00 2007 11th McAlpine
19 Mark Alkins 16:56.40 2016 9th Hagan Stone
20 Fred Ward 17:00.00 2007 12th McAlpine
21 Ryan Speer 17:01.65 2011 20th McAlpine
22 Coleman Mitchell 17:03.00 2012 20th WakeMed
23 Colter Nichols 17:03.86 2017 26th WakeMed
24 Josh Crawford 17:06.00 2008 9th (2A) WakeMed
25 Drew Thompson 17:08.00 2008 16th WakeMed
26 Reece Collie 17:08.19 2016 4th (2A) Hagan Stone
27 Brett Somogye 17:10.33 2011 25th McAlpine
28 Ted Arapaglou 17:13.00 2007 16th McAlpine
29 Ben Mitchell 17:14.03 2013 22nd Hagan Stone
30 Robert Veres 17:14.50 2016 15th Hagan Stone
31 Robert Maughan 17:15.00 2007 8th (2A) McAlpine
32 Mark Alkins 17:16.30 2015 14th McAlpine
33 Alex Coeytaux 17:17.00 2008 19th WakeMed
34 Colin Godwin 17:21.00 2009 18th Hagan Stone
35 Chase Coley 17:21.86 2014 20th Jackson Park
36 Clayton Love 17:22.00 2008 23rd WakeMed
37 Alex Evans 17:23.00 2007 19th McAlpine
38 Ben Huffman 17:23.70 2010 14th Montreat College
39 Haywood Ferguson 17:24.31 2013 27th Hagan Stone
40 Tristan Wick 17:24.81 2016 19th Hagan Stone
41 Will Sossaman 17:27.96 2013 6th (2A) Hagan Stone
42 John Kelly Douglas 17:28.30 2015 10th (2A) McAlpine
43 William Glenn 17:28.87 2011 38th McAlpine
44 Cameron McMillan 17:29.00 2010 6th (2A) Montreat College
45 Michael Cunningham 17:29.00 2007 22nd McAlpine
46 David Stern 17:29.00 2007 23rd McAlpine
47 David Dement 17:29.00 2005 14th Jackson Park
48 Neil Mosca 17:29.40 2015 20th McAlpine
49 Jason Krell 17:29.97 2016 22nd Hagan Stone
50 Brett Haensel 17:31.14 2013 29th Hagan Stone



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