NCRunners is counting down the top 25 girls teams heading into the fall season.  The full rankings will be released on the first day of official practice: Friday, August 1st.  These are subjective rankings (not computer generated); they take into account returning team rankings, returning team averages, team rankings in the 1600 and 3200 from indoor and outdoor track, and a school's "Improvement Rating."  Improvement Rating is a custom metric developed by researching the improvement in a team's 5-person average from year to year, in comparison to that same team's ranking.  Improvement Rating numbers and methodology will be released on the weekend of August 2nd.

2014 Girls XC Preseason Countdown

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #1 Aug 2, 2014

Getting to the top is hard enough, but staying on top can be even harder, and that's what makes the Green Hope girls special.

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #3 Aug 2, 2014

Megan Vaughn's 6th-place finish in 2013 was a harbinger of an amazing spring, and she will be key to the Crusaders this fall.

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #4 Aug 1, 2014

Can the 5-time defending champions be defeated in 2014?  It's a tall order, especially considering the top 4A contender is at #4.

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #5 Jul 31, 2014

Two of the best individuals in the state lead two of the best teams in the state, and they're back to back in the rankings.  Which is on top?

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #6 Jul 30, 2014

3 teams from the same region in the top 6?  No surprise - it's happened at the 4A state meet the last 2 years.  But what order?

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #8 Jul 28, 2014

How many teams could rank in the top 6 in the state for 1600 and 3200, without including arguably the best 8th-grader in the state, and despite an injury to their star?

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #9 Jul 27, 2014

We're into single digits now!  The best programs in the state include a Mideast 4A team that often doesn't get the respect it deserves.

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #17 Jul 19, 2014

One of these Mideast 4A programs has not gotten enough recognition for consistent success - but that could change over the next 2 years.

Girls Preseason XC Rankings: #18 Jul 18, 2014

One of these is a dynasty trying to stay on top, the other an upstart that shocked everyone.  Which one is 19th in the rankings, though?

Girls XC Preseason Rankings: #21 Jul 15, 2014

Arden Vessie and Emme Fisher (back) will likely have an epic duel in the 3A East this fall, but only one of them has a team capabale of being top 5 in 3A behind her.