NCRunners is counting down the top 25 boys 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 Boys XC Preseason Countdown

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #1 Aug 3, 2014

We're betting that this guy will be back in form, and his team will make its characteristic big leap forward during the summer.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #2 Aug 3, 2014

South View has enormous talent and great leadership, and the potential is there for a state championship and national ranking.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #3 Aug 3, 2014

See all those white W's on green backgrounds?  Yeah, all those Warriors - that is, all 7 of them - are back to defend their 3A title.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #6 Jul 30, 2014

Two teams in yellow, both finished higher than expected last year, both rising in the preseason rankings. Which team is 6th?

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #7 Jul 29, 2014

These two long-time 4A East rivals are both focusing all their attention on success in 2014, but only one is in the top 5.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #10 Jul 26, 2014

The NCISAA has star athletes, but only one boys' cross country team that can go toe-to-toe with just about any NCHSAA team.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #12 Jul 24, 2014

After Mount Tabor's 14-year conference championship streak ended, this intense rivalry went up yet another notch, but which team will be on top in 2014?

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #19 Jul 17, 2014

The third team from the Midwest 4A to make the rankings so far, this squad is in transition between last year's graduated seniors and a strong Class of 2016.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #22 Jul 14, 2014

One of these Midwest 4A programs has been a strong improver over the last 3 years, but has only reaped 1 state meet berth over that time.

Boys XC Preseason Rankings: #23 Jul 13, 2014

Which of these 4A West teams has all 7 runners back from last year's regional, and the potential to be much better than expected?