We're betting that this guy will be back in form, and his team will make its characteristic big leap forward during the summer.
South View has enormous talent and great leadership, and the potential is there for a state championship and national ranking.
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.
Just as it did at the state meet last year, the next two spots in the rankings come down to two strong teams in green.
Both of these top-5 teams would like to challenge the 3-time champs; which one falls into the 5th spot?
Two teams in yellow, both finished higher than expected last year, both rising in the preseason rankings. Which team is 6th?
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.
Tigers or Cougars? Both have great teams back, but which one falls at number 8 in the countdown?
Which of these 4A East teams falls at spot #9 in the rankings after a huge 2013-2014 school year of improvement?
The NCISAA has star athletes, but only one boys' cross country team that can go toe-to-toe with just about any NCHSAA team.
One of these 3A programs has already been ranked, one is yet to come, and a third is right here at #11. Which one?
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?
Which Midwest 4A team could come from missing the state meet in 2013 to taking the regional title in 2014?
Which of these teams showed huge improvement last year, leading to a surprising 6th-place finish in the 3A state meet?
Sanderson's boys followed one of the best paths to cross country success - not graduating any of your top 7 runners.
Which of these 4A East programs has the potential to be top 10 in 4A, but needs to put it all together?
Deju vu in more ways than one - with teams ranked so close together, the 4A West is shaping up to be wild this year.
Both of these stars graduated, and both left behind regional title contending teams. Which team is in this spot?
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.
Which team has to overcome the loss of 4 seniors, including 2 of the best runners in the state?
One of these Mideast 4A programs is definitely on the rise, while another is trying to overcome the loss of 4 top seniors.
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.
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?
Staying in the East region for the boys, we find a program trying to emerge from the shadow of it's own girls' team.
Which Midwest 4A team with a strong tradition of summer improvement will start the boys' countdown?
One of the teams in this photo rose sharply up the rankings, and another slid out of the top 25 entirely.