End of 2015 Rank - 4th
2016 Preseason Rank based on time from 2015 - 2nd
If you can shift away the focus on the success Green Hope boys had at 800 meter last track season you'll see how strong they're going to be in XC this fall. From last years top 7 they only lose Henry Pehr. And all of the guys they return had an insane year on the track making a strong argument for them to come in at the #1 spot in our rankings. Peyton Barish returns as their #1 man for this fall, and had a strong season over the long distances on the track. In Barish's sophomore season he ran 9:30 for 3200 and 4:28 for 1600. Barish was Green Hope's top guy during a lot of last season and finished 20th at the state meet last fall. I expect him to push the top 10 this season. Finn McBride developed a lot on the track running 4:23 and finished 7th at the outdoor state meet. McBride is also a rising junior and could be a guy who explodes on the XC course this fall. He should be neck and neck with Barish battling for the top spot on this young Green Hope team.
Ian Delgado emerged as a star last year on the track running 4:22 and 1:52 as a sophomore. Despite probably being better in middle distance events on the track he was very consistent over the 5K distance last fall. He has tremendous range and should easily be a sub-16 guy on the XC course this fall. Nick Veilleux is the lone senior amongst Green Hope's returning top 5. Despite running 4:31 and 9:53 indoors Veilleux had a limited outdoor season in comparison. If Veilleux is in good form coming into the XC season he will be a solid top 5 guy for GH this season. He finished 26th at the 2015 4A State Championships and seems to be in just as good of shape as he was last season based off his App Team Camp performances. Daniel Vo came on strong over his sophomore XC season where he battled his way into the top 7 throughout the early stages of the season. Vo ended up finishing 39th at last years 4A State XC meet and ran 4:36 and 9:51 last outdoor season.
Guys looking to fight for a top 5 spot this year are Cole Hagstrom, Matthew Kehn, Reed Blackmon, and Ryan Kemper. On the track Kehn showed the most promise by running 1:54 over 800 as a sophomore. Unfortunately for Kehn he was the 4th best guy on his team and didn't get to run at the state meet, but ran strong legs on their 4x800 team. Kehn has a lot of potential on the XC course if his track success can translate to the 5k. Blackmon was just a fresRyan Kemper. On the track Kehn showed the most promise by running 1:54 over 800 as a sophomore. Unfortunately for Kehn he was the 4th best guy on his team and didn't get to run at the state meet, but ran strong legs on their 4x800 team. Kehn has a lot of potential on the XC course if his track success can translate to the 5k. Blackmon was just a freshman last year and ran 4:38 and 2:05 on the track. He could be someone to keep an eye on during the early stages of this XC season and holds a PR of 17:02 from last season. Green Hope overall is very deep and very young and will be a force over the next three years on the XC course. They had a staggering 23 boys under 5 minutes for 1600 last track season and 11 under 4:40. This will be a very difficult top 7 to make, and it's possible you might need to break 16 to be in it.