These Power Rankings are not meant to predict the Outcome of State Meets in November. In fact, some schools on this list aren't even in the same classification or the PIAA at all.
Because Cross Country is so unpredictable and there are so many variables at play, these power rankings are somewhat speculative. They are derived from a combination of performances, analytics, and opinions.
Boys Top 10 Teams - POWER RANKINGS Edition #3
NA was victorious at the PIAA Foundation Invitational. They placed five in the top 21 and notched an impressive 16:39 average on the Hershey Parkview course. They'll remain at number one until someone proves they shouldn't be.
LaSalle finished second at Carlisle. But the team that beat them, isn't from PA. With three boys under sixteen minutes, LaSalle flexed their muscle. Ryan McGinley rejoined the starting lineup which is a huge boost for this squad.
Episcopal only competed at an Inter-Ac meet this week, but they managed a perfect score (15) in a six team meet. Nothing to change here.
Grove City won the 2A race at PIAA Foundation in a display of dominance, with four boys in the top 20 and a 1-5 compression of 1:20. We merged all results from the PIAA Foundation, and although we can't directly compare races (based on race tempos and competition), Grove City emerged as the second best team at the meet.
We hadn't seen Manheim run since their season opener, but on Saturday they reminded us why we originally regarded them so highly. Manheim Township finished second to North Allegheny in 3A race at PIAA Foundation, finishing ahead of Hempfield (3) in the process. After our meet merge, they're ranked third behind Grove City.
We haven't seen Parkland compete since Northampton. We need to see them compete again before continually justifying their ranking in the No. 4 slot. For the time being, they slide down to six.
As mentioned, Hempfield (3) finished third to North Allegheny and Manheim Township this week. Regardless of the finish, they looked strong with an impressive 17:15 average over the difficult Hershey Parkview course. They placed two in the top six.
Exeter didn't compete this weekend. Last week; Exeter took home the trophy at the Ben Bloser Bulldog Invitational, outpacing Hempfield (3) by scoring 4 in the top 13. Freshman Chase Choudhry looked great out front for Exeter, and their 47-second 1-5 split was instrumental in the success.
Penncrest won their own Penncrest Invitational this week. It was another impressive performance, but they fall to ninth on the heels of Manheim Township's fantastic finish at Foundation.
Cumberland Valley was fourth at Carlisle, but the only Pennsylvania team that beat them was LaSalle College High School. CV repped a 16:30 average and a 1-5 compression of just over a minute.
Teams on the Bubble (NR)