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 #4
NA didn't compete this weekend. They were last victorious at the PIAA Foundation Invitational, placing five in the top 21. That being said, they have some pressure from our #2 team.
We don't make this decision lightly. Episcopal looked really good at Paul Short, eventually winning the White Race with five boys under 16, a 15:42 average and a 172.6 average speed rating. For reference, that compares to a 170.8 average speed rating set by North Allegheny at PIAA Foundation. It was an incredible performance all-around, but in our judgement North Allegheny has also enjoyed dominating performances. The battle between these two teams would be neck and neck and too close to call at this point.
LaSalle didn't compete as a team this weekend. They last finished second at Carlisle with three boys under sixteen minutes.
Grove City won the their home Grove City, John Sample Invitational on Saturday. They looked strong yet again, and sophomore MJ Pottinger stepped up to break 16 for the first time and take the individual win. The team scored a meager 32 points.
Manheim Township kept their streak of strong performances alive with a win in the Paul Short Run Brown race. MT rocked a 16:02 average, and a 52.4 second compression with three boys under 15:50.
Hempfield (3) didn't compete as a team this week, but actually moved up a spot due to movement of other squads. They last finished third to North Allegheny and Manheim Township last week at PIAA Foundation.
North Penn has been brewing on the bubble and finally break their way into the Top 10 after finishing second in the Paul Short Brown Race. An impressive 34-second compression, catapulted the team ahead of Exeter for the runner-up spot. NP's scoring five all finished in 16:25 or faster.
Exeter was third at Paul Short, landing with a 16:06 average. Notably, Exeter had three boys finish together, as Slater von Stetten, Nathan Wentling, and Chase Choudhry all ran 15:50. The squad obviously preaches group work which may pay dividends down the road.
Cumberland Valley didn't compete as a team this weekend, but move up a spot, based on movement from other teams.
Haverford Township was fourth in the Paul Short Brown race thanks to school records from Patrick Lawson and Quentin Ryan. Two low sticks helped propel the rest of their squad to the finish, as they defeated two previously ranked teams.
Teams on the Bubble (NR)