This is it. The Final XC Teams Ranking of 2023. Team competition is in the bag, and Episcopal stuck a claim to the top spot after finishing ahead of North Allegheny at the Northeast Team Regionals.
But as we phase out Cross Country, we also wanted to include a Way TOO Early 2023 Rankings. These Rankings are subject to a lot of scrutiny when XC returns in 2023, but for now, they are a modest prediction of what we can expect.
Boys Top 10 Teams - FINAL RANKINGS
Episcopal finished second at the Northeast Team Regional Championship before heading to Team Nationals where the squad finished in 21st. In a head-to-head bout, Episcopal got the better of North Allegheny. They rise to the top for the first time in school history.
The 3A State Champs sat at the Top of these Power Rankings all year. They fall to second, but had another great showing at the Northeast Team Regional Championship. They finished the season as the fifth best team in the region.
The 2A State Champs took the road to Alabama to compete at the Prestigious Garmin RunningLane National Championship. There, they narrowly missed a selection to the Gold Race and finished third in the Silver Race.
For the fifth year in a row LaSalle placed second in the 3A State Championship race. All things considered, thats a pretty impressive run. Led by seniors Drew Brill and Ryan McGinley, they earned 161 points.
North Penn continued their steady climb with a fourth place finish at the State Championship. They were edged out by Penncrest for the third spot by a meager three points, but excelled again with a 50-second split.
Penncrest finished inside the Top-3 at the State Championship. Finishing about 20 points behind LaSalle and three points ahead of North Penn for third, Penncrest benefited from Gavin Mogck's career day. He finished in the eight slot, and Penncrest used a tight pack behind him to earn a top-3.
A week after finishing second at the District 3 Championships, the Hempfield boys finished fifth at the state meet, and as the top D3 team. A 17:24 average led them to the finish. They were only 37-points out of the runner-up position.
The District 6 Champs came out firing on all cylinders and delivered with sixth place finish at the State Meet. Nick Sloff's 16th place finish resulted in 10-points and with a pack at his coat-tails, they were able to deliver the finish.
The CV boys earned a seventh place finish at the PIAA Championship. They finished fourth at the District 3 Championships, so to bounce back and score as the second team from D3 was likely vindicating. They logged a 1:10 compression.
The District 11 Champions rode a multi-week win-streak into the PIAA Championship meet and recorded an eighth place finish. Just 20-points out of a Top-5, they utilized a stout pack and 1:16 compression to finish ninth.
Teams on the Bubble (NR)