Countdown to XC Day 24: Lowell Boys

Lowell has been the dominant team in the San Francisco section for years, but this looks like more than the typical Cardinal squad. They did lose two of their top 7 to graduation but return their top 2, Noah Battaglia and Zachary Parker. There is plenty of depth returning, too, including possibly four rising seniors (in addition to Battaglia) to make for a veteran leadership group. My only hesitation with this year's Lowell team is that they didn't produce much on the track to indicate their off season progress. However, they do have a solid record of year-to-year improvement as measured by our Improvement Rating. 

Team Statistics:

  • 5K Improvement Rating: 25th
  • 5K Returning Rankings: 19th
  • 3200 Returning Rankings: 40th

The purpose of the Countdown To XC is not to predict the top 30 teams in the state for the upcoming season (although we certainly hope that the top 15-20 teams are included in the countdown at some point). The goal is to recognize thirty teams to watch as cross country begins, using data to uncover squads with strengths that stand out from the pack. The countdown is also not meant to be in a strict order, because it's impossible to sort out several teams of similar strength at this point of the season.