Countdown to XC Day 10: Jesuit

Jesuit is well-known for powerhouse cross country teams, but 2018 is shaping up to be something particularly special. The Marauders bring back 6 of the seven runners that finished 11th in Division 1 last fall, and 5 of them are rising seniors - in fact, seven of their returning top 8 this fall will be in the Class of 2019. That doesn't include Matt Strangio, a junior that is unquestionably a superstar and will be an individual title contender. Jesuit also adds another strong junior in Chase Gordon, formerly at Rio Americano, putting his 16:37 squarely in the middle of the Marauders' top 5. Strangio led the way on the track, as well, winning the state championship in the 3200. Todd Russell had a breakthrough in the spring, clocking 9:49 and showing that he is ready to push the top 5 returners. With all of that depth and competition among the varsity runners and the leadership of a veteran group of seniors that needs to win this year, expect this team to come out of the summer primed for a run at the podium in November.

Team Statistics:

  • 5K Improvement Rating: 26th
  • 5K Returning Rankings: 11th
  • 3200 Returning Rankings: 17th

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.