Boys Countdown to XC Day 7: Bellarmine College Prep

When a 7th-place finish at the state meet is an "off year," you know you've got a good program! The Bells did graduate three of their top 7 from 2018, but the other four were sophomores last year. Just in case you had any doubts about their ability to contend with such a young team, take a gander at their returning track results: Bellarmine ranked 7th in the team 1600 and had the best team 3200 in the state. This team put seven returners under 10 minutes in the spring, including four at 9:30 or faster, led by Colin Peattie and Nolan Topper at 9:09 each (Peattie clocked 4:09 in the 1600, the #3 time in the nation among sophomores). Our Improvement Rating doesn't rate the Bells particularly high for year-to-year improvement, which could be due to a constant influx of already well-trained runners from the JV program, who then improve more slowly because they're already running at a high level. In any case, Bellarmine is good enough to be a podium team in Division 1 this year, and returns their core for another shot in 2020, when they could be nationally ranked if they continue to progress.

Bellarmine College Prep (CC) (CA)
1) Colin Peattie15:24.5011
2) Nolan Topper16:02.4078
3) Clem Welsh16:05.1086
4) Galen Topper16:07.0093
5) Luke Meyercord16:54.30379
Average Time: 16:06.66 Total Time: 1:20:33.30 1-5 Split: 1:29.80
6) Casper Aliaga16:56.70399
7) Ben Callon17:06.60487


  • 3 Mile Returning Ranking: 49th
  • 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 38th
  • 5K Returning Ranking: 7th
  • 5K Improvement Rating (3 year): 87th
  • Team 1600 Ranking: 7th
  • Team 3200 Ranking: 1st