Boys Countdown to XC Day 9: Poway

It's rare to see a state meet team on the boys' side return 6 of their top 7. Even rarer: a team returning its top 9 runners from spring track season, with all of them clocking 4:42 or faster. The Titans will field a balanced team without an individual star (Alejandro Barranco has the top returning XC time, but Josh Ligas led during the spring), but they should have a deep and super tight varsity pack. When I dug into Poway's year-to-year improvement over the last three cross country seasons, I found a big improvement over 3 miles in 2017 and another big improvement at the 5K in 2018. My experience has been that teams really contend the year after a big improvement, and with so much experience back this year I expect Poway to move well up into the top 10 in Division 2.

Poway High (SD) (CA)
1) Alejandro Barranco15:41.0031
2) Josh Ligas16:13.90126
3) Zak Beckwith16:14.74130
4) Alex Fernandez De La Vega16:30.30200
5) Alexander Hirsh16:37.60248
Average Time: 16:15.51 Total Time: 1:21:17.54 1-5 Split: 56.60
6) Jake Murray16:56.30395
7) Manny Johnson17:10.20518


  • 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 9th
  • 5K Returning Ranking: 9th
  • 5K Improvement Rating (3 year): 17th
  • Team 1600 Ranking: 8th
  • Team 3200 Ranking: 12th