1) Brother Martin- BM enters the season with the best returning track credentials of any team in the. While track isn’t XC, Brother Martin will have the same distance coach (Drew Haro) for both track and cross country for the first time in a few years, and the continuity may help continue that forward trend.
2) St. Paul’s- SPS has won 2 state titles in the past 4 years and will have a very good chance to win a third this year. The battle between BM and SPS should be just a narrow, few point margin.
3) Episcopal- It should never surprise anyone when EHS is ranked high. Despite graduating top tier runners each year, EHS will always find a way to be a distance powerhouse again the next.
4) Holy Cross- Coming very close to beating Brother Martin last year at state, Holy Cross looks very capable of competing with the top level teams this fall.
5) Airline- Slowly creeping up the past few years, Airline should be able to springboard off a strong track season in addition to some new young freshman who could contribute.
6) Catholic- Only finishing 6th last year at state and graduating a large amount of runners, the numbers game will always work in favor of CHS and their top 3 returners should score low enough to keep the team towards the top of every meet they race.
7) St. Thomas Aquinas- With no superstars, STA should be able to rock and roll this year with a strong pack and the ever present motivation of having to compete against EHS at state.
8) Jesuit- There is nearly a 100% chance Jesuit will finish the season with a higher ranking, as far as returners, Jesuit will need to rely on a slew of new names to get the job done this year.
9) Belle Chasse- The 4A state champs lost a couple to graduation but should still see steady progression entering the second season with head coach Micah Simoneaux.
10) John Curtis- With their candidates for 5th man running in the 10:30s during track, Curtis should be able to hang with most other top programs this fall.