Boys Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #6 Price Owens Nolan Jez Sep 06, 2016

Owens has been excelling at track and XC for quite some time and has visibly improved each season. Though he is making steps in the right direction, he is definitely going to have to really step up this season with some of the toughest competition in the entire nation in his own region.

Boys Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #7 Dan Horoho Nolan Jez Sep 06, 2016

Dan definitely didn't open this season like he wanted to but that isn't going to deter him. Last XC season he improved 58 seconds on his personal best and if he even dropped half that much this year he would be one of the biggest stars in the state.

Boys Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #9 Alec Schrank Nolan Jez Sep 01, 2016

Racing against Andrew Hunter for your entire post-season has its ups and downs. We aren't going to sugar coat it at all, Alec was definitely overshadowed by the nation's best distance runner the past couple years. If that wasn't enough he also had a stellar teammate, Tyler Cox-Philyaw, who was a superstar too.

VISAA Girls' State XC Virtual Meets & Previews Nolan Jez Aug 31, 2016

After winning just one state title through her junior season of XC, Norfolk Acamdey's Julia Lambert went on a monstrous streak of six individual state titles since then. This means she is not shooting to be the runner-up this season in XC and is coming for the big one in her final XC season. 

McArthur & Murphy BOTH Return As Champions, Who Will Win Two? Nolan Jez Aug 30, 2016

It is truly a once in a lifetime event this year. VA has two of the best distance runners in the entire nation and both are defending state 6A Champions... that's right! Both are coming off of winning state meet performances with Kate Murphy winning last year and Rachel McArthur winning the year before. Both have not lost on Great Meadow in at least a year.

Girls Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #14 Casey Kendall Nolan Jez Aug 25, 2016

Casey is not just a time-trial runner, she competes well on the hilly courses just as much as she does on the time-trial fast courses. With Oakton likely racing Albemarle and some other tough courses, it will be evident from an early date that Casey is one of the best runners in the state.

Boys Top 15 XC Returning Countdown: #10 Ben Fleming Nolan Jez Aug 25, 2016

Finishing in second place by the slimmest of margins can be one of the greatest things to happen to you as an underclassman. This happened to Ben quite a few times his junior year both in XC and track as a team. Those places may have been brutal to endure but entering the season it looks like it could pay itself off.