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Pick ‘Em: NCAA Cross Country Predictions


Now that the fantasy cross country draft has passed (yes, you heard that right, fantasy cross country), I can reveal my picks for tomorrow’s NCAA cross country championships. We’ll see how wise or how ludicrous my predictions are.

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Men’s team

1. Wisconsin: The Fab Five just has to stick close together.
2. Oklahoma State: Three-peat denied. Fifth man too far back.
3. Oklahoma: Sooners have run well at Big 12 and regionals.
4. Colorado: Missing low sticks needs to be in top three.
5. Stanford: Big questions about numbers four and five.
6. BYU: Lack of experience may hurt Cougars.
7. Florida State: ‘Noles will overachieve like last year.
8. Northern Arizona: Running well of late, including Mountain regional.
9. Indiana: High preseason expectations but hasn’t come together.
10.Villanova: Big East champs on the rise in last month.

Women’s team

1. Florida State: Incredible depth from one through six should carry the ‘Noles.
2. Villanova: Like Ok. St., no three-peat. Not enough depth for Wildcats.
3. Georgetown: Fast rising. Wouldn’t be shocked if they upset for the win.
4. Washington: Strong wins at Wisconsin and West Regional.
5. Colorado: Definite podium potential but women have underachieved at NCAA’s last few years.
6. Iowa State: Solid team year after year.
7. Vanderbilt: Great season but experience will catch up with them.
8. Syracuse: Dropped in rankings after regionals, will bounce back.
9. Arizona: Off day at Pac-12 but other performances have been on point.
10. West Virginia: Fourth Big East team shows depth of the conference.

Men’s individual

1. Lawi Lalang (Arizona): Dominant all season, no reason for change.
2. Leonard Korir (Iona): Yet to see him go all-out this season.
3. Chris Derrick (Stanford): Last chance at XC national title will be unsuccessful.
4. Ryan Hill (NC State): The best kicker will be gunning them down the last straightaway.
5. Diego Estrada (NAU): Perhaps strongest guy, definitely the best hair of the top ten.
6. Miles Batty (BYU): Much improved in cross country. perhaps a future 5k guy on the track?
7. German Fernandez (Oklahoma St.): Good close to collegiate cross country career.
8. Colby Lowe (Oklahoma St.): Will two in top ten be good enough for Ok. St.?
9. Hassan Mead (Minnesota): Great Lakes region champ looked good a week ago.
10. Donn Cabral (Princeton): Strong showing at regionals after tough Heps.

Women’s individual

1. Shelia Reid (Villanova): Looks unstoppable.
2. Jordan Hasay (Oregon): Will have to find that kick from indoors last year to beat Reid.
3. Kendra Schaaf (UNC): Quietly won ACC’s and Southeast region by wide margins.
4. Emily Infeld (Georgetown): Slowly progressed this season, now on her game.
5. Katie Flood (Washington): Impressive win at Pac-12′s with lethal kick. Has top three potential.
6. Risper Kimaiyo (UTEP): Pre-Nats winner is still relatively unknown.
7. Aliphine Tuliamuk (Wichita St.): Midwest region champ is a transfer from Iowa St.
8. Silje Fjortoft (SMU): Looked great all year but doesn’t have experience this high up at nationals.
9. Bogdana Mimic (Villanova): ‘Nova has best 1-2 in the country.
10. Deborah Maier (Cal): Had an extra week to come back from ankle injury.


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