Week 1 set the stage, but Week 2 was a much bigger one, as a number of the state's top teams and individuals made their season debuts. Some new teams and new faces have now come into play and have plenty of room to dig in and get faster. A lot can change from now until November but as of now we wanted to take a look at how teams fare according to the scores.
Boys are still ranked at the top, while Mesa Mountain View
boys are now ranked 3rd from their season opening score at Fountain Hills. The Chandler
Wolves remain #1 in the State as well as in Division I, although the Red Mountain
Girls continue to close the gap with their second team victory of the season down in Marana. In addition, the Xavier
girls dominated the Peaks Invitational ahead of Flagstaff
which indicates a lot about what they could accomplish this season.
This past weekend we did not see Rylan Stubbs compete, but Campo Verde still pulled their guys to finish second behind Highland with 99 points. The North Canyon Girls are currently ranked number one in their division with some big ambitions set for this season but they have a long way to go before they contend with Flagstaff in November.
Page boys continue to dominate Division III with only two guys currently under 17 minutes over 5-kilometers. This upcoming weekend, we could see them throw down some interesting times against the Brophy Broncos at Ojo Rojo in Chandler. On the girls' side of Division III, Zoey Delgado finished 7th at Desert Solstice for the Salpointe Catholic Lancers with four other girls under 22-minutes. Rio Rico have a freshman class that could make all the difference for how well the Red Hawks fare this fall.
North Phoenix Prep have three guys under 18-minutes for 5km, but with a solid core from Micah Stanton (Sr.), Hayden Anderson (Jr.), and Nalzheii Lonetree (Sr.), that can finish 10 seconds apart in each race Northland Preparatory are only a sea-level meet away from claiming the no. 1 spot in the small school's division. Olivia Mountain (Sr.) heads the Chandler Preparatory girls with a season best that's only a second off her PR from last year. Three more have run sub-23 for the Titans but will it be enough to hold off the St. Michaels Cardinals this season?
A criticism that we acknowledge is that all courses are different and so rankings will undoubtedly change throughout the season, on the road to State. These rankings will be released on a weekly or at least biweekly basis, to keep people informed about the state of each division's boys' and girls' teams.
Check out the current Arizona boys and girls XC team rankings in each division based on scores in the Arizona MileSplit database, after the second weekend of meets.