What will the freshman class bring us over the 2017 cross country season? Using last year's data, we know that some rookies are surefire bets to produce right away -- not only state-to-state, but across the nation.
Among the country's top rookie talents heading into his debut as a high schooler is Rafael Sanchez, who will enter Los Alamos (New Mexico) High having run a 5K time of 16:18.75 in 2016 as an eighth-grader -- it won't be that much of a debut at all, actually, considering Sanchez ran varsity last year.
But Sanchez, who helped his team to a third-place finish at state, also finished 28th at NXN Southwest. Look for the freshmen to aim for a sub-16 minute time this season.
Fort Collins (Colorado) High's Adugna Moritz enters ranked second overall among freshmen based on his 2016 PR, while Santa Fe Pojoaque (New Mexico) High rookie Santiago Romero has the third-best time from 2016.
Check out the top 500 incoming freshmen to hit cross country courses this fall.
Top 500 Incoming Freshmen