Carter Cheeseman after NXN
This list has some strong athletes leading the way including Carter Cheeseman from Fort Worth Christian High School (TX), Graydon Morris from Aledo, Texas, and Michael Abeyta from El Paso Hanks High School (TX).
Cheeseman leads the NXN South list as the fastest returner with his 2017 season-best time of 14:42.44 from the Keller HS Invitational. The rising senior has also thrown down a 14:36.60 on the track in the 5K. He will be one to watch for sure next this upcoming season as he won the NXN South region last fall running 15:34.07 and finished 36th at nationals.
He will see challenges from guys like Abeyta and Morris this season. Abeyta finished second at the UIL State Cross Country Championship in 2017 running 15:00.18 and just missed qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals running 15:25.00 to place 13th. Morris did not run NXN last year but finished third at Foot Locker South and second at Foot Locker Nationals.
We also can't forget about Alex Maier who was fifth as a sophomore at both national races. Last year after battling with sickness towards the end of his season he still was able to place second at NXN South and 14th at Nike Cross Nationals. He should be a serious contender in the mix this year.
Three other strong runners who made it to nationals out of the south region last year are Jarrett Kirk
, Cruz Gomez, and Camren Fischer
. All three have a strong potential to make it back this year.
Check out the full list of top NXN South returners in the links below.