Who's #1: National Title Or Bust

Consistency is key for Brie Oakley as she drops a bomb on the Speed Round this week. On the boys side, the 190 club gets a bunch of new members. Is it national title or bust for Neuqua Valley this year? Our Midwest guest Tony Jones shows that it's their best team ever. That, plus a deep dive into the Midwest region this week on Who's #1.

Speed Round:

- Brie Oakley | Luis Grijalva | Cooper Teare | Connor Lane | Noah Jacobs | Casey Linger | McKay Johns | Patrick Parker

In short, a speed rating is a number attributed to an XC performance, roughly one point per three seconds, adjusted for overall race quality and depth. Using these numbers, we can compare apples to apples, in terms of XC performances.

Deep Dive:

  • Neuqua Valley, national title contenders?
  • Is Carmel the the team to beat on the girls side?
  • How deadly is Carmel's 1min split when you consider their #1 is Sarah Leinheiser?
  • How legit is Glenbard West?
  • Does the Midwest have a chance to get a wildcard selection?
  • If NXN MW was run today, which teams auto qualify?

Extended Chat with Tony Jones

Extended Conversation Topics:

00:00 - Midwest runners, focus on NXN vs FL?

01:05 - Elite athletes, how to choose Foot Locker vs their team at NXN regional?

02:50 - Will the Glenbard West lead duo go for NXN and Foot Locker?

03:40 - Does Midwest weather help prepare those athletes for NXN conditions?

04:30 - Rising Midwest individuals to watch for (Lake Zurich brothers & more)

07:40 - Midwest meets the national audience needs to pay attention to

10:00 - As a fan, what is Tony looking forward to most...FAST TIMES

11:45 - Detweiller: The Track on Grass. Craig Virgin vs Lukas Verzbicas vs Chris Derrick

12:45 - Woodlands & York Detweiller Connection