Team: Xavier (CT)
Analysis: Xavier had a strong 2017 season with wins at the Wickham Invitational, SCC Championship, the CIAC State Open Championships, New England Championships and the NXN Northeast Regional meet. At Nationals, they finished 18th, and four athletes from last season's top seven return this fall. Their top returners appear to be rising seniors Peter Schulten and William Curran. Schulten was the team's number one finisher at NXN, finishing 93rd overall, while Curran was the team's fourth finisher, placing 119th. Based on current team scores they have a team average of 16:26.08 and a 1-5 split of 1:23.97. Their 1-4 gap is only 18.22, so if their fifth man can get close to that range their team could move up the MileSplit50 rankings pretty quickly this season.