Speed Ratings For MileSplit50's Top 25 Boys Heading Into NXN

We've compiled the top speed ratings from TullyRunners.com to give you insight into what to expect heading into the boys championship race at Nike Cross Nationals on December 1. 

If you're unfamiliar with speed ratings, here's a quick primer: 

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 performances on an apples to apples basis -- in terms of XC times and teams. It provides an answer to the hypothetical question, "What would happen if the best teams in the nation all raced at once?" However, these do not predict the outcome of NXN.

So what does this all mean? 

The best way to describe speed ratings are that they can be used as seeds heading into a big race. The actual speed ratings will vary from race to race, but these numbers give an indication of the potential ceiling of an athlete. 

What about last year's numbers?

For comparison, the top two boys at NXN a year ago,
Aidan Troutner and Brodey Hasty, both posted speed ratings over 200. Troutner was rated at a 201 and Hasty was at a 200. Hasty's top rating before NXN was a 199 -- from Great American and NXR Southeast -- while Troutner's was a 195 from the Utah State Championships. 

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Speed Ratings Of The Nation's Top 25 Runners

ranknameschoolbest speed ratingnote
1Cole SproutValor Christian (CO)197
2Drew BosleyHomestead (WI)193
3Easton AllredRock Canyon (CO)193
4Cole HockerIndianapolis Cathedral (IN)195
5Ryan OostingArlington (MA)197
6Nick FosterAnn Arbor Pioneer (MI)193
7Liam AndersonRedwoods (CA)194
8Conant SmithMiddletown (OH)191DNRQ
9Shea WeilbakerSaratoga Springs (NY)192
10Tyler BergBurnt Hills (NY)192
11Graydon MorrisAledo (TX)189DNRQ - FL
12Grant GardnerSpringville (UT)191DNRQ - Sick
13Camren FischerFayetteville (AR)191
14Carter CheesemanFort Worth Christian (TX)191
15Charles HicksBolles (FL)192
16Colin BakerAcademic Magnet (SC)196
17Evan HollandAshland (OR)193
18Devin HartPt. Pleasant Boro (NJ)194DNRQ - FL
19Kevin RamosRubidoux (CA)194
20Sam AffolderLoudoun Valley (CA)192
21Alex ComerfordOtsego (MI)192DNRQ
22Josh MethnerHersey (IL)193
23Jake RenfreeKnoxville Catholic (TN)190DNRQ - FL
24Nathan GreenBorah (ID)191
25Jarrett KirkFlower Mound (TX)191

Athletes On The MileSplit50 Bubble
ranknameschoolbest speed ratingnote
26Carter SolomonPlymouth (MI)191DNRQ - FL
27Tim SindtAnkeny (IA)188DNRQ
28Joe WaskomMount Si (WA)190
29Nico YoungNewbury Park (CA)192
30Austin Vancil Dakota Ridge (CO)191
31Jack StanleyMendham (NJ)194
32Stetson MossThunder Ridge (ID)191
33Corey GorgasSaugatuck (MI)190
34Vincent MauriHowland (OH)190
35Matt StrangioJesuit (CA)191
36Kashon HarrisonKirtland Central (NM)192
37Ethan KernYork (IL)190
38Connor OhlsonDakota Ridge (CO)190