2018 Winner: Brentwood, Tennessee, 9:56.31
Armory Record: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 9:56.18
National Record: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 9:56.18
Threats To Win: Loudoun Valley (VA), Arlington (MA), Christian Brothers Academy (NJ), Weddington High School (NC), Bronxville (NY), Burnt Hills (NY), St. Anthony's (NY)
Analysis: This should be a showdown between some of the nation's top distance teams.
Currently leading the way with the nation's fastest time are the guys from Christian Brothers Academy (NJ). They ran 10:12.18 to win the 85th Eastern States Championships. There are tons of teams that will put their names in the hat for a shot at this title, including last year's runner-up team St. Anthonys (NY), last year's third place team Loudoun Valley (VA) and current US No. 2 Bronxville.
Much of this year's St. Anthony's squad is the same as the 2018 runner-up team with just a bit of a roster switch up. Dearie Brendan will move from the 800m leg to become the 1200m guy, Michael Barbaro-Barnett will stay running the 400m and Matthew Reda will be the new guy in the lineup for the 800m leg. Last year Matthew Payamps was the lead leg at 1200m with Mason Gatewood taking the 1600m anchor. This year the team will now look to Payamps, the University of Georgetown signee who ran US No. 2 all-time earlier this year in the 1k, to bring it home strong.
Loudoun Valley will also have an all-star lineup as it looks to improve on its third-place performance from 2018. Loudon's lineup consists of Jacob Hunter, Akere Simms, Connor Wells and Sam Affolder. The only new addition from their 2018 squad will be Jacob Hunter who replaces Colton Bogucki on the 1200m leg.