* Graphic by Logan French
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At the national level, it's been a decade of dominance in high school cross country.
That much is true.
But before we move into the year 2020, we're going to spend some time honoring the country's best over the span of 2010-2019. With the decade closing and turning anew, MileSplit USA is naming its Girls And Boys All-Decade Teams, plus the top program and runner of the decade
The criteria is this: We're naming the top 21 athletes of the decade and categorizing them into first, second and third teams. Honorable mention athletes will also be included.
How did we come up with our selections?
At the national level, the biggest among them was national titles. We considered athletes who were undoubtedly the best in the country over their careers. But consideration also went into top finishes, including All-American placements, state records and performance accolades across the country.
The pivotal national meet markers were Foot Locker Nationals and Nike Cross Nationals. Also keep in mind, this is our subjective list based on the criteria we deemed important. There's a very big difference between all-time best times and wins that weren't about time at all.
The objective was to find the very best runners from 2010-2019.
With that in mind, we present your First, Second And Third Team athletes from the decade.
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