MileSplit's Top 21 Boys XC Athletes Of The Past Decade


(Listed Alphabetically)

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Aidan Troutner (Timpview High School, Provo, UT)

Career Timeline: 2015-2018

Highlights: Troutner ran at NXN only once, but won it all in 2017. That same season he was the Nike Cross Regionals Southwest Champion.

Ben Veatch (Carmel High School, IN)

Career Timeline: 2012-2015

Highlights:  Veatch was never a national champion, but had a remarkable four years none the less. He was a two-time Foot Locker All-American, finishing 14th in 2014 and third in 2015. He was also a four-time NXN qualifier, earning All-American in 2014 and 2015 when he finished seventh and second, respectively. He was also a two-time IHSAA Cross Country State Champion in 2014 and 2015.

    Cole Sprout (Valor Christian, CO)

    Career Timeline: 2015-2018

    HighlightsThree-time NXN All-American (21st 2017, 3rd 2018, 7th 2019). Two-time Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional Champion (2018-2019, 2nd 2017) Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational Course Record holder 14:38.40 14:16.01 - 3rd Fastest 5K All-Time Nike Desert Twilight Festival Colorado State Cross Country Championships Course Record Holder 15:12.70

    Finn Gessner (Madison La Follette, WI)

    Career Timeline: 2014-2017

    HighlightsTwo-time Foot Locker Nationals All-American (11th 2015, 2nd 2016). NXN All-American in 2015 with an 8th place finish. Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional Champion 2017. He's the second-fastest 2nd place finisher at Foot Locker in the decade with the eighth fastest time on the Balboa course over the decade (15:04.40).

    Graydon Morris (Aledo, TX)

    Career Timeline: 2016-2019

    Highlights: He's the only boy to run Foot Locker all four years in this decade and only the second boy ever. He was 34th in 2016 and All-American the other three years including a second-place finish in 2017, a third-place finish in 2018, and a fourth-place finish in 2019.

    Kai Wilmot (Spokane, WA)

    Career Timeline: 2010-2014

    HighlightsHe was the 2013 NXN Champion. He was a four-time NXN qualifier (163rd 2010, 49th 2011, 32nd 2012, 1st in 2013).

      Matt Strangio (Jesuit, CA)

      Career Timeline2015-2018

      Highlights: He was a three-time NXN All-American,  15th in 2017, eighth in 2018,  and fourth in 2019. He's also a two-time CIF-State Division I champion in 2018 and 2019.