No. 7: Jake Liebert
- - -
School: Wando (SC)
2022 Notable Finishes: 6th at Garmin RunningLane XC Championships in 15:20.50; 1st at SCHSL AAAAA Championships in 15:13.92; 4th at Southern Showcase in 14:54.60; 2nd at Eye Opener in 15:18.20.
Analysis: The University of Tennessee recruit will vie for his third straight state title this year, and he also could be a sneaky candidate to chase after a top five finish at nationals.
So all eyes will be on Liebert, who's coming off the most successful campaign of his career yet. He finished the 2022 season with a sixth-place finish at the Garmin RunningLane XC Championships in 15:20.50 and claimed his second straight state win in South Carolina with a performance of 15:13.92 for 5K.
His fastest race of the year came at the Southern Showcase (also in Huntsville, Ala.), as Liebert ran 14:54.60 on a pristine John Hunt Park course to submit a fourth-place finish. Liebert won four times across seven races in 2022.
He followed with two outdoor titles in South Carolina, clocking times of 4:11.04 and 9:05.95 at the state meet. He ran a 3,200m best of 8:53.80 in May.
THE MILESPLIT50 PRESEASON BOYS INDIVIDUAL
NATIONAL RANKINGS COUNTDOWN
|25||Aug. 21 -- Aden Bandukwala|
|24||Aug. 21 -- Anthony Provenzano|
|23||Aug. 21 -- Andrew Hauser|
|22||Aug. 21 -- Jack Meier|
|21||Aug. 21 -- Connell Alford|
|20||Aug. 22 -- Ryan Pajak|
|19||Aug. 23 -- Brayden Marshall|
|18||Aug. 24 -- Jason Parra|
|17||Aug. 25 -- Sage Wilde|
|16||Aug. 26 -- Joe Barrett|
|15||Aug. 27 -- JoJo Jourdon|
|14||Aug. 28 -- Marcelo Parra|
|13||Aug. 29 -- Seth Norder|
|12||Aug. 30 -- Ty Steorts|
|11||Aug. 31 -- Josiah Tostenson|
|10||Sept. 1 -- Adam Burlison|
|9||Sept. 2 -- Byron Grevious|
|8||Sept. 3 -- Paul Bergeron|
|7||Sept. 4 -- Jake Liebert|