No. 15: Carmel (IN)
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Analysis: The good news is that Carmel, which is the largest high school in Indiana at 5,400 students, is among the deepest teams in the country. Sure, the Greyhounds may have lost defending Champs Sports Nationals champion Kole Mathison, but Anthony Provenzano, a rising senior, may be just as good in 2023 -- in fact, he was the runner-up at state behind Mathison.
On top of that, the Greyhounds welcome back three runners from the Indiana State Championships, including Provenzano, Thomas Biltimier and Jack Capes. Are they favorites to repeat?
We're not too worried. In fact, Carmel owns the 11th-fastest returning 5K average (15:40.92) in the entire country, with four new bodies into the starting lineup.
Biggest Question: Will Anthony Provenzano become a national title threat?
Only Newbury Park has produced back-to-back national individual champions in recent years. The brotherly duo of Colin Sahlman and Aaron Sahlman won in 2021 and 2022. With Mathison having won the newly-renamed-and-formerly-named Foot Locker Nationals, Provenzano could follow in his footsteps. He was just three spots shy of qualifying last year.
Will that motivation draw him toward a title in 2023?
MileSplit50 Boys Team National Rankings Countdown
|25||Aug. 21 -- Ridgefield (CT)|
|24||Aug. 21 -- Bentonville (AR)|
|23||Aug. 21 -- Ventura (CA)|
|22||Aug. 21 -- McCallie School (TN)|
|21||Aug. 21 -- Rocky Mountain (ID)|
|20||Aug. 22 -- Portland Jesuit (OR)|
|19||Aug. 23 -- Downers Grove North (IL)|
|18||Aug. 24 -- Riverton (UT)|
|17||Aug. 25 -- Great Oak (CA)|
|16||Aug. 26 -- Valor Christian (CO)|
|15||Aug. 27 -- Carmel (IN)|
|14||Aug. 28 -- Wichita Trinity Academy (KS)|
|13||Aug. 29 -- Union Catholic (NJ)|
|12||Aug. 30 -- Farragut (TN)|
|11||Aug. 31 -- University (WV)|
|10||Sept. 1 -- CBA (NJ)|
|9||Sept. 2 -- Stevens Point (WI)|
|8||Sept. 3 -- Herriman (UT)|
|7||Sept. 4 -- Wayzata (MN)|