Predictions??? Here's mine... Bio on the top 10 teams---
1. Wisconsin- Looked really good at Louisville, and I trust their program to come on more toward the end of the year.
2. Notre Dame- I'm not entirely sure about ND... Didn't race Nuguse at Piane, but still think they'll easily make it out.
3. Michigan- They don't really have a low stick unless Meyrer steps it up- however, based off of their ND performance they should still get out with ease. Excited to see how their pack moves up. However, they don't be a factor at NCAA's unless they fix their first man issue.
4. Purdue- Not much to say about this program- not as good as they have been in the last couple of years, still a top 25 team.
5. Butler- Barry Keane looked pretty fluid at ND, potentially an all-american. Had a fantastic track season, too. Butler's lagged a bit the last few weeks, but I'm sure they'll be back. Matt Roe always gets his guys ready.
6. Michigan State- MSU's going to need a big month of October to grab and at-large bid. Potentially could see a sixth team out of this region if things shake out. Beadlescomb's running at an elite level, so we'll see. They also return Fraser Wilson from the 2019 season who was 30th in the region.
7. Eastern Michigan- Like MSU, will need a very big month of October to even be a factor in this region. Magnessun will need to recover from a very bad day at ND (41st). However, even with a lot of their guys running subpar days at ND, they still were pretty close to Indiana. They also performed very well at Florida State early.
8. Indiana- Ben Veatch isn't running near where he should, which is a bummer for this promising Indiana team. They very likely will need their young roster to start running well this month to get an at-large bid. Still, a very consistently strong program.
9. Cincinnati- This is where I believe the cutoff is for contenders to make the national meet. Cinci has had a very successful year though, and on top of it- is stuck in the best region in the country.
10. Youngstown State- I may get some backlash for not putting Miami or IUPUI in this 10th spot- but Youngstown needs recognition. Chase Esterling likely could get all-region after qualifying last year.
1. Morgan Beadlescomb- MSU
2. Dylan Jacobs- ND
3. Yared Nuguse- ND
4. Olin Hacker- WISCO
5. Barry Keane- BUTLER
6. Ben Veatch - INDI
7. Curt Eckstein- PURDUE
8. Simon Bedard- BUTLER
9. Seth Hirsch- WISCO
10. Baldvin Magnessun- EMU
Predictions??? Here's mine... Bio on the top 10 teams---
Shocked to say the least. Notre Dame returns all 6 of their All Americans from last year so I'm not sure how Wisconsin is going to beat them and how you project ND to only have 2 in the top 10 of the Region when they had 5 in the top 21 scorers at Nationals last year and a 6th as a 31st scorer.
Below is my prediction of the order of finish with all 4 teams making Nationals. Could easily see a Purdue/MSU qualify as a 5th team from Great Lakes. It's a strong Regional this year.
1. Notre Dame
Alec Sandusky could sneak into that top 10 individually.
How can you not have Carmody in the top 10 at a regional meet? He is possibly a top 10 guy in the entire nation.
FWIW, here's the Great Lakes Regional simulation for the men from LACCTiC up to this point in the year. It has Indiana much higher than they should be.
Wisconsin doesn't have moh ahmed anymore, but if they did they would be good. if they still had morgan mcdonald they would be more good. and oliver hoare. but they dont so theyre just kinda good. but they will likely be top 2 or 3, depending on notre dame and michigan. id say 2nd.
notre dame has the best miler in the ncaa. but he likes his turtle a lot which could slow him down if its contagious. dylan jacobs is also a really soft name which is not a good look. could learn from a guy like jackson sharp(e?). they should win if they have naguse, otherwise wisco for the W.
Butler had some good guys in track, but its butler, hard to see them doing great. should try to get brad stevens to coach them again.
michigan has the best qb of all time back on their squad. tommy boy. wonder how he'll do on the grass, always been a turf guy. lots of depth, hopefully they get in lots of hills and track work to maintain their consistent pretty solid not phenomenal reputation.
Purdue is pretty neat, boilmakers or something. i like their logo and color scheme, they might be good. pace is hot theyre ready
indiana has had a lot of talent, but underwhelming performances. some guys have done alright but considering the high school performances and talent of guys they arent great. veatch and jha are doing decent though. too bad they dont have mau for a 9th year.
msu has the individual leader honeycomb. his name is morgan and morgan mcdonald won xc nats a few years ago so an interesting trend i'd say. don't seem to have loads of great runners under him but they have some decent guys forsure.
no hate but saying chase easterling is all region is a joke. and considering the nature of this post that says something. ysu is okay, but they are going to need to rely on high school runners for their recognition because it won't be for a regional performance.
mac schools such as eastern michigan and are alright, but eastern seems to be the only team with a legit chance of placing in the top 7 based off of their last track season. miami seems to have a few good individuals, but a lack of depth, more of a mid d school though.
individual josh parks is a threat to make it out of the region individually, he seems to perform very well in cross country, also magnusson of eastern.
cincinatti is doing alright especially considering they lost bananafield. alec sandusky is no joke, could very well be one of the top in the region.
wisconsin meet this weekend should provide a lot of insight as to where everyone is heading into the end of the season.