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RE: Official 2015 Heps XC thread

chaserofsteeples wrote:

Some definite Cornell and Penn bias, but I did my best to disentangle my picks from my loyalties. Here goes:

1. Ben Rainero, Cornell
2. Thomas Awad, Penn
3. Nick Tuck, Penn
4. Curtis King, Dartmouth
5. Michael Sublette, Princeton
6. Tait Rutherford, Columbia
7. Dominic Deluca, Cornell
8. Brian Masterson, Dartmouth
9. Kevin Dooney, Yale
10. Connor Herr, Cornell
11. Tom Purnell, Harvard
12. Brian Eimstad, Cornell
13. Jack Boyle, Columbia
14. Brendan Shearn, Penn
15. Aubrey Myjer, Columbia
16. Joey Chapin, Dartmouth
17. James Randon, Yale
18. Noah Kauppila, Princeton
19.Cameron Stanish, Yale
20. Steven Sum, Princeton

The way Rainero's running right now, it's hard to see anyone besides Awad taking him down, and Awad hasn't exactly been performing up to par yet this season. Rainero has the speed (4:01 mile to outkick Oregon and Stanford at Penn Relays last year) to hang with Awad and anyone else for that matter. The way Tuck's been running makes me think he's poised to break out big at XC Heps, and other heavy hitters from past years (Purnell, Dooney) have not been themselves this season either. I erred on the side of giving the edge to guys with proven postseason credentials (King, Sublette, etc.) and I think the mid-distance-oriented Princeton in particular will suffer on the VCP back hills. As for Myjer, I was impressed by his performance at Wisconsin but his lack of consistently strong performances keeps him farther back in my books.

As for the team race, I'm gonna be bold and say that Columbia will be fourth behind Cornell, Dartmouth, and Penn. No idea what the order will be in front of or behind them. If that call holds up, Princeton finishing no higher than 5th would be the first time since 2004 they finished that low. We'll see.

I scored the teams using these individuals through 3 runners and think these picks are much better. Here is what I got:

Penn 19
Cornell 20
Dartmouth 28
Columbia 34
Yale 35
Princeton 43

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