Dyestat's Marc Bloom put together an impressive rundown of the cross country outlook in all 50 states, and it looks like it's going to be an impressive year in Pennsylvania. Here's their breakdown of the state's XC scene:
State 3A champ North Allegheny has another powerhouse in the works. While losing all-American state titlist Ryan Gil, the team has its next 4 harriers back led by Logan Steiner, a consistent 9:20s 3200 runner in the spring. Runner-up Henderson loses its top 3. Third-place Cardinal O’Hara has another contender and should be favored to repeat in the Philly Catholic League.
With last fall’s 3A top 6 all seniors, the top returnee is 7th-place Sam Hibbs of Hatboro Horsham, 9:22.40 for 3200. Two vastly improved runners who should have an impact are state 1600 champ Drew Magaha (Upper Moreland), who ran a nationally-ranked 4:07.32, and Ned Willis (Great Valley), 3rd at state in 4:11.97. Last fall, as juniors, both were buried in cross-country.