High-SchoolTrack-and-XC: Steve Underwood

Steve Underwood's latest individual rankings find Simi Valley CA's Sarah Baxter rising back up to where she belongs in the top 10. She's currently seventh after leading her team to victory at Mt. SAC. SteveU explained how the Mt. SAC meet and Baxter's return altered the rankings but overall they didn't change much. Julie Macedo of Delaware maintains the No. 1 spot.

Darren Fahy of La Costa Canyon got a boost out of Mt. SAC on the boys side, moving from 4 to 3. And North Dakota champ Jake Leingang got a bit more respect, moving up from 9 to 6.
Steve Underwood was obviously impressed by Julie Macedo's big win at the Joe O'Neill Invitational in Delaware.

Macedo, who was unranked and coming off a broken leg suffered during outdoor track season, continued to build on an already sterling season with a 16:55.3 victory, her second sub-17 this season. The senior from Charter School of Wilmington DE beat a field that included Tatnall's Haley Pierce by 40 seconds.

Macedo rose from 4 to 1 in the girls Top 25 rankings issued by Steve U.

There were some minor tweaks to this week's boys Top 25 rankings, but Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's NJ has a firm grip on No. 1.
Steve Underwood's Top 25 individuals ranking for girls is out this week, and the big mover was North Shore NY's Brianna Nerud, who placed second overall and finished ahead of Tatnall star Haley Pierce in the Eastern States championship at the Manhattan Invitational. Nerud was honorable mention last week.

See who's up and who's down this week in the girls rankings.
The junior from St. Benedict's N.J. made more history on Sunday, becoming the first to break 12 minutes on Van Cortlandt Park's famed 2.5-mile course layout. He ran 11:55.39 at the Manhattan Invitational.

Edward Cheserek is 3-for-3 on course records so far and is building one of the greatest junior class seasons ever.

Meanwhile, US#1 Christian Brothers Academy NJ took care of business with a 60-point total and win. Jillian Fanning (14:03.8) led US#1 Fayetteville-Manlius NY to another girls championship, with 45 points.

In Michigan, the Saline MI girls rolled at Portage even without top runner Elianna Shwayder. A 28-second spread among the top five paved the way. Julia Bos of Grand Rapids Christian broke the course record, running 17:32.5. Steve U filed this story from the meet.

Southlake Carroll dominated the Nike South Invitational in Texas, winning the boys and girls titles. Mike Taylor has all of the details.

Trabuco Hill's boys and Granada Hill's girls took home top honors at California's Clovis Invitational. All of the results and details are at DyestatCal.

The competition for state titles in Connecticut came into clearer focus with Saturday's Wickham Park Invitational. Connor Rog of Fairfield Prep CT ran the day's best time.

In Washington, Kamiakin's US#3 individual Anthony Armstrong ran a course record 14:52.03 at the Richland Invitational but missed out on the head to head competition with Wenatchee's Jacob Smith and Shadle Park's Nathan Weitz. Smith didn't finish the race and Weitz didn't start.
Cheserek
John Nepolitan/ESPNHSEdward Cheserek became the new king of Holmdel last weekend, running 14:53.
After dominant back-to-back course records on two of New Jersey's most historic cross country courses, Edward Cheserek has a firm grasp on Steve U's No. 1 spot in the individual boys Top 25 rankings.

But has anyone ever made a mid-season leap from off the radar to No. 6 the way Holy Trinity FL's Daniel Moore did with his victory at Great American? Moore is trending well in the Best Performance of the Week poll.

In the girls individual rankings this week, Washington and Delaware hold down four of the top seven spots. And that photo of Amy-Eloise Neale, who has risen to US#2, has to be the best shot we've seen all week. Big thanks to Sunfair photographer James Thomas.
Steve Underwood released his weekly individual rankings today, and while he allowed the boys list to simmer, without much significant movement, he gave the girls list a stir.

A couple of highly ranked preseason athletes, Sarah Baxter and Haley Pierce, dropped out because they haven't competed yet this season. Both are reportedly on the mend from injuries, but will have to work their way back into the rankings. Campolindo CA's Carrie Verdon rocketed up the list from 18 to 6 on the heels of her 16:59 performance at Stanford. And Julie Macedo moved from 20 to 7 after running 16:53. (Macedo wasn't in the preseason Top 25).

There were no changes in the top 16 on the boys list. Even Edward Cheserek's course-record season debut at Garret Mtn. didn't move him past Futsum Zeinasellassie. So Cheserek is No. 2, at least for now.
Steve Underwood crunched the numbers and went with his gut to come up with the latest Top 25 Individual rankings and he rewarded two runners for their big performances last weekend.

It's hard to argue that North Central IN's Futsum Zeinasellassie's 17:36 5,000-meter victory at the Flashrock Invitational last weekend wasn't the best performance of the season so far. The same is true of West Bloomfield MI's Erin Finn, who crushed the field at the MSU Spartan Invite and won in 17:16. The state of Washington has four of the top 19 on both the boys' and girls' lists.

Also, the new Powerade Fab 50s are out. Check out the new BOYS and GIRLS lists. Additionally, here are the boys regional and girls regional rankings. And Marc Bloom's Super 25.
SteveU's updated girls individual rankings are out, and there is little movement at the top of the list. Of course, most of the runners in the top 12 still haven't raced yet. Ravencroft NC's Wesley Frazier still holds down No. 1.

Molly Seidel from University Lake (Hartland, Wis.) is up to No. 7 from 9. Bronxville, N.Y. star Mary Cain is up two spots to 13 and Grace Tinkey of First Presbyterian (Macon, Ga.) is up four spots to 18.
Edward Cheserek hasn't run yet, but he remains firm grasp of the No. 1 ranking in Steve U's individual rankings for Sept. 14.

Mike Marsella of Rhode Island's Chariho High School, and Robert Domanic of Texas' Hebron High are the week's biggest movers, entering the rankings at Nos. 16 and 17.

Girls rankings ... are pending.

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