Over the next couple days, I’ll crank out a couple blog posts on why X team will win or not win the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday. On Wednesday, I will be taping a podcast with Chris Chavez previewing all of the action for Saturday so if you have any questions or comments, send them my way by tweeting at me: @Wood_Report
The Case For San Francisco
I think they have three women that could be top 15. I don’t think they’ve really been challenged all year. You could make the case that they were at Wisconsin because San Francisco didn’t win but they’ve been more impressive down the stretch. They released the hounds at the West Coast Conference Championship and then again at regionals. I believe if they put it all together, their top three are elite. I watched Charlotte Taylor run a 4:55 first mile at the conference meet while wearing flats and she looked like she was chilling. That’s scary. Marie Bouchard, Isabelle Brauer and Weronkia Pyzik were also cruising along not too far behind because this team has depth. They are super capable of some nasty stuff.
The Case Against San Francisco
They might not have that No. 5 runner come through. I think they’ve been a little hit-or-miss with that spot. Tatjana Schulte is talented as well as Bouchard but that might be their most vulnerable spot. They haven’t been their most consistent runners. I think you can take it to the bank that Pyzik and Brauer will be All-American but if you look at the other two, a few question marks arise. Their No. 6 is a little further back from them that could cause for concern. If Schulte or Bouchard have a bad day, it would hurt the Dons chances.