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October 11, 2018

WOOD REPORT: MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY INDIVIDUAL TOP 100 RANKINGS

It’s back. The Wood Report returns for its second year on CITIUS MAG. It’s a little later than last year but never late is better.

For those who need a refresher on what is The Wood Report and who the heck is Isaac Wood…

I am the Director of Operations at BYU and previously served as a graduate assistant and coach at Florida State as well as BYU. I have been doing The Wood Report since 2012 and people seem to have loved reading it. In 2012, I kind of started getting a reputation among the team at BYU for being someone that was fairly good at predicting races, breaking down meets and predicting top finishers. I knew stats pretty well for most guys. Olympian Doug Padilla, who was the director of operations at BYU at the time, said to me, ‘Dude, you just have to put this into some sort of website and let the people know about it.’ That’s it. The Wood Report was born. It’s my idea of who the best 31 teams in the country are who are the best individuals. It’s obviously never perfect but in years past, it’s proved to be very decent and accurate. That’s why I kept doing it. If I stunk at it, then I would not have kept doing it. Here we are five years later.

How is it all put together? I mined through every team in the NCAA. I put all the information into a document and list out some personal bests. I give it a glance and then a rating to get an idea of where they fit among others. The ratings are a bit of my own concoction. At the moment it’s a number from 1 to 10 with one decimal point. I’d love to get to the point, where I rank runners a few more places beyond the decimal point, but we’re not there yet. I made up my own equivalency chart that I feel confident in. It’s more for me to see where this one runner fits among others in a fair fashion. Here’s an example of how it works: When you’re looking at some of these smaller conferences, you’re like ‘Oh this guys is pretty good.’ But, in all reality, just because you win the Patriot League – which is a good league and more solid than people realize – doesn’t mean that you’re as good as maybe someone in the top 10 of the Big 10. Probably not. So I give a rating that will give me an idea of where to put them in the conference, regional and national meet (if they qualify.) Cross country finishes and track personal bests are important and a nice combination. You have to find a balance of that. Some runners are really good on the track and not so great in cross country. You can kind of weed those guys out by looking at some 10K personal bests but then their conference finishes over the years. I use my noodle to determine where they belong in the grand scheme of things nationally.

One last thing, you’ll notice very quickly into the rankings that BYU is not included. As I mentioned above, I am the Director of Operations at BYU. Last year, I was on the fence about including BYU into the rankings. Eventually, it was clear that we could be contenders for the national title. Things didn’t go as planned as the NCAA Championships and so this year, the CITIUS MAG team has agreed to let me pull BYU from the published rankings.

Women’s rankings to come tomorrow!

You might have questions about the first set of rankings so when you’re done reading, check out the mailbag column that was just posted. These projections have taken performances from early-season invitationals into account.

Now that you get the idea, I think it’s time to unveil my Top 100 for 2018…

Ranking First Last School Year Rating
100 Kieran Tuntivate Harvard SR 8.6
99 Iliass Aouani Syracuse SR 8.6153
98 Caleb Covell Buffalo SO 8.670194986
97 Ryan Adams Furman JR 8.673297
96 Christopher Henry Wyoming SO 8.67573
95 Awet Beraki Stephen F. Austin FR 8.688888889
94 Caleb Pottorff Florida State FR 8.69695
93 Kevin Kipkosgei Abilene Christian FR 8.700854701
92 Joe Dragon Syracuse SO 8.7019
91 Meikael Beaudoin-Rousseau Stanford FR 8.713815789
90 Kevin James Syracuse JR 8.72355
89 Paul Hogan UMass Lowell SR 8.73635
88 Brodey Hasty Northern Arizona FR 8.75
87 Zack Snider Wisconsin JR 8.75
86 Yared Nuguse Notre Dame SO 8.75259
85 Ben Eidenschink Wisconsin JR 8.76621
84 Ryan Murphy Arkansas FR 8.786111
83 Tom Nobles Charlotte SR 8.79035
82 Isai Rodriguez Oklahoma State FR 8.8
81 Colin Burke UCLA JR 8.808388816
80 Nicholas Golebiowski North Carolina SR 8.850961538
79 Jose Pina San Jose St. JR 8.8659595
78 Casey Comber Villanova JR 8.8688
77 Trevor Siniscalchi Air Force SR 8.8752
76 Tai Dinger Stanford SR 8.894736842
75 Ryan Raff Northern Arizona FR 8.9282511
74 Chandler Teigen Washington State SR 8.947302
73 Aidan Reed Southern Utah JR 8.9921
72 Emmanuel Rotich Tulane SR 9
71 Michael Ward Bradley SR 9
70 DJ Principe Stanford FR 9.000021
69 Curt Eckstein Purdue SO 9.000211
68 Eric Hamer Colorado State SR 9.014573
67 Jacob Bilvado Air Force SR 9.0179
66 Garrett Reynolds UCLA SO 9.038651
65 Kyle Mau Indiana JR 9.06715
64 Caleb Webb Portland JR 9.070627
63 Chris Olley San Francisco JR 9.085201
62 Addison DeHaven Boise State SR 9.096412
61 Gilbert Boit Arkansas JR 9.1
60 Ashenafi Hatte Oklahoma State JR 9.11574083
59 Noah Schutte Portland JR 9.120515
58 Callum Bolger Stanford SO 9.124812
57 Peter Seufer Virginia Tech JR 9.126
56 Jamie Dee Iona FR 9.134252
55 Tanner Anderson Washington SR 9.1418
54 Ben Veatch Indiana JR 9.15
53 Aaron Templeton Furman SR 9.15275
52 Noah Affolder Syracuse SO 9.16346
51 Cameron Griffith Arkansas SR 9.168
50 Farah Abdulkarim Ole Miss JR 9.18509
49 Olin Hacker Wisconsin JR 9.21115
48 Christian Ricketts Southern Utah SO 9.21581
47 Miler Haller Boise State JR 9.21973
46 Meshack Kipchirchir Hofstra FR 9.224791086
45 Geordie Beamish Northern Arizona SR 9.23094
44 Dan Curts Iowa State SR 9.232623
43 Alek Parsons Stanford SO 9.23821
42 Yusuke Uchikoshi Boise State SR 9.24552
41 Gabe Arias-Sheridan Portland SR 9.25
40 Nadeel Wildschutt Coastal Carolina SO 9.25
39 Azaria Kirwa Liberty SR 9.25
38 Festus Lagat Iowa State JR 9.25256
37 Eduardo Herrera Colorado SO 9.30941704
36 Zach Long Tennessee SR 9.3234887
35 Jaret Carpenter Purdue JR 9.331838565
34 James Mwaura Gonzaga FR 9.34234
33 Garrett Corcoran California SR 9.350513
32 Brent Demarest Virginia SR 9.3703
31 Blaise Ferro Northern Arizona SO 9.371524
30 Ryan Forsyth Colorado SR 9.380044
29 Andrew Jordan Iowa State JR 9.41367713
28 Thomas Ratcliffe Stanford JR 9.42348
27 Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse Portland JR 9.44899
26 Lawrence Kipkoech Campbell SR 9.4567
25 Aidan Tooker Syracuse SO 9.456730769
24 Paul Roberts Wyoming JR 9.458238
23 Jonathan Davis Illinois JR 9.5
22 Cooper Teare Oregon SO 9.5
21 Amon Kemboi Campbell SO 9.5
20 Steven Fahy Stanford SR 9.5
19 Jonathan Green Georgetown SR 9.5
18 Alex Ostberg Stanford SR 9.5098684
17 Mickey Davey Air Force SR 9.536995
16 Oliver Hoare Wisconsin JR 9.59304932
15 Cole Rockhold Colorado State SR 9.660313
14 John Dressel Colorado JR 9.6739
13 Nick Hauger Portland SR 9.69394
12 Luis Grijalva Northern Arizona SO 9.7051569
11 Edwin Kurgat Iowa State JR 9.73897389
10 Joe Klecker Colorado SR 9.75
9 Alfred Chelanga Alabama SR 9.7741
8 Peter Lomong Northern Arizona SR 9.807735426
7 Gilbert Kigen Alabama SR 9.876681
6 James Sugira Eastern Kentucky FR 9.89234
5 Tyler Day Northern Arizona SR 9.9775784
4 Vincent Kiprop Alabama SR 9.9997
3 Grant Fisher Stanford SR 9.9998
2 Matthew Baxter Northern Arizona SR 9.9999
1 Morgan McDonald Wisconsin SR 10

Thoughts? Send your compliments or hate mail over to me on Twitter: @Wood_Report or email me at [email protected]. Tell us if you’d like for The Wood Report to go audio version as well. We could tape a bi-weekly podcast in the lead up to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships. 

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