Preview of NXN
Runners from St X will run as Louisville Extreme in Portland, OR this weekend in the Nike Cross Nationals. Members of the team are senior Ryan Guenthner; juniors Patrick Schaefer, Cooper Marchal, Eric Portaro, and Thomas Knepshield; and sophomores Zach Larkin and Grady Shiftlet.
The team will face off against the toughest competition in the country. The only familiar teams that Louisville Extreme has faced off against is number five in the nation Brentwood. Brentwood placed first in the Southeast Region and beat Louisville Extreme with four of their runners placing in the top 15.
The biggest competition will be American Fork from Utah and Neuqua Valley from Illinois. American Fork has major talent with its first four runners and the number one runner in the nation Casey Clinger. Neuqua Valley is the most rounded team in the nation and has a great pack with their first 5 runners.
While it will be tough for Louisville Extreme to win on Saturday, this could be the first time a team with runners from St X place in the top ten in the nation at NXN. The only other time was when runners from St X competing in 2012 placed 13th. At their current rank and depth the team could be the first to place in the top ten from St X in history.