Preseason XC Rankings: Boys DII Large Schools

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Next up in our preseason rankings series is Division II Large Schools.

Brentwood Academy enters as the three-time defending champion in this division. The Eagles are the first team to ever win three straight state cross country titles in this division. And they enter 2018 as the top team in our combined rankings.

BA returns pretty much everybody. Matthew McMillan, Matthew Porter and George Payne are all back. Or as their teammates call them..."The Three Amigos."

The Eagles have a veteran-laden team that will be a force to be reckoned with all season across the Southeast. Youngster Cayden Durrough, who ran 16:35 last season, will be in the mix for a top-five finish at the state meet as well. Combine that with the experience of Eddie Lunn and you've got the strongest top five in Tennessee to enter the season.

Brentwood Academy's one-through-five average time of 16:26 is the fastest in any division across Tennessee entering the 2018 season. And they're the only team to enter the season sub-16:30 as a top five.

But they'll be challenged by the likes of McCallie and Montgomery Bell Academy.

MBA is led by the 800 meter state champion Graham Ragsdale. He comes in with a 16:31 PR, good for fourth in the league. McCallie has a tight one-through-five split of just 30 seconds, which is best in the division. Walton Bedell, Samuel Ligon and Duke Richey make a talented trio. They'll be at the front of the pack anytime the Blue Tornado toes the line this season.

And when it comes time to compete for a championship, being able to pack up and help one another is vital.

Here are how the rankings shape up as we enter the 2018 cross county season in DII-Large Schools.

1Brentwood Academy (TN)23
1) Matthew McMillan15:59.561
2) Matthew Porter16:15.012
3) George Payne16:17.063
4) Cayden Durrough16:36.175
5) Eddie Lunn17:02.6112
Average Time: 16:26.08 Total Time: 1:22:10.41 1-5 Split: 1:03.05
6) Joshua Allen17:57.3036
7) Solomon Smith18:36.0045
2McCallie School (TN)56
1) Walton Bedell16:36.196
2) Samuel Ligon16:47.859
3) Duke Richey16:56.3911
4) Dawson Carmack17:03.4114
5) Chris Duncan17:06.2816
Average Time: 16:54.02 Total Time: 1:24:30.12 1-5 Split: 30.09
6) Dylan Zeller17:10.6620
7) John Arrowsmith17:15.3022
3Montgomery Bell Academy (TN)70
1) Graham Ragsdale16:31.554
2) Parker O'Neal16:53.3310
3) Luke Mryncza17:04.3715
4) John Hyde17:06.5517
5) Jack Larish17:23.0224
Average Time: 16:59.76 Total Time: 1:24:58.82 1-5 Split: 51.47
6) Tillman Dean17:25.9726
7) Will Crawford17:37.8732
4Christian Brothers High School (TN)102
1) Tyler Casey16:38.407
2) Constatine Campbell16:44.008
3) Gabe Roberts17:25.0025
4) Sloan McHugh17:30.1629
5) Baker Springer17:38.0033
Average Time: 17:11.11 Total Time: 1:25:55.56 1-5 Split: 59.60
6) Parker Massa17:40.7834
7) Addison Harris17:58.0037
5Baylor School (TN)137
1) Silas Gartman17:03.0213
2) Sam MacMillan17:28.4527
3) Grant Johnson17:29.7828
4) Jackson Collette17:34.7330
5) Atherton Mook18:04.2139
Average Time: 17:32.04 Total Time: 1:27:40.19 1-5 Split: 1:01.19
6) Jacob Best19:15.8849
7) William Hamm19:17.2950
6Memphis University School (TN)166
1) Alex Warr17:10.0019
2) Mason Love17:14.9421
3) Joseph Barnes17:21.0123
4) Duncan McLean19:19.5751
5) Max White19:24.0052
Average Time: 18:05.90 Total Time: 1:30:29.52 1-5 Split: 2:14.00
6) Griffin Hood19:50.0055
7) Hudson Miller20:41.0067
7Father Ryan High School (TN)179
1) Ian Boer17:08.6018
2) Jacob Hoback18:03.1938
3) Will Stacey18:05.3040
4) David Johnson18:07.8441
5) Ian Jones18:10.5542
Average Time: 17:55.10 Total Time: 1:29:35.48 1-5 Split: 1:01.95
6) Hayden Zenor18:23.3243
7) Sebastian Jones18:27.1544
8St. Benedict at Auburndale (TN)250
1) Sam Baker17:35.0031
2) Jack Leoni18:44.0047
3) Wyatt Ellis19:43.3653
4) Parker Dlabaj19:51.0057
5) John Beattie20:08.0062
Average Time: 19:12.27 Total Time: 1:36:01.36 1-5 Split: 2:33.00
6) Hayden Thompson20:10.4063
7) Austin Augliar20:14.8364
9Pope John Paul II High School (TN)276
1) Nick Crump18:42.7046
2) Liam Leonard19:45.6354
3) Samuel McGrath19:50.1556
4) Ethan Davanport20:01.3959
5) Ryan Moran20:04.1461
Average Time: 19:40.80 Total Time: 1:38:24.01 1-5 Split: 1:21.44
6) Luke Kroeger20:21.0465
7) Isaac Patrick21:24.7673
10Briarcrest Christian School (TN)280
1) Jacob Duell17:45.8035
2) Justin Lee18:59.0048
3) Isaiah Haines19:56.0058
4) Alexander Hamilton20:45.0069
5) Zach Kothe20:57.0070
Average Time: 19:40.56 Total Time: 1:38:22.80 1-5 Split: 3:11.20
6) Colin Hube22:35.3078
7) Alexand Hamilton22:37.6379