Cape Elizabeth junior Jack Bassett is the top returner from the 2017 Class B Boys State Championship, he clocked 17:04.86 to finish third a year ago. Bassett placed 4th in the 3200m in the outdoor state meet, and ran best of 4:39.6 & 10:14.8 outdoors.
Chasing him will be Lincoln Academy senior Sam Russ who guided his team to the team title in 2017. Russ placed fourth running 17:11.12. He had a very strong outdoor season that saw him run 4:34.93 for 1600m and 10:06.11 for 3200m.
Waterville's Nick Dall is always a threat, after recovering from a injury most of last xc season expect Dall to be ready to push even harder in 2018. The senior finished 5th in the state meet a year ago running 17:14.19.
Junior Jarrett Gulden of Lincoln Academy was 6th a season ago. Gulden ran a very strong 17:15.45. Outdoors he ran 2:03.96 for 800m and 4:39.15 for 1600m, placing 3rd and 5th respectively at the Class B state meet.
WellsGriffin Allaire was 7th a year ago, and is looking for more in 2018. Allaire a junior showed good fitness at the Beach to Beacon High School mile in August as he was the runner-up. He won the Class C 1600m state title in the spring, and ran best of 4:33 for the distance.
Sophomore Martin Horne of Freeport has a tremendous freshman campaign that saw him finish 8th in the state meet running 17:22.99 on the tough course at Twin Brook. Horne will be another year stronger, and after an outdoor track season that saw him clock 4:32.46 for 1600m and 10:08.25, could contend for the individual title.
Based on returners from the state meet the top returning team is the defending champions Lincoln Academy. A year ago they dominated the competition, and appear to be headed for a repeat if they stay healthy.
Freeport & Hermon will have strong teams with Cape Elizabeth & York rounding out the top five returning squads in 2018.
Who do you think will win the 2018 Class B Boys Individual State XC Championship?