With eight of the top ten from 2017 back this fall, Class A boys xc is going to be very fast and competitive from both an individual and team perspective.
Junior Lisandro Berry-Gaviria of Mt Ararat returns to defend his individual title this fall. Berry-Gaviria had quite a year winning the Class A XC title, then winning the mile & 2 mile indoors, before adding the 1600 & 3200m titles outdoors. He is the odds on favorite to repeat with how he has performed in championship meets over the last year.
Last year's runner-up Wyatt Lord of Hampden Academy is back looking to move up the podium one spot, and lead his team to victory. Lord clocked 16:35.43 on the tough layout at Twin Brook with states at Belfast this fall look for a fast race if the conditions hold up. Lord won the 800m state title outdoors, and ran a 1:58.03 at New Englands.
Scarborough's Connor Coffin had a great state meet finish a year ago to lead his Red Storm teammates to the runner-up team finish with his fourth place effort. Coffin finished fifth in the 3200m indoors, before missing most of the outdoor season with an injury. He is healthy now looking to challenge for the top spot in 2018.
Gabe Coffey a senior from Bangor finished a solid fifth last fall running 16:40.53. Coffey had a strong track season that saw him finish third in the mile at states indoor (4:28.32), and was the runner-up outdoors for 3200m (9:59.42) before going on to run a personal best 9:43.24 at New Englands.
Senior Alec Troxell from Deeringis another threat to watch out for this fall. He had an off day at states last year as he placed 6th, then at the New England Championship at Belfast he produced an All-New England performance with an 18th place (16:05) effort.
Falmouth senior John Auer is another top returner to keep an eye on. Auer ran to a 7th place effort in 2017 helping his Yachtsmen squad to their second consecutive state title. He had a strong track campaign as well he was the runner-up for 1600m outdoors.
Scarborough the 2017 runner-up is the top team based on returners, the Red Storm put together their best race of the season at states a year ago. They have added one of the top freshman in the state with Zach Berry, and have the quality behind their top three to contend once again.
Hampden Academy put together a great fall in 2017 that saw the Broncos finished fourth. They return their entire top seven from last year and will be hungry to move up on the podium in 2018.
Greely will be in the mix once again in their second season in Class A, they placed third in their inaugural year. The Rangers have talent and plenty of depth to make a strong run at a title this fall.
Two time defending champion Falmouth was hit hard by graduation but they still have talent. Don't count them out just yet, they will need some new faces to emerge but have the numbers for that to happen.
Mt Ararat & Kennebunk are the next best teams based on state meet returners, they will be looking to improve on last fall's results.