2019 FloXC Countdown: #11 Colorado Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 25 cross country teams and individuals in the NCAA this season which will be LIVE on FloTrack. And, be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, August 26th at 10 AM CT. The No. 11 men’s spot goes to Colorado and here's why:

Probable Top Seven:

SR Joe Klecker (7:51 3K; 13:30 5K; 8th at ’18 NCAA XC)

SR John Dressel (7:51 3K; 13:41 5K; 29:00 10K; 9th at ’18 NCAA XC)

JR Eduardo Herrera (8:03 3K; 13:57 5K; 43rd at ’18 NCAA XC)

FR Kashon Harrison (4:13 Mile; 8:55 3200; 11th at ’18 FL XC)

JR Paxton Smith (14:27 5K; 30:02 10K)

FR Gabe Fendel (14:28 5K)

FR Austin Vancil (9:08 3200; 6th at ’18 NXN)

Impact Freshmen/Transfers:

Kashon Harrison via Fruitland, NM (4:13 Mile; 8:55 3200; 11th at ’18 FL XC)

Austin Vancil via Morrison, CA (9:08 3200; 6th at ’18 NXN)

Hunter Appleton via New Orleans, LA (9:01 3200)

Noah Hibbard via Arcadia, CA (4:07 1600)

Analysis:

Last year Colorado put three men in the top-11 to lead their team to a podium finish. While the Buffaloes return three from their top-4 runners their search for a 4th and 5th man in 2019 will be what makes or breaks this squad's season. Up front the Buffaloes will rely on All-Americans Joe Klecker, John Dressel, and Eduardo Herrera. Beyond those three coach Mark Wetmore will look to younger talent to fill in the gaps.

Incoming freshmen Kashon Harrison and Austin Vancil have a chance to make the top seven as true freshmen. Their prep resumes speak for themselves having finished high at the Foot Locker and NXN championships respectively.

Also, returning to the squad is junior Paxton Smith and redshirt freshman Gabe Fendel both of which have run sub-14:30 5ks this past spring. The combination of the Buffaloes’ ‘Big-3’ and their slew of newcomers, Colorado will once again contend for a top ten finish.

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