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. 6 men’s spot goes to Notre Dame and here's why:
Probable Top Seven:
JR Yared Nuguse (3:38 1500; 7:57 3K; 59th at ’18 NCAA XC)
SO Danny Kilrea (14:11 5K; 28:55 10K; 33rd at ’18 NCAA XC)
JR Kevin Salvano (14:18 5K; 28:54 10K; 167th at ’18 NCAA XC)
FR Jake Renfree (4:05 Mile; 9:11 2 Mile; 2nd at ’18 FL XC)
FR Carter Cheeseman (4:07 Mile; 8:53 2 Mile; 10th at ’18 FL XC)
JR Andrew Alexander (8:05 3K; 14:01 5K; 160th at ’18 NCAA XC)
SR Anthony Williams (14:35 5K; 97th at ’18 NCAA XC)
Jake Renfree via Knoxville, TN (4:05 Mile; 9:11 2 Mile; 2nd at ’18 FL XC)
Carter Cheeseman via Fort Worth, TX (4:07 Mile; 8:53 2 Mile; 10th at ’18 FL XC)
The Notre Dame men return their top six runners from their 14th place finish last season and look to be the ‘sleeper team to watch’ in 2019. While they return their entire top five, more importantly they come into the fall after impressive track campaigns this past season. Leading the charge will be junior Yared Nuguse who is coming off winning two NCAA track titles in the indoor DMR and outdoor 1500. Also, returning is All-American Danny Kilrea and juniors Kevin Salvano and Andrew Alexander. Both Salvano and Alexander have run some strong track personal bests not he track, 28:54 10k and 14:01 5k respectively.
Ultimately, what will make or break the Fighting Irish from sniffing the podium will be the success of their incoming freshmen Jake Renfree and Carter Cheeseman. Both of these men have were strong on the track as preps but more importantly have proven cross country experience with both of them finishing in the top ten at Foot Locker Nationals last season.