Here's a shocker: Edward Cheserek is ranked No. 1 in the first DyeStat individual cross country rankings. The St. Benedict's Prep junior and Kenya native certainly earned, finishing first in the 5K at New Balance Outdoor Nationals and second at the NXN National meet. Here's what they had to say about the elite harrier:
No matter how you look at it, Cheserek earns the preseason #1. Coming over from Kenya as a soph, his XC season began with a Great American Independent Schools win and ended with an NXN runner-up finish behind Verzbicas. He backed it up in track, with a US#2 8:42.66 2M indoors, a #4 4:03.29 mile outdoors and he bookended NBON with his 5k triumph and winning DMR anchor. He’s the man to beat, no doubt.
New Jersey runners actually bookended the Top 25, as Piscataway's Tim Ball rounded out the list. See what Dyestat experts had to say about Ball and the rest of the top boys harriers by clicking here. And for the best girls XC runners, click here.
Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at email@example.com.