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Iowa high school preseason cross country rankings: CCA and Tipton boys, Williamsburg girls are No. 1

Prairie, Washington, Kennedy boys are top-6 in 4A

Led by senior Caleb Shumaker, here leading the pack at the 2017 state meet, the Tipton boys’ cross country team is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. The Tigers are defending 2A champions, and Shumaker was fourth individually. (The Gazette)
Led by senior Caleb Shumaker, here leading the pack at the 2017 state meet, the Tipton boys’ cross country team is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. The Tigers are defending 2A champions, and Shumaker was fourth individually. (The Gazette)

Three area teams are ranked No. 1 in the preseason cross country rankings, released Thursday by the Iowa Track Coaches Association.

Tipton is the defending Class 2A boys’ champion and welcomes back five runners from last year’s state team, led by junior Caleb Shumaker, who placed fourth individually.

Clear Creek Amana was the 3A boys’ runner-up and has five runners back, led by Jack Sexton (seventh individually).

Williamsburg’s girls were 2A runners-up and bring back a deep, balanced squad. Six Raiders return.

Four Metro boys’ teams are ranked high. Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Washington and Cedar Rapids Kennedy are fourth, fifth and sixth in 4A; Marion is No. 5 in 3A.

Two area girls return to defend their individual titles — Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet (4A) and Mid-Prairie’s Marie Hostetler (2A).

CLASS 4A GIRLS

1. Johnston

2. Southeast Polk

3. Waukee

4. West Des Moies Valley

5. Dubuque Senior

6. Dubuque Hempstead

7. Cedar Rapids Prairie

8. Urbandale

9. Linn-Mar

10. Des Moines Roosevelt

11. Ankeny Centennial

12. Iowa City West

13. Pleasant Valley

14. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

15. West Des Moines Dowling

 

CLASS 4A BOYS

1. West Des Moines Dowling

2. Dubuque Hempstead

3. Pleasant Valley

4. Cedar Rapids Prairie

5. Cedar Rapids Washington

6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

7. Cedar Falls

8. Johnston

9. Southeast Polk

10. Ames

11. Iowa City West

12. West Des Moines Valley

13. Ankeny Centennial

14. Waukee

15. Urbandale

 

CLASS 3A GIRLS

1. Dubuque Wahlert

2. Dallas Center-Grimes

3. Ballard

4. Glenwood

5. Pella

6. Sioux City Heelan

7. Atlantic

8. Harlan

9. Grinnell

10. Solon

11. North Polk

12. Charles City

13. Decorah

14. Norwalk

15. Spencer

 

CLASS 3A BOYS

1. Clear Creek Amana

2. Gilbert

3. Carlisle

4. Pella

5. Marion

6. Dallas Center-Grimes

7. Decorah

8. Dubuque Wahlert

9. Humboldt

10. MOC-Floyd Valley

11. Glenwood

12. Atlantic

13. Grinnell

14. Sergeant Bluff-Luton

15. Mount Vernon-Lisbon

 

CLASS 2A GIRLS

1. Williamsburg

2. WC-KP

3. Mid-Prairie

4. Jesup

5. Panorama

6. Danville-New London

7. Starmont

8. Waukon

9. Unity Christian

10. Dike-New Hartford

11. Albia

12. Cherokee

13. Guthrie Center ACGC

14. Shenandoah

15. Crestwood

 

CLASS 2A BOYS

1. Tipton

2. Monticello

3. South Hardin

4. Albia

5. Davis County

6. Des Moines Christian

7. Camanche

8. Okoboji

9. Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck

10. GLR-Central Lyon

11. Williamsburg

12. Unity Christian

13. Red Oak

14. Bellevue

15. Western Christian

 

CLASS 1A GIRLS

1. Logan-Magnolia

2. Iowa City Regina

3. Hudson

4. Lansing Kee

5. Aplington-Parkersburg

6. Cascade

7. Denver

8. Pekin

9. Earlham

10. Bellevue Marquette

11. North Linn

12. East Marshall

13. South Winneshiek

14. Tri-Center

15. Ridge View

 

CLASS 1A BOYS

1. Madrid

2. Calamus-Wheatland

3. Maquoketa Valley

4. Earlham

5. Nodaway Valley

6. South Winneshiek

7. Council Bluffs St. Albert

8. Pekin

9. Conrad BCLUW

10. Woodward Academy

11. Mason City Newman

12. Denver

13. Cascade

14. Ogden

15. Trinity Christian

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