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IR'S BOYS PRESEASON ALL-STATE!

1. Izaiah Steury – senior - Angola


Inccstats.com ranking: 1


State Meet History: 38th in ’18 (16:32), 7th in ’19 (15:49), 1st in ’20 (15:23)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in West Noble Sectional (15:49), 1st in West Noble Regional (15:20), 1st in New Haven Semi-state (15:25), 1st in IHSAA State Finals (15:23)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in East Noble Sectional 800 (2:00), 1st in East Noble Sectional 1600 (4:27), 1st in East Noble Sectional 3200 (10:02), 1st in Marion Regional 1600 (4:14), 1st in Marion Regional 3200 (9:48), 4th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:13)


Outlook: Steury was always good, top freshman at the state meet in ’18 and seventh as a sophomore in ’19, but he really took off after the quarantine period. His junior cross country season, opening with a 14:51 performance on a somewhat warm day at Marion and culminating in a runaway state title, was legendary. Steury was undefeated all season, and almost certainly would have qualified for both the Nike and Foot Locker national championships had they been contested. While he didn’t win an individual title he had some incredible races (1:52, 4:09 and 8:55). Steury has a clear rival in Mathison—they finished just five hundredths of a second apart at the Carmel Showcase—but Steury is just as obviously the favorite heading into 2021.


2. Kole Mathison – junior – Carmel


Inccstats.com ranking: 2


State Meet History: 11th in ’19 (15:54), 3rd in ’20 (15:36)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Noblesville Regional (15:12), 1st in Shelbyville Semi-state (15:18), 3rd in IHSAA State Finals (15:36)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Carmel Sectional 3200 (9:10), 1st in Lafayette Jeff Regional 3200 (9:05), 2nd in IHSAA State Finals (9:01)


Outlook: Mathison was a freshman phenom who finished 11th two years ago and followed that up with a massive leap in performance into his sophomore year. Mathison was undefeated into the state meet before finishing third last fall then ran very competitively in a national level meet after the state finals. The improvement continued into the track season with Mathison helped his school to the team title with a leg on a runner-up 4x8 relay and a runner-up performance in the 3200. His 8:55 time at the Carmel Showcase in the 3200 ranks second all-time for sophomores, and his 1:51.9 split at the regional was the second fastest reported split of the season. Mathison is the top contender for the individual title behind the defending champion, and he could be competitive to qualify for the national meets.


3. Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff – senior – Columbus North


Inccstats.com ranking: 3


State Meet History: 127th in ’18 (17:20), 26th in ’19 (16:15), 4th in ’20 (15:44)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Columbus North Regional (15:21), 2nd in Brown County Semi-state (15:31), 4th in IHSAA State Finals (15:44)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Columbus North Sectional 800 (1:57), 1st in Columbus North Sectional 1600 (4:13), 1st in Warren Central Regional 800 (1:54), 1st in Warren Central Regional 1600 (4:10), 2nd in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:07)


Outlook: Kilbarger-Stumpff went from a solid runner on the level of All-State status to borderline nationally elite this spring. His surprising fourth place finish at the state cross country meet, in retrospect, was just the start. He kicked off his tornado of a track season by nearly winning the mile at the Flashes Showcase just a few days after running 1:52 high over 800 meters. Kilbarger-Stumpff doesn’t have the cross country credentials of our top two on this list, but he does have superior performances over (the open) 800 and 1600 meters.


4. Mariano Retzloff – senior – Penn


Inccstats.com ranking: 4


State Meet History: 5th in ’20 (15:45)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in South Bend Riley Sectional (15:36), 1st in Elkhart Regional (15:45), 2nd in New Haven Semi-state (15:35), 5th in IHSAA State Finals (15:45)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Penn Sectional 3200 (10:10), 1st in Kokomo Regional 3200 (9:21), 10th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:26)


Outlook: Retzloff was fifth at the state meet last fall and second in the semi-state to the eventual state champion. He was not a well-known or particularly established elite runner prior to those two races—in fact that race was his first state meet in cross country—but he certainly proved himself on the biggest stages as a junior. In the track season, he was good as well. He missed the podium in the 3200, but that came after running on his team’s 4x8 relay. Earlier in the season, he ran 9:17 over 3200 meters at the Carmel Showcase.


5. Krishna Thirunavukkarasu – senior - Brebeuf


Inccstats.com ranking: 7


State Meet History: 51st in ’18 (16:40), 20th in ’19 (16:09), 14th in ’20 (15:58)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 3rd in Brebeuf Sectional (16:31), 3rd in Noblesville Regional (15:28), 6th in Shelbyville Semi-state (15:49), 14th in IHSAA State Finals (15:58)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Lawrence Central Sectional 3200 (9:46), 2nd in Lawrence Central Regional 3200 (9:22), 8th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:15)


Outlook: Thirunavukkarasu has been a star for the entirety of his time at Brebeuf. He qualified for the state meet individually as a freshman (and placed a respectable 51st) before earning an individual medal the next two years in leading his school to its best seasons ever. He enters his senior year in a position to take his team to the state title and earn a third individual medal, this coming on the heels of a track season in which he ran 9:15 for the 3200.


6. Cole Raymond – senior - LaPorte


Inccstats.com ranking: 18


State Meet History: 115th in ’19 (16:59), 34th in ’20 (16:21)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in New Prairie Sectional (16:37), 1st in Chesterton Regional (16:17), 3rd in New Prairie Semi-state (16:13), 34th in IHSAA State Finals (16:21)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Portage Sectional 1600 (4:30), 1st in Portage Sectional 3200 (9:52), 2nd in Crown Point Regional 1600 (4:14), 12th in Crown Point Regional 3200 (10:10), 4th in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:12)


Outlook: Raymond has been a good cross country runner in his time in high school, though he’s seen more success on the track. His spring season illustrate a complete distance runner ready to perform more consistently at an elite level in his senior year, most notably his 4:12 performance in the 1600 to finish fourth in a loaded field. In addition to his miler exploits, Raymond ran 9:16 over 3200 meters at the Carmel Showcase. While he hasn’t finished All-State in cross country, as 15 athletes on this list have a total of 19 times, his track times would rank him more like fourth of everyone here.


7. Karsten Schlegel – senior – FW Concordia


Inccstats.com ranking: 6


State Meet History: 143rd in ’18 (17:28), 29th in ’19 (16:18), 6th in ’20 (15:49)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in FW North Sectional 3200 (9:47), 2nd in Marion Regional 3200 (9:54), 18th in IHSAA State Finals (9:41)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 2nd in FW Northrop Sectional (16:19), 3rd in West Noble Regional (15:59), 3rd in New Haven Semi-state (15:35), 6th in IHSAA State Finals (15:49)


Outlook: Schlegel had a short cross country season as a sophomore that ended with his team winning the state championship and him nearly finishing All-State. At the time, it was a shocking performance, one that his team absolutely needed to earn the title. Zooming out to include last year’s sixth-place finish at the state meet as a junior, his earlier success is less surprising. Schlegel is one of the most talented runners in Indiana, and he’s in a program that has consistently produced top performers at the state meet over the last decade.


8. Matt Newell – senior – Columbus North


Inccstats.com ranking: 20


State Meet History: 77th in ’18 (16:55), 14th in ’19 (15:56), 23rd in ’20 (16:05)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 7th in Columbus North Regional (16:14), 10th in Brown County Semi-state (16:00), 23rd in IHSAA State Finals (16:05)


2021 Track Tournament: 3rd in Columbus North Sectional 1600 (4:28)


Outlook: Newell had an abbreviated but highly successful cross country season as a junior in which he ran just three races but finished All-State and helped his team to a dominating victory. This was followed up with track season that started off well with a 4:18 full mile at the Flashes Showcase but ended prematurely. Newell ran 4:17 for 1600 at the state finals in his freshman year and followed that up with a 14th place finish at the state cross country meet. He’s potentially the third best distance runner in the state.


9. Ezra Burrell – junior – Brebeuf


Inccstats.com ranking: 14


State Meet History: 37th in ’19 (16:21), 27th in ’20 (16:11)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 8th in Noblesville Regional (15:42), 12th in Shelbyville Semi-state (15:57), 27th in IHSAA State Finals (16:11)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Lawrence Central Sectional 1600 (4:30), 1st in Lawrence Central Regional 1600 (4:20), 7th in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:19)


Outlook: Burrell might have the highest potential of the four Brebeuf runners on this list as evidenced by his monster track season in which he scored in the 1600 at the state meet. In addition to his typically great state meet performance, Burrell ran 4:16 over 1600 meters and 9:20 over 3200 meters. Those track performances are more meaningful when paired with previous cross country success after Burrell finished in the top 40 in Terre Haute his first two seasons of high school.


10. Nolan Satterfield – senior – Hamilton Southeastern


Inccstats.com ranking: 9


State Meet History: 115th in ’18 (17:12), 46th in ’19 (16:25), 9th in ’20 (15:53)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 4th in Pendleton Heights Sectional (16:29), 8th in New Haven Semi-state (15:58), 9th in IHSAA State Finals (15:53)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Carmel Sectional 1600 (4:22), 1st in Lafayette Jeff Regional 1600 (4:20), 21st in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:29)


Outlook: Satterfield is a state meet veteran, the sixth returner from last year and leader of a title-contending team as a senior. His ranking being lower than his state meet place in 2020 demonstrates the immense strength of the returners this fall with 15 of last season’s top 25 back. Satterfield also had a solid spring season, running 4:20 over 1600 meters, but a few of those with spectacular track seasons pass him in these rankings.


11. Abe Eckman – senior – Jasper


Inccstats.com ranking: 12


State Meet History: 83rd in ’19 (16:46), 12th in ’20 (15:57)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 2nd in Jasper Sectional (16:22), 1st in Crawford County Regional (15:32), 3rd in Brown County Semi-state (15:41), 12th in IHSAA State Finals (15:57)


2021 Track Tournament: 2nd in Jasper Sectional 1600 (4:26), 2nd in Jasper Sectional 3200 (9:31), 2nd in Evansville Central Regional 3200 (9:18), 12th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:29)


Outlook: Eckman was lights out in the cross country tournament, culminating in his 12th place finish at the state meet. He’s also one of the most improved athletes in the state over the last two years, going from typically running over 18:00 minutes to repeatedly breaking 16:00. His track state meet wasn’t on the same level as the fall, but he did run 9:14 over 3200 meters in April which is the fourth best of any returner for this school year.


12. Cameron Todd – sophomore – Brebeuf


Inccstats.com ranking: 5


State Meet History: 24th in ’20 (16:06)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Brown County Sectional (16:19), 3rd in Columbus North Regional (15:48), 6th in Brown County Semi-state (16:09), 26th in IHSAA State Finals (16:15)


2021 Track Tournament: 2nd in Lawrence Central Sectional 1600 (4:32), 5th in Lawrence Central Regional 1600 (4:29)


Outlook: Todd has seemingly limitless potential. He was All-State as a freshman, improving rapidly through the season and peaking perfectly for the state meet. In the spring, he was just as good in running 4:29 over 1600 meters and 9:27 over 3200 meters, the latter being the number 12 time ever for freshmen. Todd could definitely be a top five individual finisher this fall.


13. Spenser Wolf – senior – Forest Park


Inccstats.com ranking: 8


State Meet History: 43rd in ’19 (16:24), 37th in ’20 (16:22)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Jasper Sectional (16:10), 2nd in Crawford County Regional (15:34), 6th in Brown County Semi-state (15:46), 37th in IHSAA State Finals (16:22)


2021 Track Tournament: 4th in Jasper Sectional 1600 (4:26), 1st in Jasper Sectional 3200 (9:25), 3rd in Evansville Central Regional 3200 (9:20), 9th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:17)


Outlook: Wolf had a solid junior year, though neither of his state finals races was a great demonstration of his top potential. He is the 23rd returner based on state meet results in cross country, but he finished the season ranked 12th on inccstats. Wolf did snag a medal in the track season, running 9:17 over 3200 meters. Expect him to ascend the podium individually this fall and spring as a senior.


14. Will Conway – sophomore – Floyd Central


Inccstats.com ranking: 17


State Meet History: 38th in ’20 (16:23)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 8th in Crawford County Sectional (17:26), 5th in Crawford County Regional (16:17), 29th in Brown County Semi-state (16:30), 38th in IHSAA State Finals (16:23)


2021 Track Tournament: 2nd in Floyd Central Sectional 1600 (4:24), 2nd in Floyd Central Sectional 3200 (9:39), 2nd in Evansville Central Regional 1600 (4:23), 4th in Evansville Central Regional 3200 (9:32), 5th in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:18)


Outlook: Conway was the second freshman at the state meet last fall, the 24th returner for this season. The typical sophomore jump, even for someone already among the state’s elite, could put Conway at the very top of the state. In just one year, he’s also shown a penchant for running his best at the state finals with his great showing in Terre Haute and a fifth-place finish in the 1600 during the track season.


15. Cole Johnston – senior – Goshen


Inccstats.com ranking: 13


State Meet History: 55th in ’19 (16:29), 13th in ’20 (15:58)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 2nd in Elkhart Regional (15:56), 18th in New Haven Semi-state (16:13), 13th in IHSAA State Finals (15:58)


2021 Track Tournament: 7th in Goshen Sectional 1600 (4:31), 3rd in Goshen Sectional 3200 (9:47), 5th in Kokomo Regional 3200 (9:53)


Outlook: Johnston became the first All-State boy from his school since 1999, and he led his team to the state finals for the first time in seven years. Even with those accolades, he is not assured to be the number one runner on the team at every point this fall. That daily training environment pair with both his previous accomplishments and the best team in school history should fuel Johnston to another individual medal and perhaps put his team on the medal stand as well.


16. Nate Killeen – junior – North Central (Indy)


Inccstats.com ranking: 10


State Meet History: 15th in’ 20 (16:02)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Brebeuf Sectional (16:17), 9th in Noblesville Regional (15:45), 10th in Shelbyville Semi-state (15:55), 15th in IHSAA State Finals (16:02)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Lawrence Central Sectional 800 (1:57), 1st in Lawrence Central Regional 800 (1:57), 11th in IHSAA State Finals 800 (1:56)


Outlook: Killeen ran his best last year at the most important times in both seasons, finishing 15th at the state cross country meet and nearly scoring in the 800 in the spring. Based on the state meet results, he’s the tenth returner (incredible for finishing that high) and the second in the class of 2023. Though he concentrated on a shorter distance with less translation to cross country in the spring, Killeen did run 4:23 for a full mile and 9:24 for 3200 in the showcase meets before switching to the 800. If he can continue to progress as he has been, Killeen has top five potential this fall individually.


17. Charlie Schuman – junior – Carmel


Inccstats.com ranking: 21


State Meet History: 58th in ’19 (16:31), 25th in ’20 (16:07)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 4th in Noblesville Regional (15:38), 17th in Shelbyville Semi-state (16:08), 25th in IHSAA State Finals (16:07)


2021 Track Tournament: 2nd in Carmel Sectional 1600 (4:22), 4th in Lafayette Jeff Regional 1600 (4:21), 14th in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:24)


Outlook: Schuman has been a constant in Carmel’s line-up over the last two years, running in all three state finals possible over that time frame. He’s the 15th returner from the state meet in a season where he ran 15:38 over 5000 meters on the grass, and his track season showcased top ten potential with 4:21 and 9:23 performances. Like so many others on this list, Schuman also benefits from being on a top team, giving him a daily edge over some of the other top individuals without good training partners.


18. Kyle Clark – junior – Bloomington North


Inccstats.com ranking: 11


State Meet History: 19th in ’20 (16:03)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 4th in Bedford North Lawrence Sectional (16:34), 4th in Bedford North Lawrence Regional (16:20), 13th in Brown County Semi-state (16:09), 19th in IHSAA State Finals (16:03)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Bloomington North Sectional 1600 (4:29), 3rd in Bloomington North Sectional 3200 (9:54), 7th in Bloomington North Regional 3200 (9:57)


Outlook: Clark was a surprise All-Stater when he finished 19th last fall, but he won’t be a surprise this year. The 12th returner and with two seasons left in high school, Clark also had a solid but unspectacular track season, falling short of the state finals in the 3200. While maybe not on a top contending team, Clark also will have good teammates to train with every day, certainly an advantage.


19. Kai Connor – senior – Westfield


Inccstats.com ranking: 15


State Meet History: 126th in ’19 (17:04), 63rd in ’20 (16:36)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 6th in Noblesville Regional (15:40), 7th in Shelbyville Semi-state (15:52), 63rd in IHSAA State Finals (16:36)


2021 Track Tournament: 4th in Carmel Sectional 800 (1:57), 7th in Lafayette Jeff Regional 800 (1:56)


Outlook: Connor has qualified for the state meet as an individual the last couple of years. He’s not in the top 25 returners from the state meet, but the advanced stats based off his entire junior season put him among some of the best in Indiana. His commitment to his team’s fourth-place 4x8 relay mortgaged his potential for individual glory in the spring, though he had great individual performances in April including 4:20 for a full mile and 9:20 for 3200 meters.


20. Jack Moore – senior - Northridge


Inccstats.com ranking: 19


State Meet History: 64th in ’19 (16:33)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 8th in Elkhart Sectional (17:16), 26th in New Haven Semi-state (16:27)


2021 Track Tournament: 1st in Goshen Sectional 3200 (9:18), 2nd in Kokomo Regional 3200 (9:22), 6th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:14)


Outlook: Moore was not a star last cross country season, missing the state meet individually and finishing ranked 138th on inccstats, though he did qualify for the state finals individually in his sophomore year. He catapulted into the state’s elite this track season, finishing sixth at the state finals while running 9:14 over 3200 meters. That performance alone is enough to warrant him a spot on this list.


21. Drew Hogan – senior – Goshen


Inccstats.com ranking: 35


State Meet History: 27th in ’19 (16:17), 35th in ’20 (16:21)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Elkhart Sectional (16:28), 4th in Elkhart Regional (16:17), 11th in New Haven Semi-state (16:04), 35th in IHSAA State Finals (16:21)


2021 Track Tournament: 4th in Goshen Sectional 800 (2:01), 1st in Goshen Sectional 1600 (4:24), 11th in Kokomo Regional 800 (2:04), 1st in Kokomo Regional 1600 (4:25), 9th in IHSAA State Finals 1600 (4:21)


Outlook: Hogan checks all the boxes for a potential individual medalist this fall. He’s had multiple good finishes in prior state cross country meets, he has another top individual to train with at practice each day and he earned an individual medal this spring in the 1600. From his sophomore to his junior year, Hogan performed at about the same level in cross country, but his junior track season illustrates that he may be ready to be among the state’s best.


22. Matteo Rosio – junior – Brebeuf


Inccstats.com ranking: 34


State Meet History: 103rd in ’19 (16:44), 55th in ’20 (16:32)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 6th in Brebeuf Sectional (16:37), 12th in Noblesville Regional (15:57), 23rd in Shelbyville Semi-state (16:19), 55th in IHSAA State Finals (16:32)


2021 Track Tournament: 2nd in Lawrence Central Sectional 3200 (9:46), 3rd in Lawrence Central Regional 3200 (9:29), 13th in IHSAA State Finals 3200 (9:30)


Outlook: Rosio isn’t in the top 25 returners from state meet results (32nd) or in inccstats preseason rankings (34). So how is he ranked this high? First, his track season was incredible for a sophomore with a 4:30 performance over 1600 meters and 9:29 over 3200 meters while qualifying for the state finals in that event. Also, he’s on a contending team which should give any extra needed motivation and provide a great training environment.


23. Evan Carr – senior – Columbus North


Inccstats.com ranking: 24


State Meet History: 141st in ’18 (17:26), 80th in ’19 (16:45), 26th in ’20 (16:07)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 4th in Columbus North Regional (15:54), 9th in Brown County Semi-state (15:57), 26th in IHSAA State Finals (16:07)


2021 Track Tournament: 4th in Columbus North Sectional 3200 (9:39), 4th in Warren Central Regional 3200 (9:44)


Outlook: Carr was very nearly All-State as a junior, 26th last year and the 16th returner based on state meet results. He has competed in three cross country state meets—one of eight boys on this list to have done so—and Carr has improved greatly through all three seasons. His track season was solid, falling just short of the state meet in the 3200 and running 9:39 over 3200 meters and around 4:30 for 1600. Carr also has the added bonus of being on a team contender.


24. Matt Gambill – senior – Terre Haute South


Inccstats.com ranking: 23


State Meet History: 57th in ’18 (16:44), 176th in ’19 (17:37), 39th in’ 20 (16:23)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 1st in Terre Haute North Sectional (16:09), 1st in Bedford North Lawrence Regional (15:56), 7th in Brown County Semi-state (15:54), 39th in IHSAA State Finals (16:23)


2021 Track Tournament: Did not compete


Outlook: Gambill has great potential in his senior year. He is the 25th returner and won a sectional and regional championship individually. He’s likely one of the best in the southern semi-state. Track results are inconclusive after he was absent from the tournament and either of the showcase meets.


25. Ethan Baitz – senior – FW Homestead


Inccstats.com ranking: 16


State Meet History: 70th in ’19 (16:38), 18th in ’20 (16:03)


2020 Cross Country Tournament: 9th in FW Northrop Sectional (16:59), 7th in West Noble Regional (16:25), 10th in New Haven Semi-state (16:01), 18th in IHSAA State Finals (16:03)


2021 Track Tournament: 3rd in New Haven Sectional 1600 (4:40), 11th in Marion Regional 1600 (4:35)


Outlook: Baitz had an incredible cross country season, finishing 18th last fall (11th returner), certainly guaranteeing him a spot on this list. He will need to bounce back from a track season in which he wasn’t much of a threat to advance to the state meet in any distance event. Still, his cross country success is more important in this instance than what he has done on a limited basis with track.


Honorable mention: Nolan Bailey, Bloomington North; Bennett DuBois, HSE; Griffin Hennessy, Center Grove; Garrett Hicks, HSE; Will Marquardt, HSE; Parker Mimbella, Center Grove; Joel Mumaw, Noblesville; Asher Propst, Noblesville; Ryan Rheam, Bloomington South; Preston Sloffer, FW Carroll; Collin Stevens, Brebeuf

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