2021 Top 50 Washington XC Boys: No. 11-20

Updated: Jan 28

With the high school cross-country season in Washington set to begin in February of 2021, The Runner WA has put together a list of the top 50 runners to watch for this coming spring season. These rankings are based on their 2019 season performances and the 2020 COVID season this fall if they had run a time trial or virtual meet.

Rogers of Spokane's Daniel Lee ranks 11th in the top 50 boys rankings (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Here are the runners ranked 11 through 20 for the boys.

20. Aiden Emerson, Arlington

2019 Time: 15:34

2019 State: 26th (3A), 16:05.7

2020 Time: 15:33

Analysis: With an impressive freshman season, the expectations were even greater in his sophomore season for Aiden Emerson. Needless to say, he lived up to the hype in the mid-point of the fall running 15:34 and placing 10th at the prestigious Nike Hole in the Wall Invite. It was a tough ending for Emerson at the 3A state meet with a 26th place finish as he had aspirations to be on the podium. He may be chasing for an individual podium finish this season, but leading a highly talented Arlington team to the school's first state title is the biggest goal.

19. Samir Amin, North Thurston

2019 Time: 15:34.8

2019 State: 19th (3A), 15:54.7

2020 Time: N/A

Analysis: The 2020 track season would have been a great indicator of where Samir Amin could be at this fall. Known for his speed as an excellent 800-meter runner, Amin proved he can accomplish more at the 5k distance last fall running a personal best time of 15:34.8 and placing top 20 at the state cross country meet in a loaded 3A field. With improvements in his strength training, Amin is poised for a stellar senior season. Not to mention the fact he has to compete against West Central District opponents and two of the state's top athletes, Yelm's Bryce Cerkowniak and Bethel's Cameron McCann.

18. Daniel Quintana, Ilwaco

2019 Time: 15:44.5

2019 State: 1st (1B/2B), 15:55.8

2020 Time: 16:03.9

Analysis: Not many athletes can accomplish what Daniel Quintana did in his first year of running cross country. He proved himself at the state track meet that he can compete with the best his freshman year, but to win a state cross country title in a competitive 1B/2B field last fall was something extraordinary. However, given the number of athletes returning from last years state race, Quintana will have to battle it out once again with athletes like 1B/2B runner-up Justin Peck of Trout Lake and third-place finisher Kobe Deutscher of Pope John Paul II, all of who finished 10 seconds within Quintana's state winning time.

17. Rob McManus