2021 Top 50 Washington XC Boys: No. 31-40

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.

Eisenhower's Amha Alemeneh ranks 32nd in the top 50 boys rankings. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Here are the runners ranked 31 through 40 for the boys.

40. Nicholas Marty, Toledo

2019 Time: 15:55.7

2019 State: 6th (1B/2B), 16:12.7

2020 Time: 16:19

Analysis: Nicholas Marty was one of the more successful 1B/2B runners last fall collecting six victories in total, including the Central 2B League Championship. With that success, the confidence does build for someone like Marty. The only thing standing in his way is his district rival and 2019 1B/2B cross country state champion, Ilwaco's Daniel Quintana.

39. Cameron Hatler, Eatonville

2019 Time: 15:56

2019 State: 13th (2A), 16:02.6

2020 Time: N/A

Analysis: From a middle of the pack runner to a podium finisher, Cameron Hatler took a giant leap in his junior year coming away with a new personal best 5k time of 15:56 and 13th place finish at the 2A state cross country meet. In a new classification period, Eatonville has moved down to the 1A level, now putting Hatler in the conversation to be a top-five finisher for a hopeful 1A state cross country meet.

38. Austin Steed, Beamer

2019 Time: 15:52.3

2019 State: 73rd (4A), 16:22.3

2020 Time: N/A

Analysis: A slow start to the year turned into a fast finish by the end of the season for Austin Steed. He put together a quality race at the NPSL 4A League Championships running a personal time of 15:52.3. Although he finished 73rd at the 4A state cross country meet, Steed ran eight seconds faster this year than his sophomore state time.

37. Luke Alfonso, Stadium

2019 Time: 15:58.3

2019 State: 30th (3A), 16:08.9

2020 Time: N/A

Analysis: Leading Stadium to the school's first-ever district cross country team title and a sixth-place team finish at the 3A state meet was Luke Alfonso's greatest success last season. As the momentum shifts to his junior season, Alfonso will be considered a top podium finisher this season at the 3A ranks and could build upon his 15:58 personal best time.

36. Justin Peck, Trout Lake

2019 Time: 15:59.8

2019 State: 2nd (1B/2B), 15:59.8

2020 Time: 16:35.9

Analysis: Justin Peck made quite the turn-around in his junior season with a runner-up finish at the 1B/2B state cross country meet and a new personal best time of 15:59.8 after missing out on running at the state meet his sophomore year. As he found ways to pick up six wins throughout the regular season last year, Peck has proven he is among one of the best returners for 1B/2B runners. The hopeful rematch between him and Ilwaco's Daniel Quintana should be a fun one to watch.

35. Kya Villanueva, Woodinville

2019 Time: 15:58.2

2019 State: 35th (4A), 15:58.2