High School Boys Individual Preview
Dallas Stricker, Heritage Christian
Meet record: Jake Harrington, 11:12.20
Course record: Christopher Atkinson (Park Place), 10:42.20
No. 1 seed: Dallas Stricker (Heritage Christian)
Cross country season is upon us! And with that comes the across-the-state meet coverage, brought to you by MileSplit Mississippi.
Let's start with the high school boys that could potentially snag a win in the first race of their 2022 cross country campaign.
First off, we have Dallas Stricker, a 7 x MAIS State Champion out of Heritage Christian Academy. During his freshman season, Stricker put down very impressive marks such as 4:43 in the 1600m, 10:06 in the 3200m, and 17:03 in the 5K.
In the 3200m, Stricker ended the year ranked second for all freshmen in Mississippi, only behind Taylor Brown.
RANKINGS: Mississippi Freshman Boys 3200m List
Stricker also pulled off the distance-quad crown, winning the 5K in cross country and came back to win the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m at the 2022 MAIS 2A Track and Field Championships.
According to our calculation, based on Stricker's resume coming off of his freshman season, we think that he is the favorite to open up his sophomore cross country season with a win.
However, Stricker will have some competition.
Atkinson placed in third behind Jake Harrington and Stricker at the 2021 Early Bird 2-miler, but then came back to run 10:42 at the 2021 Fast and Furious Invitational, which currently holds as the 2-mile course record.
Atkinson also placed third at the 2021 MAIS 5A Cross Country Championships, as well as a third-place finish in the 3200m at the 2022 MAIS 5A Track and Field Championships.
Two more to watch out for that could make an impact in this race is the rising freshman who will be racing on his home course, Denver Carter from Simpson Academy. Carter went 5:01 in the 1600m at the 2022 MAIS 5A Track and Field Championships, as well as a solid seventh place finish at the 2021 MAIS 5A Cross Country Championships.
Here is our pick: Although Atkinson will make it tough, Stricker will take the win. Stricker indeed has the talent level to break the course record, but he won't do it at the 2022 Early Bird 2-miler - It's too early in the season and it will prove to be too hot for now.
What do you think??
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