Way Too Early XC Rankings: MHSAA 5A Girls


In the electrifying world of Mississippi high school cross country, the MHSAA 5A Girls' classification offers a mix of intense individual contests and fierce team battles. A blend of returning titans and rising stars promises an unforgettable racing season.

Corinth's Dynamic Duo: Wilbanks & Holley

Elsie Wilbanks of Corinth High not only owns the distinction of having the only sub-20 5K(XC) PR at 19:50 but also stands tall as the top returner in MHSAA 5A, with a lead of nearly half a minute. This accolade becomes even more significant when the runner breathing down her neck is none other than her teammate, Andi Kate Holley. This potent 1-2 punch amplifies Corinth's reputation on the circuit. After a near-miss at the 2022 MHSAA 4A Cross Country Championships and a series of stellar performances in 2023, Wilbanks is tantalizingly close to clinching her maiden class title. Her prowess on the grass, especially over longer distances, primes her for a grand curtain-call to her senior season.

Brookhaven's Female Brigade: Legacy Continues

While Corinth's duo may be hogging individual limelight, the real team skirmish lies elsewhere. Brookhaven Lady Panthers, a school that boasts legends such as Grayson Childress, Sam Arnold, and Jacob Britt, appear poised to shift the legacy from the boys to the girls. With the indomitable spirit of these past legends coursing through their veins, the current team is as formidable as ever. The team's linchpin is the young star, Isabella Iles. Her age might suggest inexperience, but Iles' track record speaks otherwise. With accolades like a podium finish in the 3200m at the 2023 MHSAA 5A Track and Field Championships, she's clearly ahead of her years. Flanked by Jasmine Robertson, Abby Slay, and Annabelle Summers, this squad looms large over the championship horizon.

Other Notables: Pontotoc's Dark Horse

Amid the overwhelming narratives, Pontotoc's Olivia Hamblin emerges as an intriguing contender. Her potential suggests that she could throw in a surprise or two when the stakes are highest.

Final Thoughts

The upcoming MHSAA 5A Girls Cross Country Championships season offers a tantalizing mix of individual duels and ensemble battles. With talent spread across, every race promises a spectacle, making this a championship season to eagerly await.