South Knox is ranked second behind Dubois according to Indianarunner.com in a poll including small schools (enrollment of 416 or fewer). The Eels come in third in that same preseason poll.
Robert Shiflett of North Central, a All-TRC performer last year for the Thunderbirds, was the overall winner of the race with a time of 17:23. Adam Schroer was third in the race for Clay City, finishing in 17:40 and Logan Bettenbrock also cracked the top-10 for the Eels with a sixth place finish in 18:02.
The Spartans of South Knox placed their top-five runners in the top-12 to take the top spot and Clay City's Tyler Moon was 11th in 18:47 with Braxton Griffith in 15th with a time of 20:24 and Cole Schroer was 17th in 20:30.