The pre-season polls for Class A Cross Country were released on Friday, August 8.
According to the website Minnesota Track & Field and Cross Country, Lac qui Parle Valley, which placed second at the state meet a year ago, is ranked number one. Defending Class A state champion Annandale is rated second.
The Park Rapids Area girls' team is ranked 10th in Class A, right where the Panthers finished in the 2013 State Class A Cross Country Meet.
The Perham girls' team is rated fourth, while the Yellowjackets' boys' team is ranked second.
Individually, the Panthers' Isaac Overmyer is ranked as the second best boys' runner in Class A for 2014. Overmyer placed four in last year's state meet.
Another local runner, Billy Beseman of Perham is ranked fourth in the pre-season poll.
GIRLS' TEAM RANKINGS
GIRLS' INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
BOYS' TEAM RANKINGS
BOYS' INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS