The 2020 UIL cross country season is approaching, so it's time to release the VYPE Austin boys public school team rankings.
UIL Top 5
No. 1 Dripping Springs: The Tigers have six state experienced runners from their 10th-place finish at 2019 UIL 5A state, including 10th-place finisher Caleb Lopez, to top that mark in 2020.
No. 2 Cedar Park: The Timberwolves lost five runners to graduation that played a major role in their seventh-place team finish at the 2019 UIL 5A state meet, but still have their top two individual finishers from the event, including 18th-place Jack Woods, to make another run at the 2020 season finale.
No. 3 Liberty Hill: The Panthers face new challenges in making the jump from UIL 4A to UIL 5A and losing their top individual state finisher from 2019, but they can overcome them because five state experienced runners return from the team's fourth-place state finish.
No. 4 Marble Falls: The Mustangs lost their top individual finisher from 2019 UIL 5A state, but six other runners return from the team's 13th-place state finish to keep them charging in 2020.
No. 5 Luling: The Eagles built a cross country dynasty by winning nine UIL boys state championships between 1999 and 2017 and, while they graduated 2019 UIL 3A individual state champion Edwin Zamudio, they are expected to stay on track with the return of 13th-place finisher Jesus Osorio and four other state experienced runners from last season's seventh-place team finish.