Top 10 Preseason Boys Rankings: #10 Nathan Lopez

#10 Nathan Lopez (St. John's Prep)

Nathan Lopez had a strong freshman cross country season finishing as the top freshman in the Massachusetts with his 16:11 PR from MSTCA Frank Mooney Coacheslast year.  His 14th place MIAA Division 1 finish last fall at 16:36 was the fastest of any freshman or sophomore in 2019.

Personal RecordsHigh School
1000 Meter Run2:39.47
1500 Meter Run4:26.42
One Mile Run4:27.69
2000 Meter Run5:52.00
3000 Meter Run9:55.90
5000 Meter Run16:11.80

On top of the in-state cross country success, he won the Freshman/Sophomore race at Foot Locker Northeast running 16:44 on the difficult Van Cortlandt Park course.  

Lopez came into high school with great credentials already.  He ran a 2:01 800m, 4:13 1500m and 9:09 3000m during the middle school AAU circuit.  Though his high freshman track season abruptly ended after the indoor season he went on to run 4:27 in the Mile and 2:39 in the 1000m.  Lopez held a middle school indoor Mile PR of 4:44, showing a 17 second improvement year over year in the event.  

Some other things we see in Lopez is the ability to win or contend in big races.  Getting a win over a competitive Foot Locker Northeast Freshman/Sophomore field is no easy feat.  He also has shown great success against his age group at the AAU Junior Olympic National Championships and New Balance Indoor and Outdoor Nationals.

I expect Lopez to become one of the stars of New England over the next three years, and it wouldn't surprise me if 2020 was the year he had a major breakout on the cross country course.  Lopez comes in at #26 in our database's returning rankings, but I'd be surprised if he was not ahead of that at the end of the upcoming season.

Massachusetts Boys Database Returning Rankings