I'll never say never. Why? Because just like an athlete improves with quality training over time, coaches improve as well. The Lane Tech coaching duo of Chris Roof and Tony Jones has been around for a long time (over 8 years?) and they get better every year. Lane won it last year and made it downstate. But 4 of their top 7 graduate. We know Marcelo Burbano(sr) will be there with the front pack. We know Jon Vara(jr) will run in the 15's. He'll be a top 10 cps runner. Varsity returnee Mansur Soleman ran low 16's last year and could be in the 15's last year. Now all Lane has to do is develop 1-2 more runners to run up there. They got some young talent in runners like Pavlo Hutsalyuk(so), Christian Badillo(so), and David Schmieg(jr). I feel Lane can potentially put together a team that can have 5 all city runners at the varsity level. In most years, that is good enough to win it all. Will it be good enough this year to surpass Jones? We'll see. I think if Lane can have 5 all city runners and still lose the city title, then so be it.
Lane opens at the St. Patrick Invitational.