Youth or experience? It's hard to make that distinction when both Marco Langon and Gavin Sherry are both seniors. But Sherry has been at a high level since his Freshman year, and knows this portion of the Season well, including the hills of Balboa Park. Langon's success is more recent, starting with some very fast miles on the Track last Spring, and carrying him to #3 All-Time at Holmdel Park last weekend. Last time Langon was at VCP, his rise was so recent, he wasn't even in the Manhattan Eastern's race that saw Jackson Barna and Gitch Hayes goes 1-2 (they're seeded right behind now). But Langon's exploits as of late put him as the favorite here. Of course, all Sherry and Langon need to do is qualify, but there is no doubt some bragging rights on the table.
Barna and Hayes will have their rematch, as will Hayes and Hogan from last weekend's Feds race. Puffer ran well at New England's on the same weekend Aidan Ross was demolishing the Mass State Meet, and will meet here for the first time together.
The Boys Field is stacked, moreso than any other year, so there will most surely be some 190-level guys left standing outside the Top 10. That field depth is atypical for the Region, so let's see how fast this race will ultimately go.