ALL-METRO Cross Country Team

Big River Running Company is excited to carry on the tradition of honoring the St. Louis area’s top high school cross country runners.

Each year, Big River Running facilitates a regional panel of cross country coaches who evaluate and choose outstanding cross country athletes to honor. Athletes are selected based on their season's accomplishments, their head-to-head finishes and weighing heavily, their placement/time at the state meet.

New in 2021, we recognize the region's top boys and girls teams as well!

The All-Metro teams are honored at a post-season banquet. This year's event was held Sunday, April 10, 2022 at St. Louis University High School. Congratulations to all cross country athletes who competed this past season and especially these outstanding runners who stood out in their achievements.

2021 All-Metro Cross Country Teams


First Team

Ryan Watts, Sr. - Edwardsville (IL)
Caleb Lind, Sr. - Lutheran (St. Charles)
Jacob Meyers, Sr. - Festus
Charles Krasnoff, Sr. - Ladue
Andrew Smock, Sr. - Ladue
Cullen Krieg, Jr. - Festus
Tyler Freiner, Sr. - Timberland

Second Team

Josh Allison, Jr. - Hillsboro
Dylan Ybarra, So. - O’Fallon (IL)
Byron Jones, Sr. - Belleville East (IL)
Ian Schram, Jr. - Festus
Nathan Wolk, Sr. - Festus
Grant Brawley, Sr. - St. Louis University High
Geordan Patrylak, Sr. - Edwardsville (IL)

Honorable Mention

William Kaempfe, Sr. - DeSoto
Sean Kellogg, Sr. - St. Louis University High

Boys All-Metro Team of the Year



First Team

Grace Tyson, Jr. - Lafayette
Peyton Schieppe, Sr. - O’Fallon (IL)
Julia Ray, Jr. - MICDS
Leah Kleekamp, Sr. - Eureka
Ally Kruger, Sr. - Liberty 
Frances Luna, Sr. - Cor Jesu
Josie Baker, So. - Kirkwood

Second Team 

Isabella Marcum, Jr. - Fox
Keilah Wilkes, Sr. - Pattonville
Kayley Russell, So. - Holt
Riley Noonan, Sr. - MICDS
Emily Nuttall, Jr. - Edwardsville (IL)
Julia Monson, Sr. - O’Fallon (IL)
Cameron Crouch, Sr. - Nerinx Hall

Honorable Mention

Elena Rybak, Fr. - Father McGivney (IL)
Adrienne Luna, Jr. - Cor Jesu

Girls All-Metro Team of the Year

Cor Jesu Academy

2021 Honorees


The tradition of the All-Metro Cross Country team dates back to 1993 when Dan Sebben and Tom Eckelman, then president of the St. Louis Track Club, started an event to honor high school runners.

1993 was the first year the Post-Dispatch decided not to do an all-metro team and Dan and Tom decided to do something about it. The St. Louis Track Club continued the tradition for 25 years, for which we are all extremely grateful.

In 2019, Big River Running took on the honor of celebrating our region's outstanding cross country athletes.

Past honorees from 1993 to present day can be found below. Enjoy a fun trip down memory lane with so many recognizable names that went on to be excellent college runners, all-americans, sub 4 milers, olympic trials qualifiers, olympians, entrepreneurs, Big River camp counselors, and great human beings.  

2020 Honorees2019 HonoreesPast First Team Honorees (1993 - 2019)

Thank You


Selection Committee

  • Kyle Deeken - North Point High School
  • Mike Ebert - Marquette High School
  • Matt Helbig - Big River Running
  • George Patrylak - Edwardsville High School
  • Joe Porter - St. Louis University High School
  • Gina Woodard - Kirkwood High School