2023 MSHSAA State Championships Preview: Class 2 Boys

The 2023 MSHSAA State Championships are finally upon us and we are excited for another thrilling and chilly November weekend of racing!

This year's Class 2 Boys State Championship will be the third race of the day on Friday with a 11:15am start time. The race features a deep field looking to earn their first individual championship and a few upstart teams looking to bring home their first ever team title. 



BOYS: Class 5 | Class 4 | Class 3 | Class 2 | Class 1
GIRLS: Class 5 | Class 4 | Class 3 | Class 2 | Class 1



Check out our preview of the field, with District champions highlighted and the other major contenders discussed among the strong field of candidates. This year, the Top 4 teams will still continue to be honored with a trophy, but a new development means the Top 30 athletes will be honored with medals. According to MileSplit's rankings, the 30th fastest runner in Class 2 Boys is currently 17:29.67.

The District Champs - Individuals

Reed Layton - Woodland

Woodland senior Reed Layton is on a crash course toward closing out a stellar cross country career with his first ever individual state championship. He has finished in the top ten in Class 2 in each of the last seasons, crossing the line in fourth last fall behind three seniors. 

The 2023 season has been in line with his junior and sophomore campaigns in terms of success. He has picked up victories at the Arcadia Valley Invitational, Woodland Invitational, SCAA Conference meet, Heartland Conference meet, and, most recently, the Class 2 District 1 meet. His 16:27.20 personal best on the Dexter course is tops among Class 2 runners at the moment and has him in the driver's seat heading into Friday, though he has a couple of challengers not too far behind him. 


Nolyn Corder - Mansfield

Mansfield's Nolyn Corder has flown well under the radar this season, but has come on strong in October as he looks to take home the Class 2 crown this weekend. 

Corder has picked up victories in each of his last five meets not named the Chile Pepper Festival (where he finished 216th). His Class 2 District 2 win succeeded wins at the Summit Conference meet, Mountain Grove Open, Plato Eagle Invitational, and Hollister Invitational. He also owns a runner-up finish in the Class 2 division of the Steve Waggoner Invitational. 

After a 14th place finish in 2022, Corder picked up big personal bests in the spring of 4:28.65 in the 1600 and 9:57.59 in the 3200. Those marks have translated to cross country success as his 16:48.66 best from last weekend's District meet has him firmly among the contenders for the Class 2 win.