3. Sam Rivera (Sr., Chicago [Whitney Young]) 
The state championship was the coming out party for Rivera. He has been someone I've believed in all year even when I was met with doubt. But he proved himself and confirmed my word by taking third. Here is how amazing that performance is... Clayton Mendez who was a multiple time all-American holds the Whitney Young school record with a 14:22... Rivera ran a 14:24. He has the potential to possibly be an all-American this year if all goes well.