When the St. James Area Boys Cross Country Team started their season last year they weren't ranked in the coaches poll. 

Throughout the season even with success they were still not given the credit they deserved. 

When it came to the State Meet the Saints once again came out and performed having their most successful season in the history of the team to finish runner up at states. 

On Wednesday the MSHSL released the Preseason Coaches poll with St. James Area being ranked 2nd only behind Perham in Class 1A. 

Full list of Class 1A Poll: 

1 Perham
2 Saint James Area
3 Mankato Loyola/Cleveland
4 West Central Area
5 Staples-Motley
6 Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd
7 Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin
8 North Shore (Cook County/Two Harbors)
9 Mora
10 Jordan
11 Plainview-Elgin-Millville
12 Minnehaha Academy

Be sure to check out a full season preview of the St. James Area Cross Country Squads in the September 6th print edition of the Plaindealer.