Simi Valley made a big leap forward last year behind freshman standout Jill Walker, falling just short of making it to the state meet. With their entire top 5 returning the Pioneers should be ready to take the next step. It will take an improvement in depth over the summer, and there's good news on that front: returning #6 Abigail Jones had a good track season, outrunning Simi's returning 3-5 runners in the 1600, while Stephanie Pham ran well in the 3200. Walker herself signaled she may be ready to contend individually after clocking 10:42 in the 3200, putting her 3rd among California's freshmen (behind Mia Barnett and Audrey Suarez). Only two things kept me from putting the Pioneers in the top 20: they didn't have as much participation in track season as some of the Southern Section powers, and this team doesn't have the year-to-year improvement credentials of some of the programs they are trying to compete with. There's talent here, though, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Simi Valley advance to the state meet and finish in the top 10 of Division 2.
- 5K Improvement Rating: 39th
- 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 40th
- 5K Returning Rankings: 9th
- 3 Mile Returning Rankings: 25th
- 1600 Returning Rankings: 67th