I wouldn't blame the Blue Devils if they just wanted to forget about 2017. Things just didn't come together for Davis last fall, culminating in a loss to Oak Ridge in the Sac Joaquin Section finals. (Of course, it's worth noting that even in a down year, the team finished 15th at the D1 state meet.) That rough season did a number on the program's 3-year Improvement Rating, as well, although they still grade out much better if you look at a 5-year span of time. Given their history, it's easy to believe that last fall was an anomaly - and result from track season definitely support that conclusion. Davis ranks 4th in California for returning 3200 runners, posting 6 sub-12 returners led by Sophia Lodigiani's all-time PR of 10:48. Two of the Blue Devils' top 6 3200 runners, Aniela and Charlotte Mitchell, did not even compete in cross country in 2017 - if that changes this fall, this will be a MUCH improved squad. Even if they don't run, there is plenty of young talent returning, and Lodigiani will be the only senior among the projected top 7 (although she is extremely valuable as an individual SJS title contender). That gives Davis a two-year window to get back to the top of the SJS and the state, and anyone betting against a rebound from one of the state's best programs would be foolish.
- 5K Improvement Rating: 51st
- 5K Returning Rankings: 44th
- 3200 Returning Rankings: 4th
- 1600 Returning Rankings: 20th