A young Ventura girls team with only one senior made it to the state meet and finished 8th in Division 2 in 2017. That one senior was #1 runner Sophia Ramos. whose certainly hurts the Cougars. However, there is plenty of talent returning, and this team has a solid record of year-to-year improvement. Some of that showed during track season: Madeline Locher looked like she is ready to take the reins as the returning #1 runner, and Samantha Prehn showed that she may be ready to crack the Cougars' top 5 this fall. This year's Ventura squad will be very deep but will need to run together as a strong pack to be successful, and the significant gap between Locher and the rest of the team is a concern. Those problems are fixable with a strong summer, of course, and I expect Ventura to contend for a spot in the top 5 this November.
- 5K Improvement Rating: 21st
- 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 28th
- 5K Returning Rankings: 30th
- 3200 Returning Rankings: 22nd
- 1600 Returning Rankings: 36th