It's back to back days of recognition for Claremont, one of the very few teams in California to have both boys and girls in perennial state-wide title contention. The Wolfpack girls particularly stand out in the returning 5K rankings, where they are 2nd overall despite losing two seniors off of their 2017 Division 2 championship squad. On paper, I think there will be a close contender for the title this fall, but I have to admit that Claremont's strong record of year-to-year improvement and their development during track season makes them the team to beat in that division. Claremont has 11 returning girls that broke 5:30 in the 1600, and the same number went under 12 in the 3200 - with their top 3 returners all at 11:01 or faster. Keep an eye on Kalinda Reynolds, who seemed to have a breakout in the spring with her 10:46, and Angie Gushue, who clocked 5:04. Those two don't have to be superstars for this team to defend, and neither does returning #1 Sydney Hwang (although she very well could be) - if Hwang can just repeat her 2017 season and the team can fill the shoes of departed senior Tess Rounds, the Wolfpack will be in the driver's seat yet again.
- 5K Improvement Rating: 12th
- 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 6th
- 5K Returning Rankings: 2nd
- 3 Mile Returning Rankings: 4th
- 3200 Returning Rankings: 3rd
- 1600 Returning Rankings: 3rd