Kaelin Roberts is back to challenge for the 400 and 200 state titles and lead Carson to a repeat team championship.
Mark Nunez is the top returner in the 200 and 400, leading a Dorsey team that has a strong tradition of relay speed.
Carson's weapons extend well beyond the track, where Jonon Young leads a fleet of talented jumpers.
Jacob Wilson (Buchanan) leads a group of talented throwers from this section, three of which already have state meet experience.
Buchanan's Meagan Lowe is the top returning distance runner in the section, although she has a young teammate that might challenge her this spring.
Mahmoud Adams (Bullard) is the defending champ in the 400 and also the top returner in the 200.
Stockdale's Aaliyah Wilson is poised to fill the star vacuum left by one of the sections all-time best sprinters.
You can be forgiven if you don't know the names of some of the athletes putting up 2017's best performances, but we've got their stories for you.
Antelope has more than the best returning 400 runner in the state; they also have a strong jumper in Vadim Trachuk.
The top 5 girls sprinters in the section are back, not to mention this hurdler named Jurnee Woodward. It's going to be a big year in the SJS!
Rae'vyn Lawler returns as the top gun in the short sprints for Sacramento High, but she will have some stiff competition in the 200.
Myles Davis (Antelope) isn't just a contender to MAKE the state meet, he's a contender to WIN the 400 there!
Tri-City Christian's Matt DeRoos leads all returners in both the long jump and triple jump, while Nu'u Tuilefano (El Camino) is the top thrower coming into the season
Christian High's Benjamin Goodwin is the man to beat in the 100 and 200, and the section took a big hit in both the girls' and boys' hurdles after the 2016 class graduated.
McKenna Brown is back to defend her 1600 title, and teammate Kristen Fahy could also be a force for La Costa Canyon this spring.
Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos has a ton of competition for the top spot in the SDS distance races, and that could help him become a contender at the state level.
(Photo by Mary Ann Magnant) Mari Friedman (Santa Cruz) leads the section rankings in both the 1600 and the 800, where she is a threat for the state title.
Kent Slaney (Palo Alto) leads the returning 1600 and 3200 lists, which could put him in position for a very strong spring.
(Photo by vcrunning.com) Can Valley Christian continue to stay on top of the girls' throws? Elena Bruckner is gone, but Athiya Iese is on top of both returning lists.
Mikayla Revera (Santa Catalina) is the top returner in the 200 and 400, although she has strong competition in the shorter of the two races.
Versatile sprinter Daniel Bessolo (Castro Valley) has a chance to make a major splash in the section finals this year.
Last year, 53 teams participated in our 4 meets. We expect more this time around, and we want you to join us!
Kaylah Robinson (El Cerrito) is a monster over the high hurdles, but which sprint races will she pursue this spring?
The top collegiate performances by former California high school athletes over the last two weeks, like Jack Van Scoter competing for Georgetown in Boston.
Pittsburg's Iffy Joyner is looking for a section championship, a third straight trip to the state meet, and a top 10 finish there.
Agoura star Tara Davis got three wins, a second US #1, and another spot in the all-time lists. Jasmin Reed, Myles Webb, and Carolyn Wilson also posted big marks in Idaho!
Morell Osling is back to defend his state championship in the triple jump. Can he crack the 50-foot barrier this spring?
All five sprint/hurdle state champions from 2016 are back and three of them are in the Southern Section, including national superstars Lauren Rain Williams and Tara Davis.
(Photo by Joe Gagnon) Tate Curran has been on a tear this winter. Can he continue to improve his PR Saturday at Arcadia?