After a roller-coaster postseason ended with a 2nd-place finish in 2016, the Centurions have 6 runners back (including 4 seniors) in search of the program's 10th title.
After a disastrous end to the 2016 season, I'm betting the Mustangs are going to be a major sleeper team this fall.
Shyam Kumar returns as the #1 runner and Colton Colonna had a great track season, so with a little depth the Lancers will be tough to beat.
McKenna Brown and Kristin Fahy are back to lead the Mavericks, and they may have a third front-runner joining them.
Despite the loss of 4 key seniors, the Warriors return enough talent to make a run at defending their section title.
The Apaches have enormous potential, and will once again be a major competitor in Division 1.
If the Rams can shore up their depth (and recent improvement history says they can) this team will be a force in Division 2.
Despite the loss of their top returner, the Thunderbirds are still a state meet team in Division 1.
The last two years have been frustrating for the Indians, who have the leadership and firepower to be in the top 10 in Division 1.
With a potential individual star, solid depth, and the prospect of having the same core top 7 compete for three years together, the Matadors are primed for success in 2017 and beyond.
The Wildcats are a puzzling mix of statistics that makes it hard to place them, but they do have a core of rising seniors that aren't finished yet.
The Dolphins have five rising juniors back from the squad that finished 5th in Division 1 last year, and they had a very good track season.
The underrated Mavericks need to develop depth, but they have been particularly good at that lately.
Depth is a concern for the Wolves, but their returning front 5 is as good as just about anyone, and they got even better during track season.
There are a lot of reasons to count out the Wildcats this season, but their track record says you shouldn't.
The pieces are all there for the Diamondbacks to be top 10 in a loaded Division 2, but things did not come together for a squad that had 3 freshmen in the top 7 in 2016.
Depth is the currency for the Comanches, who will surprise some folks if they stay healthy in 2017.
Lauren Kearney and her Dragon teammates are not your typical Division 4 team - this is a squad that can run with nearly anyone in California.
With seven returners, strong track times, a solid record of improvement, and a serious case of unfinished business, the Sea Kings boys are on the rise.
A young Musketeer team finished 9th in D3 last year without their superstar of the year before, which shows progress - and we expect more this fall.
The Jackrabbits made serious strides in the spring, and with all 7 runners returning they have a legitimate chance to advance from the Southern Section Division 1 race.
The Mustangs have unfinished business lingering from their 2016 state meet appearance, and could rise all the way to the top 5 in 2017.
Matt Strangio is arguably the nation's top freshman distance runner, he is healthy again, and he has a young Marauders team around him with enormous potential.
With two returning front-runners and demonstrated improvement during track season, the Cougars will be a force to reckon with in Division 3 this fall.
What puts the Broncos ahead of some of the other top SJS teams? An intact returning top 5, and a propensity for bringing their best when the stakes are highest.
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Can a team bounce back from the loss of a star? In the case of the Chargers, the answer appears to be yes - and there might be a new star in the making.
Coming off a year with no state meet appearance, the Cougars have their eyes fixed on returning to the top of the Central Section
The Mustangs might use different tactics with their front-runner graduated, but this team has plenty of talent back for a run at the D2 podium.