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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.
Samuel Boone will be a force individually, and with 6 of 7 runners returning from the 2016 state meet this could be a big year for the whole Sundevils team.
The Sea Kings have a great program, but the loss of 4 seniors from their championship squad is a major challenge for any team.
Can a team that didn't make the state meet in 2016 move all the way into the top 10 in Division 1 in 2017? The Lions' 6 returning seniors certainly hope so.
Coming off three straight top-2 finishes in Division 4, the Lancers have proven to be a recurring power, but 2017 will present some challenges.
We already know Colby Corcoran is ready for the big time, but this year he has a chance to bring his team to the podium with him.
The Wildcats had their best race of the 2016 season one week too early and fell short of the state meet, but with their top 6 returning they can make the leap in 2017.
Graduation hit the Bobcats hard, but times from track season are an encouraging sign.
The Lions won the D4 title in 2012, and have two third-place finishes since then. Is this the year that Nadia Tabrizi and company get back on top?
The Division 4 champs took a big hit to graduation, but recent history says they will still be in the mix for a repeat title.
Lila Copeland could be the next Dolphin to reach star status, and she could elevate her team into the top12 in Division 1.
The only thing keeping the Phantoms out of the top 20 is a data error that prevented us from calculating an Improvement Rating for them, but this team has all the marks of a D3 contender.
With three consecutive titles under their belt and an intimidating track record of year-to-year improvement, the Rebels are the closest thing to a sure bet among all 5 girls' divisions.
The various statistical measures we use to evaluate teams in the preseason all agree: the Panthers are the clear favorite in the Northern Section.
A fleet of Golden State athletes have made the trip to Michigan to compete in one of the biggest meets of the outdoor season!
The Aptos approach to cross country doesn't earn high rankings in our stats, but it DOES earn section titles and high finishes at the state meet, and that's what really matters.
Liam Anderson took another big step forward with a fantastic spring season, and now he wants to help Redwood move up from their 10th-place finish in Division 3 last fall.
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Bailey McCraner leads a Cathedral Catholic girls team that might have been overlooked in the success of their boys' team last fall.
We'll count down the days to the start of the fall season by listing 25 boys' teams and 25 girls' teams that we think will have a big impact in 2017!
Zach Shinnick was part of a World Junior Record, and Tate Curran extended the Golden State's golden streak in the pole vault!
(photo by Greg Barnette) Shasta's girls come back 1st in two of the three rankings, but the margins are very slim - which makes for an interesting upcoming season.
(Photo by Larry Simms via Twitter) Rachel Baxter wrapped up her stellar prep career with a PR and a move up the all-time high school rankings, and two more CA stars won gold!
Defending champion Chico lost two of their top 7, but with Charlie Giannini leading the way the Panthers have enough talent back for a repeat.
Palisades Charter got valuable state meet experience last year and has their top 5 back. Can Lila Copeland lead then toward the top 10 this fall?
Can Justin Hazell lead El Camino Real to a repeat title this fall, or will another champion emerge?
Tara Davis, the only athlete among 84 on Team USA to qualify in two events, leads a strong Golden State contingent against competition from North & South America.