The Diablos have had more success on the track than on the course in recent years, but if the team is healthy this could be a breakthrough season.
The Marauders have 6 of seven back, including superstar Matt Strangio, and added another top 5 runner - plus the desire to win for a huge senior class.
The Bulldogs have a legitimate front five, and if they can develop depth around them this could be a surprise top 5 team in Division 1.
Losing 6 of your top 7 should set your program back, but Loyola may have the depth to rebound and be just as competitive in 2018.
Alexis Neuville leads a talented and deep junior class of Chargers, giving them a two-year window to try to improve on last year's 5th place finish in Division 1.
Don't believe the sign - William Frankenfeld is not slow, and his Jackrabbit teammates will not be slowed by losses to graduation.
Losing two star runners will set any program back, but the Cougars have enough returning talent to be in the top 10 in D2 again this year.
Despite massive losses to graduation and the satisfaction of a season for the ages in 2017, we're not counting the Mustangs out in 2018.
The Eagles will try to recover from the loss of two important seniors to repeat the success of their superb 2017 season.
The Eagles have been working toward this point for some time, and the door of opportunity is open for them in 2018 - and not just in CCS competition.
The Barons are my sleeper pick for 2018, because they return their entire top 8 and had a very strong track season as a team.
The Pirates followed a 2-year progression to finish 2nd in Division 4, and yet they have one of the best top 5's in the state returning intact.
The Dolphins are powered by a big senior class that wants to win in 2018.
With six of seven returning and signs of improvement during track season, not to mention a possible breakout star, the Broncos are poised for a strong season.
The Troubadours return a formidable front four from 2017 - but it's the possible returner from 2016 that could put them over the top.
Many programs would be devastated by losing 6 seniors, but the Warriors should be right in the thick of the Division 3 competition again.
With three rising juniors powering them up front, the Diamondbacks have a chance to be better than they were in 2017 - and they were good in 2017.
The Lions return their top 16 runners (!) from 2017, and they had an extremely impressive spring season.
The Broncos lost two key runners, but they have a strong new addition and also have returning #1 Paige Haynes back healthy. Can they repeat the magic of 2017?
Despite the loss of three seniors from the #5 team in Division 3 last fall, the Cougars should be just as strong in 2018 - and may be even better.
With 6 of 7 back from the squad that narrowly missed advancing from the Southern Section D1 race and a very strong spring season, the Sea Hawks are poised for statewide success.
After falling just short of the state meet in 2017, the Mustangs will be highly motivated to get there in 2018 - and they have the leadership and depth to pull it off.
The Cougars lost their #1 runner, but they have a candidate to replace her and plenty of depth to help the team be even stronger in 2018.
The Lancers are young and talented and looking to make it to the state meet this fall.
After struggling through a difficult 2017 season, the Blue Devils are looking to rebound with young talent.
Moving up to D2 didn't dent the Bearcats' state meet plans, and now they have a bunch of talent returning for a run at the top 10.
Despite the loss of a star up front, the Comanches will be returning a strong back based on a proven record of year-to-year improvement.
Can the Apaches return to the program-wide form that made them not only a yearly state meet team, but a regular title challenger? They're closer than some may think.
Losing your #1 runner is always tough to overcome, but recent history indicates the Red Devils will still be a force in D5 this year.
Will this be the year the Cardinal develops into more than just the big fish in the small pond of the San Francisco Section?