Hannah Ruane joins Campolindo teammate Isabella Chao as individual contenders for the state title, but they'll have their hands full even in the NCS.
Justin Hazell is one of the best runners in the state and the next in a long line of top individuals to come out of this section.
D3 is loaded with individual talent in 2016, with Liam Anderson heading a surprisingly strong group.
After a monster season on the track, watch out for Sydney Vandegrift in the SJS and in Division 2 overall.
On both the boys' and girls' side there is one division that is disproportionately loaded with top teams - but it's not the same division for both sexes.
Buena's Brett Beattie might sneak up on a few people this year, but we're expecting big things from him.
Lauren Peurifoy made a quantum leap forward in 2016, and with only another small step she could be a state champ in 2017.
Get quick recaps from three big season openers, plus results from all the other meets that we have (with more still coming in!)
Jacob Korgan is part of a potent front-running pair that should help make Great Oak national title contenders this fall.
Corie Smith emerged as a statewide force in her freshman year, which menas she and teammate Meagen Lowe have two more seasons together.
Marcus Mota had an excellent sophomore year, and now it's time for him to step into the top tier of California's elite.
The CCS is loaded with individual talent this year, lead by Homestead's outstanding Elena Kamas.
After a huge track season, how will Alex Scales perform during cross country? Our bet is he will be really fast.
Patricia Sanchez returns to defend her Division 2 title, and also has a good chance to wear the overall section crown at season's end.
The 2017 season hits full swing this weekend with several large openers, and history tells us we will see some fast times.
Justin Hazell was already hard to beat, and then he had the best returning 3200 time in the state. That's what makes him a legit state title contender.
Gillian Wagner returns as the favorite in the NCS as well as in Division 3 statewide, but she's not a lock.
Granada's John Bennett is one of the best under-the-radar runners in California, as he'll be in contention with the big guns in the NCS this fall.
LCC's McKenna Brown and Kristin Fahy are back for one more run, as the top SDS runners continue to be in Division 3.
Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos won his first SDS title in 2016, and now he has his sights set on the D3 state championship.
Don't overlook Sarah Chaves when you think about the top returners in the SJS - she raced the better-known stars very well last season.
Matt Strangio is the top returner in the section by a good margin, and he has 3 more years to continue getting better.
Chloe Arriaga returns as the Division 1 section champ, but you know she wants to finish better than 10th at the state meet this season.
You've probably heard of Raymon Ornelas and Jack Landgraf, but did you know Stuart Kendall? You should.
Akemi Von Scherr turned heads as a freshman. Can she take the next step to elite state-wide status and national prominence in 2017?
Liam Anderson has the top returning 5K time in the state, and his track season showed that he will behard to beat this fall.
OK, so the #1 runner on this list isn't a big surprise. Who else in California could have a crack at national rankings and postseason glory?
Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos is back to try for the title of California's best. Who are his biggest challengers?
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