Britta Bundy could give Chico a chance to win both the boys and girls individual titles this fall, but Hana Hall won't make it easy for her.
The Northern section has some serious individual talent this year, so Charlie Giannini will need to be sharp to hold onto his title.
You should NEVER overlook the top teams and individuals out of Los Angeles - even though they may be surrounded by the mighty Southern Section, there is talent worth watching here.
The Palisades girls are favored in this section, but it won't be a cake walk.
If Marshall isn't on your radar screen, they should be - the Barristers have a solid returning team that our database favors to win their section.
Jicel Fernandez-Ramirez continues the El Camino Real tradition of having one of the top-ranked runners in the section.
Brent Smith had our attention way back during his freshman year, and now he tops the list of returners in his section.
Our section-by-section breakdown of the 2018 season kicks off with the CCS, which is loaded with competitive teams and individuals this fall.
The Wolfpack faces significant obstacles in the pursuit of a 5th straight D1 title and yet another NXN berth, but this program is used to making big gains.
Our database says the Menlo-Atherton girls should be on your radar screen as a contender for a state meet berth in Division 1.
Homestead's boys will be in the mix at this year's CCS finals, where the Division 1 race should be intense.
Homestead's Kaitlin Williams leads all returners in this section, but the competition for top honors will be fierce as the season progresses.
Sam Lavorato is back after showing flashes of brilliance in 2017, one of many talented individuals in the CCS.
The Wolfpack is shaping up to be one of California's best squads ever in 2018, and the strength of their rising junior class says they're not going away anytime soon.
The Dolphins took two big hits up front, one to graduation and one to transfer. But they have a strong transfer in, as well, and they have one of the state's deepest talent pools.
The Matadors return all seven from their 2017 squad and they had an outstanding track season, so I believe they are contenders in D2.
The Lancers only lost one runner from their D2 title-winning, NXN-finalist squad in 2017, leaving them with a great chance to repeat or be even better in 2018.
The Wolfpack girls have even stronger numbers than their counterparts on the boys' squad, and they are in the driver's seat for a repeat D2 title.
The Wolfpack returns a very strong squad plus a major transfer that happened in the spring, and they have enough talent to contend in 2018 and beyond.
The Centurions lost a superstar and another strong senior, but we have data that says this team will be right back in the hunt in 2018.
The Panthers fell just short of the state meet in 2017, but a stellar track season has them back on course for a potential podium finish.
The Mustangs were very good last fall and in the spring without any individual stars, but the sum is great enough to be a podium contender in 2018.
The Gaels lost their top 2 runners to graduation, but they are in a position to reload and repeat their strong 2017 season.
The Bears still have tremendous talent up front, but lost 4 seniors that hurt their depth, and that may set them back just a bit in 2018.
The Stanford brothers have a new running mate, and the addition makes the Mavericks a serious title contender.
The Dragons are absolutely loaded, and may be one of the top 5 teams in California regardless of division.
The Sea Kings return 6 of 7 from the 2nd-place team in Division 3, and they had an excellent track season. This may be the best pack-running team in California this fall.
The deck seemed stacked against the Mavericks in 2017, but they have plenty of returning firepower to try to settle up their unfinished business.
Losing John Bennett hurts, but the Matadors have a ton of returning talent, enough depth for them to be even better than in 2018.
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.