Marcus Mota is the favorite in Division 1, but the interesting aspect of the 2018 Central Section is the number of possible strong teams emerging. Find links to all the rankings inside!
Liam Anderson is not just a D3 state meet contender, and a candidate to be the top runner in CA. He is also one of the best in the nation this fall.
Several teams and individuals caught my eye during Saturday's meet for exceeding expectations. Step inside to find out who impressed!
Sophie Debenedetti leads a St. Francis team that could be very special this fall.
You know about Matt Strangio. Do you know the other top-flight boys from the SJS?
Natalie Harper is the top returner in the SJS, but she will have quite a lot of competition for the title of top runner by the end of the 2018 season.
Two teams with big goals for the 2018 season will square off against top NC, SC, and TN teams at one of the state's great early-season meets.
Caroline Garrett and Oakland Tech are poised for a seriously special season this fall.
Daniel Perry leads a Skyline team that is set to dominate the section again in 2018.
Skyline's Eleanor Wikstrom will be looking to move into the top 20 of Division 2 this fall.
Del Norte, led by Zev Fiedelberg, has the inside track to a D2 title and could be the best boys team in the section overall.
Kevin Ramos is back for his final cross country season, and is poised to compete for the title of best individual in the state.
After a frustrating track season Claudia Lane is ready to resume racing this fall - and we're ready to watch her burn up the courses!
The Stanford brothers already go 1-3 in their section, and they've added Caleb Niednagel to their team to join them at the top of the rankings.
Kristin Fahy has unfinished business from 2017, and she had an excellent track season on which to build even more success.
Hana Hall is looking to improve on her 10th place finish at the state meet last fall - and her team is legit, as well.
The Northern section has some serious individual talent this year, so Charlie Giannini will need to be sharp to hold onto his title.
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.
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.
Brent Smith had our attention way back during his freshman year, and now he tops the list of returners in his section.
Jicel Fernandez-Ramirez continues the El Camino Real tradition of having one of the top-ranked runners in the section.
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.
The Palisades girls are favored in this section, but it won't be a cake walk.
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.
Sam Lavorato is back after showing flashes of brilliance in 2017, one of many talented individuals in the CCS.
Homestead's Kaitlin Williams leads all returners in this section, but the competition for top honors will be fierce as the season progresses.
Homestead's boys will be in the mix at this year's CCS finals, where the Division 1 race should be intense.
Our database says the Menlo-Atherton girls should be on your radar screen as a contender for a state meet berth in Division 1.
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.