Countdown to XC Day 30: Campolindo Girls

Losing your top three runners (top four from the state meet) will set back any program. This could be a rebuilding year for Campolindo, after winning the Division 3 state championship last year on the strength of a powerhouse Class of 2018. There is cause for hope, though: the Cougars are one of California's best at improving from year to year, ranking 4th in the state over the last three years using 5K times (16th using 3 Mile times). This team also has three returners that broke 12 in the 3200 this past spring, led by Alicia Hober, who also clocked 5:10. If Campolindo can develop their depth over the summer, this team can be right back in the thick of the North Coast title race - and with four of their top 5 returning for 2019, the future is bright.

Team Statistics:

  • 5K Improvement Rating: 4th
  • 3Mile Improvement Rating: 16th
  • 5K Returning Rankings: 29th
  • 3200 Returning Rankings: 36th

The purpose of the Countdown To XC is not to predict the top 30 teams in the state for the upcoming season (although we certainly hope that the top 15-20 teams are included in the countdown at some point). The goal is to recognize thirty teams to watch as cross country begins, using data to uncover squads with strengths that stand out from the pack. The countdown is also not meant to be in a strict order, because it's impossible to sort out several teams of similar strength at this point of the season.