Countdown to XC Day 20: Ventura Girls

A young Ventura girls team with only one senior made it to the state meet and finished 8th in Division 2 in 2017. That one senior was #1 runner Sophia Ramos. whose certainly hurts the Cougars. However, there is plenty of talent returning, and this team has a solid record of year-to-year improvement. Some of that showed during track season: Madeline Locher looked like she is ready to take the reins as the returning #1 runner, and Samantha Prehn showed that she may be ready to crack the Cougars' top 5 this fall. This year's Ventura squad will be very deep but will need to run together as a strong pack to be successful, and the significant gap between Locher and the rest of the team is a concern. Those problems are fixable with a strong summer, of course, and I expect Ventura to contend for a spot in the top 5 this November.

Team Statistics:

  • 5K Improvement Rating: 21st
  • 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 28th
  • 5K Returning Rankings: 30th
  • 3200 Returning Rankings: 22nd
  • 1600 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.