Countdown to XC Day 17: Serrano Girls

The Diamondbacks were led by three sophomores up front at last year's state meet, where they finished 5th in Division 2, and that bodes well for 2018. Maribel and Marisol Aguilar are back, as are fellow rising junior Samantha Ulloa and senior Elizabeth Martin, who ran well on the track this spring. I have two concerns about the 2018 Serrano team, though: there is a pretty big drop-off after their top 6 returners, and results from track season weren't really eye-catching. However, some programs don't put as much emphasis on spring competition, and the Diamondbacks have been good at improving from season to season in the recent past. I think the floor for this year's Serrano team is a repeat of last season, and with the experience of this squad they have the potential to be even better.


Team Statistics:

  • 5K Improvement Rating: 29th
  • 3 Mile Improvement Rating: 34th
  • 5K Returning Rankings: 13th
  • 3 Mile Returning Rankings: 6th
  • 3200 Returning Rankings: 38th
  • 1600 Returning Rankings: 38th

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.