El Camino Real has three individual favorites on the girls' side, including Naiah Boardingham in the long jump, and that might give them an edge in the team scores come May
Kingsburg's Emmitt Brooks leads 2 events, but can he compete in both at a championship level in the Masters meet and then the state meet?
Several of these events are shaping up to be intensely competitive for the 3 qualifying spots to the state meet, and in 3 of them even the title could be hotly contested.
The versatile Ryan Thompsen (Calvin Christian) appears in 4 of these events - which is why he's the #7 returning decathlete in the nation.
Rashid Shaheed (Mt Carmel) is the clear favorite in both the 200 and 400, as is Dani Jones (Cathedral Catholic) in both girls hurdle races.
One of the larger sections in California, the San Diego Section will field a lot of returning distance runners that will vie for the California State meet in 2016. (Tim Garcia photo)
Could Vacaville win a section title while only scoring in the hurdles and relays? With returning stars like Jurnee Woodward and Reonna Collier, it's very possible.
Here are all the state meet distance contenders in the very competitive Sac-Joaquin Section.
Mecca McGlaston (Dublin) is not just a contender in the NCS, she's a legitimate contender to win the CIF title this year - perhaps even the favorite coming into the season.
Here are the North Coast Section state meet contenders in all the distance races based on top returners from last Track and Field season and most improved Cross Country runners from this past season.
Find out who the contenders, threats, and wildcards for the three qualifying spots per event will be this upcoming track season!
Elena Bruckner (Valley Christian) could very well be the best thrower ever, not just in the state but in the country.
Palo Alto's Eli Givens is back to try to repeat his strong CCS Finals performance from 2015. See all the favorites, threats, and wildcards inside!
Here are all the distance favorites and contenders in the Central Coast Section for both boys and girls.
If you can make it to Clovis from the Southern Section, you're among the absolute elite nationwide - only 6 athletes advance from the country's largest region.
Courtney Corrin finished as the runner-up for the national long jump title TWICE in 2015, and it took a national record to beat her the second time. Think she's motivated for 2016?
Is there a "threat" to Michael Norman's 400 dominance in the Southern Section? In the state? Check inside to see the contenders for the 6 advancing spots in the state meet in each event!
In the state's deepest section (SS), here are all the state meet contenders in all the distance races.