The valley has a load of superstars ready to make their mark at the state meet, even if some of them don't have to travel far to get there.
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The road to the state meet (short though it may be for some of these schools) starts with the North, South, East, and West Area meets.
What's up in the Central Section? Here's a sampling of top performances from the weekend.
How does the 6th-largest section in California produce so many state championship contenders? We've got nothing but respect for the Central.
Buchanan's powerhouse team, led by Corie Smith and Meagen Lowe, gets to tune up on the state meet course in their section finals.
A pair of juniors, Nico Young of Newbury Park and Tori Gaitan of Great Oak, were the sweepstakes winners at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic on Saturday night at the three-mile SilverLakes course in Norco.
The section-by-section preview series continues with a detailed look at the Central Section, which includes two of the top girls in the country.
State Meet champions aren't the only athletes recognized on the MileSplitCA 2018 Girls All-State Team. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport photo: Calabasas junior Deanna Nowling celebrates her 100m victory).
Seventh in a series of MileSplitCA All-State Track & Field teams focuses on senior girls. Pictured: Double State champion Tierra Robinson-Jones battles two-time State champion Ariyonna Augustine in the 200m.
Sixth in a series of MileSplitCA All-State Track & Field teams focuses on junior boys. Pictured: Liam Anderson hits the finish line to win the 1600m at the State final, one of three State winners in this class.
Who will be the best in the Central Section this spring? Nobody really knows yet, but we've got a pretty good idea.
One of the more underrated sections in California has fielded some of the top track athletes in the state. Check out the leading contenders in 2018.
The winter is fun because it mixes established studs like Ariyonna Augustine and Tierra Crockrell with a crop of brand-new stars that emerge every year.
We are closing out the 2017 XC season by recognizing California's top runners. This is the sixth installment of a 10-part MileSplitCA All-State series. Check out Junior Boys.
There's more than enough talent in Southern California to make all the Saturday varsity races highly competitive, even when the top teams are pulled out for the Sweeps races.
It didn't take Corie Smith long to make her presence known during the fall season, and she's already on top of the spring 1600 rankings, too.
If any high school runner among the current crop of distance stars across the national landscape is destined to become the next sub 4 minute prep miler, it would be Blake Haney of Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, California. Ever since running 4:13 1600 as a freshmen in the California state meet and continuing that progression over the last two years to run 4:09 for the mile as a sophomore and a 4:07 mile as a junior, Haney has been building to this senior season of outdoor track to see how close he can finish to run a time near four minutes flat.
After cruising through 600 meters in 1:31, Blake Haney settled into pace for an easy victory in the 1600 at Buchanan's West Coast Relays.
Saucony Elite #4 Blake Haney will run for the Oregon Ducks next cross country season. Meanwhile, watch him compete for a California state title this Saturday! (File Photo by Maria De La Rosa)
The Brooks PR Invitational brings together the nations top track and field athletes from across the country to compete at the Dempsey Center in Seattle, Washington, one of the fastest indoor tracks in the nation. The meet consists of seven events the 60 meter dash, 60 meter hurdles, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, one mile run, and two mile run. California is well represented sending 16 athletes to Seattle. Leading up to the meet we will spotlight these talented runners.