„øCarroll is a 5A contender with a steady mix of experience in seniors Kristen Sponsel, Natalie Englert, Megan Walden and Brandy Tholsstrap.
„øEast’s Laura Combs should be among the league’s best.
„øHeights is looking to move up behind seniors Taylor Ritthaler, Molly Crouch and Cortney Deneen. Sophomore Ashea Hanna also returns.
„øKapaun Mount Carmel will be a state contender in 5A, powered by junior Mackenzie Maki. The Crusaders also have Katie Hand, Marie Schaller, Emily Strecker, Megan Crawford, Portia Morton returning.
„øAmber Eickhorn was one of the more underrated runners last season for North. Halle Suderman was a state qualifier.
„øNorthwest will focus on improving its seventh-place league finish. Megan Mellard, Hannah Hotmar, Kim Martin, Lindy Meadows and Shannon Yahn are underclassmen.
„øSouth’s top three will be Kelsie Gilchrist, Kyrstin Cunningham and Lucy Gonzalez.
„øSoutheast was fourth in the CL last year. Aquila Allen and Kristin Mallon are the two top returners.
„øWest’s Wendi Harris, a sophomore, and freshman Natalie McCarrell have improved over the summer.Area Schools
„øMadison May is a three-time state qualifier for Andale. Cecilia Lane is also back after a promising track season.
„øAndover sophomore Laura Sellew has shown promise.
„øSenior Brooke Hansen will be a key leader on the Andover Central team.
„øShelby Nelson is back for Buhler, which placed fourth in 4A last year.
„øBurrton’s Kailey Gardner (second), Valerie Wallsten (14th), Meghan Navarro (17th), Maria Fernandez (21st) and Liz Simoneau (31th) all return after placing at state last year.
„øCori Jones is Cheney’s top runner after a productive summer.
„øCollegiate doesn’t have much cross country experience, but Megan Duggins, Ellie Newlin, Maggie Newlin, Zip Lower and Kati Broberg were state qualifiers in track.
„øDerby is the favorite to repeat as 6A champion, returning six from last year’s title-winning team. Emily Hornbeck and Amber Green are the top runners, followed by Tori Lewis, Valerie Nielson and Brenna and Kaitlan Kleman.
„øDouglass has a core of underclassmen in Savannah Wright, Sara Wright and Cassie Hollenback.
„øJulie Randall, Megan Ballinger and Courtney Maddux make up a solid top three for Goddard. Randall returns full strength after an injury-plagued junior season last year.
„øThe top three return at Goessel from last season’s fifth-place team in Kristen Hoffman, Shanna Klassen and Lindsey Wedee.
„øHaven returns its entire varsity lineup, including top runners Rachel Miller and Mallory McCurry.
„øExpected to contend for an individual state title, Maize’s Dani Walker is back for her senior season. Kelsy McNay has shown promise in early time trials, and Najai ill and Mary Kranick will be varsity runners.
„øA strong nucleus is back for Newton in state qualifiers Erin Loeffler, Mallorie Coffman and Shannon Ahlstradt.
„øMorgan Trible, a junior, returns to Remington in contention for the individual title in Class 3A.
„øRose Hill lost three key seniors, but Taylor Carlson and Paige Downing are returning state qualifiers.
„øKaitlyn Snodgrass, the only senior for Sunrise Christian Academy, will be a third-year runner.
„øOne of the elite runners of Class 5A, Brooke Vining, powers a Valley Center team with Amy Repp, Karlee Wedekind, Kate Hussey and Casey Tolle.