City League„ Carroll returns a tremendous 1-2 in Cliff Kissling and David Thor, and with a loaded freshman class, the talent should make the Eagles a state contender.
„ East has a strong returning nucleus of Jacob Heil, Will Marsh, Jackson Shaad and Michael Gurley.
„ Heights lost a lot to graduation, but returns senior Brandon Deck and juniors Matthew Wright and Anthony Shaw.
„ Only three Kapaun varsity runners return in Cody Saunders, Michael Huff and John Doan, but newcomers Matt Ayres and Tim Wescott could be instant point-getters.
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„ There won’t be a lot of experience at North, but there is plenty of potential in Miguel Correa, Alex Prine, Tim Jarvis, Brandon Dorion, William Kindel and Alex Whitworth.
„ South welcomes freshmen Johnny Castilla and Jeremy Collins. Junior Bernardo Miranda is back.
„ Featuring two of the most improved runners in the league, Southeast’s resurgence is headed up by Skylar Gutierrez and Austyn Noblitt. Marcus Greene and Sterlin Broomfield also have varsity experience.
„ Rene Rios is a soccer player first, but he was a good cross country runner for West last season. Rios had three top-five finishes last year.
„ The freshman class will be one to watch at Andale. Conner Penney is back as well.
„ Andover will be young with two juniors in Michael Just and Lane White and sophomores Patrick Violette and Matthew Dekoning.
„ Travis Jones is a state qualifier back for Andover Central. Andy Howell was a second-team all-league runner last season.
„ After finishing second at state last year, Berean Academy will be a strong favorite returning eight runners with experience. Josiah Busenitz, Arlon Newby and Daniel Claassen were in the top 26 at state last year.
„ Even with losing its top two runners, Campus expects to reload with Brock Nooney as the top runner.
„ Seth Alstrom is a three-time state qualifier and top runner for Cheney, which also returns Brandon Lefevre and Logan Dehning.
„ Derby has good top-end talent in Neil Metler, Darren Dawdy, Craig Compton and Max Runyon, but needs to find depth.
„ Douglass will be young, but has experience in Ben Goodwin, Koal Gibson and Connor Zaldivar.
„ It will be on the strength of the team that El Dorado will be competitive this season. Casey Nightengale, Ben Jiles, Spencer Jensen, Dale Nuckolls and Dawson Brush return.
„ Brandon Massey is one three returning varsity runners at Goddard. Sophomore Lincoln Lemon is a promising runner.
„ Goessel will be a state contender, led by senior Jared Reimer.
„ After starting with one boy three years ago, Haven will have 18 runners this year.
„ Hutchinson’s Cameron Sprague returns as one of the area’s top individual runners. He is the third top returning runner in 5A.
„ Seniors Ryan Jones and Louis Holt both return to Marion after top-25 finishes at state last season.
„ Maize won’t have any high placers, but is expected to succeed on the strength of the team in Ryan Hopkins, Eli Ybarra, Daniel Van Sickle and Landon Kilgore.
„ Breakout star Adam Porter is back for his senior season at McPherson after a top-10 finish in cross country and three state titles in track last year.
„ The machine that is Mulvane returns all but one runner from its state championship team. Nikki Trooien-Smith, Wyatt James, Josh Hansen, Nick Lockwood and Evan Landes all placed in the top 17 at state last year.
„ Austin Lettan, a junior, is a state qualifier returning for Newton.
„ After taking third in 1A last year, Pretty Prairie will be right there again with Isaac Williams, Cody Howell, Clayton Williams, and Joe Lampe.
„ Tom McQuery will also play football at Sunrise Christian Academy, which returns junior Daren Stephens as well.
„ Corey Kingsland is a second team all-league runner for Valley Center. Seniors Brice Morrow, Brad Sandlin and Jeremy Lincicome return.
„ Top runner Nick Wornke is back for Wichita Trinity, along with co-captains Jake Wilson and Chase Skelton.