Results from track this spring suggest that Payton Corah might be the most improved Tiger this fall.
Holy Family has long hung around the top of the heap of 3A Girls. A recent two-year hiatus into the ranks of 4A interrupted that status, but there's also a recent state title to authenticate Holy Family's presence as a perennial contender.
And, the perennial contenders will back at it again this year.
Six of last year's state seven are back for the Tigers, including the 1-2 tandem of Kika Napierkowski and Isabelle Hren. Both Napierkowski and Hren will be entering their final cross country campaigns in purple and gold.
There's a good chance that the scoring five rounds out as Taylor Santangelo, Payton Corah, and Gabby Thomas.
But, we could see some mixing of the order this fall. Payton Corah emerged as a bona fide force in the 1600 this spring, clocking a best time of 5:25. Meanwhile, Napierkowski missed track season this spring. Gabby Thomas and Taylor Santangelo showed some nice things on the 400 meter near-oval and may be due to move up in the scoring order this fall.
Kylynn Silva, another senior this fall, could figure into the Holy Family scoring this fall as well. Silva is a soccer player in the spring, though, and didn't leave any clues about her fall season in the track results from this spring.
All told, much remains to be seen of how the order shakes out for Holy Family this fall, but what isn't nearly so uncertain is that Holy Family figures as one of the better 3A Girls teams. Any incoming freshmen who might bust into the scoring order would only make that outcome all the more certain.
If Holy Family opens the season again this fall with their home invitational, we should get an early look at just how effective this team will be this fall. If not, then Liberty Bell should do its usual thorough job of exposing how much these Tigers have in their tank.