Last year was a good year for Highland, and this year looks just as good. Led by one of the most dominating sprinters in 2A, they appear a likely candidate to defend their state title. The real question is who'll take the second and third spots. If the state meet were run today, Meeker and Lyons look primed for podium finishes.
Remington Ross won back-to-back championships in the 100, and has three state titles to her name, including the 200. She rarely loses, so I wouldn't expect much to change over the next two years.
Likewise, Kaiya Firor is a two-time state champion in the 400, and she'll likely want to cap her high school career with nothing less than another win in the event. Like Ross in the 100 and 200, Firor is a clear favorite this year.
While the sprints are likely to have repeat champions, the distance events will have a new face on top of the podium.
In the 800 Hannah Wilkie is the favorite. She was the runner-up last year, though she'll likely be challenged by Chloe Veilleux. Veilleux is the most likely candidate to step into Soleil Gaylord's very big shoes in the 1,600. But keep an eye on Nederland's Helen Cross. She's the second-best returner in the 1,600, and the No. 1 returner in the 3,200.
And then there's the Lyons duo of Katie Fankhouser and Quin Gregg. With their 1-2 finish at the 2018 cross country state championships, Frankhouser and Gregg deserve to be in the conversation of who'll reign at the outdoor track championships this May.