1) Gabrielle Jennings SR, First Baptist Class C- Gabby has set herself apart from the rest of the state and became the state record holder in the mile as well as the moved up to third all-time in the 3200 with a 10:43. Her senior year looks to be the one where she becomes a household name on the national level. The fact that she will be the #13 returning miler nationally shows she is ready to make that leap to run with the future national class stars. It will be difficult to unseat her as the queen of distance running in the state.
2) Sarah Funderburk SR, Parkway 5A- Being from north LA, Funderburk doesn’t get the same amount of discussion as the south LA runners but that didn’t seem to slow her down any this year. She left her mark on the state by winning two 5A titles, one in cross country and the other in the outdoor 3200. More impressively, she won the 3200 after already placing runner up in the 800. Expect her to be vying for another state title with less than a mile to go at the state meet in mid-November.
3) Annie Hill JR, St. Joe’s 5A- Annie was a wrecking ball most of the year and has an 11:19 3200 and 5:08 mile to her credit. She has a state title in the indoor 1600, runner-up in cross country, and a 4th place finish in the outdoor 1600. She is a top-tier talent and is a gutty runner who has already been on the state scene for a full two years.
4) Claire Crosby SR, Mandeville 5A- Claire had a year cut short with an injury during XC-Indoor, but she came out for outdoor track like a lion, running 5:06 and winning the state title in the 1600. Don’t be surprised if she moves up a bit in the rankings throughout the year.
5) Olivia Murphy SR, Mandeville 5A- Olivia has been a mainstay in the elite running circle in the state for the past three years and knows how to compete. She has 9 top-5 finishes at LHSAA state championships in her time and looks to continue that trend going into her final year at Mandeville.