We've got seven years of data plugged into our custom metric, and the results are very interesting - and sometimes quite surprising!
Sydney Hwang is a star in the making for the Wolfpack, and their depth will help replace the loss of three seniors from the defending Division 2 champs.
The Chargers saw their 2016 season end a week earlier than expected, but the potential is there for this team to be one of the best in the Southern Section in 2017.
The Falcons have a lot to like, but also some questions that need to be addressed. Will their big senior class push them over the top in 2017?
Even without returning star Kelli Hines, the Diablos will be strong. With her healthy, the team could contend in a loaded Division 2 this fall.
A proud program with two championships in the last 5 years, the Apaches have been up and down the last 3. We're betting on "up" this year.
After a roller-coaster postseason ended with a 2nd-place finish in 2016, the Centurions have 6 runners back (including 4 seniors) in search of the program's 10th title.
After a disastrous end to the 2016 season, I'm betting the Mustangs are going to be a major sleeper team this fall.
Shyam Kumar returns as the #1 runner and Colton Colonna had a great track season, so with a little depth the Lancers will be tough to beat.
McKenna Brown and Kristin Fahy are back to lead the Mavericks, and they may have a third front-runner joining them.
Despite the loss of 4 key seniors, the Warriors return enough talent to make a run at defending their section title.
The Apaches have enormous potential, and will once again be a major competitor in Division 1.
If the Rams can shore up their depth (and recent improvement history says they can) this team will be a force in Division 2.
Despite the loss of their top returner, the Thunderbirds are still a state meet team in Division 1.
The last two years have been frustrating for the Indians, who have the leadership and firepower to be in the top 10 in Division 1.
With a potential individual star, solid depth, and the prospect of having the same core top 7 compete for three years together, the Matadors are primed for success in 2017 and beyond.
The Wildcats are a puzzling mix of statistics that makes it hard to place them, but they do have a core of rising seniors that aren't finished yet.
The Dolphins have five rising juniors back from the squad that finished 5th in Division 1 last year, and they had a very good track season.
The underrated Mavericks need to develop depth, but they have been particularly good at that lately.
Depth is a concern for the Wolves, but their returning front 5 is as good as just about anyone, and they got even better during track season.
There are a lot of reasons to count out the Wildcats this season, but their track record says you shouldn't.
The pieces are all there for the Diamondbacks to be top 10 in a loaded Division 2, but things did not come together for a squad that had 3 freshmen in the top 7 in 2016.
Depth is the currency for the Comanches, who will surprise some folks if they stay healthy in 2017.
Lauren Kearney and her Dragon teammates are not your typical Division 4 team - this is a squad that can run with nearly anyone in California.
With seven returners, strong track times, a solid record of improvement, and a serious case of unfinished business, the Sea Kings boys are on the rise.