Runners to watch: Mitchell Gits, Sr.; Ben Martin, Sr.; Winston Griffin, Jr.; Connor Havens, Jr.; Sean Wilson, Jr.
Outlook: Gits leads the way for the Slicers, who have a balanced group behind him that includes freshman Cole Raymond.
Quote: “We didn’t finish so well last year and on paper, we don’t look like anything great this year, but they put in a lot of work, and they’re not going to back down from anybody. They all had awesome summers. I took a step back and put more on them as far as accountability and they stepped up a lot.” -- coach Corbin Slater
Runners to watch: Jake Tarnow, Jr.; William Bogan, Jr.
Outlook: New coach Mike Bogan, a member of Wheeler’s 1998 state-qualifying team, takes over the Blazers and his son William steps in as the team’s No. 2 after strong summer of mileage. Tarnow qualified for semistate and has his sights on taking the next step. Aaron White, Luke Trinks and Jarret Piornack also return on a roster that’s doubled in size.
Quote: “I’m happy to be back coaching and watching kids improve, and enjoying running.” -- Bogan
Runners to watch: Damian Albisu, Jr.; Rodrigo Serrano, Sr.; Logan Hass, Sr.; Angelo Torres, Sr.
Outlook: City hopes to extend its string of individual state qualifiers to three. Newcomers include Elliott Jasicki, Christian McDanials and Evan Ewy.
Quote: “The 2018 season is in a rebuilding phase with many rookies and developing runners. This team is optimistic that by October they will be in peak form and racing at their best.” -- coach Mike Liss
Runners to watch: Jarrod Michael, Sr.; Jacob Corbett, Sr.; Tim O’Laughlin, Jr.; Brandon Corbett, Sr.; Quinn Beall, Jr.; Tom Wykoff, Jr.
Outlook: The Cougars return six of their top seven from the semistate team that finished 11th. Potential breakthrough runners are Grant Johnson, Tristan Balmer, Josh Baltes, Danny Lukowski and Dan Reshan. Several team members participated in the the annual trail half marathon race in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Quote: “We realize we will likely need two runners in the top 20 at semistate with the other three scoring runners surely in the top 60 to have a shot of competing for a top six position. We have the potential of doing so, but have to have most things go right leading up to that race as well as race day. We have a good group of young men who work well together and have high goals as well as a solid work ethic. Family support has been terrific and this journey the past couple of seasons has been a joy to coach and be a part of.” -- coach John Arndt
-- compiled by H-A Sports Writers