Preseason "Awesome 18" Girls' Team Rankings: Teams 1-3

3. San Pedro

League: Marine

Varsity Returners: 4, 5, 6, 7

Where they finished last year: 2nd at City Finals (21st at State Finals)

Strength Rating: 8

Depth Rating: 9

Reserves Rating: 10

Projected Top 7:
Cynthia Kelso, Sr. (20:28/Pierce, 2:28/800, 5:52/1600)
Jael Marquez, Sr. (21:00/Woodbridge, 5:40/1600, 12:44/3200)
Chloe De Leon, So. (20:48/Pierce, 5:45/1600, 12:46/3200)
Alexa De La Pena, Jr. (20:49/Pierce, 5:43/1600, 13:01/3200)
Bronwyn Bunnel, Sr. (21:24/Pierce, 2:17/800)
Sarena Chavez, So. (21:38/Pierce, 5:59/1600, 13:24/3200)
Alyssa De Fazio, Jr. (21:22/Pierce, 6:09/1600, 14:15/3200)

Notes: Traditional powerhouse San Pedro loses their top 3 but returns a very solid group. Although they have no real frontrunner, they have impressive depth with a spread on paper of less than a minute between their number one and seven runners. San Pedro also had great development from their underclassmen during Track as Alexa De La Pena and Chloe De Leon both qualified for the F/S 1600 and 3200 m Finals. Bronwyn Bunnel missed becoming the 800 m City Champ by .13 seconds and will undoubtedly have that in mind during XC. Even though the Pirates have no one returning under 20 at Pierce, they have a great record of year-to-year improvement and have a good chance for a top-2 finish.

2. Palisades

League: Western

Varsity Returners: 4, 5, 6

Where they finished last year: 1st at City Finals (18th at State Finals)

Strength Rating: 9

Depth Rating: 10

Reserves Rating: 10

Projected Top 7:
JJ Wittbrodt, Jr. (19:52/Pierce, 5:55/1600)
Kimia Samandi, So. (21:00/Pierce, 5:32/1600, 12:07/3200)
Shannon Lee, Jr. (20:08/Pierce, 5:46/1600, 12:19/3200)
Chelsea Levi, Jr. (20:16/Pierce, 2:41/800, 5:54/1600)
Emma Ulfvengren, Sr. (5:54/1600, 12:32/3200)
Ariel Pollack, Jr. (5:41/1600, 12:41/3200)
Nicole Figueroa, Jr. (21:28/Pierce, 2:23/800)

Notes: Palisades loses 4 from last year’s City Championship team but has their sights on making it back-to-back wins despite losing Marissa Williams. Pali returns only one sub-20 runner from Pierce, but had a tremendous Track season overall with Frosh Kimia Samandi taking runner-up honors in the F/S 1600 and 3200 to Patricia Sanchez of Santee. She recorded the best Track times among the group which foreshadows a huge XC season. They had great representation at City Finals with Nicole Figueroa placing 4th in the Varsity 800 as a Sophomore and Shannon Lee as well as Emma Ulfvengren qualifying for the 3200 m Final. The projected top 7 all have sub-6 and sub-12:45 credentials and have a total of 16 at 6:10 or better making this the deepest team in the City. They might not have the same Strength up front as Granada, but if they can sneak their 6 and 7 runners before their last scorer, Pali has a chance to repeat.

1. Granada Hills

League: West Valley

Varsity Returners: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Where they finished last year: 3rd at City Finals

Strength Rating: 10

Depth Rating: 9.5

Reserves Rating: 6.5

Projected Top 7:
Natalie Realegeno, Sr. (18:32/Pierce, 5:22/1600, 11:21/3200)
Megan Satterfield, Sr. (20:42/Pierce, 5:24/1600, 11:45/3200)
Jazmine Macias, Jr. (19:18/Pierce, 5:33/1600, 12:03/3200)
Anastasia Vela, Sr. (20:50/Pierce, 2:46/800, 5:53/1600)
Victoria Childers, Jr. (21:07/Pierce, 5:52/1600, 12:35/3200)
Denise Rojas, Jr. (21:27/Pierce, 2:45/800. 5:53/1600)
Laurie Tuttle, Sr. (21:34/Pierce, 6:00/1600)

Notes: Like the boy’s side, Granada Hills missed going to State by a very slim margin last year. However, while the two teams that finished above them lose key scorers, Granada Hills returns 6 of 7 and are led by early favorite Natalie Realegeno, who is the top returner from last year and followed that up by running the 2nd fastest 3200 m in the City. Megan Satterfield also looks poised to return to her Sophomore form that saw her run 19:36 at Pierce. She has the 3rd fastest returning 1600 m time and 2nd fastest returning 3200 m time in the City. Jazmine Macias, who ran 19:18 as a Sophomore, rounds out the top 3 that earns a Strength Rating of 10, a full point ahead of any other team. All three could well be in the 18s at Pierce this season. From there though, there is a gap that must be closed if Granada Hills wants their title aspirations to come to fruition. Palisades and San Pedro will do their best to exploit that.

This concludes the Girls' Preseason Team Rankings. I will start posting up individual rankings hopefully by the end of the week. As always, let me know of incorrect information so the rankings can be as accurate as possible.


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