2008 state finish — 8th in Class 3A, 34 points.
Key returners — Moran Lonning, soph.; Kaia Miller, jr.; Karli Ramstad, jr.
Outlook — The Vikings advanced 22 events to state last year, and depth will not be an issue. Decorah will be strong in the middle distances, both in individual events and relays.
IOWA CITY HIGH
2008 state finish — 6th in Class 4A, 43 points.
Key returners — Mariah Jordan, sr.; Majesty Tutson, sr.; Ashley Wilkinson, jr.
Outlook — Sixth place was a down year for City High last year. The Little Hawks ought to rebound somewhat behind strong relays and depth.
IOWA CITY WEST
2008 state finish — Class 4A state champion, 84 1/2 points.
Key returners — Nicole Engelhardt, sr.; Jessica Gehrke, jr.; Micaela Haight, jr.
Outlook — The Women of Troy won back-to-back 4A titles behind outstanding field events and relays. Graduation hit somewhat, but Gehrke is an excellent place to build a team around. West will be among the top 4A contenders once again.
Key returners — Brandee Bohr., sr.; Missy Hershberger, sr.
Outlook — In a wide-open 2A, the Golden Hawks have to be considered a factor. They’ll put together strong sprint relays behind Bohr, and the addition of freshman distance ace Sofia Chmaruk might be enough to put Mid-Prairie over the top.
2008 state finish — Class 3A runner-up, 59 points.
Key returners — Karly Cochrane, jr.; Courtney Kintzel, soph.; Holly Salzbrenner, soph.; Alex Wilson, soph.
Outlook — In two short years, MV-L has gone from a run-of-the-mill program to a budding superpower. This team has both depth and elite runners, which makes them a solid favorite to win the 3A championship come May.
2008 state finish — Class 1A champion, 110 points.
Key returners — Sara Stoakes, sr.
Outlook — Stoakes, who has signed with Kansas State, is among the most versatile runners in the state. She’ll be the runner to beat in 1A in any race from 100 to 3,000. That alone makes North Tama a factor in the 1A race.