Heading into next season, there are numerous rising freshmen in the girls' ranks who are looking to make an impact at not only their respective state levels but also on the national scene.
After examining the MileSplit database, we've compiled a list of 12 impact sprinters, distance stars, and standout throwers to watch in their first year of high school track and field.
*There are a few middle school level athletes who do not have a grade level in the system. They may be incoming freshmen, or they may not. Apologizes for any we missed.
The Gainesville (FL) Abraham Lincoln Middle School sprinter is one of the fastest girls in the country, and she is just entering high school. This incoming freshman would have been ranked fourth in the country with her 11.34 100m and tied for third in the 200m with a 23.21. In 2017, Davis came out on top in a stacked 200m field at the Pre Classic. Her 23.21 was a 14-year-old age group world record.
Atkinson has the power to become the next big distance queen. The Track Houston Youth Track Club eight-grader has run 2:17 in the 800m, 4:36 in the 1500m, and 9:57 in the 3000m. Her 1500m mark puts her in the top 40 in the country, and her 3000m breaks her into the top 30 in the country. Watch for Atkinson to make a name for herself next year in her home state of Texas.
Ping might be the best middle schooler in the history of the sport. The six-time age group world record holder recently lowered her 13-year-old 5K record as she went 16:25 in race stacked with college runners and pros. Ping finished 14th at NXN as a seventh-grader in 2015 and sixth overall as an eight-grader this past season. Ping, who has been living and training in Park City, Utah, is making the move back to Minnesota and will attend Winona Cotter High School in the fall. Look for Ping to be a serious contender to win a national championship this cross country season as well as dominate on the track come spring.
The Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Middle School product is the top-ranked middle schooler in the country over the 300H with her time of 45.42. Look for Glasco to improve her mark in 300H as well as get quicker in the 100m and 200m once she gets adjusts to high school training.
Hailing from Trego Grade School in Kansas, Malinowski is already one of the best javelin throwers in the country, and her mark of 163-3.75 puts her tied for U.S. No. 5. With two of the other throwers in the top five having graduated this spring, look for Malinowski to make an even bigger splash on the national scene and go after U.S. No. 1 in the javelin come next outdoor season.
Rossum of ATL Zoom Athletics in Georgia is another sprinter to look out for on the national level next year. This incoming freshman has already dropped a wind-legal 11.92 in the 100m, 24.70 in the 200m, and 56.55 in the 400m.
While competing for Faith In Action Ministries Athletics and Recreation in Virginia, Rose took third at the AAU Junior Olympic Games last year with a 55.40 in the 400m dash. She is also undefeated this year in the quarter mile, long jump, 300H, and 800m.
Tillman of Running For Christ in Florida is another young talent in the sprints with times of 11.75 in the 100m, 24.30 in the 200m, and 55.44 in the 400m. She has proven her dominance with a near perfect 5-1 record in the 400 this year.
The Rawlins (WY) Middle School runner has gone unified in the 1600m this year. Her best performance to be an 5:11.43 at the Best of the Best Middle School Invite.
The Cookeville (TN) Middle School standout has won four times in the 1600m -- her best coming from the East Tennessee Middle School Elite Championships.
Helms may be the future of the girls mile, as the Cuthbertson (MO) Middle School star has run 5:13 in the 1600m. Helms also owns a 2:27 PR in the 800m and 11:41 in the 3200m.
The Hillsborough (FL) Harriers runner has some great time under her belt, including 2:30 in the 800m, 5:23 in the mile, and 11:55 in the two mile.