Upperclassmen better watch out, because several of the top distance runners in the country are freshmen. Lauren Trapani has already made a name for herself out in Pennsylvania by winning her first cross country meet. She won the 19th Annual Bear Mountain River Run on September 2, dropping a time of 17:41.40.
Another runner who's only a freshman -- but it feels like we've been talking about her for years -- is Grace Ping. Ping won the St. Olaf High School Showcase by running 17:45.00. She is one who could challenge for a national crown this year after placing sixth at NXN in 2016.