On the girls side, the NXN Southwest region is already shaping up to be a battle based on the top returners in the region.
Leading the list is Rio Rico High School's (AZ) Samantha Schadler. Schadler has the fastest returning 5K time from the Desert Twilight XC Festival which she won in 2017 running 17:15.80. Schadler will be the top returner at the Southwest Region meet as she finished third last year behind two seniors, but she finished 56th at the national meet which is behind where two other top Nike Southwest returning athletes finished.
Coming back with the top finish from the national meet is Jenna Fitzsimmons, who placed 30th. The rising junior has the third-best returning time which she ran at the NXN Southwest Region meet last year placing sixth.
Also coming in with a strong time is Anna Shults of Peak to Peak Charter School (CO). Shults finished fourth at last year's NXN Southwest Region meet running 17:19.00 giving her the third-fastest returning time from 2017.
Check out the full list of top NXN Southwest Region returners below.