But for the purposes of this post, we're going to focus on Lauren, a two-time Nike Cross Nationals All-American.
You read that right.
It seems unfathomable that an incoming freshman would be so accomplished, but this is Lauren Ping we're talking about. She's got four national All-American finishes already, including an indoor and outdoor finish from 2019.
She's the No. 1 Future Star this fall.
The Ping's have been afforded very good coaching over the years, from their father, Ryan, to independent coach Tom Schwartz, otherwise known as "Tinman."
Now they're headed to Arizona in 2019 to join Desert Vista and the duo should make the squad immediately one of the best in the Southwest.
Lauren is headed for another breakout season following her eighth-grade year, where she broke 18 minutes three times -- in her last three races.
She saved her best work for NXR Heartland (17:29.30) and NXN (17:29.50), where she placed 14th-overall. But Ping didn't stop there, finishing sixth overall in the 5K indoors at New Balance Nationals Indoor in 17:17.30.
She followed in the spring with a time of 4:50.64 in the 1,600m and 10:23.28 in the 2-mile at New Balance Nationals Outdoor.
If nothing else, Ping might be the most battle-tested freshman we've seen in a long time. Alongside her sister, Grace, Lauren should compete for a state championship in Arizona and a couple more national qualifiers -- though the Southwest will at least present a stiffer test than the Heartland.
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Top Girls Returners In Minnesota (Now Arizona For The Ping's)
Top Freshman Girls Incomers Nationally
Top Track Times Nationally For An Eight-Grade Girl
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Lauren Ping's 2018 Performance Graph
THE TOP FIVE:
Each day we'll list our next athlete on the top five list, along with an accompanying honorable mention pick across our 6-10 selections.
No. 6, Riley Chamberlain, Del Oro: She was California's best up-and-coming talent in 2018, winning her first California Division 4 state cross county championship and producing five performances under 18 minutes for 5K. She was also chosen -- based on times -- to represent California at NXN, finishing 62nd there. Chamberlain's outdoor season saw her run a 4:56.94 in the 1,600m and 10:21.31 in the 3,200m, where she was fourth in that race.
HONORABLE MENTION SELECTIONS:
- MONDAY, AUGUST 5: Abby Nechanicky
- TUESDAY, AUGUST 6: Natalie Cook
- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7: Charlotte Bednar
- THURSDAY, AUGUST 8: Ella Borsheim
- FRIDAY, AUGUST 9: Riley Chamberlain