Faith Bender is an anomaly, a thrower who was as good as a freshman as most elite throwers are as seniors.
We're combing through data on the classes of 2020 and 2021 to look for this year's breakout stars in the throws.
There are no surprises at the top of these rankings, but it's interesting to see some of the names that come up not too far down the lists.
While we're focusing on the horizontal jumps this week, we thought a quick look at the Clovis North star's current place in history was in order.
We look at returning athletes from the last three state meets, to see if this year's crop is special.
What can 600 meter times in the winter tell us about possible 800 success in the spring? We look at last year's performances to find out.
800 runners often improve significantly from 10th grade to 11th. Who might be in line to take that leap in 2020?
Rancho Verde holds the top time on the boys' list, but which programs have the most times on the list?
Can Takiya Cenci and Clovis North mix it up with the state's best in the 4x4 this spring? The MileSplit database says they can.
The database says West Ranch has the depth to join the usual cast of top notch relay teams. Will that prediction come true?
Laurel Wong used the last 2 Pole Vault Summits to springboard to strong outdoor seasons. Who will be the early leaders and the breakout stars this year?
Top talent from 5 states + the country's fastest flat 200 track = fast times every year, and this year is not going to be an exception!
Eleanor Wikstrom was one of the athletes that made the trek from NorCal down to the Winter Championships, and she left with a 2nd-place finish.
Great Oak's Chris Verdugo and Cole Sawires were that close to the win (and the 4:00 mark) in last year's Winter Championships 1500.
While many vaulters prefer indoor competition during the winter, Paige Sommers was on a few top competitors that got in reps outdoors.
Jeff Duensing is the top returner in the shot put from both the winter pre-season and the spring.
Corona's Egbe Ndip-Agbor is the only returner to dip under 40 for the 300 in last year's All-Comers season.
Namir Hemphill and Anthony Taylor dueled in the 300H last spring, but during All-Comers season they excelled in separate events.
Anna Munoz made an INCREDIBLE leap, dropping over FOUR MINUTES for her sophomore season!
Patrick McGonigle made it count for his senior season, dropping 2 minutes from 2018 and one minute off his PR to finish 9th in the state meet.
James Zavala Sanchez (El Camino Real) improved a staggering 11:39 over his career. See how the rest of the top 200 developed inside!
(Photo by Nayirah Dosu/Recorder Online) None of the top 200 seniors in the state improved more than Lindsay's Nancy Vasquez.
Once again, the Wolfpack produced a magnificent senior class. Who else made the list of the best 5-person Class of 2020 teams?
It doesn't look like the Great Oak boys are going to decline anytime soon, as they have the top Class of 2021 squad in the state. Who else made the rankings?
Emma Hadley leads a potent group of Canyon sophomores. Who else made the rankings?
As usual, Great Oak is loaded with talented 9th-graders like Joelle Upshur. Which other teams make the list?
Jai Dawson is the top returner in the Southern Section, and he is just a sophomore. Who else will contend for titles in 2020?
Jacob Yagers won the Central Section D2 title and will be back to defend it. Who else can contend for the championship in 2020?
De La Salle has 6 of 7 back from their NCS D2 champion squad, including the top 2 individual returners in the section. Who can challenge them for section supremacy?
Despite losing an all-time great in Matt Strangio, Jesuit isn't going anywhere in 2020 - they have the top 2 returning individuals in the section.