Ray-Pec will be making a run for a State Title this year, and Miranda will be leading the way for the Panthers. She's the top returner in the State with an 18:11 PR, and finished 4th at State last year. All three girls who beat her last year have graduated, and the next fastest finisher last year is a full 30s behind her. In track she had All-State finishes in both the 1600m and 3200m where she placed 6th in both. She has a real chance of winning the individual State Title this fall.
Makenzie is the other half of Ray-Pec's lethal 1-2 punch. She placed 8th last year at State, and also ran the 2nd fastest time last year with an 18:24, second only to her teammate Miranda Dick. In track she had the fastest 3200m time among Juniors with a 10:58. We'll likely see her up running with her teammate the whole way, and if they can manage to finish 1st and 2nd, that would really boost Ray-Pec's team title chances.
From 800m to 5K I believe Hill is one of the the most versatile distance runners in Missouri. She placed 10th last year at State in XC, and holds the third fastest returning time in Class 4 with an 18:26. She had a phenomenal track season as well, placing 5th in both the 800m and 1600m at State. Her season bests of 2:15/4:57/11:21 in the 800/1600/3200 are in the top 5 in her class. She could very well be a dark horse candidate to win it all this Fall.
Tessa has great range like Hill, and has been a very strong number 1 for the Wildcats. She placed 6th last year at State and had the forth fastest season best a year ago with an 18:29. She was also All-State in Track with a 4th place finish in the 1600m. Her "slash" was 2:18/5:01/11:05 which stacks up very well with the best of the State as its top 4 in each event. Tessa is another one who could claim the individual title this year.
Juedemann is the fastest returner from St. Louis, and she will surely be up near the front at State. She placed 9th a year ago at State, and holds the 9th fastest returning time as well with an 18:53 despite not running on any particularly fast courses. She qualified for State in All 4 distance races, and brought home medals in the 4x800m (8th) and 3200m (7th). I've seen her race a ton over the last year and half and she's really tough and I think she will be right there with the leaders coming up the hill to the finish.