Class 3's Top 3200m Runners to Watch in 2019

There will be nine girls who qualified for State last year returning in the Class 3 Girls 3200m including five state medalists, one of whom is the defending State Champion.

Mercedes Schroer is the Defending State Champion after winning the title as a freshman with an 11:26 last season. That time is the fastest returning time by over 10 seconds. She never lost a race at 3200m last year, and won 19 of 20 races overall from 400-3200m last year with her only lost being a 2nd place finish in the 800m last year at State. Her biggest challengers will be a Fatima duo of Alexis Fischer and Kendall Haller. Fischer placed third at State last year and holds the second fastest returning time in Class 3 with an 11:37, and Haller placed 4th last year with the third fastest time with an 11:49. Their teammate Alyssa Struemph also is a returning State Medalist with an 11:55, as well as Herculaneum's Nautica Stricklin with a 12:03. Below you can find my subjective rankings and honorable mentions for the Class 3 Girls 3200m.

1. Mercedes Schroer - Christian (O'Fallon)

2. Alexis Fischer - Fatima

3. Kendall Haller - Fatima

4. Alyssa Struemph - Fatima

5. Nautica Stricklin - Herculaneum

6. Kaleigh Moore - North Callaway

7. Camille Gudde - Holden

8. Chloe Richardson - Herculaneum

Honorable Mentions: Paige Heckelmann (Owensville), Laura Maddox (Herculaneum), Zoe Foreman (Cameron)