Head coach: John Lentsch, first season
Returning letter winners: Fourteen
Top athletes: Gifty Nkansah (So.), Sydney Groom (So.), Devon Jones (Sr.), Skyler Free (So.), Meghan Coggins (Jr.), Gabby Carson (Fr.), Serafina Ah-You (So.), Litia Ortquist (So.)
Outlook: Groom, who likely will run in the 400-meter dash and 800, was a state qualifier last year, but the Patriots must make up for the loss of state champion thrower Ashlie Blake.
“We are looking to build on the solid, young team the Patriots had last year,” Lentsch said. “With two new head coaches, we have a lot bigger numbers than in previous years.
“We expect Coach Cagle to get our new throwers off to a great start. We have some new sprinters that should perform well, in addition to our strong distance program that is returning a lot of talent.”