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Class AA

2017 team champion: Bozeman

2017 individual champion: Bozeman’s Camila Noe

Start time: 11:35 a.m.

2018 storylines: Bozeman has won 11 consecutive state titles and had its best finish at Nike Cross Nationals last year but has a serious contender this year in Missoula Hellgate, which has edged out the Hawks two out of three times this season. … With the graduation of previous champions Noe (now at the University of Portland) and Kalispell Glacier’s Annie Hill (now at the University of Colorado), Billings Senior’s Tiahna Vladic will look to recapture the title her senior year to add to her 2016 title. The state cross country meet is being held at the site of the Mountain West Classic, a race Vladic has won three times. Others in contention should be Hellgate senior Ember Stratton, Bozeman junior Terra Trom and Hellgate senior Elise Stearns.

Class A

2017 team champion: Hardin

2017 individual champion: Polson’s Beatrix Frissell

Start time: 1:10 p.m.

2018 storylines: Hardin could be in line for its third consecutive title with four of its top five runners back: sophomores Kyhlah Two Leggins and Libby Nedens and juniors Journey Erickson and Charlie Bellrock. Sophomore Marion Hugs has added a boost. And just like two years ago, Whitefish and Corvallis could be in the mix. … Polson senior Beatrix Frissell will be going for back-to-back state titles to close her high school career. The four other runners who finished in the top five last year all graduated. Frissell was the top Class A runner at the Mountain West Classic and placed fifth overall.

Class B

2017 team champion: Manhattan

2017 individual champion: Bigfork’s Bryn Morley

Start time: 1:45 p.m.

2018 storylines: Two-time defending champion Manhattan returns just two of its top five finishers from last year at state — juniors Jessa Steele and Jodi Cameron — but has gotten a boost from freshman Saige Duffin, who’s been the team’s top finisher. Colstrip could be the top competition. … A runner without the last name Morley will win the state title for the first time since 2010. Bigfork’s Makena Morley (now at the University of Colorado) and Bryn Morley (now at Northern Arizona University) combined to win the past seven titles. The top contenders should be Duffin, Bigfork senior Anya Young, Colstrip senior Whitney Hanson, Eureka senior Mckay Guckenberg, Three Forks senior Kyle Olson and Lodge Grass freshman Shantell Pretty On Top.

Class C

2017 team champion: West Yellowstone

2017 individual champion: West Yellowstone’s Averi Parker

Start time: 11 a.m.

2018 storylines: West Yellowstone will go for a second straight title with a team that had four runners who were freshmen or sophomores place in the top six last year: Averi Parker, Julia Everest, Abby Jackson and Kaitlin Jackson. … The individual race could come down to two runners each looking to pick up their second state title. West Yellowstone junior Averi Parker won last year, while Darby junior Gracie Lang won as a freshman and placed second last year.


Class AA

2017 team champion: Bozeman

2017 individual champion: Great Falls CMR’s Cooper West

Start time: 12:40 p.m.

2018 storylines: Bozeman is going for its 11th consecutive team title. The Hawks lost their top three runners from last year, returned three others who finished in the top 16 and ran away with the team title at the Mountain West Classic, the site of this year’s title race. Kalispell Glacier should be the top competition. … The top five individual finishers from last year’s state race all graduated. Keep an eye on Kalispell Flathead senior Ben Perrin, the highest-placing returner. He’s won every race he’s run this season.

Class A

2017 team champion: Corvallis

2017 individual champion: Laurel’s Levi Taylor

Start time: 2:20 p.m.

2018 storylines: Corvallis graduated its top four runners from last year, and it looks like a new champion will be crowned. The crowded filed includes Columbia Falls, Lewistown, Hardin, Laurel and Frenchtown. … Laurel senior Levi Taylor will be aiming for his second consecutive title. He was the highest-placing runner from Class A at the Mountain West Classic, taking fifth overall. His top competition will be Lewistown junior Sam Fulbright. Taylor and Fulbright have raced five times this season, and Taylor placed first among Class A runners in all five races with Fulbright taking second.

Class B

2017 team champion: Manhattan

2017 individual champion: Manhattan’s Zak Meeker

Start time: 2:50 p.m.

2018 storylines: Manhattan returns three of its top four runners from last year, all of whom finished in the top 14 at state. The Tigers have won three titles in the last four years. Eureka could challenge for the title after edging out Manhattan at the Mountain West Classic. … Manhattan senior Zak Meeker will be seeking his second state title in a row. The field will be loaded with five of the top six runners from last year: Meeker, Glasgow senior Ellis McKean, Lodge Grass senior Hank Pretty On Top, Manhattan senior Bryce Love and Glasgow junior Ike Braaten. Poplar sophomore Hudson Atkinson was the top Class B finisher at the Mountain West Classic.

Class C

2017 team champion: Manhattan Christian

2017 individual champion: Hays-Lodge Pole’s Isiah Runsabove

Start time: 12:10 p.m.

2018 storylines: Manhattan Christian will be going for a three-peat in team titles after graduating just one of its top six runners from last year. … A new individual champion will be crowned following the graduation of Hays-Lodge Pole’s Isiah Runsabove. Manhattan Christian junior Ben Morrison paced the Class C runners at the Mountain West Classic after taking eighth at state last year.

Frank Gogola, 406mtsports.com

Frank Gogola covers Griz football and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at Frank.Gogola@406mtsports.com.

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