After multiple team title runner-ups and three state runner-ups, Loudoun Valley's Natalie Morris is certainly ready to take home that state title. This season she enters as our #9 returning star in the entire state and second amongst 4A competitors. She is though the fastest returning state course runner this year in 4A.
Boasting a 18:19 pr in XC from the state meet Natalie is certainly in rarified air when it comes to her speed and talent. That time was not only fast but also a huge 61 second improvement from her 2015 state meet performance. If she continues anything close to that this season then her twin brother Peter better watch out.
Natalie returns as one of the fastest girls but actually has one of the biggest ranking jumps in our preseason list. Despite being 11th on paper we ranked her 9th because of her strong team & training and the fact that her twin brother is the defending 4A state champion. Having that type of a training partner to run with during vacation and summer will make all the difference in the world when you are talking about a race decided by seconds.
For all of those reasons and many more Natalie is our #9 preseason star.
#10 - Parker Albright (Cave Spring)
#9 - Natalie Morris (Loudoun Valley)