Entering the 2019 XC season at our preseason #7 is defending Class 4 state champion Ricky Fetterolf. She has a PR of 18:05 and was 8th at NXN-SE last year as well. She alongside her teammate Elise Abbe are the only teammates to both make this list.
Last year saw Ricky winning a state title but we've known she was great since her freshman XC season in 2017. That year she ran 18:23 and finished 5th at states. She has consistently improved since then and we expect the same this year as well.
Obviously it is a lot more impressive to continually improve from her current personal best of 18:05 which means if she has another 20 second improvement you're talking about an NXN finalist perhaps.