Head coach: Robert Davis, 15th season
Top athletes: Samantha Reintjes (Sr.), Carolina Cleland (Sr.), Bailey Dunlap (Sr.), Kate Vanderstelt (Sr.), Tori Landers (So.)
Outlook: The Panthers return five runners who competed in last year’s state meet, and all five finished in the top 18 in the Sunset Region and top 44 in the state meet.
“Palo Verde is confident it will be a contender in the Sunset Region this year and be able to qualify for the state meet for the third straight year,” Davis said. “Complementing the top five returners this season will be sophomore Emma Wahlenmaier, junior Kelsey Lamph and senior Caitlan Shaw.”