Two of Northern's top runners from last season, Abby Sweeney (right) and Claudia Dolan, are back from a team that dominated for much of the fall season last year. Five of their seven runners from last year's state meet are back, and they opened the season strong with a close runner-up effort at the Seahawk Invitational. (Photo by Brandon Miles)
The Northern girls bulldozed their way through the SMAC conference last fall on their way to a 3A state title, led by a strong trio (two of which return for 2017). Perhaps their most dominant display of distance depth was in the 3200 at the indoor state championships when Molly Barrick, Abby Sweeney and Claudia Dolan finished 1-2-3 for the Patriots. Behind them the team race gets even tighter with three teams in particular looking to upset the Northern girls this fall.