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Billings Senior

Coach: Dave Creger, 9th year.

Last year: 1st at state, 120 points.

Returning state placers: Brianna Eaton, sr. (1st 200, 6th 400); Chloe Kanning, sr. (2nd 100, 4th 200); Danielle Aragon, jr. (1st 800, 2nd 1,600); 4th 400); Brittnee Grimstad, jr. (2nd discus, 5th javelin); Andrea Emmett, sr. (4th long jump).

Others to watch: Jordan Kauffmann, sr. (jumps); Sarah Snoozy, sr. (middle distances, jumps); Allison Dimich, sr. (throws); Kelsie McDowell, sr. (hurdles); Terra McDowell, jr. (hurdles); Emma Fulton, jr. (jumps); Kyla Jewell, jr. (javelin); Jordan Dreessen, jr. (middle distances); Chrissy Webb, soph. (400, jumps); Karina Bell, fr. (hurdles); Morgan Sulser, fr. (hurdles); Jocelyn Elorriaga, fr. (distances).

Season outlook: Senior dominated the State AA meet last year, winning by a 35-point margin over West. The gap figures to be narrowed this year after the graduation of senior standouts Alexa Aragon and AuraLea Fain, but the Broncs easily have enough talent and depth to contend for a repeat title.

Coach Creger says: "Our motivation is pretty simple this year. We won the first team championship in the program's history last year, and we want to keep it rolling and win another one. We certainly have the girls to do it if we work hard and things fall into place for us."

Billings Skyview

Coach: Larry Newell, 12th year.

Last year: 12th at state, 13 points.

Returning state placer: Sawyer Ferguson, sr. (1st 300 hurdles).

Others to watch: Stephanie Fitch, jr. (throws); Michon Morgan, jr. (sprints, relays); Haley Gellner, fr. (sprints, relays); Shae Wacaeser, fr. (jumps, pole vault).

Season outlook: Outside of state hurdles champ Ferguson, the Skyview girls are mostly young and untested and will look to improve as the season goes on.

Coach Newell says: "Our girls have one of the best freshman classes we've had since I've been here. I expect our freshmen to step in and have an impact on the varsity right away, and they're getting some good leadership from our older girls."

Billings West

Coach: Rob Stanton, 9th year.

Last year: 2nd at state, 85 points.

Returning state placers: Danielle Muri, sr. (2nd triple jump, 5th 100 hurdles, 5th long jump, 6th 100); Nicole Rietz, sr. (3rd 400, 4th 800, 5th 1,600); Tori Weyand, jr. (1st 100 hurdles, 5th 300 hurdles); Samantha Hodgson, jr. (2nd shot put); Paige Lueck, jr. (5th discus).

Others to watch: Corrie Holm, sr. (throws); Crystal Scoles, jr. (jumps, pole vault); K.C. Christensen, soph. (jumps, pole vault); Alyssa Espinoza, so. (hurdles, sprints); Kennedy Smith, fr. (jumps, throws, sprints).

Season outlook: The high-scoring duo of Muri and Rietz instantly makes West one of the top teams in the state, and the Golden Bears have enough additional point-scorers to challenge Senior for the top spot in Class AA.

Coach Stanton says: "Our girls have been either first or second at state four of the last five years, and we expect to be right there again. Billings Senior has a phenomenal team ... it's going to be fun for our girls to go head-to-head with them all season."

Billings Central

Coach: Angela Hirt, 7th season

Last year: 4th at State A, 49 points

Returning state placers: Miranda Rabold, Sr., 100 hurdles-6th; Jackie Elliott, Sr., 400-5th, triple jump-5th; Sammy Elliott, Soph., 1,600-4th; Tayler Eubank, Sr., javelin-4th.

Others to watch: Jaelene Zygmond, Sr., distance, 1,600 relay; Shaina Healy, Soph., sprints, relays; Justyn Juhl, Fr., sprints, relays.

Season outlook: Both of Central's relay teams were victorious at the State A meet last year. The 1,600-meter relay squad enters the season as the two-time reigning champion. ... Normally a top hurdler in the Eastern A, Rabold is looking for a healthy campaign after dealing with both hip and hernia issues a year ago. ... Zygmond returns from a knee injury that forced her to miss last season.

Coach Hirt says: "I think our competitive side will be high. We'll show up to meets and do well when we compete. For us, being a small team with a lot of talent, we have to spread the points around to the right areas and stay healthy."

Laurel

Coach: Lisa Condon, 11th season

Last year: 14th at State A, 10 points

Returning state placers: Mikaela Beausoleil, Sr., 800-5th; Taylor Condon, Sr., 3,200-6th; Emylee Colling, Jr., shot put-3rd.

Others to watch: Sam Sissel, Sr., throws; Regan Casey, Sr., distance; Chelsee Colling, Sr., throws; Bailey Dooper, Jr., sprints, jumps; Leslie Gappa, Soph., sprints, jumps, javelin.

Season outlook: Laurel has 38 athletes overall, including 15 seniors, many of which have previously qualified or medaled at the state meet. ... The team is hoping for contributions from its core of nine freshmen. ... Anchored by Dooper, the Locomotives' 1,600-meter relay team placed sixth at the State A meet last year.

Coach Condon says: "Our goals are to keep everyone healthy, to qualify a lot for state and to earn a divisional trophy. We hope our athletes improve each meet and reach new personal records by the end of the season." 

-- Compiled by Mike Zimmer and Greg Rachac

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