Coach: Mike Holz
Last year: Finished fifth at the Northwest Conference Championships. Placed third at the Class 1A Tri-District meet. Placed seventh at the Class 1A State Championships.
Returning state participants: Collin Magnusson (jr.), David Anderson (sr.), Davis Phillips (sr.), Rico Martinez (so.), Derek Morrow (jr.)
Others to watch: Levi Morrow (jr.), Riley Hawkins-Hecock (jr.), Derek Holz (fr.), Preston Sandland (so.), Kent Zander (so.), Josh Hosick (sr.)
Outlook: Meridian believes Magnusson, Anderson and Phillips can compete with just about any top three in the Northwest Conference, and therefore in the state. That automatically makes them a contender for a podium finish at state, as the Trojans are currently ranked No. 6 in the latest coaches' poll. "The key for us is our four through seven guys, and their success during the season will determine our team success at state," Holz said in a phone interview. "We need our top three to do their job and do what's expected of them, and we need to improve steadily for us to be successful."
Reach DAVID RASBACH at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-2271.