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Prep girls’ cross country preview: 5 to watch

Nooksack Valley's Amy Murphy leads the pack during the women's varsity race at the 40th annual Mt. Baker Cross Country Invitational Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Silver lake Park in Maple Falls.
Nooksack Valley's Amy Murphy leads the pack during the women's varsity race at the 40th annual Mt. Baker Cross Country Invitational Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Silver lake Park in Maple Falls. The Bellingham Herald

QUINCY GALE

School: Bellingham

Year: Sophomore

Outlook: Gale assembled a terrific season last fall, taking 13th during the Class 2A State Championship Meet with a time of 19 minutes, 28 seconds. With a couple of top Bellingham runners now graduated, Gale could be counted to take over the team’s top spot.

ELLIE ROWAN-ARNETT

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Outlook: Rowan-Arnett was one of the Mariners’ top runners last fall and finished 25th during the Class 2A State Championship Meet with a time of 19 minutes, 47.16 seconds. She’ll be a big reason as to whether or not Sehome claims another state title.

AMY JO MURPHY

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Outlook: There may be not better runner in the Northwest Conference than Murphy. She’s gotten better and better each season and took fourth place during the Class 1A State Championships with a time of 19 minutes, 15.51 seconds.

MIMI MEGGISON

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Outlook: Meggison saved one of her best performances for the state meet last season, finishing 10th place with a time of 19 minutes, 48.31 seconds. Expect another strong season, one that could end with a top-five finish.

SARAH BALL

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Outlook: Ball has established herself as one of the Northwest Conference’s Class 1A runners. She finished with an 18th-place Class 1A State Championship Meet finish with a time of 20 minutes, 10.33 seconds last fall.

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