2019 State Champion: Marianne Mihas, Chicago (Latin), 5:07.54
Key Returners: Mitchell, Fran Hendrickson (So., Champaign (STM)), Kennedy Calcagno (So., Elmhurst (IC Catholic), Caroline Jachino (Sr., Pleasant Plains), Julia Wolke (So., Arlington Heights (CLA)), Carly Manchester (So., Elmhurst (IC Catholic)), Riley Vickrey (Sr., Alton (Marquette)), Karlie Hey (Jr., Sterling (Newman Central Catholic))
Outlook: Again Mitchell is the highest returner in an event, but her 5:11 1600m best from state prelims is not the fastest returning time-- Loyola University commit Fran Hendrickson sports a 5:10 time from Distance Night in Palatine. Expect these two to be at the front of the 1600 conversation this year.
The remainder of the returners, headed by Calcagno, Jachino, and Woke, comprise a dense pack behind these frontrunners, but the talent is even enough this year that we should not expect runaway champions like we had last year.