2021 Top 50 Washington XC Girls: No. 21-30

With the high school cross-country season in Washington set to begin in February of 2021, The Runner WA has put together a list of the top 50 runners to watch for this coming spring season. These rankings are based on their 2019 season performances and the 2020 COVID season this fall if they had run a time trial or virtual meet.

Snohomish's Ellie Baxter ranks 21st in 2021 Top 50 Girls Cross Country Rankings. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Here are runners ranked 21-30 on the girl's side.

30. Ashley Reeck, Lake Stevens

2019 Time: 18:52.6

2019 State: 19th (4A), 18:52.9

2020 Time: 22:08

Analysis: To replace Taylor Roe after her incredible career might be the biggest challenge Lake Stevens had to face in 2019, but Ashley Reeck was able to take on that role and ran very well in her first year as the Viking's top runner. Reeck's progress from her freshman to her sophomore season showed early on at the Nike Twilight and Hole in the Wall Invites as she ran 18:59 in both meets, but her best race came at the 4A State Cross Country Meet where she ran a 5k personal best time of 18:52.6 in her first appearance in Pasco.

29. Caitlin Brar, Anacortes

2019 Time: 18:42.2

2019 State: 28th (2A), 19:56

2020 Time: N/A

Analysis: A few runner-up finishes and a state appearance for Anacortes' Caitlin Brar in her first year of running cross country shows the potential this athlete has for the next two years. Although her state performance wasn't her greatest of the season finishing 28th in a loaded 2A field, Brar came away with a 5k personal best time of 18:42.2 at the Northwest Conference Championships, where she finished second behind 2A state cross country runner-up Livi Lackland Henry of Bellingham.

28. Campbell Baker, King's

2019 Time: 18:41.4

2019 State: N/A

2020 Time: 22:05 (3-Mile)

Analysis: Campbell Baker was a crucial piece to King's' run at another 1A state team title in 2019, but an ankle injury that kept her out of the last few weeks of the season was a game-changer for the Knights. Baker was starting to make a name for herself after an impressive outing at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite in October running a 5k personal best time of 18:41.4 and defeating multiple previous podium finishers from past state meets. Even with Naomi Smith graduating, King's will be in good hands with Baker as their top runner this spring.

27. Sarah Mirkin, Holy Names

2019 Time: 18:51.9

2019 State: 16th (3A), 18:51.9

2020 Time: N/A

Analysis: Part of the trio of Holy Names runners who went onto run in the 800 and 1,600-meter finals of the 2019 3A State Track Meet, Sarah Mirkin found ways to build on her momentum going into her junior cross country season after placing top five in both events. Although she hasn't run a 5k personal best time since her freshman year, Mirkin landed a spot on the podium at the 3A State Cross Country Meet for the first time in her career placing 16th overall in a time of 18:51.9, while leading the Cougars to a second-place team finish.

26. MaryAlice Mitchell, Washington

2019 Time: 18:46

2019 State: 8th (2A), 18:56.5