The Lancaster Red Devils and Lady Red Devils won the conference championship in 2016; they had both the boys and girls most outstanding athletes. The Red Devils seem to have a good track and field system; they put a person in each event to maximize their total points. You can look for them to reload for another strong to the state meet. The Northumberland Indians and Lady Indians have and indoor track season, so they have been training during the winter months for the outdoor season. The Lady Indians won the 1A East regional meet with five athletes scoring points. Their 4X400m and 4X800m teams (Trinity Bea, Rain Eguiguren, Khadijah Bea, and Savannah Blake) are the most dominate in the conference, and some of the strongest in the state. The boys team will look to surpass their county rival as the best in the conference. The Essex Trojans and Lady Trojans will look to add new runners and field participants to their team to give them an opportunity to score more points. The Lady Trojans have a few runners to watch (Chelsea Blagmon and Tyasha Hardy), but they will need the rest of the team to improve in order to challenge for the conference title. The Rappahannock Raiders and Lady Raiders have to get more athletes on the track; you can’t score points if you don’t have anyone in the race or event. They do have one of the fastest girl sprinters (Tinia Gray), and she looks to move up the list of 100m finishers as she has done each year. The Rappahannock Panthers and Lady Panthers make a strong showing at every conference meet; their teams placed second last year. Their best performers are on the track with the boys in the distance events and the girls in both short and distance. The track and field season will start next week March 23.