Crown Point regional-- Lowell, Crown Point, Lake Central, Highland, Hobart.
New Prairie regional -- Valparaiso, Morgan Township, Chesterton, New Prairie, Portage.
Harrison regional -- McCutcheon, West Lafayette, Harrison, Crawfordsville, Fountain Central.
Culver Academy regional -- Warsaw, Culver Academy, Plymouth, Caston, Manchester.
Reason for optimism: Crown Point, Morgan Township, Warsaw.
On the bubble: Chesterton, McCutcheon, West Lafayette.
Longshots: Everybody else.
Regional champions: Alec Fleming, Lowell; Jakob Kintzele, Chesterton; William Persin, McCutcheon; Mitchell Rans, Caston.
Top individual hopefuls (local runners without teams): Loukas Karallas, Michigan City; Logan Tabor, South Central; Billy Duszynski and Joey Copeland, Lake Central; Kevin Paszko, Hanover Central; Isaac Sytsma, Highland.
Fast facts: Lowell, West Lafayette, Crown Point, Valparaiso, Portage and Chesterton advanced as teams last year. Rans is the defending champion. Fleming was third last year and Kintzele sixth. Morgan is bidding to become the first Porter County Conference team to advance to state.