After a brilliant freshman season, Remington Ross looks to solidify her standing as the top 2A sprinter next spring.
For those who've been waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel, this could be it.
Let's be clear about one thing, though: Paonia is still a legitimate track and field team. But, Paonia took some serious hits to graduation this spring and the opening for another team to rush through and seize opportunity is there.
From this distant vantage point, the two teams that appear to be most seriously in contention for next year's crown are Highland and Telluride. A lot can happen in a year, but the Huskies and the Miners both appear to have the talent for a serious title run.
Highland will lean heavily on the services of sophomore-to-be Remington Ross. Ross sprints and long jumps, primarily. The good news for the opposition is that she will be limited to four events. Highland also figures to get solid contributions from jumper Maison Tolle and thrower Laramie Woods.
Ideally, Highland develops another scorer or two in the next year. Three scorers is a thin foundation from which to build a state title run, but these three provide an outstanding start for the team in green.
Telluride has, for the moment, a similarly thin foundation, and could be hard-pressed to put points together in as big of bundles as Highland.
Soleil Gaylord, of course, has one more year remaining in her high school career. And, she can do a lot of damage at 800 meters and up. Maya Ordonez joins Gaylord in the distance events. The Miners get some solid sprint and jump help from Shannon Wyszinski.
One more athlete with serious state scoring potential could tip the scales either way--to Highland or to Telluride. It's close right now, and we know little to nothing about the incoming freshman classes for either school.
Other teams hoping with some reason to be in next year's hunt include Lyons, Soroco, Denver Christian, and Meeker. It's also reasonable to expect that traditional Delta County powers Hotchkiss and Paonia will find ways to develop the talent that walks their hallways and will be back in contention next spring.
Lyons appears to have the greatest breadth of talent of any of the obvious contenders at this point. The Lions have star power in pole vaulter Logan Kuskie and Ixchel Leeuwenburgh, and they have an entire stable of athletes who should be able to plug in for points here and there. Lyons was a young team this year that figures to only get better next year, and they look to have solid potential to build relays. Keep an eye on this team.
To play around with your own virtual meet for next year's 2A Girls, follow these steps:
- Click on Rankings/Virtual Meets.
- Select Build From Scratch.
- Select HS Girls, Returners, and 2016-18 2A Trk.
- Click on Next, then remove the relays from the event list.
- Then click on See Results.
- At this page you can remove any athletes you don't think will be there for whatever reason, adjust marks, adjust scoring, and generally just play to your heart's content.