Lots of 3A boys come back in the 300 hurdles, but Carl Heide may be the guy to beat next year.
This one brings us to the end of looking at the prospects for next year's track and field across the various classification and gender combinations.
Lutheran lost a lot to graduation, but the Lions also have a lot coming back. If you were hoping they will quietly go away, they won't. It's a long, steep road back to the top for this team, but you're making a critical mistake if you make the assumption that it's beyond their capacity to get back there.
Key returning individuals for Lutheran next spring include sprinter Luke Arkell, hurdler Nate Hanson, 400 types Jared Ammon and Ethan Loper, high jumper Ryan Goldhammer, and thrower Donovan Simmons. And, frankly, that's a lot more than many teams bring back next spring.
The two teams best positioned to unseat Lutheran from the throne are The Classical Academy and Bayfield.
Bayfield graduated a major throwing presence in Sam Westbrook, but they still bring back Ryan Phelps and Wyatt Killinen. It's still dangerous to walk across the sectors at Bayfield. Carl Heide comes back for one more year of hurdling. Colton Fine, Dawson French, and Chad Winkler make up half of 3A's top six returning pole vaulters. The Wolverines probably need to develop more of a track presence, though, if they mean to finish at the top of next year's pile.
The Classical Academy also takes a major hit with Tanner Norman graduating, but the distance group brings back Ryan Moen, Canaan Lamberth, and Mason Norman. The beat will go on. Jumper/hurdler Eli Grant returns after a sensational freshman campaign this year. Throwers Rhys Ryba and Brady Miller return for their senior seasons. Sprinter Brayden Luft gives the Titans a reliable presence in the shorter events.
Faith Christian seems to be all about throws and distance, but three guys like Reece Davidson, Mitch Black, and Cole Sprout can take a team a long way. To get to the top, though, the Eagles will likely need to develop a little more help. Three is a dangerously thin foundation from which to launch a title run, though these three are about as effective of a trio as you can hope for.
Elizabeth showed a lot in their first year in 3A, narrowly missing taking home a second-place trophy. Hurdler Mason Anthony is back as one key piece of the puzzle. Reece Ullery is plenty dangerous in the horizontal jumps. Keep an eye on this team.
All in all, it looks like a very competitive and fun year ahead for the ranks of 3A Boys. Anyone with designs on winning this thing had best be paying dues even as we speak.
To play around with your own virtual meet for next year's 3A Boys, follow these steps:
- Click on Rankings/Virtual Meets.
- Select Build From Scratch.
- Select HS Boys, Returners, and 2016-18 3A 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.