Who Has The Toughest Region? 5A Girls

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If Mountain Vista is in the region, the region already has a leg up in the "toughest region" derby.


Nearing the end of classifications and genders on 2017's toughest regions. Today, we turn to 5A Girls.

Last year, based on state meet results, 5A Region 5 checked in as the toughest region. But, runners graduate and things change from year to year.

We don't really know very well what freshmen are coming up, so--at this point, at least--we can only gauge difficulty of region by returning runners. 

To do that, I did a virtual meet team score of last year's returning runners from 5A Girls. The top 25 teams, and the regions they represent, look like this:

1. Broomfield - 4

2. Mountain Vista - 5

3. Arvada West - 1

4. Monarch - 3

5. Grandview - 2

6. Coronado - 5

7. Rock Canyon - 5

8. ThunderRidge - 3

9. Fossil Ridge - 4

10. Fairview - 3

11. Rocky Mountain - 4

12. Regis Jesuit - 2

13. Arapahoe - 1

14. Boulder - 3

15. Highlands Ranch - 5

16. Cherokee Trail - 2

17. Cherry Creek - 2

18. Legacy - 3

19. Dakota Ridge - 1

20. Heritage - 2

21. Denver East - 1

22. Chaparral - 5

23. Ralston Valley - 3

24. Douglas County - 5

25. Rampart - 5

Next, we team score those rankings by region, yielding:

Region 1 - 3, 13, 19, 21 = 56

Region 2 - 5, 12, 16, 17 = 50

Region 3 - 4, 8, 10, 14 = 36

Region 4 - 1, 9, 11 = incomplete

Region 5 - 2, 6, 7, 15 = 30

So, once again, it looks as if Region 5 is shaping up as the toughest 5A Girls region, though Region 3 is far from out of the hunt. Amazingly, Region 4--a traditional powerhouse region for girls--doesn't even park four teams in the top 25 (by virtual meet scoring). That may not stay the same way through the season, but it's also a far cry from what Region 4's reputation would suggest.

Region 5 is not only the toughest region on the top end, but it also shows up as easily the deepest region. There will be some very good Region 5 teams staying home from State this fall. That's just how it is.

And, yes, it's highly probably that incoming freshmen will tweak some of these numbers a little. That's all part of the fun of getting the season going.


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