Peak to Peak Girls XC, 2017

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Until someone finds a way of breaking up McConnell, Shults, and Bradfield (mostly hidden), beating Peak to Peak is going to be tough.

To be totally candid with you, I'd love to see a match-up between the current edition of the Peak to Peak girls team and The Classical Academy team of 2009. I have a hunch Peak to Peak would prevail.

Regardless of what the outcome of that fanciful race would be, Peak to Peak is the 3A juggernaut all the rest of us have to figure out. 

At State this fall, Quinn McConnell and Anna Shults could easily end up 1-2. Tiana Bradfield is a very strong candidate to finish among the medals. Elle Triem looks like a 4 and 5 that most other 3A programs only dream about. Jenna Howard and Isabelle Ruble figure to round out the varsity to at least six deep.

There aren't a lot of chinks in the armor here, folks. 

McConnell, of course, made it to NXN last fall. She didn't just make it there; she finished in the top 20. Then she ran 4:50 for a mile at Brooks PR in early summer.

Shults ran a 5-flat 1600 in Colorado this spring and dropped two sub-11 3200s at lower elevation.

Bradfield missed a 5-flat 1600 here in Colorado this spring by all of 8.59 seconds. 

Triem ran 5:32 for the 1600 this spring.

And so it goes. There might be some serious thinking to do within the walls of the program after the school's 2019 commencement exercises, but for the time being it's more a case of enjoying the ride while it lasts. 

There is no more prohibitive favorite, no matter the classification or gender, in Colorado high school cross country 2017.