Laura Romero is at least a co-favorite for the girls individual title at the Denver Prep Schools meet on Tuesday.
Although a few league meets have already taken place, the bulk of league meets happen this coming week. My aim here is to preview at least one per day until we're done with the round of league meets. On days where things work like a well-oiled machine, there's a good chance I'm able to grind out two of these.
And, since the Denver Public Schools meet is one of the first scheduled, on Tuesday, of next week, we'll begin there.
This first page will be devoted to the girls. And, we'll turn our attention to the boys on the second page.
We begin with a virtual meet (through the first 100 runners). Discussion will follow.
Championship Meet - 8 Teams
Championship Meet - 8 Teams Team Scores
|1||Denver East High School||43||4||7||9||11||12||-||-|
|2||Denver North High School||62||1||3||5||22||31||-||-|
|3||George Washington High School||72||2||6||17||19||28||-||-|
|4||Denver South High School||85||8||13||16||23||25||-||-|
|5||Thomas Jefferson High School||136||21||24||26||27||38||-||-|
|6||Northfield High School||146||14||20||33||34||45||-||-|
|7||John F. Kennedy High School||173||10||39||40||41||43||-||-|
|--||Denver West High School||NTS|
It is certainly the year of the freshman among DPS girls. Denver North's Laura Romero and George Washington's Lexi Emerson check in at the top of the rankings. If you've been following the season closely, you already know the likelihood is strong that these two go 1-2. Almost certainly, one or the other takes the league individual title.
What isn't as clear are the prospects for the team title. Denver East comes out atop the virtual meet rankings, but take a moment to remind yourself that the Angels have frequented some rather fast courses this season--courses like Liberty Bell, Thornton, and Arvada West.
Pat Amato is the only reliably fast course on Denver North's schedule to date, but the Denver North varsity girls didn't get times out of that race. That would be thanks to lightning in the middle of the race.
George Washington's schedule has seen more in the way of fast courses than Denver North's, but probably not as fast overall as Denver East.
So, we note that the virtual meet shown above likely favors Denver East on account of the courses they have run this season.
It's probably best to think of this one as too close too call between 5A Denver East and 3A Denver North, then let the course at City Park sort things out. George Washington is probably a bit of a longshot here.
Denver North's strength is up front with Romero, Isla Anderson, and Esther Cornish. If the Vikings' 4 and 5 can stay sufficiently close, Denver North has a very good chance of upending Denver East for this year's title.
Click on Next for the boys preview