Justin McDaniel should be among those contending for the Tri-Valley league individual title, having most recently won the title at his home meet, the Mead Stampede.
It gets a little difficult to keep track of these things so, as an aid, I'll let you in on the roster of Tri-Valley teams. In alphabetical order, they go: Berthoud, Erie, Frederick, Holy Family, Mead, Roosevelt, Skyline, and Windsor. It appears as if Ridge View Academy may be joining them this year--at least by the status of online registrations received.
Windsor has mostly outgrown this league in terms of enrollment, but they're still there for the time being. A new league alignment may happen next year, though, and maybe especially so if Windsor joins the ranks of 5A teams.
The league meet is scheduled to take place on the home course of Holy Family High School in Broomfield. I'm not sure what the plan is if Monday's forecast ends up with a lot of snow left on the ground for Tuesday.
In the meanwhile, though, we'll survey the prospects for the meet--regardless of when and where it actually takes place.
I'll begin here with a virtual meet of the boys, followed by a discussion of the boys. The next page will do the same with the girls.
Championship Meet - 9 Teams
Championship Meet - 9 Teams Team Scores
|1||Mead High School||35||2||4||5||10||14||-||-|
|2||Holy Family High School||57||1||7||8||20||21||-||-|
|3||Berthoud High School||89||9||16||18||19||27||-||-|
|4||Erie High School||91||3||15||22||23||28||-||-|
|5||Roosevelt High School||133||12||13||24||38||46||-||-|
|6||Skyline High School||162||17||33||35||37||40||-||-|
|7||Windsor High School||174||6||36||39||44||49||-||-|
|8||Ridge View Academy||206||11||42||43||54||56||-||-|
|9||Frederick High School||246||30||48||53||55||60||-||-|
Mead comes out of the virtual meet with a healthy lead. And they probably should be there. Mead has run a generally rigorous set of courses, with the new North Lake Park course in Loveland ranking as the fastest course to see the bottom side of Mead spikes.
Holy Family, next up in the virtual meet, has the benefit of Liberty Bell and, to a limited extent, Pat Amato times to boost their virtual meet results. Holy Family is, to be sure, a solid team, but it's difficult not to go with Mead as the team favorite here.
And, Mead was definitely in control the last time the two teams met at the Mead Stampede. Berthoud and Erie are deeper reaches for the team title.
Holy Family's Kyle McCabe very much figures in the individual title hunt. Contending with McCabe for league honors figure to be Jamison Cartwright of Erie and Justin McDaniel of Mead. In recent results, McDaniel was 11 seconds faster than McCabe at the Mead Stampede. If you thrive on this sort of analysis, you can even plunge into head-to-head matchups among these three:
McDaniel vs. McCabe
McCabe vs. Cartwright
Cartwright vs. McDaniel
It's not as if nobody else has any chance whatsoever, but these three would definitely seem to be the big three of the possibilities.
Click on Next for the Girls preview.