Chloe Cortes is one of the ones Grandview will be counting on the come through for the team to claim the Centennial League title.
Traditionally contested at DeKoevend Park, this year's Centennial League meet revisits the Cherry Creek High School home course at Cherry Creek State Park. The Cherry Creek State Park course is reasonably fast, but probably not as fast as the course traditionally used at DeKoevend Park.
It's an eight-team meet, which doesn't sound like a lot, but the Centennial League manages to pack a lot of hard-edged competition into the six races that make up their league meet.
And, Colorado Track XC will be sending Jeff Bliven there to cover the action and bring it back to you.
The remainder of this first page of the meet preview article will be given over to a virtual meet for the girls (showing through the top 100 individuals) half of the Centennial League and, below that, a discussion of the most likely prospects and possibilities for the outcome of the league meet. Then, we'll do the same for the boys on the next page.
Championship Meet - 8 Teams
Championship Meet - 8 Teams Team Scores
|1||Cherokee Trail High School||26||1||4||6||7||8||-||-|
|2||Cherry Creek High School||62||3||10||14||17||18||-||-|
|3||Grandview High School||65||2||13||15||16||19||-||-|
|4||Arapahoe High School||94||5||11||23||26||29||-||-|
|5||Mullen High School||163||24||28||33||38||40||-||-|
|6||Eaglecrest High School||170||27||30||31||39||43||-||-|
|7||Smoky Hill High School||199||21||35||45||48||50||-||-|
|8||Overland High School||239||37||47||49||52||54||-||-|
Cherokee Trail is probably not the kind of favorite this virtual meet shows. Both Cherokee Trail and Cherry Creek get a little performance boost in a virtual meet owing to having run at Desert Twilight this year.
That's not to say Cherokee Trail is out of the title hunt, only that things here are not necessarily as they appear.
If you back me into a corner, my hunch is the Grandview is the girls team to beat here. But, it's also true that Cherokee Trail and Cherry Creek have been getting better as the season goes on and this meet may be a good deal more interesting than it would have been a month ago.
We will find out on Thursday who has momentum in their corner. If I'm not mistaken, this would be a first girls league title for either Grandview or Cherokee Trail if either team wins.
And, before we depart the team battle discussion, it's worth noting that Arapahoe at least rates as a dark horse possibility here. But, it will take a very special outing for the Warriors to come out on top.
Individually, Caitlin McConnell comes in with the top time, but that's a Desert Twilight time and her next best effort is 32 seconds back of that 18:16. So, McConnell figures in the hunt, but Kaitlyn Mercer has earned the status of favorite here. Victoria Hall has been racing well of late and figures to have an outside shot as well.
If you'd like to know the history of the match-ups between these three runners, the MileSplit Compare Athletes feature summarizes all of that (and a little more!) for you in a hurry:
McConnell vs. Mercer
Mercer vs. Hall
Hall vs. McConnell
Click on Next to view the virtual meet and discussion for the Centennial League boys.