Championship Meet - 8 Teams
Championship Meet - 8 Teams Team Scores
|1||Arvada West High School||34||1||2||3||12||16||-||-|
|2||Dakota Ridge High School||67||4||7||8||20||28||-||-|
|3||Chatfield High School||67||9||11||13||15||19||-||-|
|4||Ralston Valley High School||89||5||10||17||18||39||-||-|
|5||Lakewood High School||124||6||26||27||30||35||-||-|
|6||Columbine High School||130||14||24||25||33||34||-||-|
|7||Bear Creek High School||193||22||32||45||46||48||-||-|
|8||Pomona High School||249||47||49||50||51||52||-||-|
Arvada West's girls are in a very strong position headed into this one. Arvada West has run a couple of fast courses, but no Liberty Bell, no Joe Vigil, and no Desert Twilight. So, the rankings you see for the Arvada West girls above should prove fairly resilient. Bottom line: It's a big story if Arvada West doesn't win this one.
The virtual meet has Chatfield and Dakota Ridge in a tie for second. I'm giving the edge to Chatfield here, owing to Dakota Ridge's Joe Vigil times. Dakota Ridge could certainly catch Chatfield on Thursday, but the advantage probably belongs to Chatfield.
Ralston Valley is more of a reach for second place, but not entirely out of the question.
Individually, Michelle Renner is the best bet to break up the Arvada West stranglehold on the top three places. But, Renner doesn't seem likely to beat all three.
Your individual favorite should be Claire Pauley. She's led the A West pack all season and is having the season of her high school career (hopefully, lots of colleges are noticing). Katie Doucette and Amber Valdez have given A West a lot of added punch up front, but if Renner is aiming to pick anyone off, Doucette and Valdez are likely more vulnerable than Pauley.
If the Wildcats go 1-2-3, this one could be over in a hurry.
Here's a link to Michelle Renner vs. Claire Pauley match-up history to get you started with athlete comparisons:
Renner vs. Pauley
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