Ashley Hinojos headlines Brush's hopes to return to making state meet team trips a standing tradition in Brush.
They'll be coming to Greeley to determine who lives to run another week and who packs it in for the season. Regional meets are unforgiving that way. Essentially any 3A school that is north of Fort Lupton and east of Estes Park calls this region home. And, Greeley makes a nice, central meeting place to settle things.
We'll start this time with the girls.
3A Region 4 Girls
It's fair to say that Frontier Academy has a good, solid leg up on the rest of the region. The Wolverines don't need to win the region to advance, but it seems likely they will, anyway.
The next four places get a lot more interesting.
The next four places in the virtual meet go Brush, Berthoud, Eaton, and Resurrection Christian. Virtual meets tend to handicap teams that have run a more demanding set of courses and Brush and Berthoud likely claim more a more demanding set of courses than Eaton (which ran Thornton) and Resurrection (which ran Liberty Bell).
On that basis, you would tend to want to think Brush and Berthoud stand on more certain footing than Eaton and Resurrection Christian, but it's all so close you definitely don't want to start taking anything for granted here.
Then, you throw a wrench into the works when you stop to realize Estes Park beat each of Eaton, Resurrection, and Brush at the Patriot League meet. It was the Bobcats' home course, but it's still difficult to miss the message there.
It would be a good idea to keep Estes Park in your calculations for team possibilities, but they probably do lose something of an edge when the meet travels to Greeley.
In short, no team from second place on down in this virtual meet can afford to check in at the starting line figuring they have a state meet berth in the bag.
If Hannah Ellis is fully healthy, and maybe even if she isn't, she figures as the individual favorite. She certainly dominated at the Patriot League meet, and Greeley should be more favorable for her than Estes Park.
Kylie Kravig, Ellie Fantauzzo, Samantha Angus, and Ashley Hinojos figure to make up the next group, but I would not care to try to speculate on the order in which these four will finish.
All that brings us to the discussion of individual qualifiers for State. A lot, of course, depends on exactly which teams qualify for State. I won't try to play out all of those scenarios. You and I both have a bedtime.
But, among individuals on teams that are probably outside of the team qualification hunt, Kylie Kravig definitely figures as a likely state qualifier. To my eyes, the rest of the likely qualifiers look to be members of teams that are in the hunt for team berths to State.
There will be much for the timing system to sort out when runners start crossing the finish line.
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