David Fine takes favorite status into Friday's 3A Region 5 meet, and his team will be trying to make it a party of seven at State.
Although the regional meet is held in Arvada, in the northwest Denver metro area, most of the teams will be coming from points southward. That, however, probably doesn't change nearly as much as the fact the the regional meet will be contested over nearly perfectly flat terrain. This one will be all about speed and very little about strength.
We'll start with the boys and then move to the girls.
3A Region 5 Boys
It's fair to go with SkyView Academy as the regional favorite here, and the virtual meet probably has about the right margin over D'Evelyn as a starting point for conversation. That doesn't mean it ends up that way, and a lot of factors can impact the final margin, but SkyView Academy gets the nod here as the clear top team coming in.
D'Evelyn gets the nod as a near-certain state qualifier. And, behind them, Conifer looks well-established for State as well. Conifer comes off a recent dominating performance at the Colorado 7 League meet (which was neatly folded into the Windjammer Invitational).
Elizabeth is a legitimate favorite for the fourth and final slot, but their margin over fifth-place Colorado Academy isn't so large that they can afford any complacency. And, Colorado Academy has plenty to show up and run for on Friday.
David Fine takes a bow as the regional individual favorite. Tyler Scholl and Lucas Jordan are solid bets to round out the top three.
Individual qualifiers figure to be scarce. Between David Fine, Conifer, D'Evelyn, and SkyView Academy, there won't be many top 15 slots left.
Your four best shots at making the cut are Ahmed and Yasin Sado of KIPP Denver Collegiage and Brady Anderson and Walt Jones of Colorado Academy. Ahmed Sado is, by far, the closest to a lock on an individual qualifier in this group.
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