Unless you live on the Western Slope, you probably haven't heard much about Wyatt Mortenson yet, but he could be playing a much larger role among 3A boys as early as next fall.
2017 In Review
Several teams made strong showings in 2017 to make for an interesting year overall. Faith Christian looked like a very strong possibility to win it all but came up against some state meet misfortune at the end. SkyView Academy, buoyed by a wealth of senior talent and incoming transfer Tyler Scholl kept getting better all season long. Alamosa, a bit dismissed early on account of the hit they took to graduation, made themselves a serious contender by the end. At the state meet, though, it was The Classical Academy that prevailed, with their depth providing six of the top 40 finishers.
Looking Ahead to 2018
The virtual meets on the returners from the 2017 season are located here. Although virtual meets don't provide an exhaustive resource for the year ahead, they are a nice place to begin with your analysis.
On the pages that follow, I'll go team-by-team through the programs that I figure are likely to be the most competitive next year, going a bit into depth on what they bring back and--at least in some cases--in what they lose from this year to next.
As will be the custom with this series, I'll start with this year's state champion team, The Classical Academy