Northern League Boys Depth Analysis

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Sam Dirkes is one reason Silver Creek throws are looking bright even after a big hit to graduation.

It's time for some track and field preview work to begin. I'll be handling the majority of the early track and field preview pieces, including this one, and gradually handing these off to Bobby Reyes.

We begin with the Northern League boys. Historically, the Northern League is one of the stronger 4A leagues for boys, though last year was not a stellar season for the Northern League boys. It's probably not wise to anticipate that the mild doldrums experienced last year will continue into this year. There's too much talent in the schools and within the coaching ranks for this league to become a middling league.

What you see below is simply a scoring of the top 15 returners in each individual event from around the league (1st = 15 pts, 2nd = 14 pts, and so on). 

There's no rule that last year's top 15 will end up making up all of this year's scoring in the league meet, much less in the same order, but this gives us a nice starting point from which to start making projections about the league's top teams this spring. You might want to think for a bit about how the cross country season just completed modifies that starting point for distance events, however.

There is one athlete from last spring who did not graduate but will not be back this spring. I have removed that athlete from the team scoring below and adjusted the team score for that school accordingly.

In terms of big-picture observations, Silver Creek is clearly the team to beat here. Obviously, the Raptors do distance well, but they are also strong in sprints, throws, and pole vault. That makes for pretty close to a complete team.

Longmont and Niwot are solid team entries as well, and both multi-dimensional enough to potentially create some issues for Silver Creek. 

Distance is a strong suit of several programs around the league. The main thing we expect to evolve out of that is that teams will have to be careful not to be so spent from pounding on each other in the invitational season that they're out of gas when State rolls around. Meanwhile, though, when it comes to the league meet, the sheer number of solid distance programs here means nobody is going to be able to build a league championship season solely, or even principally, on distance.

You must be a well-rounded team to win this league this spring.

2017 co HS M Outdoor Track Team Scores (Returners Only)

Calculated as of January 04, 2018

These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We scored 15 deep for individuals only. For example, for individuals 1st place received 15 points for their team, on down to 1 point for 15th place.

Athletes whose graduation years are unknown were left out of the list.

1.Silver Creek High School341.5
Andreik Knechtel (400m 1 = 1)
Austin Leech (PV 15 = 15)
Austin Stouder (PV 6 = 6)
Brandon Harper (LJ 5 = 5)
Brock Dykema (1600m 14 + 3200m 15 + 800m 10 = 39)
Daniel Ford (400m 10 = 10)
Dylan Bartels (D 5 = 5)
Eliott Cassidy (1600m 8 + 800m 14 = 22)
Jacob Boettcher (110H 4 + 300H 7.5 = 11.5)
Jamaica Honore (PV 10 = 10)
James Lee (1600m 15 + 3200m 13 + 800m 15 = 43)
Jared Taylor (200m 5 = 5)
Joseph Roth-Bogrett (HJ 6 = 6)
Logan Simington (1600m 9 + 3200m 14 = 23)
Matthew Serafin (D 14 + S 14 = 28)
Samuel Dirkes (D 15 + S 15 = 30)
Thomas Blazon (100m 15 + 200m 14 + LJ 2 = 31)
Trent Dykema (110H 13 + TJ 15 = 28)
Trevor Pickett (100m 11 + 400m 2 + TJ 9 = 22)
Zack Beckwith (3200m 1 = 1)
2.Longmont High School270.5
Adam Chughtai (110H 3 + 300H 1 = 4)
Alan Quintana (LJ 4 = 4)
Beck Fieth (110H 11 + 300H 14 + 400m 7 = 32)
Brayden Pellet (110H 9 + 300H 6 = 15)
Brian Blanks (S 10 = 10)
Cruz Garcia (100m 14 + HJ 15 + LJ 15 = 44)
Dakota Richards (PV 8 = 8)
Daniel Nichols (100m 0.5 + 200m 2 + 400m 9 + D 7 = 18.5)
David Hernandez (PV 2 + TJ 6 = 8)
Devon Leach (S 5 = 5)
Jackson Grady (HJ 12.5 = 12.5)
Jose Limas (200m 7 + 400m 14 = 21)
Matt Sprecher (800m 6 = 6)
Mizael Martinez (110H 5 + 300H 5 = 10)
Nick Paone (100m 10 + 200m 9 + LJ 13 + TJ 14 = 46)
Will Murphy (HJ 10.5 = 10.5)
Will Preuss (D 4 + S 12 = 16)
3.Niwot High School258.5
Alex Herman (100m 13 + 200m 12 + 400m 4 = 29)
Byron Holmes (100m 2.5 + 200m 0.5 = 3)
Cory Rathburn (110H 6 + 300H 3 = 9)
Cruz Culpepper (1600m 11 + 3200m 6 = 17)
Daniel Thomas (HJ 1.5 + TJ 12 = 13.5)
Dylan Campbell (100m 0.5 + 200m 3 = 3.5)
Emrick Wells (200m 0.5 + 400m 13 = 13.5)
Ethan Steiner (1600m 4 + 3200m 3 = 7)
Isaiah Shurtleff (D 11 = 11)
Jensen Douillard (110H 1 + 300H 10 = 11)
Jeremy Hollingsworth (100m 12 + 200m 11 = 23)
Kamran Elahi (1600m 1 + 800m 11 = 12)
Kenny Lang (1600m 2 + 3200m 11 = 13)
Kyle Reeves (LJ 3 = 3)
Max Towlen (D 12 + HJ 1.5 + S 3 = 16.5)
Nicholas Grant (110H 7.5 + 300H 4 = 11.5)
Nolan Johan (110H 10 + 200m 8 + 300H 13 = 31)
Oskar Wells (1600m 5 + 400m 11 + 800m 13 = 29)
Rayan Elahi (PV 2 = 2)
4.Greeley Central High School213
Adrian Salinas (D 13 + S 11 = 24)
Alyk Hipolito (S 2 = 2)
Angelo Abundis (800m 5 = 5)
Arturo Toro (1600m 12 + 3200m 2 + 800m 3 = 17)
Cesar Alvidez (D 1 + S 9 = 10)
Coby Kiefer (D 8 + S 8 = 16)
Donovan Salazar (100m 7 + 200m 13 + 400m 12 = 32)
Dylan Chartier (300H 9 = 9)
Eric Church (110H 2 + 300H 2 = 4)
Felipe Meza Jr. (S 7 = 7)
Leo Castro (D 2 = 2)
Ramon Villalobos Ocampo Jr (1600m 3 + 3200m 7 + 400m 8 + 800m 9 = 27)
Reed Sedinger (HJ 7.5 + TJ 1 = 8.5)
Rodolfo (Rudy) Escamilla (100m 6 = 6)
Rueben Castellanos (S 6 = 6)
Simon Kelati (3200m 8 = 8)
Xavier Bonham (100m 8 = 8)
Xavier Klausner (LJ 11.5 + TJ 10 = 21.5)
5.Centaurus High School199
Aidan Cummings (100m 5 + PV 7 = 12)
Alex Chiang (PV 11 = 11)
Alex Hooten (3200m 10 = 10)
Asher Sugianto (HJ 9 + LJ 10 + TJ 5 = 24)
Camden Miller (HJ 4 = 4)
Charley Sagrillo (110H 14 + 300H 12 = 26)
Colin Roberts (PV 13 = 13)
Cooper Brown (1600m 7 + 3200m 5 = 12)
David Celano (PV 9 = 9)
Hank Heggestad (PV 4.5 = 4.5)
Jack Bilello (PV 4.5 = 4.5)
Jackson Sniff (100m 4 = 4)
John O'Malley (1600m 10 + 3200m 4 = 14)
Kyle Piper (800m 2 = 2)
Marcos Sullivan (D 6 = 6)
Nick Kapushin (110H 7.5 + 300H 7.5 = 15)
Owen Koonce (HJ 14 + TJ 2 = 16)
Torey Puckett (800m 12 = 12)
6.Thompson Valley High School132.5
Braydon Besse (100m 9 + 200m 10 + HJ 12.5 + LJ 8 = 39.5)
Christopher Franklin (PV 2 = 2)
Derek Sirokman (200m 6 = 6)
Dylan Schubert (1600m 6 + 3200m 9 = 15)
Ethan Kravig (800m 4 = 4)
Hayden Ell (800m 1 + PV 12 = 13)
Ian Levin (TJ 4 = 4)
Luke Hitchens (800m 8 = 8)
Nathan Rice (110H 12 + 300H 11 + HJ 4 + PV 14 = 41)
7.Mountain View High School126.5
Austin Sexton (TJ 8 = 8)
Cole Spensieri (400m 3 = 3)
Francisco Calvillo (D 3 + S 4 = 7)
Haden Marr (LJ 9 + TJ 13 = 22)
Marcel Gutierrez (200m 15 + 400m 15 + LJ 14 = 44)
Matt Utley (S 1 = 1)
Mitchell Ward (D 10 = 10)
Peter Pryharski (D 9 = 9)
Roch Croteau Jr. (S 13 = 13)
Semaj Spencer (LJ 6.5 + TJ 3 = 9.5)
8.Northridge High School86.5
Connor Burke (LJ 1 + TJ 11 = 12)
Devin Lunsford (HJ 4 = 4)
Josh Torres (1600m 13 + 3200m 12 = 25)
Natanael Martinez-Jimenez (100m 2.5 + 200m 4 = 6.5)
Niko Antuna (400m 5 + 800m 7 = 12)
Quinton Graham (HJ 7.5 = 7.5)
Ryan Foslien (LJ 6.5 + TJ 7 = 13.5)
Tanner Clark (400m 6 = 6)


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