Jonathan Rodriguez was a top threat in the 400 last spring and should be again this spring.
The Colorado 7 League banner is a bit of a misnomer. The league has eight teams now, not seven. That's probably easier for scheduling purposes, but it's tough on truth in advertising. Perhaps a new cycle will bring the league a new name, or bring it back down to seven schools?
League Member Teams: Alameda International, Arvada, Conifer, Englewood, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan, Skyview, Weld Central
Last Year's League Results: Skyview dominated the boys side of the league meet, easily outpacing Fort Morgan in second. At 4A State, Skyview and Alameda International both posted two points. Fort Morgan posted one point. Weld Central put up 10 points in the 3A State competition.
Key Athletes Lost To Graduation:
Alameda International: Fernando Hernandez, Dominic Baca, Alex Gonzales, Jaylen Spires
Arvada: Anthony Martinez, Bryce Denning, Jerimiah Iverson, Deondre Gordon
Conifer: Abe Martin, Jacob Ley
Englewood: Daryl Culbreath, Sam Westra
Skyview: Fuad Elamo, Pedro Gomez
Weld Central: Sergio Gonzalez
Key Returning Athletes:
Arvada: Saul Garcia-Rodriquez
Conifer: Sam Horneck, Gabriel Elson
Englewood: Derek Demilt
Fort Lupton: Josh Dean, Antonio Marquez, Cody BravoParker
Fort Morgan: Sterling Sharp, Alex Atwood, John Hochanadel, Heriberto Munoz
Skyview: Isaiah Montoya, Deyvon Butler, Rito Casas
Weld Central: Chase Huck, Michael McClure, Isaac Wagner, Jonathan Rodriguez
It's tough to pick a favorite here. Last year's league champion has some filling of holes left by graduation to do. At least a couple of teams are waiting in the wings.
In terms of league meet points, Skyview lost as much as anyonoe. But the cupboard isn't quite bare. The Wolverines will still be dangerous in at least the sprints.
But, that may not be enough to hang on against what look to be rising fortunes this spring for Fort Morgan and Weld Central. John Hochanadel of Fort Morgan and Jonathan Rodriguez of Weld Central are big-time athletes who can score points in bundles. And, both Fort Morgan and Weld Central have solid supporting casts.
My hunch right now is that the league title comes down between the Mustangs and the Rebels, and much will hinge on how much depth both of these squads can bring to the spring season.
Fort Lupton, though, is also a team of recently rising fortunes. They are a team that bears some closer attention this spring.
Alameda International and Arvada took massive hits to graduation and figure to be in rebuilding mode this spring.