As Lyons looks to step up their game from last year to this, Ethan Burton could emerge as one of the key pieces, especially at 400 and 800 meters.
To this point, I've avoided doing any preview features on 2A leagues. The reason is simple. That is, a very large share of 2A track and field athletes are currently invested in basketball and wrestling seasons. But, if there's a 2A league where I can write a preview now and expect anyone to pay attention, the Mile High League comes to mind first.
So, here we go...
League Teams: Dayspring Christian, Denver Christian, Gilpin County, Heritage Christian Academy, Highland, Lyons, Nederland, Twin Peaks Charter
Last Year's League Results: Lyons won, and convincingly so, but Highland and Heritage Christian put up some big numbers in the team tally as well. After these three teams got through, there were barely crumbs of points left for anyone else. The next-best scoring team was Denver Christian with 54, more than 100 points back of the big three.
At 2A State, Lyons had its lowest finish in years, finishing 8th with 28 points. Dayspring Christian, on the efforts of Caleb Urwiller, posted 18 points. Highland got 16 and Denver Christian 10. Heritage Christian, on the other hand, cleaned up in 1A, winning with a lofty total of 105 points.
Key Losses To Graduation:
Dayspring Christian: Caleb Urwiller
Denver Christian: Tyron Booysen
Heritage Christian Academy: Connor Salem
Highland: Jeremiah Mascanrenas, Daniel White, Cole Rouse
Lyons: Kyle Frohling, Colton Hanratty
Twin Peaks Charter:
Key Returning Athletes:
Gilpin County: Jack Ball
Heritage Christian Academy: Josh Damir, Jojo Bork, Isaiah Bowsher, Josiah Bowsher, Seth Bruxvoort, Keaton Case, Jaden Johnson
Highland: Trey Allmon, Ulysses Jaquez, Koby Anderson, Thomas Varra
Lyons: Nate Christy, Nathan Radich, Isaac Roberts, Colton Jonjak-Plahn, Ethan Burton, Jake Laurienti, Tristan Chavez, Jackson Reeves, Field Soosloff, Simon Stone
Nederland: Adam Figgins, Garrett Ceurvorst
Twin Peaks Charter: Brandon Calderon, Nathan Wanninger
Barring somebody getting a whole bunch of bodies out for track that they didn't have last year, this year looks very much the same as last year, with one noteworthy adjustment.
Levi Kilian doesn't figure to be running for Highland, or anyone else--at least not with varsity eligibility, this spring. That puts a serious hitch in Highland's getalong vis-a-vis last year. Combine that with the fact that Highland lost more than anyone in the league to graduation and the Huskies have their work cut out for them this spring.
Factoring that into the calculations, it appears to come down between Lyons and Heritage Christian this spring. Both were very young teams last year that get a little older and stronger this year. Heritage Christian looks like a strong initial favorite in 1A. And Lyons looks as if they just might be back contending for a 2A crown this year.
Distance is a strong suit for both teams, but Lyons holds the edge across the spectrum of events. While Jojo Bork and Josh Damir figure to do some serious damage for HCA, Lyons simply has--from what we can discern right now--more ways to hurt you in the sprints, jumps, hurdles, and relays. Both teams would love to see a big throwing presence emerge this spring.