Aaron Harris jumps off the season as the No. 2 returner in the state in the long jump.
League Member Teams:
Last Year's League Results:
Last year Cherokee Trail took the title with 132 points while Cherry Creek was second with 111.5 points. The race for third was tight, with three schools within four points of each other. Arapahoe claimed third with 100 points, just ahead of Grandview, who had 98 points, and Eaglecrest, who tallied 96.
Key Losses to Graduation:
Arapahoe: Micah Conley, Blayne Lincoln, Danny Anderson, Kyle Tennant
Cherokee Trail: KJ Sapp, Rylan Wallace, Kellen Monestime, Tyler Kruse, Ruben Estrada
Cherry Creek: Daniel Hamson, Kyle Moran, Hyungil Shim
Eaglecrest: Josiah Barker, Elijah Brockman
Grandview: Brandon Bodner, Hayden Blublaugh, Sterling Blanford, Robert Moss
Overland: Paulison Fosu
Key Returning Athletes:
Cherokee Trail lost the most of any team, but don't expect that to slow them down much. They still appear to be the early favorite, as they return almost as many state competitors as they lost. But don't count out Cherry Creek, who return more than they lost. If everyone's toeing the line like the league title is as important as the state meet, this could be a hotly contested team race.
The sprints and hurdles will play host to some great races. Cameron Murray starts the season as the the No. 1 returner in the state in the 200, and No. 2 in the 400. Murray will likely have to battle with Blaize Holldan in the 400 -- Holldan is the No. 4 returner in the state in the event, and with a name like "Blaize," I'm smelling some great headlines in the future... In the 100 Kenny Wanting is the favorite, as he is the No. 2 returner in the state in the event. How these three mix and blend between the 100-200-400 could make for a load of entertainment. Likewise, if Cherokee Trail's Dillon Andrews and Cherry Creek's Cyprien Toffa line up in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, expect two races to go to the line. These two both went to state last year and make for a great league-rivalry. Adding to the heat is that these two could be the difference between which team claims the title.
The field events also return several of the state's best. Another great rivalry appears to be brewing in the long jump, where Andrew Harris and Dawson Spann could take the event to new lengths. Harris is the No. 2 returner in the state in the event while Spann is No. 3. Additionally, Griffin Hampton is the No. 3 returner in the pole vault in the state, and looks primed to dominate the event within the league this year.
The distance events are where the Centennial League gets a little soft -- in depth. Mason Brown will have his pick here. He's got the potential to win anything from the 800 on up to the 3,200, if not all three. The senior is the No. 10 returner in the state in the 3,200, but he's much more dangerous around the track than what the paper says -- he finished fourth at the cross country state championships this past fall.