Fort Morgan's Haley Lewis returns as one of the best athletes in the state. She'll look to lead her team to another league title this year.
League Member Teams: Alameda International, Arvada, Conifer, Englewood, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan, Skyview, Weld Central
Last Year's League Results: Fort Morgan ran away with last year's league title. The Mustangs tallied 199 points, well beyond the reach of anyone else. Weld Central was the runner-up with 143 points while a close race for third saw Skyview take the honors with 98 points, just ahead of Conifer, who tallied 94.
Key Athletes Lost To Graduation:
Fort Lupton: Johnnie Hearon
Fort Morgan: Destiny Pelton, Haley Lewis, Ivette Torres
Weld Central: Kaitlyn Becker
Conifer: Ella Challis
The Outlook: Fort Morgan returns three key athletes, and is the clear favorite here. Weld Central looks to be in the best position to challenge the Mustangs at league, but they'll need a full team performance if they've got any chance of dethroning Fort Morgan. After that, third place is up for grabs. The race is likely between Conifer and SkyView.
In the sprints, Fort Morgan's trio of Ivette Torres, Savannah Reagan and Amabel Bernabe will be where the Mustangs tally points in the shorter events. Torres is the defending league champion in the 100 and the 200, and looks to be in good position to dominate this year. Reagan and Bernabe add some depth in the sprints and hurdles, giving Fort Morgan the advantage in the team race.
Weld Central's best chance for points come with Kaitlyn Becker. The multi-event athlete has the best chance to score across the board. Becker has the ability to score -- if not win -- a variety of events, spanning from the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, the 800, and even the 1,600.
When it comes to the field events it's Fort Morgan's show. Destiny Pelton is the No. 4 returner in the state in the high jump, while teammate Haley Lewis is the No. 5 returner in the triple jump, No. 6 in the shot, and No. 3 in the discus. If Pelton has any competition, it's in the high jump. Last year Conifer's Ella Challis won the league title in the high jump, but it was Destiny Pelton who went on to state to finish eighth at the big show.