Thomas Pannunzio will look to help Pueblo South close the gap on their cross-town rivals, Pueblo West.
League Teams: Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo Central, Pueblo County, Pueblo East, Pueblo South, Pueblo West
Last Year's League Results: Last year's Battle For Pueblo went to Pueblo West by a landslide. 'West dominated the meet with 230 points, far ahead of of their southern rivals - Pueblo South - who took second with 168.5 points. Behind them was Pueblo East with 101.50 points. The trio slightly flip-flopped at state, with South beating West by half-a-point, and West ahead of East by one point.
Key Performers Lost to Graduation:
Pueblo Centennial: Jordan Hancock
Pueblo West: Dominic Eden, Gaige Hess
Key Returning Athletes:
On paper, this year's Battle For Pueblo looks a lot like last year's meet -- West is the favorite here, but not by much. South returns a slew of stellar athletes and could make up ground if they can counter West's depth. East and County look to battle it out for that third spot.
Colorado's top-two returning 100 sprinters come out of the SWL. East's Luc Andrada and West's Frank Nash should make for a great show in the 100. But keep an eye on South's Marcell Barbee and Thomas Pannunzio -- they could shake things up as well. Pannunzio, Nash, and Andrada should make the 200 just as exciting.
Andrada, who has been on fire throughout the 2018 indoor season should additionally be a threat in the 400, along with Pueblo County's Austin Reese.
The hurdles appear in the hands of West's Dyllan Murray, who is the No. 5 returner in the state in the 300 hurdles.
South's Benjamin Highfill should reign over the distance events. The senior is the top returner in the state in the 3,200, but has the range to run anything from the 800 to the 3,200.
The field events are where the SCL are the strongest.
Highlighting the high jump is South's Jeremy Cody, the defending state champion in the event. Cody is clearly a dominate favorite in the event, and he should be joined by teammate Barbee, who is the No. 5 returner in the state. If there's any challenger's who could break up South's 1-2 hold on the event, it'll come from West's Cisco Padilla and Hunter Louther.
Dylan Chamberlin looks to be the clear favorite in the pole vault. Chamberlin in the No. 5 returner in the state.
The long jump is in the hands of Nash, who is the defending state champion. Nash was the No. 1 long jumper among all-classifications last year, and No. 9 in the country. There doesn't appear to be a challenger in sight for Nash here.
Unless Nash decides to triple jump as well, look for County's Adrian Soto to take the event.
The shot put is in the hands of East's Kain Medrano, who has been putting together an insightful indoor season. Medrano is the No. 2 returner in the state in the event, and looks primed to make some noise this outdoor season. Additionally, he's the No. 3 returner in the discus.