Rangeview's Danielle Lewis returns as one of the best sprinters in the state. She'll give Rangeview the firepower to challenge for the league title this year.
League Teams: Adams City, Aurora Central, Brighton, Gateway, Hinkley, Northglenn, Prairie View, Rangeview, Thornton, Vista Peak, Westminster
Last Year's League Results: Hinkley made no contest of last year's EMAC league championships. The Thunderbirds tallied 170 points for nearly a 50-point victory. Behind them Brighton and Prairie View battled it out for the runner-up spot. Prairie View took the honors with 123 points, while Brighton tallied 117.5 points.
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On paper it looks like this could be Brighton's year to take the league. They've got the depth to tally the points, which will counter Rangeview, who's got a lot of firepower up front. If there's anyone who's got a little of both, it's Hinkley, who will likely want to defend their title. It doesn't appear that any team lost any stars to graduation, which means just about everyone is coming back.
A clear favorite in the sprints is Rangeview's Dawnielle Lewis. She's the No. 2 returner in the state in the 100 and the 200, only behind The Arria Minor. If she'll have any competition, it'll come from the Hinkley duo of Sierra and Kierra Arceneaux, and Vista Peak's Raina Branch, who are sure to be hot on her heels.
Moving on up to the 400 shows that Hinkley has a shot at claiming three sprint events. Jasmin Bowman should be a threat, though, she'll have to take down last year's league champ: Kamryn Scott.
The hurdles are where some ground can be made up in the team race. Last year Prairie View's Shannon Peterson claimed the 100 hurdles while Hinkley freshman Diondra Wilborn took the 300 hurdles.
The distance events return some of the state's best and should make for an exciting two-way battle for dominance. Brighton's Kiran Green and Thornton's Stephanie Carrasco will likely be the two faces in front of the pack. Green is the top returner in the 800, while Carrasco should run away with the W in the 3,200. Where they should meet for a great race is the 1,600 -- their PR's are within a second of each other.
In the field events Branch should make the high jump an event to watch. She returns as one of the state's best, and she'll be joined by teammate Mikayla Jones, and Rangeview's Livia Sundberg, while Kierra Arceneaux looks primed to dominate the pole vault.