Genoa-Hugo's Heather Graham will look to end her senior year with another state title.
League Teams: Burlington, Limon, Byers, Flagler, Genoa-Hugo, Stratton/Liberty, Deer Trail, Liberty (Joes)
Last Year's League Results:
Burlington and Limon left the rest of the league in the wake at last year's league championships. Burlington took the cake with 204 points, just ahead of Limon's 190. Far behind them was with 113.
Key Athletes Lost to Graduation:
Burlington: Ellie Perry
Key Returning Athletes:
The team race looks nearly identical to last year's battle between Burlington and Limon. The two squads return a slew of talented athletes that should make a splash on the state scene this May.
In the sprints there is a lot of young talent that'll hit the track as freshmen this year, though there are some solid returners. Limon's Sidney Hines has the potential to score in everything from the 100 on up to the 800, though she'll likely have competition from Burlington's Audrey Grinnan the further up she goes in distance. Additionally, remember the name Trinity Perry -- she claimed the league in the 100 and the 200 last year as an eighth grader.
In the hurdles keep an eye on Limon's Grace Berndt - she won the 100 hurdles as an eighth grader last year.
The high jump looks to be between Amanda MacDonald and Burlington's Marley Neal.
With the void of 2A shot and discus state champ Ellie Perry, the throws appear to be a two-way battle for league dominance. Genoa-Hugo's Heather Graham got the pre-season jump, as she is the returning 1A state champ in the shot, and the No. 2 returner in the discus. But she'll have a worthy challenger in Burlington's Alex Bauer, who'll look to fill her former teammate's (Perry) shoes.