Arria Minor has been the queen of Colorado sprinting the past two years, and this year doesn't look any different.
This article could be renamed "Best Of The Best: Arria Minor," because she's on top of every list here. There isn't any doubt that she's the fastest high schooler in Colorado - she's moved on to bigger challenges like racing for the title of "fastest high schooler in the country."
The four-time state champion hasn't lost many races in Colorado, or to anyone. Her last loss in the 100 came May 7, 2016, and that's frighteningly her least-dominate event. Minor's 200 sheet is clean. Yes, you read that right, CLEAN. She hasn't lost to a Colorado girl in her high school career. The same can be said about her 400, which is arguably her strongest event. Her 52.05 last year was the third fastest time in the country.
As Ricky Bobby would say: She's just the best there is.
In the wake of her domination are arguably the best second-place finishers in Colorado history. The only other 100 runner to break 12 last year was Taylor Watson. Likewise, Dawnielle Lewis and Maya Evans were the only 200 runners to keep Minor within a seconds reach. Mary Gillett's 55.12 was the second fastest time in the state last year, and she, like many, will likely be searching for ways to cut into Minor's lead.
Minor is good, really good.
This, we know. What we don't know much about is who is behind her. While the state appears to be in her hands for at least another two outdoor seasons, one day there will be room for the next sprint star. This begs the question: Who comes after she graduates?
Mia Manson is best known for vaulting over a bar much taller than her, but the sophomore ran 12.03 as a freshmen last year. While her name will pop up again on one of these "Best Of The Best" lists once we get to the field events, she's got a clear path to sprint stardom - if she wants it. Her 100 was No. 5 in the state last year, and No. 1 among freshmen.
Lily Williams has a big future in the 400 - that much is clear. The sophomore ran the third fastest 400 in the state as a freshmen last year.
While Minor has a very, very strong grip on the next two years of Colorado track, behind her the field is ripe with talent, and among them are Colorado's next top sprinters.