A Look Ahead At Black Forest Boys

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League Teams: Hanover, Calhan, SimlaEllicott, Fountain Valley, Miami-YoderPikes Peak ChristianElbertColorado Deaf & BlindPeytonKiowaEdisonEvangelical Christian Academy

Last Year's Results: A year ago it was Peyton who took the league crown with 139.50 points. Behind them Ellicott finished second with 99.50 points, and Simla was just over 11 points back with 88 in third. Calhan turned the tables at state, however, with huge performances coming across the board. Calhan lead the league with a 15th place finish, just ahead of Ellicott, who finished 24th, while Peyton was two points back in 27th. Simla lead the league in 1A, finishing seventh.

Key Athletes Lost to Graduation:
Hanover: 
Calhan:
Simla: Ryland Howard, Marcus Mazerall 
Ellicott: Jaylen Hayes
Fountain Valley:
Miami-Yoder:
Pikes Peak Christian:
Elbert:
Colorado Deaf & Blind:
Peyton: Joseph Enright, Caleb Smith, Seth Anderson 
Kiowa:
Edison:
Evangelical Christian Academy:
Key Returning Athletes
Hanover: 
Fountain Valley:
Miami-Yoder:
Pikes Peak Christian: Tommy Harmon
Elbert:
Colorado Deaf & Blind:
Peyton:
Kiowa: Bryar Morgan
Edison:
Evangelical Christian Academy:

The Outlook:
On paper this meet looks close already. Despite graduating a trio of state-qualifiers, Peyton has the depth to take the meet once again - but I wouldn't expect it to be easy. Calhan, Ellicott, and Simla will be nipping at their heels every step of the way. 
The sprints could see the rise of Simla's Daria Harms. He took second at the state meet (1A) last year as a freshmen, and is the top returner this year. Additionally, he did claim the league title last year. If he's got competition - and he does, it'll likely come from Ellicott's Chiante' Stewart, who is the No. 4 returner in the state in  2A, and Kiowa's Bryar Morgan, who took the runner-up spot at league to Harms last year.
Ellicott's Chiante' Stewart is a threat in a variety of events, starting with the 200. Stewart as the ability to score in four events.
Returning to the hurdles is Ellicott's Garrison Dahn. If the state-qualifier decides to step down to the 110, he could be a threat there as well. 
The distance event are where a new face could emerge. With the void of Peyton's Joseph Enright and Caleb Smith, look to the Simla freshmen duo of Kelsey Montague and Mason Howard to take over. Montague, like Stewart, is likely to be a threat in a variety of events - we'll get to his other areas of strength in a moment, but he's got the speed to own the 800. Meanwhile, Howard could be a dominate force in the 1,600 and 3,200. 
The field is where this league is strongest. Calhan's Mikie Mikita is the defending state champion in the pole vault, and if he's got competition, it'll come from Pikes Peak Christian's Tommy Harmon, who is the No. 2 returner in the state in 1A. The jumps are an area where there could be some great competition. Calhan's Ben Kelly is the No. 3 returner in the state in the high jump, and he'll likely be pushed to new heights from teammate Charlie Sparks. The long jump and the triple jump are in the hands of Ellicott's Stewart, who is the No. 2 returner in the state in the long jump, and the No. 1 returner in the triple. Anyone wishing to dethrone him will likely be eyeing a state title, because he's one of the best in the state. Calhan's Ben Kelly could be a challenger in the long jump, while multi-event Montague would be his challenger in the triple. 

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