State Preview: 2A

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Ben Kelley is No. 1 in the 800 and the 1,600, and No. 2 in the 400 and the 3,200.

In the sprints the favorite to all season has been Ty Grant. He's consistently been on top of the rankings, and enters the state with No. 1 marks in the 100 and the 200. He'll have competition, however. In what has become a preview for state, Grant and Michael Morgan went 11.14, and 11.17 last month in Gunnison, and enter the meet was the top-two 100 runners. 

Patrick Scoggins tops the rankings in the 400 with a 50.57 and is a clear favorite to claim the event. The 400 is where Ben Kelley pops up. He's currently No. 2 in the 400, but he's No. 1 in the 800 and the 1,600. Kelley's 1:54 in the 800 is No. 1 by three seconds, while his 4:17 is a clear nine seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Isaac Roberts, who is No. 1 in the 3,200. Additionally, Kellyey holds 2A state records in the 800 and the 1,600. Roberts is the lone runner under 10 minutes this season, though he'll likely see Kelley again if he decides to run four events.

In the hurdles keep an eye on Austin Davis. He enters the meet with the fastest time in the 110 hurdles at 14.88. He's one of two under 15 seconds in the event, the other being Jacob Yates, who has run 14.99 this season. 

Yates tops the charts in the 300 hurdles, however, as he's the lone runner under 40 seconds in the event. His 39.81 leads the state, though he'l have a race on his hands with Benjamin Jackson, who has run 40.11. 

Grant Redmond leads a list that includes eight who have gone over six feet in the high jump this year. Redmond's 6-6.5 is the top mark in the state by an inch and a half. Jake Chrisman will likely push Redmond to new heights, as he's got a 6-5 PR. 

In the long  jump and the triple jump the man to beat is Victor Mendoza. He's gone 21-5 in the long jump, and is the only one over 21 feet this season. He holds the No. 1 mark in the triple jump by  a slim margin - one inch. Mendoza has gone 43-3, just ahead of Brady Lenz, who has gone 43-2 this season. Lenz does hold a PR of 43-5, however. 

Mickey Mikita enters the state meet as the favorite in the pole vault with a PR of 13-10. He's a clear five-inches up on his nearest competitor. 

Keep an eye on the discus, as one of the best in the state is set to compete. Lane Walter has thrown 176-4.5, which leads the state by a staggering 36 feet. He's a clear favorite in the event and two feet shy of the 2A state record, which is 178-6.50. The shot appears to be a much closer affair, with Darrin Young holding the top spot. Young has thrown 48-2, which leads the state by nearly three inches. 

In the relays Hoehne holds the top spot in the 4x1 with a 44.36. Only three teams have gone under 45 seconds this season. The 4x2 looks to be a very competitive event. Cedaredge leads the way with a 1:32.33, though Resurrection Christian, Lyons, and Hoehne have all run within a second of the time. The 4x4 looks similar, with Cedaredge on top, followed swiftly by Lyons, Hotchkiss, and Vail Christian within a second. In the 4x8 Burlington enters the meet as a clear favorite. They've run 8:22, which is nearly 10 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor - Cedaredge. 

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