2019 could be Niwot's year.
There's been a lot of movement between classifications, which may been seen mostly in 4A. Those bodes well, however, for Niwot and Battle Mountain.
Niwot had a stellar squad through 2018, though Valor Christian simply had more weapons. But with Valor moving up to 5A, this has opened quite a large door for Niwot, and everyone else.
Additionally, Steamboat Springs moved from 3A to 4A, which mixes up the distance events quite a bit.
Graduation did a number on the sprints, meaning that we'll see a new champion rise within the next year. Lauren Gale was a dominating figure this past year, and her shoes will have to be filled.
On paper Ereana McCallister is the likely candidate in the 100. She's the top returner, though she'll be challenged by Ashlyn Ventimiglia. These two should make for some great races in the 100 and the 200.
Abby Glynn is the current favorite in the 400. She's got a few seconds on the field heading into 2019, and will want to cap her high school career with a state title.
The distance events already shaping up to be hotly contested.
With Steamboat Springs moving up to 4A, we'll likely have two defending state champions battle it out in the 800, and the 1,600.