Isaac Roberts is the top returner in the 1,600 and the 3,200.
The 2018 team competition was insanely close - Resurrection Christian took the title just a few points ahead of Cedaredge, Lyons, and Hoehne, but next year doesn't look as close.
On paper, Lyons has the upper hand. After finishing third this year, they may very well claim the team title next year. Hoehne looks like a clear runner-up, if not their main threat.
In the sprints keep an eye on Kyle Rowe - he's the top returner in the 100, and the 200. The senior looks primed to cap his high school career with a sweep in the sprints. Hoehne could use his points in the team race as well.
The 400 doesn't appear so clear, however. On paper Buena Vista's Matthew Thompson is the top returner from this year's final. But Limon's Braden Sandersfeld has the fastest returning time - which he ran in the prelims. Additionally, Sandersfeld did not run in the final. So next year's title could come down to these two.
The 800 will have a very, very massive hole to fill, as The Ben Kelley has graduated. Lyons will look to Colton Jonjak-Plahn to fill those shoes, as he is the top returner - but not by much. He'll have Hayden's Chris Carrouth to battle, as both boys ran 2:00 at this year's state meet.
In the 1,600 and 3,200 look to Isaac Roberts from Lyons. Not only does he bare the name of some of the best runners in 2A history (Paul Roberts, and Andrew Roberts), but he's also the top returner in both events. This could be huge in the team race as well, as Roberts and Jonjak-Plahn could make it a Lyons sweep in the distance events - and there's a load of points.
Hoehne could tally some serious points in the hurdles, however.
Trystan Moltrer is the top returner in the 110 hurdles, though I'd keep a watchful eye on Lake County's Anthony Martinez. He was the lone freshmen in this year's final. The 300 hurdles look to be in the hands of Hoehne's Nicholas Navarette, and teammate Molter is right on his heels. Together, Hoehne could sweep the hurdles.
In the high jump Grant Redmond will enter the 2019 as the favorite. He is the defending state champion, and he's got a clear three-inches on the field.
Graduation and teams moving up in classifications have shaken up the long jump. Victor Mendoza was third this year, but he's the top returner next year, as defending state champ Tanner Applebee moves up in classification. And it's possible for Mendoza to sweep the jumps, as he is the top returner in the triple jump as well.
The pole vault looks similar to the high jump, as Jake Chrisman will return to defend his state title. He won the event by over half a foot this year.
In the throws the man to beat is Lane Walter. He is the defending state champion in the discus, and he's the top returner in the shot. He could sweep the throws next year.
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