Levi Kilian and Heritage Christian swept the distance events this year, and they'll likely do the same next year.
This year the team race was nearly set after the first day. Heritage Christian simply had to much firepower for anyone to keep pace, and next looks similar. If anyone has hopes of dethroning them, they'll have to get work right away, because it looks like another landslide. Those with the best shot are Simla and Holly.
Graduation has opened the door for a new champion in the 100 and 200, and right now Darias Harms looks to be the favorite, though not by much. He'll have to battle Cotopaxi's Arlo Garner, who is likely to be eyeing several state titles next year.
The 200 was nearly wide open, as six of eight graduated, though the top returner and favorite to claim next year's title is Bryar Morgan. He'll likely be battling a slew of newcomers.
Alex Ramos claimed the state title in the 400 this year - as a sophomore, paving the way for potentially three years of dominance in the event. Though, he's likely to have Morgan hot on his heels.
The distance events are where Heritage Christian dominates. Between the returning trio of Levi Kilian, Seth Bruxvoort, and Keaton Case, they've got he 800, 1,600, and 3,200 covered. Kilian swept the distance titles this year, and I'd imagine he'll want to cap his high school career defending all three next year.
In the hurdles the man to beat is Arlo Garner. He claimed both state titles this year, and looks primed to be a huge force next year. He's a clear favorite.
The high jump is already shaping up to be an event to watch. Returning to defend his state title will be Wesley Ryan, who won the event by an inch this year - as a freshmen. He'll have Jade Cass as his main competition, as Cass was second this year, and will likely want to win a state title in his senior year - next year.
Likewise, the long jump appears to be a two-way battle between 2018 state champ Jaden Johnson and third placer Elton Yarger. They both went over 20 feet this year, and were separated by a mere three inches.
Jade Cass pops up on these lists one more - this time in the triple jump, where he is the defending state champion. He's got nearly a foot on all returners, making him a clear favorite.
In the pole vault Tommy Harmon is a clear favorite. He's the defending state champion, and he won this year's event by a foot.
The throws look to be a much more competitive affair, however. Graduation and schools moving up in classifications shifted things quite a bit, making Jd Dennison and Sam Smith the top returners. The two finished third and fourth this year, and were only separated by an inch. So this one is up in the air.
The shot put has a clear favorite, and its Keylan Dracon, the defending state champion. If he's got any competition, it'll likely come from Smith.
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