Dakota Ridge's Austin Vancil, curly hair and all, leads a star-studded class that includes 15 sub-16 runners.
Vancil's 15:17 personal best tops the charts by a mere three-seconds, but what's perhaps even more impressive is that he's consistently chopped massive chunks from his 5k PR each year.
17:31 - 15:19 - 15:17.
Those are Vancil's PRs from freshmen to junior year. You know, I'm just going to throw this out there: the longer I let my hair grow during high school, the faster I ran. So, keep that in mind, Austin...
What does Vancil have in the tank for his senior year? We'll see here in few months, and he'll likely be battling with Air Academy's Cal Banta for Head of the Class.
Banta's drops haven't been as dramatic as Vancil, as he clearly came out of the middle school gates quickly, though he's continued to make jumps.
16:41 - 15:41 - 15:20.
Or perhaps the biggest dark horse in the senior class this fall will be Niwot's Ares Reading, who returns with the eighth fastest 5k cross country time from last year, but he did turn in a 9:14 3,200 this spring - that's the fastest 3,200 by a junior this year, and it's a solid 21-second improvement from his sophomore year. The way I read Reading's improvements is that he's likely to make a nicely sized jump from his 15:46 PR this fall.
Additionally, his progression has some massive drops:
18:52 - 16:10 - 15:46.
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