5A State Meet Preview: Boys

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Connor Ohlson could be a vital piece to Dakota Ridge's chance of claiming a team state title.

What if the state meet were tomorrow? And what if it was entirely decided on last year's results (and with updated classifications)?

Well, this is what it would look like...

With Valor Christian moving into 5A, Cole Sprout would be your 2018 cross country state champion - and not by much. Again, using last year's results to predict this year's result, Dakota Ridge's Austin Vancil would be four seconds behind Sprout.

Heading into the imaginary, this sounds like a race that would be decided just after the creek crossing, on the final hill, where Sprout would pull away, just enough to win.

With Easton Allred sidelined for the season, the team race looks a little different.

On paper Dakota Ridge is the team to beat. They would have an impressive 1-2 punch with Vancil and Connor Ohlson, who return as 2-3 overall. As a team they'd have their entire top four in the top 22. Could Vancil pull off the upset and take the individual title, and lead Dakota Ridge to the team title?

We'll know in a few months...

Behind Dakota Ridge, the team race looks wide open. I wouldn't be so quick to count out the usual cast of favorites, however, because teams like Mountain Vista and Rock Canyon have a creative way of reinventing themselves each year. Who will step in to the very large shoes that were left vacant by seniors? We'll know in a few months... 

Among the dark horse teams that would may a splash in Colorado Springs this October, I'd keep an eye on Boulder, Chaparral, and Heritage. Each squad has a solid 1-2, if they can find a steady 3-4 they could be a real threat this season. 

5000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
115:42.10
Valor Christian High School
2020
215:46.10
Dakota Ridge High School
2019
315:56.50
Rock Canyon High School
2020
416:04.50
Dakota Ridge High School
2020
516:16.50
Mountain Vista High School
2019
616:19.90
Denver South High School
2019
716:21.20
Mountain Vista High School
2020
816:29.40
Rock Canyon High School
2020
916:30.40
Rock Canyon High School
2020
1016:31.90
Rampart High School
2021
1116:37.10
Chatfield High School
2020
1216:38.00
Fort Collins High School
2020
1316:39.20
Boulder High School
2019
1416:42.20
Heritage High School
2019
1516:44.00
Heritage High School
2020
1616:44.90
Legend High School
2019
1716:45.40
Legend High School
2019
1816:45.70
Boulder High School
2019
1916:46.00
Dakota Ridge High School
2020
2016:46.70
Cherry Creek High School
2021
2116:47.40
Boulder High School
2021
2216:47.90
Chaparral High School
2019
2316:48.30
Dakota Ridge High School
2019
2416:48.60
Boulder High School
2020
2516:51.40
Chaparral High School
2019
2616:52.10
Fairview High School
2019
2716:52.20
Gateway High School
2019
2816:52.50
Chaparral High School
2019
2916:52.80
Dakota Ridge High School
2020
3016:53.30
Legacy High School
2020
3116:53.40
Loveland High School
2019
3216:54.80
Rangeview High School
2020
3316:55.20
Legacy High School
2021
3416:57.00
Heritage High School
2019
3516:57.40
Pine Creek High School
2019
3616:58.20
Overland High School
2020
3716:59.60
Denver East High School
2020
3817:00.80
Chaparral High School
2021
3917:00.90
Pine Creek High School
2021
4017:01.90
Pine Creek High School
2019
4117:02.20
Monarch High School
2019
4217:05.30
Fossil Ridge High School
2020
4317:06.20
Fairview High School
2021
4417:06.40
Poudre High School
2020
4517:07.60
Legend High School
2019
4617:09.90
Regis Jesuit
2020
4717:10.40
Arapahoe High School
2020
4817:10.60
Fossil Ridge High School
2019
4917:12.50
Rocky Mountain High School
2019
5017:12.60
Rock Canyon High School
2020
5117:12.80
Valor Christian High School
2019
5217:15.00
Heritage High School
2019
5317:15.50
Grandview High School
2021
5417:16.80
Monarch High School
2020
5517:17.80
Fort Collins High School
2020
5617:20.20
Fort Collins High School
2020
5717:20.50
Fairview High School
2020
5817:21.40
Denver East High School
2020
5917:21.50
Heritage High School
2020
6017:22.00
Chaparral High School
2021
6117:23.20
Fossil Ridge High School
2019
6217:24.40
Fairview High School
2021
6317:24.70
Dakota Ridge High School
2021
6417:24.90
Fossil Ridge High School
2019
6517:26.10
Monarch High School
2019
6617:26.50
Rampart High School
2019
6717:26.60
Cherry Creek High School
2020
6817:28.40
Cherry Creek High School
2020
6917:30.10
Rocky Mountain High School
2019
7017:30.20
Arapahoe High School
2020
7117:32.00
Fort Collins High School
2020
7217:33.30
Overland High School
2019
7317:33.60
Pine Creek High School
2019
7417:34.80
Chaparral High School
2020
7517:34.90
Overland High School
2020
7617:37.10
Rocky Mountain High School
2021
7717:40.90
Ralston Valley High School
2019
7817:41.80
Poudre High School
2019
7917:42.10
Rampart High School
2019
8017:48.00
Poudre High School
2019
8117:52.10
Cherry Creek High School
2020
8217:54.00
Overland High School
2020
8317:54.50
Legend High School
2019
8417:56.00
Ralston Valley High School
2021
8517:57.20
Cherry Creek High School
2019
8618:01.40
Pine Creek High School
2020
8718:03.00
Fossil Ridge High School
2019
8818:03.70
Denver East High School
2020
8918:05.40
Overland High School
2019
9018:07.40
Arapahoe High School
2019
9118:10.70
Overland High School
2021
9218:18.20
Denver East High School
2021
9318:20.20
Ralston Valley High School
2021
9418:22.10
Overland High School
2021
9518:23.40
Grandview High School
2020
9618:31.40
Cherry Creek High School
2019
9718:44.00
Denver East High School
2021
9818:51.40
Rocky Mountain High School
2021
9919:25.70
Valor Christian High School
2021
10019:31.10
Rocky Mountain High School
2019
10119:44.10
Valor Christian High School
2019
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