4A State Meet Preview: Girls

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Rebuild? Not quite. Battle Mountain return with their sights set on dominating once again. 

So many possibilities... 

In looking at the individual race, that's what shades over my mind. 

There are two ways to look at the race. We can look at how the race played out last year, or we can look at what happened during the track season.

Or both.

When it comes down to it, this is a race that will be decided on race-day. Who can show up when it matters the most?

Palmer Ridge's Isabella Prosceno is the top returner. She finished second last year, and is clearly hungry for a state title. She backed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200 at state in May. If we're only taking last year's state meet result into mind, she's the clear favorite. She finished second on the right day, and is the top returner, showing that she showed up when it mattered the most. 

Based on last year's state results, Air Academy's Paige Embaugh and Tatum Miller could make a run for it. Additionally, they'll add to the team race, but we'll get to that later. 

But then there's the track season to add to this equation...

Liberty Ricca has got to be viewed as one of the favorites. I write "one" because there appears to be a few. Ricca finished 17th at last year's state championships, and based on that performance, is the No. 15 returner, but, she dominated the 3,200 at state this May. She clearly made some massive gains and deserves to be part of the conversation of who will take the title in October. 

Joslin Blair is another potential threat. The Eagle Valley junior finished seventh last year, and is the No. 5 returner, but the second part of the equation - the track season - is where she enters the equation. She won the 1,600 at state, and was third in the 3,200. 

Someone who left one last good race on the table in 2017 was Niwot's Taylor James. The incoming sophomore tallied a stellar cross country season, but had an off day at state, finishing 28th. She turned that around during the track season, however, winning the 800 state title, and finishing eighth in the 1,600.

And then there's the wild card, dark horse, whatever you want to call it: Maggi Congdon. Congdon was fourth last year in 3A, and she won 3A state titles 800 and the 1,600. She's moving up in classification, but winning is winning, and she's proven that she knows how to get it done. 

And then - and then - what about the most talked about incoming freshman, Alayna Szuch? Obviously, she's not on any high school lists from last year, but she's made it quite easy to gage where she stands coming in.  The Evergreen freshman holds a cross country PR of 17:23, and recently pushed 2A star Soleil Gaylord in the final miles of the National Trail Championships. Clearly, Szuch is a threat for a state title.

The Team Competition

We can't talk about the team race without mentioning Battle Mountain. Last year they were third at NXN, and they dominated the state. Lizzy HardingNaomi Harding, and Grace Johnson all return. Everyone will be eyeing them this year. 

Who's next?

After Battle Mountain, the team race looks somewhat up for grabs. It'll really come down to who shows up on the right day - State. 

Air Academy, Palmer Ridge, and Niwot should be in the hunt. On paper Air Academy looks to have the best shot at finishing second. They've got Embaugh and Miller returning as their 1-2 punch. Likewise, Palmer Ridge could be stealing the most coveted numeral in the team race - 1 - if Prosceno can take one more step up on the podium on October. Niwot has a full team, though the one thing they'll need if they want a top-three finish at state is a front-runner. And this is where James comes in. She had a stellar track season. If she can carry that on into the fall, Niwot could really turn some heads.

5000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
118:17.80
Palmer Ridge High School
2021
218:38.00
Air Academy High School
2019
318:41.20
Windsor High School
2019
418:45.80
Air Academy High School
2020
518:47.30
Eagle Valley High School
2020
618:49.80
Roosevelt High School
2019
718:52.80
Battle Mountain High School
2019
818:54.10
Steamboat Springs High School
2020
918:55.10
Centaurus High School
2020
1019:01.80
Wheat Ridge High School
2019
1119:02.40
Green Mountain High School
2020
1219:07.90
Durango High School
2020
1319:08.60
Windsor High School
2020
1419:11.50
Steamboat Springs High School
2019
1519:12.50
Discovery Canyon High School
2019
1619:12.60
Centaurus High School
2020
1719:14.80
Battle Mountain High School
2019
1819:14.90
Durango High School
2020
1919:15.00
Palmer Ridge High School
2021
2019:16.90
Golden High School
2019
2119:19.80
Silver Creek High School
2020
2219:23.90
Thompson Valley High School
2020
2319:24.10
Niwot High School
2019
2419:24.40
Golden High School
2020
2519:24.60
Battle Mountain High School
2020
2619:25.70
Niwot High School
2021
2719:30.50
Coronado High School
2020
2819:31.10
Golden High School
2021
2919:35.10
Evergreen High School
2020
3019:35.30
Ponderosa High School
2020
3119:35.80
Standley Lake High School
2021
3219:38.80
Niwot High School
2020
3319:39.10
Centaurus High School
2019
3419:39.60
Battle Mountain High School
2019
3519:45.50
Denver North High School
2021
3619:45.60
Discovery Canyon High School
2021
3719:49.10
Air Academy High School
2019
3819:53.00
Discovery Canyon High School
2020
3919:53.70
Palmer Ridge High School
2020
4020:01.20
Widefield High School
2021
4120:01.80
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2021
4220:03.70
Coronado High School
2019
4320:04.10
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2021
4420:06.20
Montrose High School
2020
4520:07.10
Durango High School
2021
4620:08.80
George Washington High School
2021
4720:11.00
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2019
4720:11.00
Coronado High School
2019
4920:13.80
Discovery Canyon High School
2020
5020:14.60
Erie High School
2019
5120:15.30
Coronado High School
2019
5220:16.10
Durango High School
2019
5320:17.20
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2020
5420:17.80
Denver North High School
2020
5520:19.00
Roosevelt High School
2020
5620:19.70
Durango High School
2019
5720:20.80
Windsor High School
2019
5820:25.30
Niwot High School
2020
5920:25.50
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2019
6020:25.90
Palmer Ridge High School
2020
6120:26.70
Durango High School
2021
6220:27.50
Silver Creek High School
2020
6320:30.00
Steamboat Springs High School
2019
6420:31.40
Niwot High School
2021
6520:32.40
Air Academy High School
2020
6620:33.10
Green Mountain High School
2021
6720:33.70
Mead High School
2019
6820:35.70
Air Academy High School
2021
6920:36.00
Golden High School
2021
7020:41.60
Greeley Central High School
2020
7120:43.30
Palmer Ridge High School
2019
7220:43.80
Montrose High School
2021
7320:44.00
Denver North High School
2020
7420:44.10
Golden High School
2019
7520:44.30
Standley Lake High School
2020
7620:48.40
Longmont High School
2020
7720:49.10
Silver Creek High School
2019
7820:54.60
Longmont High School
2019
7920:55.90
Widefield High School
2020
8020:57.40
Green Mountain High School
2019
8120:57.60
Thompson Valley High School
2020
8220:59.20
Centaurus High School
2020
8321:00.30
Roosevelt High School
2019
8421:02.40
Windsor High School
2020
8521:02.50
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2019
8621:05.70
Evergreen High School
2019
8721:06.00
Standley Lake High School
2020
8821:08.30
Silver Creek High School
2019
8921:10.10
Golden High School
2020
9021:11.20
Denver North High School
2019
9121:11.90
Thompson Valley High School
2020
9221:12.90
Northfield High School
2021
9321:16.80
Green Mountain High School
2020
9421:23.20
Green Mountain High School
2021
9521:24.20
Discovery Canyon High School
2019
9621:28.10
Air Academy High School
2021
9721:28.50
Discovery Canyon High School
2021
9821:29.60
Montrose High School
2019
9921:30.10
Discovery Canyon High School
2019
10021:30.90
Silver Creek High School
2020


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