3A State Meet Preview: Boys

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Mason Norman and The Classical Academy look primed to defend their state titles this year.

The boy's 3A individual and team races look eerily similar to last year. Almost identical, in fact. 

The top two performers from last year's state meet return for another battle. The Classical Academy's Mason Norman won this race as a sophomore, and will likely be eyeing to defend his state title, naturally. Norman backed up his cross country season with a solid track season, running 4:26 and 9:33. He took third in the 1,600 at state, and second in the 3,200. 

Norman will have last year's runner-up, Elizabeth's David Fine, to hold off again. Fine finished third in the 3,200 behind Norman, and fifth in the 1,600. 

Skyview's Tyler Scholl has been in the mix at state for three years now, and with his senior year ahead of him, I'd count him as a major threat. He had a bit of an off track season, but he's been consistent on the cross country courses all three years of high school. He was 13th as a freshmen, ninth as a sophomore, and sixth last year.

And then there's the dark horse, Gunnison's Colton Stice. I first started covering Stice in his middle school days when I was the Sports Editor at the Gunnison Country Times, so I've been able to witness his improvements over the years. He's been consistently moving up, and I'd say, ready for that final breakthrough race. He was eighth at state last year, 14th as a sophomore, and 23rd as a freshmen. His track improvements have been similar, with a third place finish in the 800 this past year, running 1:57. He was fourth in the 1,600, and sixth in the 3,200. 

Stice was one of a few who tripled at state, the other being Denver West's Yasin Sado, who was perhaps the surprise of the outdoor season. Sado did not run cross country last year, but did run track. He finished second in the 800 in 1:56, second in the 1,600 in 4:25, and seventh in the 3,200, running 10:01. Perhaps one of the more frightening facts is that he opened his season with a 4:48 in the 1,600, and a 10:37 in the 3,200. (He got down to 4:25, and 9:51).

What can he do on the cross country course? Now there's a question we'll have answered in a few weeks. Based on his outdoor season, however, anyone eyeing a state title in October, should also keep an eye on Sado, because he's got the biggest curve of improvement so far.

The Team Race

The past four years have had two champions: Alamosa three times in a row, and then TAC last year, led by Norman and the coveted one point.

On paper, it looks a lot like previous years, with TAC and Alamosa entering the season as the favorites.

Using last year's finishes, the team race looks close among the top-three. A Norman repeat would be helpful for TAC, because it looks like they'll be battling for every point against Alamosa. On paper TAC could pack their entire scoring squad into the top-20.

Led by senior Elijah DeLaCerda, the Moose have three of the top 11 returners from last year. They've got front-runners to really elevate them back to the top of the podium. If they've got a weakness, however, it's rounding out their scoring. 

This is where Peak to Peak could challenge. Led by William Ledden, they return everyone from last year's third-place squad. A year before that they were 15th. 

A dark horse in the team race could be Gunnison. Last year they have two freshmen running within their top five. Freshmen typically have a fairly big curve of improvement, so it'll be interesting to see how they do this year.

5000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
115:56.70
Classical Academy, The
2020
216:02.10
Elizabeth High School
2019
316:28.10
SkyView Academy
2019
416:31.10
Gunnison High School
2019
516:31.70
Frontier Academy
2020
616:38.30
Alamosa High School
2019
716:48.60
Peak to Peak Charter School
2020
816:49.10
Faith Christian Academy
2019
917:07.00
Stargate High School
2021
1017:09.40
Alamosa High School
2019
1117:10.00
Alamosa High School
2020
1217:18.70
Classical Academy, The
2019
1317:21.40
Salida High School
2020
1417:21.70
Estes Park High School
2019
1517:22.10
Salida High School
2020
1617:23.40
Delta High School
2019
1717:23.50
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
1817:24.00
Classical Academy, The
2019
1917:25.10
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
2017:26.20
Classical Academy, The
2021
2117:26.60
Liberty Common High School
2020
2217:27.20
Peak to Peak Charter School
2021
2317:28.00
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
2417:30.10
Moffat County High School
2019
2517:31.20
Gunnison High School
2019
2617:32.10
Gunnison High School
2021
2717:39.00
Moffat County High School
2021
2817:40.00
University High School
2020
2917:40.50
Liberty Common High School
2020
3017:41.30
Salida High School
2020
3117:43.50
Holy Family High School
2019
3217:44.30
Faith Christian Academy
2019
3317:45.50
Alamosa High School
2020
3417:46.20
Colorado Academy
2020
3517:47.40
Colorado Academy
2020
3617:47.70
Faith Christian Academy
2019
3717:54.20
Frontier Academy
2019
3817:57.30
Alamosa High School
2019
3917:58.10
KIPP Denver Collegiate
2019
4017:59.60
Moffat County High School
2019
4118:01.60
Berthoud High School
2019
4218:02.20
Salida High School
2020
4318:02.60
Olathe High School
2019
4418:02.80
Jefferson Academy
2021
4518:03.40
Fort Lupton High School
2020
4618:04.40
Holy Family High School
2020
4718:08.10
Rifle High School
2021
4818:10.10
Salida High School
2019
4918:10.30
Gunnison High School
2021
5018:13.30
Salida High School
2020
5118:14.80
Denver West High School
2019
5218:15.90
Liberty Common High School
2019
5318:17.10
Gunnison High School
2019
5418:17.20
Lamar High School
2020
5518:18.50
Jefferson Academy
2021
5618:19.10
Olathe High School
2020
5718:22.50
Holy Family High School
2019
5818:22.90
University High School
2020
5918:23.90
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
6018:24.70
University High School
2020
6118:25.20
Berthoud High School
2021
6218:26.00
Pagosa Springs High School
2019
6318:26.80
SkyView Academy
2020
6418:29.20
Moffat County High School
2021
6518:30.10
Holy Family High School
2019
6618:32.40
Berthoud High School
2019
6718:35.40
Faith Christian Academy
2019
6818:38.00
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
6918:39.50
Middle Park High School
2019
7018:39.60
Pagosa Springs High School
2021
7118:39.80
Delta High School
2020
7218:41.50
Pagosa Springs High School
2019
7318:42.40
Faith Christian Academy
2021
7418:45.60
D'Evelyn High School
2019
7518:46.50
Elizabeth High School
2019
7618:46.80
Jefferson Academy
2020
7718:47.20
Frontier Academy
2021
7818:49.70
Elizabeth High School
2019
7918:50.10
Lamar High School
2020
8018:53.60
Berthoud High School
2019
8118:54.80
Pagosa Springs High School
2020
8218:57.90
Elizabeth High School
2019
8318:59.20
Berthoud High School
2020
8419:02.60
Elizabeth High School
2020
8519:09.30
Holy Family High School
2019
8619:16.80
Moffat County High School
2021
8719:18.20
Holy Family High School
2021
8819:21.60
Jefferson Academy
2020
8919:22.20
Jefferson Academy
2020
9019:28.60
Pagosa Springs High School
2021
9119:37.60
Olathe High School
2019
9219:40.30
Liberty Common High School
2021
9319:52.20
Olathe High School
2021
9420:06.70
Vanguard School, The
2021
9521:13.90
Olathe High School
2019
9621:41.70
Vanguard School, The
2021
9722:28.20
Olathe High School
2019
9823:54.70
Lamar High School
2020
9927:15.90
Vanguard School, The
2021


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