3A State Meet Preview: Girls

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Peak to Peak returns everyone from their 2017 state championship squad.

Peak to Peak claimed the past two state titles, led by Quinn McConnell, and Anna Shults each time. Last year they swept the top three spots with McConnell taking the state title, Shults in the runner-up position, and Tiana Bradfield in third. The year before it was McConnell placing second, with Schults third, and Bradfield 12th.

There's really only one question: can anyone beat Peak to Peak?

So, we'll skip the who is the individual favorite (McConnell), or team favorite (Peak to Peak), and begin speculating on what's happening behind one of the most dominating trios in 3A history.

Steamboat Springs came within 19 points of an upset last year, but they've moved on up to 4A, leaving The Classical Academy as the best bet for an upset. 

TAC was led Kaylee Thompson and Katie Flaherty last year. Thompson is the No. 6 returner this year, and Flaherty is No. 10. TAC has got a shot - if they can close the gap from their remaining scoring runners. They only lost two from last year's state squad, so they'll be returning some veterans. 

Likewise, Elizabeth and D'Evelyn look similar. Each squad has a runner who is within the top-10 returning this year. Elizabeth has Ashten Loeks, and D'Evelyn has Taylor Haerbig. Elizabeth returns everyone from last year's sixth-place team, while D'Evelyn returns all but one.

On paper there's a three-way battle for that runner-up spot. The difference will be where the remaining scoring runners finish - it'll be that close. 

And then there's the dark horse, because there always is one. This year I see two: Gunnison, and Salida. Salida returns six of seven from last year's state squad, and Gunnison brings everyone back. Whats makes both squads dangerous is how young they were last year. 

Salida returns two seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores, while Gunnison returns three seniors, two juniors, and two sophomores.

5000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
118:31.60
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
218:38.50
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
318:48.30
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
419:01.70
Holy Family High School
2021
519:06.30
Colorado Springs Christian School
2019
619:14.20
Classical Academy, The
2019
719:30.20
Elizabeth High School
2019
819:36.30
Alamosa High School
2020
919:39.60
D'Evelyn High School
2021
1019:48.40
Classical Academy, The
2019
1119:50.60
Florence High School
2021
1219:53.60
University High School
2021
1320:10.00
Salida High School
2020
1420:10.20
Elizabeth High School
2019
1520:13.80
Peak to Peak Charter School
2021
1620:18.30
Gunnison High School
2021
1720:18.40
Aspen High School
2021
1820:22.40
Alamosa High School
2020
1920:22.50
Faith Christian Academy
2020
2020:22.70
Salida High School
2021
2120:23.20
Basalt High School
2021
2220:24.50
D'Evelyn High School
2019
2320:26.00
Aspen High School
2021
2420:28.20
Classical Academy, The
2019
2520:32.20
Gunnison High School
2019
2620:36.10
Resurrection Christian High School
2020
2720:39.60
Gunnison High School
2021
2820:45.40
Frontier Academy
2019
2920:46.40
D'Evelyn High School
2021
3020:47.40
Salida High School
2019
3120:49.00
Elizabeth High School
2019
3220:51.90
Elizabeth High School
2021
3320:52.90
D'Evelyn High School
2021
3420:53.30
Frontier Academy
2020
3520:54.80
D'Evelyn High School
2021
3620:55.20
Classical Academy, The
2020
3720:56.10
SkyView Academy
2020
3820:58.00
Peak to Peak Charter School
2019
3920:58.60
Moffat County High School
2020
4021:03.40
Gunnison High School
2020
4121:07.10
Elizabeth High School
2019
4221:07.50
The Academy of Charter Schools
2021
4321:07.80
Alamosa High School
2021
4421:07.90
Moffat County High School
2021
4521:11.80
James Irwin Charter High School
2019
4621:13.80
Aspen High School
2021
4721:16.00
Brush High School
2018
4821:18.50
Salida High School
2020
4921:18.80
Pagosa Springs High School
2021
5021:20.60
Moffat County High School
2019
5121:21.40
Moffat County High School
2021
5221:21.80
Moffat County High School
2019
5321:26.00
Estes Park High School
2021
5421:26.60
Salida High School
2019
5521:26.70
Vanguard School, The
2020
5621:30.10
D'Evelyn High School
2021
5721:30.90
Holy Family High School
2020
5821:32.10
Elizabeth High School
2020
5921:35.40
Berthoud High School
2019
6021:37.20
Weld Central High School
2019
6121:37.70
Estes Park High School
2019
6221:41.90
Salida High School
2021
6321:45.60
Holy Family High School
2020
6421:45.70
Elizabeth High School
2019
6521:52.60
Stargate High School
2020
6621:53.30
Frontier Academy
2019
6721:53.60
Gunnison High School
2020
6822:01.00
Colorado Academy
2019
6922:05.00
Frontier Academy
2020
7022:05.40
Aspen High School
2021
7122:06.10
SkyView Academy
2020
7222:13.50
Moffat County High School
2020
7322:19.80
Classical Academy, The
2019
7422:24.00
Brush High School
2019
7522:26.30
Frontier Academy
2021
7622:28.70
Colorado Academy
2020
7722:30.20
Faith Christian Academy
2019
7822:30.40
Estes Park High School
2019
7922:30.50
Gunnison High School
2019
8022:32.90
Estes Park High School
2019
8122:35.40
Alamosa High School
2021
8222:38.50
Gunnison High School
2019
8322:39.10
Faith Christian Academy
2021
8422:40.90
Vanguard School, The
2020
8522:43.10
Brush High School
2019
8622:49.50
Colorado Academy
2019
8722:50.00
Peak to Peak Charter School
2020
8822:52.20
Brush High School
2021
8922:57.30
SkyView Academy
2019
9022:58.80
Vanguard School, The
2019
9123:00.50
SkyView Academy
2019
9223:08.90
Berthoud High School
2020
9323:10.30
Aspen High School
2021
9423:13.90
Frontier Academy
2020
9523:15.00
SkyView Academy
2020
9623:16.90
Faith Christian Academy
2019
9723:24.80
Alamosa High School
2019
9823:46.30
SkyView Academy
2020
9923:50.10
Berthoud High School
2021
10023:50.20
Estes Park High School
2021


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