We know where each of these teams landed at last year's state meet, but how do they stack up based on personal bests?
Here's how it all shakes out...
It's not The Classical Academy, and it's not Alamosa. It's Peak to Peak that looks the most dangerous.
It's their pack that makes this a fact. On paper Peak to Peak could sneak two into the top ten, and their top five into the top 34. Additionally, they've got a 41-second spread from 1-5, and a 16:57 team average. And then there's there six and seven, who are pretty solid as well. They've got perhaps the best 1-7 of anyone on this list.
Can anyone break into their pack?
Again... It's not TCA, and it's not Alamosa. It's Salida.
On paper Salida looks eerily similar to Peak to Peak in reference to a solid pack. They don't have any top-10 runners individually, but they've got four within the top 23, and their No. 5 within the top 60. Additionally, they've got a 1-5 split just over one minute, and a 17:03 team average.
What's noticeable here is the importance of a solid pack, and tight 1-5 split. Because TCA comes in No. 3 on this list - but not by much. They've got the star-power up front with three in the top nine, but the gap from their three to four and five is where other teams can sneak in and disrupt the flow. They've got the fastest team average at 16:49, but a 1-5 split of 2:22.
They come in No. 4 on this list, with three in the top 14. It's closing off the deal that may be the challenge.
And what about 5-10? Well, that's on the next page.
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