Sorting out the contenders in Limon

A few 2A contenders, namely South Baca, Crested Butte, and Mancos, have yet to be heard from at a large 2A meet, but much more seems clear about the boys and girls 2A races now that most of the major players came together to race at Limon.

In the boys field, Wiggins looked very solid today, overpowering a full team from Rocky Ford. Don't expect Rocky Ford to be throwing in the towel, but Wiggins won the meet, and probably the psychological battle as well, today. The 3-5-7 finish of Gilbert Tucker, Logan Trautwein, and Alex Dorr was simply more than any other team could answer. Rocky Ford came closest with a 2-4-17, but Wiggins had six in ahead of Rocky Ford's third.

The answer was similarly decisive in the girls race, but this time Wiggins came out as the team hoping they can find answers in the next four weeks. Tara Richardson, at left, took over the lead from Kelley Robinson at about two miles, but was unable to hold that lead to the finish. In the end, Robinson would regain the lead and claim the individual championship, relegating Richardson to second. And that individual result would stand as a snapshot of the team result.

Nederland's 1-3-7 easily came in below the team totals from both Wiggins (42) and Rocky Ford (36). Nederland appears now to be holding the upper hand among 2A schools from east of the Continental Divide. Crested Butte and Mancos look to be holding the strong hands west of the Continental Divide, but won't see Nederland until the state meet. Meanwhile, Rocky Ford and Wiggins will look for ways to put together a lower score by the time state rolls around.

Individual titles went to Amos Bowen of Brush in 16:26 and Kelley Robinson in 19:22, both very solid times and both meet records.