The cat and mouse game to the state championship begins!
We're in the final month of the season, and this means only one thing: time to start revving the engines because we've got quite a few battles falling into place.
We've got Dakota Ridge and Mountain Vista in the ring in 5A. We've got Niwot and Centaurus in 4A. We've got Peak to Peak and Salida in 3A. And we've got Heritage Christian and Lyons in 2A.
And who will emerge as the dark horse?
We'll know in another month...
Dakota Ridge and Mountain Vista took a week off from their cat and mouse game, and the result was no movement between them. The 'Ridge remained on top this week, and the next two spots remained the same.
The biggest leap came from Rock Canyon, who jumped three spots to No. 6 this week after their runner-up finish at Polson.
On the back side of the rankings Pine Creek clawed their way back into the rankings, coming in No. 10 this week.
Niwot and Centaurus remained on top of this week's rankings, though Niwot remains a clear No. 1 after their runner-up finish at Desert Twilight. Additionally, they've currently got the fastest squad in the nation.
Behind them a hard-charing Durango squad moved into the No. 3 position.
This week saw two squads run their way into the rankings, with Central coming in No. 9, and Eagle Valley No. 10 this week.
There's a tight team race brewing in 3A... Peak to Peak and Salida are playing a cat and mouse game of their own, and this one looks like it'll be decided October 27.
There was very little movement from No. 3 to No. 6, though the biggest leap came from University this week, who jumped to the No. 7 spot.
The story this week was Heritage Christian's Seth Bruxvoort and Levi Kilian going 1-2 in the Varsity Small School division at Desert Twilight. Bruxvoort took the win in a state-leading 15:37, with Kilan hot on his heels in 15:44. Their finish is a clear nod to Heritage Christian's ranking this week, as they remain on top.
Behind them the story was Clear Creek jumping two spots to No. 6.
The 2A landscape is just waiting for a shakeup, which we'll likely see in the final weeks of the season.