All the favorites were still in the mix through the first mile.
A pack of just over a dozen girls ran eight-wide through the opening mile in 5:51. All the favorites where there, anxiously sneaking glances left and right, checking to see who'd they have to battle in the final two miles. Among them was Niwot's Layla Roebke.
The Niwot senior made glances of her own, but not so much out anxiousness, but more out of curiosity. A year ago Roebke was 87th at State. The year before that? 119th. The year before that? 172nd. She had broken 20 minutes just once before the 2018 season, but this year she had risen through the ranks of Niwot's stellar squad, and now she found herself striding comfortably among the best in the state.
The 4A girl's race was perhaps the most-hyped race of the day, with nationally ranked Niwot, and Battle Mountain going head-to-head for the first time of the season, and a list of over half-a-dozen individuals with the potential to take the individual state crown.