Changes On The Course: Classifications For Upcoming Season

Now that the 2022 Colorado cross country season is (nearly) upon us, let's take a look at a few changes coming this fall...

And when I write the word "changes," I'm referring to school-movement in classifications. 

5A

New to the state's largest classification are Air Academy, Centaurus, Erie, and Ponderosa. 

What does this mean? This means that 2020 4A state champ Bethany Michalak will be in the mix to fill the massive void left by multi-state champ Riley Stewart - the girl's individual race will have a state champion not named Riley Stewart for the first time since 2018. Michalak will toe the line and battle what's already a pretty stellar girls field vying for that individual state title - but we'll save that conversation for another day. 

Likewise, Erie's Evan Kraus could make a splash in the boy's race.

In terms of how this shakes up the team race, again, a conversation for another day, but the Air Academy girls, and the Centaurus boys could battle into the top-10 in their first year in 5A.

4A

Lutheran and Severance move up to 4A this year.

What does this mean? This move will likely have more of an affect on track, rather than cross country - their boys squad claimed the 3A state team title in May.

Additionally, with Air Academy and Michalak moving up to 5A, the girl's 4A individual State race looks wide open. 

3A

Two new schools (Timnath and Wellington) will enter into the system in 3A. 

What does this mean? This means there are two new schools in 3A, and that Timnath will get to debut this sweet singlets.

Additionally, with Lutheran moving up to 4A, there'll be a new boys track & field state champion team crowned next May.

2A

North Fork will move down to 2A this year.

What does this mean? This means that after one year in 3A, North Fork will move down to 2A.


More information: CHSAA 2022 Cross Country Bulletin