Mariah Walker's head turns in one direction as she prepares to launch the shot put in the opposite direction. Photo by Alan Versaw.
"Eagles soar" could turn out to be the refrain of the 2013 4A girls season.
"Okay, so eagles soar," you say, "but what eagles would you be talking about? Thompson Valley or Broomfield?"
The finish line is not yet in sight, but both Eagles are running ahead of the 4A pack. Here are the results of a virtual meet based on season results to date:
2013 CO HS F Outdoor Track Team Scores
Calculated as of April 12, 2013
These rankings were calculated by scoring the rankings as a meet. We took the individual rankings and relay rankings and scored them as a normal meet: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
To date, Thompson Valley is picking up points in all the expected places. If you've followed TV track and field over the years, you know that one of those expected places is relays. Nothing has changed about that this year. The other places go by names like Larson, Kroboth, Stephens, and Irvine. There have been years where TV has had greater depth than they have this year, but the quality is still at the customary levels under Matt Norton's instruction.
Broomfield may actually be piling up more individual points right now than Thompson Valley, but the Broomfield Eagles haven't put the relays together--at least not yet--like the Thompson Valley Eagles have. Hurdlers (seeming always a strength at BHS) Amanda Campbell and Katie Croell, sprinter Alexei Cox, and distance runner Abby Gardner are carrying the bulk of the load right now, and doing it well.
Sand Creek is coming along nicely as well. Thrower Mariah Walker and sprinter Hayley Gantt are the two key pieces, but Sand Creek also gets a lot of mileage out of their sprint relays. Rebecca Harris adds a jumps dimension to the mix. For now, the biggest need for the Scorpions appears to be for greater breadth of scoring potential. As things stand now, for the Scorpions to make a serious title run, things have to go pretty near perfectly at state.
Pueblo South still lurks in the hunt as well, but have started the season perhaps a bit slower than many anticipated. Neverthless, there's still plenty of time for the Colts to start kicking at the gates of the corral. Aly Ary, Jayma Martin, Tyra Cruz, Mariah Yarbrough, and Angelique Urenda still for the nucleus of a very good team.
Niwot is definitely a sleeper in the analysis above. Start with the idea that Elise Cranny doesn't yet have a 1600 time for the season. That figures to change this Saturday. The Cougar relays are far more dangerous than the analysis above shows. It's only a matter of time until Niwot starts laying down some fearsome relay times--the talent is there. Cranny and Christa Boettiger appear to be where we expected coming into the season; a few more will need to raise their levels a little to bring this team to the status of title contender, but it doesn't seem at all far-fetched that exactly that could happen.