If you've been ignoring the rise of Rampart in the 5A Boys ranks, you probably aren't going to be able to ignore it any longer.
Rampart - It says something about the depth and quality of your program when your top guy is off running triathlons in the spring and the remaining guys still post the top 1600 and 3200 times in the league. Such is the story of Rampart. Ben Dingman comes back for his senior season and should be on your list of potential 5A state title winners this fall. He has a very solid supporting cast in sophomore Connor McCabe, senior Greg Selinger, sophomore Sadio Fenner, and senior Robert Richardson. And such is the nature of things at Rampart that three or four more guys should be in contention for positions in the scoring order. There are no apparent weaknesses here and Rampart should be rolling a lot of folks under this fall.
Liberty - It is interesting that the return to prominence of one Academy District 20 school, Rampart, is accompanied by the return to prominence of another Academy District 20 program at Liberty. After back-to-back state titles a little over a decade ago, the Liberty boys program hasn't seen the kind of heights it could see this year since. Cameron Rathmell should be the #1 this fall, but A. J. Steward, McKennion Melton, and Cory Childs should be part of the scoring order. Melton wasn't part of the cross country team last fall, but unless he's a committed soccer player, his track season says he should be part of cross country this fall. If any of these guys come up short, there's no shortage of sub-5 milers to call on. The team is deep and should be ready to create some problems for other teams this fall.
Coronado - The Cougars have been hit a few years in succession by graduation. Doug Hugill's team, however, never seems to enter the fall season short-handed. Nicholas Vai and Michel Swanson are the established leaders here. Conor Strizich looks to be a strong candidate to nail down a position in the scoring order based on his 1600 time from this spring, but the rest of that order looks like an interesting little competition for the fall to decide.
Palmer - The Terrors have a nice returning top two in Ben Walth and Seth Sullivan. Sullivan wasn't part of track in the spring, but his performances as a freshman last fall in cross country are indicative of considerable promise nonetheless. Junior Andrew Bentley moved up nicely in the spring in track and likely figures for a larger role on the team this fall than last. Palmer also has the luxury of returning a full complement of seven sub-19s for the fall. Depth shouldn't be an issue for the Terrors.
Doherty - The Spartan return a young team that could turn dangerous in a hurry. Juniors Tanner Palacios and Chris Featherstone combine with junior Hayden Martinez to give Doherty three returning sub-18s. That's not a bad place to start. Rene Methenge and Jozious Thomas could be ready to step up into scoring roles off of their performances in track season.
Pine Creek - The Eagles have struggled to find adequate depth on the boys side of their roster while the girls have feasted on an overabundance of depth. Nathan Gipprich and Conor O'Brien easily rank as the top returning runners from last fall, but O'Brien has no track times from the spring by which to gauge his progress. Derek Ashby and Josh Hawkins are two of last year's freshman crop who could be making more noise as sophomores this fall.
Fountain-Fort Carson - It hurts to get hit at graduation like the Trojans did this spring. This fall has the look of a rebuilding year for Ben Montoya's crew. James Thomas and Matthew Schramm have an early edge as the leaders of this crew.