This image from last fall's St. Vrain Invitational still tells you a great deal of what you need to know about 3A Girls cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
We now move a rung up the classification ladder to 3A Girls.
I'll get this out of the way right now... While it is just me doing the talking, I will not include the TCA girls in this discussion. When it comes time for the coaches' poll in the fall, I will rank them (if they deserve it), but only with the buffering effect of several other panelists.
You are welcome to e-mail me with 17 good reasons why I should talk about my own team in this article. Or you may also go to the forum and good-naturedly ridicule me for not including TCA in these rankings, but it is highly unlikely you will persuade me. In theory, I'm open to persuasion, but the bar is very high in this case. I will allow this much--I would include TCA in the preseason girls top 10 if I was discussing them.
And, to satisfy some curiosity, here is where TCA fits in the rankings of returning cross country and 1600 runners:
For now, though, it's time to talk about other teams. The TCA cross country team members get to deal with me enough as it is.
Salida, last year's state champion, is still hanging around the 3A ranks (it looked for a while like they would fall across the 2A boundary), but the Spartans need to patch some holes left by graduation. We'll talk some about that when we get to their team profile.
Peak to Peak, of course, returns a class of three freshman (now sophomore) phenoms. And, they have some questions of their own to answer.
All this and more as you click on Next to work your way through my best take on a preseason ordering of the top 3A girls teams.