Drew Johnson has enjoyed a sensational season to date and is not to be overlooked among the candidates for the Jeffco 5A Boys individual title.
This one will be a little longer than previous editions of the flurry-of-league-meets series. That's because the Jeffco has both a 4A and a 5A division. So, we'll need four pages to complete this one.
Each page will follow the pattern of this page--a virtual meet through the first 100 runners and then a discussion of things the virtual meet doesn't necessarily tell you.
The actual meet action takes place at Clement Park in Littleton. It's a course that's about half hard surface and about half not. It tends to run fast when temperatures are cool, but warmer temperatures are in the forecast for Thursday.
We'll kick things off with 5A Boys, then move to 5A Girls, to 4A Boys, and finally to 4A Girls:
Championship Meet - 8 Teams
Championship Meet - 8 Teams Team Scores
|1||Dakota Ridge High School||25||1||2||5||6||11||-||-|
|2||Arvada West High School||62||7||8||12||17||18||-||-|
|3||Chatfield High School||87||3||9||19||20||36||-||-|
|4||Lakewood High School||99||4||21||23||25||26||-||-|
|5||Ralston Valley High School||101||10||14||16||27||34||-||-|
|6||Columbine High School||185||28||32||38||43||44||-||-|
|7||Bear Creek High School||196||24||31||39||49||53||-||-|
|8||Pomona High School||229||33||47||48||50||51||-||-|
Despite the fact that Chatfield has been performing well above historical norms this season, this league meet still figures to come down between Dakota Ridge and Arvada West, with Dakota Ridge getting the nod as the likely favorite.
Dakota Ridge's virtual meet does have the advantage of a stop at the Joe Vigil Invitational, but the Eagles aren't getting it done with smoke and mirrors this fall. Dakota Ridge has mixed things up nicely with the best teams in 5A. It's a very strong team they bring to the table, and--not coincidentally--a very deep one, too.
Arvada West has been solid all season long, though perhaps a step or two behind Dakota Ridge. Arvada West is clearly the top threat to knock off Dakota Ridge, but it will rank as an entry in the "upset" column if they pull it off.
Chatfield and Lakewood probably rate a bit more ahead of Ralston Valley for third and fourth than the virtual meet shows. As a whole, Chatfield and Lakewood have both stuck to more difficult courses than Ralston Valley. But, with a solid showing, any of these three teams could end up in the third-place slot.
Individually, Dakota Ridge brings Austin Vancil and Connor Ohlson to the table. If there's an advantage in two guys working together most of the way for the individual title, that advantage belongs to Vancil and Ohlson. Chatfield's Drew Johnson has had a very nice series of finishes this season as well and certainly figures among the better possibilities.
Rounding out the likely considerations for the individual title is Chase Dornbusch of Lakewood. He's won a few meets this fall, too, and must be given his due.
Between these four guys, there is an amazing count of seven meet titles this fall. Tomorrow, that count likely goes to eight.
If you're interested in further exploration of the match-ups, I've started you out with a comparison of Chase Dornbusch and Connor Ohlson below. You can change the names on the Compare Athlete feature to your heart's content:
Dornbush vs. Ohlson
Click on Next to see the discussion of Jeffco 5A Girls.