One of the unique things about Peak to Peak is that the Pumas have not one, but two, Nike Cross Nationals individual qualifiers on their team. Quinn McConnell made the trip in 2016; Anna Shults made the trip in 2017.
As if that were not enough, McConnell and Shults, along with classmate Tiana Bradfield, went 1-2-3 at this fall's state meet. That's a pretty tough lead to overcome--for anyone.
So, the first question for Peak to Peak in 2017 concerns whether they can repeat the 1-2-3 individual finish at State in 2018. If they can, it makes them that much tougher to beat.
But, you can't win a state meet on three people (unless you're in 2A). So, it's pretty important what's happening at 4 and 5 as well. Elle Triem and Allison Beasley figure as the 4 and 5, though Jenna Howard could definitely be part of that picture as well.
Beasley, a freshman, finished 25th at State this fall. Triem's state meet didn't go as well, and she finished in 62nd. That was more than adequate to ensure a second consecutive team title for the Pumas.
Simply stated, there aren't many chinks in the armor at Peak to Peak. If you want to beat Peak to Peak, you must be an exceptionally good team. There are no other workarounds.