Skyview's Jimmy Scavuzzo will give the Wolverines some added depth in the distance events.
League Teams: Faith Christian, Jefferson, Kent Denver, Lutheran, Machebeuf (Bishop), Manual, Mountain View, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge, SkyView
Last Year's League Results: Lutheran dominated their league just like they did the state last year. The Lions score 219 at the league meet, far ahead of Jefferson Academy, who scored 166 points, and Faith Christian, who scored 107.
Key Athletes Lost to Graduation:
Jefferson: Christian Van Cleave, Tyler Thimsen
Kent Denver: Ross Rainaldi, Spencer Serumaga, Josiah Piper
Lutheran: Nick Ciccio, Jake Mager, Tyler Essegian, AJ Thompson, Nicholas Runco, Aaron Clausen, Jacob Dack, Adam Dawson
Key Returning Athletes:
The 2017 state champions took a huge hit to graduation, but don't expect to slow them down that much. One thing that helped them with last year's title was depth - and they return a slew of stellar athletes this year, making them a threat once again. On paper they're a clear favorite. Behind them Jefferson Academy and Faith Christian will battle for that No. 2 spot.
Lutheran had four of last year's 18 100 state finalists, and this year they return Luke Arkell, who could very well take the state title. Arkell is the No. 2 returner, and should be pushed by SkyView's Ceegan Callahan. The two should make for a great matchup in the 200 as well, as Arkell is the No. 1 returner in the state in the event.
The 400 is shaping up to be a three-way race between SkyView's Chris Wilhoite, Lutheran's Jared Ammon, and Ethan Loper will be a preview of the state meet. Wilhoite is the No. 3 returner in the event, while Ammon is No. 5.
Lutheran's Nate Hanson is primed to be the highlight in the hurdles. Henson is the No. 4 returner in the 110 hurdles and should be a threat in the 300 as well, along with Aidan Boyd, Ben Rockwell, Jake Claeys, and Josh Nicoletti.
The distance events spread a little thin in reference to depth, though we could see several double, or even triple. SkyView's Jordan Wilson is the No. 3 returner in the 800, and should be a dominate figure within the league in the event. Teammate Jimmy Scavuzzo could give SkyView a distance sweep if he takes the 1,600 and the 3,200. Jefferson's Ryan Lehmuth appears to be the lone runner who could stop this from happening, as he and Scavuzzo nearly share the same 3,200 personal best.
Highlighting the field events will be Faith Christian's Reece Davidson. He's the No. 4 returner in the shot, and No. 1 in the discus, though he's having a stellar indoor season and could claim both events at state. If there's anyone who could provide a challenge, it'll be Donovan Simmons in the shot, and Mitch Black in the discus.
In the high jump Lutheran's Ryan Goldhammer is a clear favorite in the league, as he is the No. 4 returner in the state in the event.