Isaac Harris will look to help Sterling defend their league title this year.
League Teams: Brush, Eaton, Estes Park, Frontier Academy, Liberty Common, Platte Valley, Resurrection Christian, Sterling, Strasburg, University, Valley
Last Year's League Results: Sterling made no contest of last year's league meet, winning by 56 points. Tigers tallied a staggering 156 points to dominate the league. Platte Valley was a distant second with 100 points, while Strasburg was third with 85 points. State revealed a similar result, with Sterling leading the way by finishing fourth, Platte Valley 11th, and Strasburg 19th.
Key Athletes Lost to Graduation:
Brush: Isaac Romero
Liberty Common: Corbin Mayes
Sterling: Austin Chavez, Michael Chavez, Victor Zimmerman, Brady Krier, Connor Alsup, Austin Bornhoft
Strasburg: Gavin Harris, Jeremy Ladd, Chase Starman
University: Spencer Whitfield, Dawson Hopkinson, Rey Ramos
Valley: Trevor Schneider
Key Returning Athletes:
On paper Platte Valley has the stars and the depth to make a run for the league title. Sterling graduated a slew of top-tier talent last year, but they do return a load of dangerous athletes that could steal Platte Valley's thunder. This looks like a two-way team battle for the league, and presumably, whoever does well here will at state as well.
Sterling will get the jump in the sprints were Isaac Harris returns as the most threatening 100-200 runners in the state. Platte Valley could strike back in the 400, however as Zach Waite is the No. 2 returner in the state, and he'll be joined by teammate Brenden Bunting.
The Broncos will get a boost in the hurdles, where Dustin Horn is capable of sweeping the 110 and 300.
Like the team race, the distance events appear to be a two-man show between Frontier Academy's Levi Chambers and Platte Valley's Andrew King. These two could battle for the win and swap in everything from the 800 up to the 3,200.
The Patriot League has traditionally dominated the field events at state, and this year appears to be much of the same.
Sterling's Jayson Frank will look to fill the void of teammate and 2017 state champ Austin Chavez in the high jump. Frank is the top returner in the state in the event, which is already looking to be a Tigers-only affair, as teammate Justyce Newbill will be his main competition.
The jumps and pole vault are where Sterling could make their most damage. Liam Skerjanec looks to be in good position to take the pole vault title, while teammates Isaac Harris and Jayson Frank could sweep the long jump. Likewise, Colton Shalla is the favorite in the triple jump.