Remington Ross has been a dominating force in the sprints, and she'll look to continue that next year.
This year was a good year for Highland, and next year looks just as good. Led by one of the most dominating sprinters in 2A, Highland appears likely to defend their state title next year. The real question is who'll take the second and third spots. If the state meet were run today, Meeker and Lyons look primed for podium finishes.
In 5A the queen of sprinting is Arria Minor, 2A has their own version, and her name is Remington Ross. The incoming junior won back-to-back championships in the 100, and has three state titles to her name, including the 200. She's rarely loses, so I wouldn't expect much to change over the next two years.
Likewise, Kaiya Firor is a two-time state champion in the 400, and she'll likely want to cap her high school career with nothing less than another win in the event. Like Ross in the 100 and 200, Firor is a clear favorite next year.
While the sprints are likely to have repeat champions, the distance events will have a new face on top of the podium.
In the 800 Hannah Wilkie is the favorite. She was the runner-up this year, though she'll likely be challenged by Chloe Veilleux. Veilleux is the most likely candidate to step into Soleil Gaylord's very big shoes in the 1,600. But keep an eye on Nederland's Helen Cross. She's the second-best returner in the 1,600, and the No. 1 returner in the 3,200.
In the 100 hurdles look for Rylee Haynes to run for redemption. She ran the fastest returning time in the prelims, though faltered a bit through the finals.
Meanwhile, the 300 hurdles will have a familiar face vying for the state title. Kaiya Firor is the defending state champion in the event, and will want to keep the title in her name.
And then there's the throws. Like the 300 hurdles, the discus will have an athlete looking to defend their title. And that athlete is Megan Shelton. She won the event this year, and will want to keep it that way.
In the shot Aliyana White is a clear favorite to take next year's title, as she returns with the best mark by nearly three feet.
The long jump looks similar with defending state champ Taeryn Trumper returning. She'll have Remington Ross to challenge her.
The triple jump appears to be a close competition, however. Sierra Staab and Chasey Blach are the two top returners, and they're literally just inches apart.
Likewise, the Sara Wylie and Rylee Haynes both went 5-0 in the high jump, and are the top-two returners.
On the other side of the spectrum is the pole vault, where 2018 state champ Logan Kuskie will return to defend her title.
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