Who is the next Cole Sprout? Does Colorado have another young stud who'll hit the ground sprinting this fall?
Most boys take a few years to progress into their stride, which makes scanning over these lists a little more difficult in comparison to the girls. Regardless, here's a look at the incoming freshmen class...
It's not common for a freshmen boy to come out of the gates and make an impact on the state their first year in high school, but if there is one who's likely to pull of such a feat, it'd beErik Le Roux. He dominated the Colorado Middle School Cross Country championships last year by a staggering 32 seconds. His 11:06 winning time was the fasted time ever posted at a Colorado middle school state championship race. That puts Le Roux on top of a list that includes names like Sprout, Cal Banta, and Easton Allred.
What's perhaps more impressive, however, are his track PRs. Le Roux has run 4:34 for the 1,600, and 9:24 in the 3,000. Granted, the times were run at lower elevations, they're still impressive.
By comparison - and we could do many of these - 4:12 miler Carter Dillon ran 4:41 as a freshmen.
Lamar's Branden Davis is another one to keep an eye on. His 9:32 3,000 at the Joe Vigil Open won by nearly half a minute. Additionally, he's got a 4:54 1,600 PR to his name - which was run here in Colorado.
Likewise, Ellicotts Jodzuel Jaurez holds similar PRs, running 4:52, and he was the runner-up behind LeRoux at the 2017 middle school state championships.
We've got three long months ahead of us to shake this question out. I'm sure by October we'll have a clear answer.