A Look At The 2019 Boys 4A State XC Championships

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Niwot's Cruz Culepper is set to defend his title, but he'll likely have some challengers next year.

Niwot's Cruz Culpepper has to be the favorite heading into the 2019 season. He's the defending state champion, and his 14:43 personal best was the fastest in 4A this year.

If we exclude his post-season, his only loss came to Cole Sprout at Desert Twilight. He'll have a bullseye on his back, however, and eyeing him will likely be two runners who made some serious gains in November, and December. 

Dylan Schubert, and Erik Le Roux are likely to be Culpepper's main challengers next year. Schubert finished 3rd at State, 10th at NXR, and went on to finish 35th at Nationals, while Le Roux capped his season as the fastest freshmen in the country, and was just three seconds behind Schubert at NXR. Additionally, Le Roux won the 15-16 division of the USATF National Jr Olympic Cross Country Championships. 

And what about the teams? 

Keep in mind these "A Look At" articles are purely speculation, and highly based on results from the Colorado state meet. And in looking at next year's returners, it's evident that there are no clear favorites to claim the 2019 team titles.

Defending State Champs Centaurus will have some holes to fill, as they return just three from this year's top seven, and no one in their top four. 

Likewise, runner-up Palmer Ride returns four of their top seven, just like third-place squad Air Academy. Durango, this year's fourth place finisher, returns three of their top seven. 

Cheyenne Mountain deserves a look as well. While they return just three from this year's squad, all three were freshmen.

The only squad within this year's top 10 at State to return five is Niwot, led by Culpepper.

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATE PLACE
115:48.60
Niwot High School
2020
216:02.70
Thompson Valley High School
2020
316:43.10
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2022
416:49.60
Palmer Ridge High School
2020
516:50.40
Air Academy High School
2020
616:54.80
Silver Creek High School
2020
716:57.60
Durango High School
2020
817:01.80
Centaurus High School
2021
917:06.20
Palmer Ridge High School
2020
1017:10.20
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2022
1117:10.80
Coronado High School
2022
1217:11.50
Durango High School
2020
1317:11.90
Air Academy High School
2020
1417:15.00
Durango High School
2021
1517:16.20
Silver Creek High School
2022
1617:18.30
Battle Mountain High School
2020
1717:18.60
Coronado High School
2020
1817:20.10
Air Academy High School
2020
1917:22.50
George Washington High School
2021
2017:24.10
Roosevelt High School
2020
2117:26.70
Golden High School
2022
2217:26.90
Niwot High School
2022
2317:29.00
Niwot High School
2020
2417:29.80
Battle Mountain High School
2020
2517:30.40
Mead High School
2021
2617:32.40
Fort Lupton High School
2020
2717:34.90
Mountain View High School
2022
2817:42.80
Evergreen High School
2020
2917:43.30
Air Academy High School
2020
3017:44.00
Denver North High School
2022
3117:44.90
Golden High School
2020
3217:46.60
Thompson Valley High School
2020
3317:46.70
Coronado High School
2020
3417:48.70
Battle Mountain High School
2022
3517:48.80
Battle Mountain High School
2020
3617:50.10
Erie High School
2020
3717:53.10
Summit High School
2020
3817:53.20
Central (Grand Junction) High School
2020
3917:53.30
Centaurus High School
2022
4017:55.10
Battle Mountain High School
2020
4117:55.60
Cheyenne Mountain High School
2022
4217:56.10
Erie High School
2020
4317:56.40
Niwot High School
2020
4418:01.80
Widefield High School
2021
4518:03.00
Centaurus High School
2021
4618:04.20
Lewis-Palmer High School
2020
4718:04.60
Erie High School
2022
4818:06.20
Erie High School
2020
4918:06.30
Central (Grand Junction) High School
2022
5018:07.90
Thompson Valley High School
2022
5118:13.00
Eagle Valley High School
2021
5218:15.40
Summit High School
2020
5318:15.50
Littleton High School
2021
5418:16.90
Northfield High School
2020
5518:17.30
Central (Grand Junction) High School
2020
5618:18.00
Palmer Ridge High School
2020
5718:22.10
Niwot High School
2020
5818:24.40
Littleton High School
2021
5918:25.90
Eagle Valley High School
2020
6018:27.10
Golden High School
2021
6118:28.10
Widefield High School
2020
6218:33.00
Palmer Ridge High School
2022
6318:35.00
Standley Lake High School
2020
6418:35.60
Lewis-Palmer High School
2020
6518:37.30
Green Mountain High School
2021
6618:38.20
Thompson Valley High School
2022
6718:39.70
Northfield High School
2021
6818:44.20
Lewis-Palmer High School
2021
6918:49.90
Littleton High School
2022
7018:57.00
Fort Morgan High School
2020
7119:00.20
Littleton High School
2020
7219:01.40
Fort Morgan High School
2020
7319:03.20
Widefield High School
2021
7419:09.20
Thompson Valley High School
2020
7519:20.10
Lewis-Palmer High School
2020
7619:21.20
Fort Morgan High School
2020
7719:23.10
Widefield High School
2022
7819:28.90
Standley Lake High School
2022
7919:35.80
Fort Morgan High School
2022
8019:42.40
Silver Creek High School
2021
8119:44.10
Lewis-Palmer High School
2022
8219:45.70
Northfield High School
2020
8319:54.90
Silver Creek High School
2022
8420:06.70
Standley Lake High School
2020
8520:16.70
Central (Grand Junction) High School
2022
8620:43.00
Widefield High School
2020
8721:12.70
Northfield High School
2021
8821:29.20
Northfield High School
2020
8921:34.70
Northfield High School
2020


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