2018 was the year of Cole Sprout, and 2019 is likely to be much of the same. The defending state champ, and current State course record holder was flawless all season, and nearly on into the post season. There's no reason to think 2019 will be any different.
If he'll have a shadow, it'll likely come from Dakota Ridge's Connor Ohlson, who put together an impressive season and post-season himself. Ohlson was the 2018 Colorado runner-up, and he did finish 10th at NXN. Any other year and he'd be the one dominating figure in Colorado everyone would talking about, but 2018 was simply insane. Rest assured, placing second to Sprout still means you're a national caliber athlete.
Parker Wolfe put together a stellar sophomore season. He was the No. 1 sophomore in the state this year. And like Ohlson, it's got to be tough when you're part of such a stacked field, regardless, he's proven his mettle.
The frightening thing about the boy's 5A race is that it was not senior-heavy this year. Six of the top 10 return, including Gus McIntyre, Cole Nash, and Jacob White.
And the team race looks just as stacked.
Anyone counting on Dakota Ridge's 2018 win being a one-year thing might have to wait a little longer. The 2018 state champs return five of their top seven, which including four out of their top five. On paper they are a clear favorite.
Mountain Vista, Heritage, and Legend all return squads that were somewhat senior-heavy this year. Each squad returns four at most from their 2018 squad.
This leaves an open door for a few younger squads to rise.
Cue: Fairview, Castle View, and Fort Collins.
Fairview returns five of their top seven, and four out of their top five, while Castle View six of seven, and their entire top five. And keep an eye on Fort Collins, the junior-heavy squad returns six of seven, including their entire top five who will all be seniors next year.