Joel Nyatusah is the top returner in the 110 hurdles.
We've got a handful of epic battles brewing in 5A this year...
With Valor Christian moving up, there will be a slew of matchups that include 4A state champs verses 5A state champs for the title of 2019 state champ.
In the sprints there appears to be a two-way battle for dominance between Elijah Williams and Marcus Miller. Williams is the top returner in the 100 and the 200. He placed second in the 200, so it's likely he'll be wanting to take that final step up to the top of the podium next year. And if there's anyone who can keep pace, it'll be Miller. He's the No. 2 returner in both events. Miller's best chance for a state title may in the 400, however, as he is the top returner, just ahead of Williams.
The 800 is where things are slightly up in the air. David Cardenas is the top returner, but he'll have his hands full with Tesamichael Wolde. Both ran 1:56 at the state meet, with Cardenas four-hundredths of a second ahead.
The distance events are where we'll see perhaps the best runner in Colorado history hit the track. 4A state champ Cole Sprout is the clear favorite in the 1,600 and the 3,200. He is the the 3,200 Colorado record holder with a 9:01, and he dominated the Colorado cross country scene this past fall, winning the 5A state title. Additionally, he won NXR-Southwest, and went on to place third at NXN. He's run without a shadow in Colorado, but if he'll have challengers, it'll likely come from the Dakota Ridge duo of Austin Vancil, and Connor Ohlson.
Vancil and Ohlson went along with Sprout this past fall to another level - that of national-caliber, and their 6th and 10th place finishes at NXN really upped the competitiveness of not only Colorado, but 5A.
Last year Ohlson shifted down to the 800-1,600 double, while Vancil was more of a 1,600-3,200, but where all three meet is the 1,600, which should be fairly explosive this year.