Graduation has opened the door for a new champion in the 100 and 200, and right now Darias Harms looks to be the favorite, though not by much. He'll have to battle Cotopaxi's Arlo Garner, who is likely to be eyeing several state titles this year.
The 200 was nearly wide open, as six of eight graduated, though the top returner and favorite to claim this year's title is Bryar Morgan. He'll likely be battling a slew of newcomers.
Alex Ramos claimed the state title in the 400 last year - as a sophomore, paving the way for potentially three years of dominance in the event. Though, he's likely to have Morgan hot on his heels.
The distance events are where Heritage Christian dominates. Between the returning trio of Levi Kilian, Seth Bruxvoort, and Keaton Case, they've got he 800, 1,600, and 3,200 covered. Kilian swept the distance titles this year, and this year he's best bet for competition comes from his own teammate - Bruxvoort, who had had a stellar cross country season.
Bruxvoort and Kilian went to new heights this past fall, and it'll be exciting to see how that translates onto the track this spring.
In the hurdles the man to beat is Arlo Garner. He claimed both state titles last year, and looks primed to be a huge force this year. He's a clear favorite.
The high jump is already shaping up to be an event to watch. Returning to defend his state title will be Wesley Ryan, who won the event by an inch last year - as a freshmen. He'll have Jade Cass as his main competition, as Cass was second last year, and will likely want to win a state title in his senior year.
Likewise, the long jump appears to be a two-way battle between 2018 state champ Jaden Johnson and third placer Elton Yarger. They both went over 20 feet last year, and were separated by a mere three inches.
Jade Cass pops up on these lists once more - this time in the triple jump, where he is the defending state champion. He's got nearly a foot on all returners, making him a clear favorite.
In the pole vault Tommy Harmon is a clear favorite. He's the defending state champion, and he won last year's event by a foot.
The throws look to be a much more competitive affair, however. Graduation and schools moving up in classifications shifted things quite a bit, making Jd Dennison and Sam Smith the top returners. The two finished third and fourth last year, and were only separated by an inch. So this one is up in the air.
The shot put has a clear favorite, and its Keylan Dracon, the defending state champion. If he's got any competition, it'll likely come from Smith.
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