A Look Ahead At The Boys Continental League Championships

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Teams

 Castle View High SchoolChaparral High SchoolDouglas County High SchoolHeritage High SchoolLegend High SchoolMountain Vista High SchoolPonderosa High SchoolRegis JesuitRock Canyon High SchoolThunderRidge High School

Last Year

Rock Canyon took the league title a year ago with 126 points, while one point separated Legend and Douglas County, with Legend taking the runner-up spot 89-88.

Key Returners

Chaparral: Caleb Ream 

Heritage: Ian KellyTyler Watkins

Highlands Ranch: Drake Nugent

Mountain Vista: Hunter ElliottJack O'Sullivan

Regis Jesuit: Zion Gordon

Rock Canyon: Timothy Merkle

 A Look Ahead

The team race will come down to who has the most complete "team," and using last year's results to predict what we'll see this year, it looks like Highlands Ranch has the upper hand. They return the most from last year's squad, and appear to be 40+ point favorites heading into the 2019 season. 

In the sprints - and the hurdles - the man to beat is Zion Gordon. He's the defending champ in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, and is the top returner in the 100. Additionally, he's put together a stellar indoor season so far. 

The 200 and the 400 will see a new champion this year, and the most likely candidate is Mountain Vista's Hunter Elliot. He's the top returner in the both events, and 

Caleb Ream will look to defend his 800 title this year. He went 1:55.45 for a dominating win last year, and went on to finish eighth at State.

The distance events are where Mountain Vista can claim some big points, which will be vital to the team race. Jack O'Sullivan is the top returner in the 1,600, and we'll see who from Vista Nation runs the 3,200, if any. A year ago the 2017 state xc champs didn't run one 2 miler at the Continental League championships. 

If this year is anything like last year, we could see a rush for a league title in the 3,200. A year ago six runners finished within 8 seconds of each other. Tyler Watkins claimed the event last year, and will look to defend his title in 2019.

In the field we'll see a slew of new champions, and perhaps one old.

Timothy Merkle is the top returner in the long jump and the triple jump, while the top seven finishers in the pole vault graduated, leaving the door wide open for a new champion this year.

A year ago Drake Nugent won the shot put, and went on to claim the state title in the event. He's the man to beat in the throws. 

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