Rampart's Ben Conlin will look to become the league's top distance runner this year.
Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Liberty High School, Pine Creek High School, Doherty High School, Rampart High School, Coronado High School, Palmer High School
A year ago Fountain-Ft. Carson dominated the league before going on to dominate the state. They tallied 187.5 points, beating Pine Creek, who finished second, and Doherty.
Coronado: Ben Swanson
Doherty: Brandon Deas, Isaiah Escalante
Fountain-Ft. Carson: Ethan Smith, Alexisius Jones
Liberty: Bryce Kizewski
Rampart: Ben Conlin
Palmer: Elijah Brown
Pine Creek: Maxwell Lofy, David Counts, Rece Rowan
A Look Ahead
Graduation threw a wrench in Fountain-Ft-Carson's squad, or so it appears on paper. This leaves the door wide open for a new league champ. The team competition looks to be between Pine Creek and Doherty, with Rampart not too far behind.
In the 100 the man to beat is Brandon Deas. He is the defending league champ, and will look to add another title title this year. In the 200 we could see a tightly contested battle between top-returner, Maxwell Lofy, and Deas. A year ago these two finished second and third in the event.
With the graduation of Jalen Lyon we will see a new champion in the 400, and on paper the favorite looks like Isaiah Escalante. He's the top returner, and dipped 50 seconds here last year.
A year ago Bryce Kizewski saved his best performance for last, finishing second in the 800 in a massive PR of 1:57.97. He is the top returner, and will look to take one more step up on the podium this year.
The distance events are an area up for grabs.
Ben Swanson is the top returner in the 1,600, after finishing third here last year. But keep an eye on Ben Conlin, he's the top returner in the 3,200 and went on to have a big cross country season this past fall.
The hurdles are another area taking a big hit due to graduation. This means a new champion will rise, and the favorite has to be like Elijah Brown. He's the top returner in the 110, and 300 hurdles.
In the field events the graduation of Jequan Hogan leaves a massive void to be filled.
A year ago Ethan Smith took second in the high jump to his teammate, Hogan. He'll likely want to keep that title at Fountain-Ft. Carson.
Teammate Alexisius Jones looks to be the next great horizontal jumper coming out of Fountain-Ft. Carson. He won the long jump last year as a freshman, and could potentially make it four straight years by nabbing title No. 2 this year. Additionally, he's the top returner in the triple jump.
The pole vault will have a new champ this year. David Counts could give Pine Creek the points they'll need to claim the team title with a title here.
In the throws the name to remember is Rece Rowan. He's the top returner in the shot and discus.