A Look Ahead At The Girls Front Range League Championships

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Teams

Last Year

Fort Collins was the clear champion in 2018. They tallied a jaw-dropped 160 points for a 76-point victory over Rocky Mountain. Monarch and Broomfield were a few points behind in third and fourth, tallyng 81.5 and 80 points.

Top Returners

Boulder: Lily Margolis

Broomfield: *Sydney HolidayNikki Gorman

Fairview: Marlena Preigh

Fort Collins: Dominique ChessonIsabel LayneSamantha Gordon

Fossil Ridge: Destiny Butler

Greeley West: Lauren Whyrick

Legacy: Brynn SilesAbby Jones

Monarch: Mia MansonJulia Mainland

Poudre: Riley Endries

Rocky Mountain: Lindsey Osterfelt

This Year

This year's team race looks very, very close. Fort Collins does appear to be the favorite, but not by much. The 2019 edition of the Front Range League Champs looks like it could go all the way down to the final event, because on paper Fairview, Broomfield, and Fossil Ridge could make a run for it. 

In the 100 we'll likely see a stellar matchup between Monarch's Mia Manson, Dominique Chesson, and newcomer Sydney Holiday, who'll be in Broomfield blue this spring. Manson took the title a year ago, just ahead of Chesson, but Holiday has been putting together a stellar indoor season on the track and looks like a worthy competitor. 

Depending on who lines up for the 200, we could see Manson, Chesson, and Holiday battle defending champ Isabel Layne, which could make for one of the more competitive events of the meet. 

A year ago Fairview's Marlena Preigh made no contest of the 400, clearing the field by four seconds in the finals. As defending champ she's an easy favorite, and she's already gone 2:06 in the 800 indoors during the 2019 season. 

And speaking of the 800... If Preigh races the event here, she'll once again be a big time favorite (currently she's No. 2 in the country indoors). But she didn't last year, where the top five finishers were seniors. On paper Monarch's Julia Mainland is the top returner. 

Brynn Siles was a dominating winner of the 1,600 last year, running away with an 11 second victory. She's the defending league champ, and favorite heading into the 2019 edition of the meet. She has endured a slew of injuries over the past year and a half, however.

Siles did go to finish second at state in the 3,200, but like most events, it depends on what she runs. She didn't race the event at last year's league championships, which means teammate Abby Jones is the top returner. 

The hurdles have a clear favorite, and it's Samantha Gordon. The Fort Collins junior was the runner-up in the 100 hurdles last year, and won the 300. She's the top returner in both events this year, as well as the triple jump.

Speaking of the field events... 

Riley Endries claimed the league title in the high jump last year as the long jumper over 5 feet. As defending champ, she's the favorite in the event. 

Likewise, we could see Manson climb to the top of the podium in quite a few events. She won the long jump last year by an inch, but she's gone to a whole new level during the 2019 indoor season. Her 19-3 is No. 2 in Colorado, and No. 13 in the country. Additionally, she won the pole vault here last year.

The graduation of Gabriella McDonald leaves a void in the throws. 

Last year the top five in the discus were seniors, leaving Anna Holland as the top returner. The shot put appears similar, with the top two graduating. Lauren Whyrick was the third girl over 40 feet last year, and is the top returner. 

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