A Look Ahead At The Girls Continental League Championships

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Bryce Johansen dropped six seconds from her 800 PR to win the event last year.

***Updated 2/27/2019***

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

Mountain Vista took the title a year ago with 140.5 points, downing ThunderRidge, Rock Canyon, Highlands Ranch and Douglas County. This high-scoring league saw five schools tally over 100 points. 

Top Returners

Chaparral: Morgan Riddle

Douglas County: Sidney DionisioSarah Sams

Highlands Ranch: Bryce JohansenElena Opp

Mountain Vista: Jenna FitzsimmonsCaroline EckSarah O'SullivanKara LucykMadison ReedMakenna Anderson

Legend: Abigail TammingaLauren Jarossy

Ponderosa: Katherine Higgins

Regis Jesuit: Isalina ColsmanMolly GoldsmithHailey Harris

Rock Canyon: Tanner RikerRiley Masten

ThunderRidge: Teagan ZwaanstraAnna Hart

This Year

A year ago the league was dominated by Mountain Vista, and this year the girls from Vista Nation look to be in position to do it again. Between the depth in their distance squad, and one of the best sprint/hurdle combos, they've got the all-around power to take the league once again. 

Behind them there appears to be a battle brewing between Legend, Highlands Ranch, and ThunderRidge. 

In the 100 we'll see the first of many battles between ThunderRidge's Teagan Zwaanstra and Legend's Abigail Tamminga. Zwaanstra took the title last year while Tamminga was just a few hundredths of a second back. Zwaanstra went on to finish third at state in the event. 

With the graduation of Emily Sloan, a door opens up for a new champion in quite a few events, starting with the 200. Tamminga is the top returner in the event, having finished second here last year.

Likewise, graduation means we'll see a new champion in the 400, and the top returner is Rock Canyon's Tanner Riker, though she'll have a challenger in Morgan Riddle, who was just two seconds back last year.

A year ago there was an epic battle in the 800 between rising star Bryce Johansen from Highlands Ranch, and multi-state champ Jenna Fitzsimmons. Johansen was a big-time winner with a six-second personal best, running 2:11 to down Fitzsimmons, who ran 2:14. Johansen went on to finish third at state while Fitzsimmons won the 1,600 and the 3,200. If these two run the 8 again, we could see another great race. 

Speaking of the 1,600...

A year ago Fitzsimmons didn't run the event, or the 3,200, which opened the door for some new challengers to battle for the title. Five of the top six in the 1,600 return, lead by Mountain Vista's Caroline Eck. She'll likely have company, however, from Regis Jesuit's Isalina Colsman, and Vista Nation teammate Sarah O'Sullivan. 

The 3,200 was a Vista Nation affair with Madison Reed and Makenna Anderson going 1-2. The duo return this year for a title defense. 

In the hurdles we'll see a new champ, and on paper that looks like Mountain Vista's Kara Lucyk, who is the top returner in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

There's a battle brewing in the high jump, and it's between defending champ Riley Masten and Molly Goldsmith. These two went 1-2 last year, and Masten went on to finish second at State. 

Zwaanstra and Tamminga will likely clash again in the long jump. Zwaanstra will look to defend her title, though Tamminga will once again be a challenger. A year ago Zwaanstra won the event by a mere two inches over Tamminga. 

The triple jump appears to be a two-way battle as well. This time, it'll be defending champ Anna Hart against Hailey Harris, who finished third here last year, where four inches separated Hart from Harris.

A year ago Lauren Jarossy shared the the pole vault title here before going on to finish third at state. This year she returns as a clear favorite to claim the event. 

Elena Opp was a dominating winner in the discus last year, and she went on to finish fourth at state in the event. She'll look to defend her title this year, and will likely have Sarah Sams as a challenger. 

The shot put appears to have nearly the same lineup, plus defending champ Katherine Higgins
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