A Look Ahead At The 4A Boys Western Slope League

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Battle Mountain, Glenwood SpringsEagle ValleyPalisadelSummitSteamboat Springs

Last Year

A year ago Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley took this one down to the wire with Glenwood taking a narrow 121-119 victory. 

Top Returners

Battle Mountain: Wyatt NelsonMax Christenberry

Eagle Valley: Alejandro AragonMiguel CastilloHolden DanielsJackson Stricker

Glenwood Springs: Kuba BartnikGavin OlsonGavin HardenHenry BarthBryce RisnerWyatt Ewer

Palisade: Brody BittnerJacob MattingleyCarl CoxRicardo Valenzuela

Steamboat Springs: Zach GollnickEric CaseyJack Tracy

This Year

This one doesn't look nearly as close as it was a year ago... Glenwood Springs returns a slew of scoring athletes and is a clear favorite to defend their title. Behind them, Palisade and Eagle Valley will likely battle for the runner-up spot. 

Get ready for a show, because we've got some great battles on tap in the sprints.

A year ago Eagle Valley's Alejandro Aragon took the 100 title, though seven of the the top eight from the final return, and that's not including defending 200 champ Gavin Olson. (Aragon finished second in the 200 last year.)

Olson completed the 200/400 double at last year's league champs, which gives him two titles he'll look to defend this year. 

And keep an eye on Zach Gollnick from Steamboat Springs. He went 11.44 last year and will add to the already stacked field. 

We could see Aragon, Olson and Gollnick match up for quite a few events, which will make for some great battles. 

And keeping with the theme of title defenses, Palisade's Brody Bittner was a double-winner last year.

He went 1:58.96 in the 800, and he was the lone runner to crack 2. Additionally, he took the 1,600 down to the wire with a half-second win over Gavin Harden, who also returns. 

While Harden just missed out on a title last year in the 1,600, he is the defending champ in the 3,200. Though, he'll have teammate Henry Barth to hold off. Barth had a stellar cross country season, finishing fourth at state. He'll likely be a force in whatever event he competes in this spring. 

In the hurdles we'll have a battle brewing between Bryce Risner and Wyatt Ewer. Riser is the top returner in the 110 hurdles, having finished second last year, while Ewer is the top returner in the 300 hurdles. Ewer nearly cracked 40 seconds last year, finishing in a PR of 40.05. 

Ewer will have one title to defend, however, in the long jump. A year ago he won the event by the slimmest of margins: one inch, over Miguel Castillo. 

On the other side of the spectrum, Jacob Mattingley is a clear favorite in the triple jump. He nearly won the event last year, missing out by a quarter of an inch. Clearly after coming so close, he'll want to take that final step up on the podium.

The pole vault is already shaping up to be a highly competitive event, as Steamboat Springs moves into 4A. They bring 3A state champ Eric Casey along with them. He'll have Wyatt Nelson and Holden Daniels to battle for the title, as all three have gone over 14 feet. 

Max Christenberry took the discus title last year in dominating fashion, and he'll look to defend his title this year against Steamboat's Jack Tracy, who steps up into 4A.

Meanwhile the shot looks to be tight battle between Jackson Stricker and Ricardo Valenzuela, who are the top two returners.