A Look Ahead At The Boys Front Range League Championships

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Teams

BoulderBroomfieldFairviewFort CollinsFossil RidgeGreeley WestHorizon, Legacy, Loveland, Monarch, Mountain RangePoudreRocky Mountain

Last Year

Fort Collins was a runaway winner last year, nearly surpassing a 100-point victory. They tallied a staggering 174.5 points, beating Broomfield's 75. Fossil Ridge finished third with 71 points, while Loveland was just two points behind with 69. 

Top Returners

Boulder: Aidan BeresfordGrey GrindeDylan Rodgers

Legacy: Ryan Montera

Mountain Range: Jacob KonarskiZachary Weiss

This Year

*** Outlook based off 2018 Front Range League Results***

With as dominate as Fort Collins was last year, it seems natural that they're the favorite this year. Can they claim the title by 100 points? Perhaps that's the only question at this point. Behind them things look a little closer. Fossil Ridge and Loveland look to battle it out for that No. 2 spot. 

Graduation did wipe out quite a few events, though that leaves the door open for a slew of new champions this year. 

Three out nine from last year's 100 final return, lead by Horizon's Kennedy Martinez. He finished fourth last year, just ahead of Caden Peters and Gavin Schurr. 

Likewise, the 200 returns just two out of eight from last year's final. Joseph Maguire finished third, and nearly second last year. He'll likely want to cap his high school career with a league title, though he'll have Peters to hold off. 

The 400 graduated last year's top six, leaving the top returners Thomas Dishman and Aidan Beresford to battle it out, along with Chase English. 

In the distance events there's one glaring question: Can Zac Witman triple? The Fort Collins senior is the top returner in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200.

But it won't be easy... 

We could have a massive race to the finish on our hands in the 800. While the top four graduated, the next six return, and last year they all finished within two seconds of each other. Witman is the top returner, though he'll have Michael Van Shaar, Ethan Barber, Tyler Wangen, Alex Hershberger, and Spencer McMurray hot on his heels. 

The crowd thins out a bit as we move up on distance, leaving Witman more in the open and the odds ever in his favor. 

He finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200 last year, and will likely have to battle the sophomore duo of Henry Murphy and Ryan Montera for the win this year. 

If Witman is the man to beat in the distance events, Garrett Nelson is in the hurdles. 

The Poudre senior will have two titles to defend this year: the 110 and 300 hurdles. A year ago he downed eventual 300 hurdle state champ Mitchell Gorman. 

Moving along into the jumps we'll see the Fort Collins duo of Allam Bushara and Micaylon Moore. A year ago Bushara won the state title in the triple jump, while Moore claimed the state title in the long jump. 

Bushara is the top returner in the high jump and the triple jump at this meet, while Moore is the defending champ in the long jump. We could see quite a battle between these two teammates.

Monarch's Max Manson is the man to beat in the pole vault, or perhaps the man to chase. He's the defending state champ, and won here last year with ease. The top five from last year's league meet return. Dylan Rodgers and Samuel Godwin were the only two to keep Manson within two-feet last year. 

The discus looks quite the opposite, as the top four graduated, leaving the door wide open for a new champ. Aaron Rhea is the top returner, having finished fourth here last year, and he'll likely be challenged by Braiden Dishman. 

Likewise, the shot looks similar, though it looks like we'll have a battle between Jacob Konarski, Zack Heckman, and Joshua Rudd, who all finished within four inches of each other last year. 

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