A Look Ahead At The 5A Girls Jeffco League Championships

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Teams

Arvada WestBear Creek, ChatfieldColumbine, Dakota RidgeLakewoodPomonaRalston ValleyValor Christian

Last Year

A year ago this was a two-team show with Ralston Valley and Lakewood dominating the league. Ralston Valley took the victory with a staggering 206.5 points, while Lakewood took the runner-up spot with 173.5. 

Top Returners

Arvada West: Sydney TawaterTaylor HerbertAthena BranchSadie HaymondRachel BrownMelissa KosteleckyAthena Branch

Bear Creek: Miranda ManfreRaquel Rubio-VillaJosephine Coffey

Chatfield: Kylee DelaneyNicole MatuszynskiSydney WilliamsElizabeth CothranTyler PainterJoy FosterJoyce BohnHeather WalkerAmanda Baker

Columbine: Mackenzie MesecNicole KilleenAli NeuenschwanderSayler WallsGrayson Mix

Dakota Ridge: Chloe PiegatSophie BerryChloe MeehanCarisa WilkersonLauren TobeyKallie HayesMichaela MossbruckerSydney DanielsAnna Strauss

Lakewood: Carley BennettCarly ZimmermanElizabeth MuambaCiara O'NeillAmanda OppMadeleine Hubych

Pomona: Gigi BorghiRonnie LoftonAlice KarpovShea NationsVanessa PonceHailey AntilMary FranssenHalle SchmitzAllyssa MansfieldMary Mansfield

Ralston Valley: Maya ProvencalAudrey BrandtPayton RobertsZoe BeauchampJessica BennettElizabeth SchweikerCassandra SternsRachel MeeksTashi EberleTabby BalowSydney MckibbonBrooklyn SeymourTashi EberleSydney BevingtonJenna Robbins

Valor Christian: Sadie McMullenHailey RiceCamille PeisnerReese DragovichKeely JonesTaylor WhitfieldAnna HallDestiny GrimesLizzie WatersIsabel BowenMegan LonnemanSadie McMullenHailey RiceJoy GerowCaroline ReinkensmeyerJane Powers

This Year

*** Outlook based off 2018 Jeffco League Results***

As dominate as Ralston Valley was last year, they'll have their hands full with 4A state champs Valor Christian. Both squads return a slew of top-tier athletes, though the edge has got to go with the newcomers to the 5A section of this league: Valor Christian. They've got the star-power, and the depth to claim the league title this year, just like they did in 4A last year. 

Through much of the meet we'll see a Valor Christian vs Ralston Valley battle in each individual race for a title.

The top from the league champs return to the 100 this year, lead by defending champ, Ralston Valley's Maya Provencal. She had the fastest time among the 4A and 5A leagues last year. She'll have her hands full this year, however, with Valor's Sadie McMullen, and Dakota Ridge's Chloe Piegat.

The 200 will see Valor's Camille Peisner vs Provencal for the title, and it won't be the only time we'll see this battle. 

Peisner won the 4A title last year, while Provencal was the 5A champ, though Peisner had the faster time of the two.  

The 400 looks a lot like the 2, with Peisner and Provencal as the two favorites, and with Peisner returning with the faster time. 

If the sprints return defending champs, the 800 returns two runner-ups from last years meet. Valor's Keely Jones and Ralston Valley's Elizabeth Schweiker are the top returners, though Jones returns with the faster time, and owns a 2:12 personal best. 

Jones may battle for three titles, as she is the top returner based on time in the 1,600, and the 3,200 as well. Though she'll have Lakewood's Carley Bennett to battle, as Bennett is the defending 5A league champ in both events. We could see a great matchup between these two this spring. 

In the hurdles we'll see the 1-2-3 of Anna Hall, Destiny Grimes, and Lizzie Waters. A year ago the Valor trio swept the top three spots in the 100 hurdles at State. They've got the top three returning times in the league this year, though they'll have to battle 5A defending champ Carly Zimmerman. 

Hall and Waters are the top two returners based on time in the 300 hurdles as well, and once again, they'll have to battle Zimmerman for the title. 

And the question does remain: what events will Hall compete in? Because she'll undoubtedly be the favorite in whatever she competes in. 

A year ago she claimed the 4A league title in the high jump, and returns with the top mark this year. Bear Creek's Josephine Coffey claimed the 5A league title last year, though she'll have her hands full if Hall competes in the event. 

Hall also dominated the long jump last year, and owns the No. 1 mark returning this year. She'll have teammates Sadie McMullen, and Megan Lonneman joining her, which will likely be a key event in tallying big team points. The Valor trio have the top three marks from last year's combined 4A/5A Jeffo league championships. 

Valor could sweep the horizontal jumps as well, with Hailey Rice returning with the top mark from last year's meet. She dominated 4A last year, and would have won the 5A competition as well. 

We could see a great battle between Waters and Heather Walker in the pole vault. Waters finished second in the 4A last year, while Walker was second in 5A, and Walker had a one-inch edge over Waters on this day.

Likewise, we'll see the 4A champ battle the 5A champ in the discus, as Valor's Joy Gerow will battle Amanda Opp for the title. 

And Opp will have to defend her shot put title against Gerow's teammate, Jane Powers

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