Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain, Discovery Canyon, Falcon, Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge, Sand Creek, Vista Ridge
In 2018 the conference meet was all but a wash as the meet was help in 30 degree temperatures and featured constant driving wind with gusts upwards of 30 miles per hour.
Last year Vista Ridge won the title with 188.5 points to Palmer Ridge's 152.5 and Discovery Canyon's 142. This year Vista Ridge moves up to 5A, while the rest of the league remains 4A.
The Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (PPAC) is overall a fairly tough conference.
In the short sprints category Sand Creek has an early advantage with Marcus Daniels. Daniels returns as the lone 100m representative from the state meet for the PPAC last year. Daniels will look to dip below the 11 second barrier this spring after a very successful indoor season.
If Sand Creek decides to test him out at the 200m as well he could prove to be a very dangerous weapon for the Scorpions. Behind Daniels comes Air Academy's Jack Davis, Falcon's Andre Williams, Cheyenne Mountain's Paul Agbo and Terrance Dishmon, Discovery Canyon's Cole Draper and Marshall Pike, and Vista Ridge's Davonte Brown. Things are fairly tight in the 100m and 200m.
In the longer sprints Cal Banta returns as the top seed, but I would be surprised to see the Colorado State commit actually compete in this event at state. Banta is also the top returner in the 800m and 1600m. He narrowly missed the state title in the 800m to Silver Creek's James Lee who has now graduated.
Banta could see some company in the 800 and 1600 from Palmer Ridge's Andrew Bluemel. Bluemel went 1:55 this indoor season. Banta's own team mate Dillon Powell will undoubtedly push him in the 1600 and 3200, as he is the #2 returner in the 1600 and top returning mark in the 3200. PR's Brandon Hippe will try to break up the Air Academy party in the 3200 again this year.
In the race for the hurdle title it appears to be a three-team party with Vista Ridge, Palmer Ridge, Discovery Canyon occupying the top six returning marks in both 110 and 300 races. Vista's Zayden Davis and Sean Burns will face off against DCC's Kevin Frye and the Schimmel brothers (Brian and Bobby), as well as Palmer Ridge's duo of Jaydes Warwick and Braeden Holcombe.
Holcombe returns as the #2 triple jumper in the conference behind Vista's stellar jumper Micah Hilts. The two are joined by Cheyenne's Dakota Kempf in the long jump.
In the high jump Discovery Canyon rules with senior Ryan Blake and sophomore Elijah Scott. DCC's Tanner McCrary returns as the top vaulter, but Vista's Brandon Deuque and Air Academy's Ian Rainsberger are not far behind him.
Cian Quiroga moved to Denver and now throws for Valor Christian, so Palmer Ridge's Aidan Cullen returns as top dawg. Cullen is joined by teammates Brian McCarthy, Anthony Rosenstrauch, and Nathan Lemke, Falcon's Carlos Kealy, Lewis Palmer's Carter Kreischer, Vista Ridge's Emanueal Taylor, and Cheyenne Mountain's Ben Stoyer.
The Pikes Peak Athletic Conference is typically very strong and well represented at the state meet, and this year seems to continue that trend.