A Look Ahead: Pikes Peak Athletic Conference Girls

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Last Year

A year ago Palmer Ridge ran away with this one scoring 213 points to Discovery Canyon's 152.5.  This year Vista Ridge moves up to 5A, while the rest of the league remains 4A. 

Cheyenne Mountain (CM): Ashlyn VentimigliaGabrielle HyattMadison Fox

Sand Creek (SC): Jahzara Davis

Vista Ridge (VR): Nicole Barnes

This Year

In the sprints category Cheyenne Mountain dominates bringing back the top two in both the 100m and 200m, as well as boasting a two-time state 4x1 title. Seniors Gabby Hyatt and Ashlyn Ventimiglia lead the PPAC in both events.

Word on the track is that the PPAC may not see Jaylen Wilson this spring, as she now attends Fountain-Fort Carson, so the next up would be Wilson's former teammate Hailey Gregg, Falcon's Shoncire Graham, Discovery Canyon's Myia Dantzler, and Palmer Ridge's Madissyn Moore, Grace Gulig, and Riley Colby.

Rumor has it that Colby may be moving up to the 800m, but we will see if that comes to fruition.

Like the sprints, the distance events could look very different for PPAC this year. There has been information circling that a few of last year's stars may not compete this spring for various reasons. 

What is known, however, is that Air Academy's Tatum Miller and Discovery Canyons Abigail Braun return as the top PPAC distance athletes.

When you look at the top five marks for PPAC returners in the hurdles you will see that in each five different sophomore's names come up.

Sand Creek's Jahzara Davis has the top mark in the short hurdles and Air Academy's Kesler Stutzman has the top returning mark in the long hurdles. These two are joined by fellow sophomores Madison Fox of Cheyenne Mountain, Madeleine Gotkin of Palmer Ridge, and Karen Dyer-McGowan of Air Academy. Lewis Palmer's senior Trinity Jackson and junior Emily Cook round out the top returning hurdlers.

The long jump sees Davis taking the lead again with her top returning mark of 18-1 from last year, followed by Lewis Palmer's Shayla Scarborough.

High jump appears to be up in the air with seven girls within two inches of each other coming into the season.

Triple jump is a junior battle as Discovery Canyon's Bronwen Bowen leads Palmer Ridge's Grace Gulig by .75 inches. Vista Ridge's Nicole Barnes missed most of last year, but she could shake things up in both long and triple jump.

The pole vault see Palmer Ridge's Grace Szucs returns as the top vaulter at 9-9, but DCC's duo of Lindsay Parker and Marlia Porreco are not far behind at 9-6 and 9-0 respectively.

In the throws Falcon's Hannah Perry leads the ladies in discus with a mark of 130-9 followed by Palmer Ridge's Julia Howe at 120-4. Air Academy's Kylyn Olliviere joins the part teid with Perry for the top shot put mark at 33-2. Do not sleep on DCC's Paola Figueroa. The junior could be looking to make some big moves this spring.

The Pikes Peak Athletic Conference placed four girls teams in the top 10 last year at state. If the PPAC can build on the marks from last year this could be a very competitive and fun conference to watch all year long.