A Look Ahead At The 5A Boys Jeffco League Championships

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Arvada WestBear Creek, ChatfieldColumbine, Dakota RidgeLakewoodPomonaRalston ValleyValor Christian

Last Year:

A year ago Ralston Valley ran away with the 5A league title, tallying 184.5 points. Chatfield took the runner-up spot with 134.5, while Pomona finished third with 104 points. 

Top Returners

Arvada West: Evan DixonNicholas Nuhfer

Bear Creek: Joshua RamosShad BaiamonteEthan GeorgeHumberto Soto

Chatfield: Hunter BarnesGrant LarsonBen Iverson

Columbine: Nate CordovaAsh CunninghamBen FioreAndre StableinOsirus SmithKyle RalphEaston Summers

Dakota Ridge: Nico CapolungoAustin VancilConnor OhlsonBen MorrinRiley AbrashoffJacob White

Lakewood: Charlie GordonMichael BennettMateo Mondragon

Pomona: David RossAdam KarasMichael MarquezGarrett Bishop

Ralston Valley: Brad RobertsJames LindseyPhil DonleyTroy BowenKarsten BarndtJJ GalbreathCameron HollandNick PastoreJacob CookKaleb TischlerChase Wilson

Valor Christian: Jack RansonJosh ThornKaden KeefeCole SproutDane PalazzoKaden Keefe

This Year

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

On paper Ralston Valley has a clear edge, as they return a slew of members from last year's league championship squad. Behind them, Valor Christian and Columbine look to battle it out for the runner-up spot. 

In the 100 and 200 we've got a great battle brewing. 

Valor's Jack Ranson and Ralston Valley's Brad Roberts will battle it out across the sprints, as both ran within two-hundredths of a second from each other at last year's league meet, in two different races. In the 100 Roberts is the top returner in 5A, though Ranson ran the faster time last year, and to the flip the script a bit, Roberts ran faster than Ranson in the 200.

In the 400 we'll see a new champ, as the top two from last year graduated. Columbine's Ash Cunningham is the top returner, though he'll have to battle off Ralston Valley's Phil Donley for the title. 

The distance events are where this league is arguably the strongest in the state. Between Cole Sprout, Austin Vancil, and Connor Ohlson, the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 could be decided based on who runs what.These three had insane cross country seasons, as all three placed in the top 10 at Nike Cross Nationals. 

Sprout has got to be the favorite in whatever event he competes in, if he competes here, as he's been undefeated in everything from the 800 on up to the 5k in Colorado for nearly two years now.

Likewise, Valor's Dane Palazzo may be stepping up into the 5A hurdling competition, but he did claim the 4A state title in the 300 hurdles last year, and owns the fastest times from last year's league meet. 

Palazzao will have challengers, however, in JJ Galbreath, who is the top returner on the 5A side of the 110, and  Osirus Smith, who is the top returner in the 300 hurdles.

In the high jump Ralston Valley's Jacob Cook will look to step the final step up on the podium, after finishing second last year. He's the top returner, and the lone returner who went over six feet last year. 

We could see a good battle in the long jump between Kaden Keefe and JJ Galbreath. Both went over 20 feet last year at this meet. 

The triple jump, on the other hand, looks quite the opposite. Lakewood's Mateo Mondragon dominated the field last year, and is the clear favorite to defend his title this year.

Likewise, Grant Larson cleared the field in the pole vault last year, and will look to defend his title this year.

Michael Marquez was just three feet shy of a league title in the discus last year, and he had Adam Karas just over a foot behind him. These two, along with Ben Iverson and Easton Summers, should battle for the title. 

The shot put looks similar, as in a three-way battle though with new faces, as Garret Bishop, Brad Roberts, and and Adam Karas return.