The boy's senior class is absolutely loaded.
And when I write the word "loaded," I'm talking about the fact that the top four runners on this list rank within the Top 17 in the country.
In other words: Colorado has four of the top 17 runners in the country.
And I'm guessing this year we'll see that number jump quite a bit, because there's a few on this list who'll likely make the leap onto the national scene come November/December...
The boy's senior class is a virtual Who's Who of Colorado distance running - as well as the national scene.
Topping this list is no surprise to anyone: Cole Sprout.
His 14:32.90 from Desert Twilight was not only the fastest time run by a Coloradan last year, but it lead the country. Add that to his 4:04 mile, and 8:40 3,200, and you've got the No. 1 runner in the country this coming year.
Cruz Culpepper may not have capped his 2018 cross country as well as he would've liked, but his 14:43 was the second fastest 5k by a Coloradan last year, and clearly he's got the legs to run on the national scene - his 4:04 mile this past outdoor season is proof of that.
With Sprout and Culpepper, it's quite possible that Colorado could have two of the fastest 5kers in the country this fall.
Cue: Connor Ohlson
Ohlson was the fastest second-runner of any team in the country last year. He finished 10th at Nike Cross Nationals, and his 14:51 is the No. 7 returning time in the country. Just soak that in for a moment: Colorado has three returning Sub-15 5kers.
Add Dylan Schubert and Mason Norman and you're talking about one insane team of five that would dominate the country.
That would give Team Colorado five in the top 24 runners.
A year ago Schubert - who won the 4A state 3,200 title this spring - finished 35 at Nike Cross Nationals, and don't forget that Norman's 15:33 3A state victory was the second fastest time of the day, only behind Sprout.
And with the coming of three-time state champion Yasin Sado this spring, this boy's senior class is - wait for it - Loaded.
Don't call it a wave of talent, call it a tsunami.
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