Based on time, the Burgundy Boys look like they can reclaim the state title that eluded them last year...
It's been two years since The Classical Academy claimed the boy's state title, and on paper, it looks like this could return to the top of the podium. And what a parting gift it would be for two-time defending state champ Mason Norman.
With Norman flying high up front, TCA return's sub 17 5kers Josiah Cole and Ryan Flaherty, along with Will Moore and Nathaniel Brim.
They've got a solid five who have run 17:31 or faster, and the fastest team average at 16:40. While their 1-5 split is nearly two and a half minutes, it makes sense with Norman so far off the front.
It's been nearly four year since Frontier Academy tallied a podium finish, but on paper - in terms of speed - it looks like that drought could end in 2019.
Jaden Davis is their fastest returner with a 16:36 season best from the state meet. Sylas Chambers is the only other returner with a sub-17 5k to his name. What makes Frontier Academy a threat this fall will likely be the strength of their 3-6, as Sebastian Groom, Cory Shea, Seth Gutierrez, and Justin Quammen have 2018 season bests between 17:14 and 17:20.
They've got an impressive 39-second 1-5 split, and a 17:02 team average that comes in No. 3 behind Salida.
Graduation did hit Salida, but not too hard.
Bean Minor was is their top returner from last year's state meet, though Frank DeCew is their fastest returner. Both cracked 16:33 last year. Like Frontier Academy, they've got a strong core - Finley Petit, Elijah Wilcox, and Jason Joslin have all broken 17:30.
Editor's Note: Some of the times listed were run at lower elevations, which will make the team average a little faster.
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