Lyons can lean equally hard on relays or individual events this spring. Here Ryan Boucher passes the baton to River Crane, Photo by Alan Versaw.
The 2A boys team race isn't yet holding a lot of people spellbound.
Any way you look at it, Lyons looks like the favorite. It kind of works out that way when you are a 2A school with guys like Forrest Donnell, Matt Radich, Ryan Boucher, Marcel Such, Marcos Rodriguez, and Justin Boldt on your roster.
Figure on five to 20 state meet points in individual events for each of these young men, add in a heaping helping of relay points, and you won't find many teams in the state who have the horses to match up. In fact, you can close your fists and count those teams on your fingers.
What Lyons has to fear most is their own mental state heading into the state meet. It is, after all, still a state meet and you underestimate anybody at the state meet at your own peril.
Interestingly, Lyons is historically a program deep in pole vault and distance, but neither applies this year--at least not on the boys' side of the program. This year, the explosive events are what is making the magic happen for Lyons. Distance is there, but not especially deep.
But, a great program can make that sort of transition when the available skills of the student-athletes dictate the change. And Lyons has done exactly that.
Mark Roberts understands the big picture of coaching track and field and has an eminently capable cast of assistants helping to make it happen.
After Lyons, the next team on the 2A totem pole is Hoehne. The Farmers boast three of the best athletes in 2A in the persons of sprinter Tyler Cappellucci , hurdler Cody Howard, and triple jumper Dallas Duran. They've also posted a couple of very nice 2A relay marks. Beyond that, however, the well appears to run dry--at least in terms of state points potential.
Telluride will be looking to Ty and Jeff Williams to score big points at state. The Miners will go into state as the 4x800 favorite. But, most of the event diversity Telluride had in recent years seems to have gone the way of Pomp and Circumstance.
After these three teams, the remaining top five or six kind of 2A teams have one or, occasionally, two guys who figure to score nearly all of their state meet points.
Coley David helped bring a state title to his team two years ago, but the vast majority of the guys who made Burlington a great multi-dimensional program are gone. David has continued to develop well in the long sprints and triple jump, but it's not one of those vintage track and field years at tradition-rich Burlington High School.
Yuma to Michael Howell and Alex Klopp to do big things at the state meet. Holyoke will look to Alex Quintana. Rangely's William Scoggins is a mainstay in the distance events.
And, of course, there is the battle of Titans (more a reference to ability than a reference to physical size) pending in 2A throws. It doesn't get much better than Daniel Weirich vs. Ty Van Oort in both the shot put and discus. But, neither Eads nor Rye will be scoring many points at state outside of the throwing rings unless something changes in a big way before the state meet.
And so it is that when the final point totals are tallied and posted on the boards at Jeffco Stadium, it will be an upset of a high order if Lyons isn't at the top of the list with a '1)' preceding the school's name. But there is always a reason why you hold the meet. Nobody gave the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team much chance against the Soviet machine, either. If you're my age or if you've seen the movie Miracle, you know what the outcome of that one was.