Brandon Cartagena and Harrison Einspahr both figure to get a lot of work tomorrow as their respective teams chase a 4A state title.
The 4A standings as of this evening don't give a very clear picture of where things stand heading into the final day of the 4A state track meet.
Broomfield holds the top postion in the team scoring at this moment, and they should contend for the title. But Vista Ridge and Longmont are both several places back in the standings looking, for all the world, like non-factors. Don't be misled. Thompson Valley has failed to capture all of the points they were hoping to capture on the first two days and, while still in the race, may be lacking some of the momentum they'd prefer to be taking into the final day.
Broomfield's distance group has delivered the points necessary to this point, more or less on schedule of what was projected for them. At this point, the sprint group, led by Harrison Einspahr and Sean Robnett, has to take over and deliver in the sprint and relay finals.
But, the Broomfield lead is a bit deceptive. The Eagles do not have a 4x100 entry in finals, and their 4x400 is up against the wall of some teams that ran much better than Broomfield in prelims. In short, Broomfield needs some things to go right for them on Saturday.
They need that because Longmont and Vista Ridge are poised to accumulate some points on Saturday. The Trojans have advanced their hurdlers and 4x400 to finals, and Saturday should shape up as a big opportunity for them to collect some points in the pole vault.
Vista Ridge may be even more dangerous than Longmont, with essentially the full gamut of sprints and relays. The Wolfpack has three entries each in the finals of the 100 and 200, plus a very dangerous 4x100 team. Look for Demitrius Warren and Brandon Cartagena in both individual sprint events. Andrew Dubiel will be among the 4A discus favorites on Saturday.
Each of the contenders has assets and liabilities to weigh in the balance. None of the four teams has a clear advantage on the others. It should come down to a very interesting final day of competition.
For the girls, it's looking increasingly like a showdown between Thompson Valley and Pueblo South. There are other teams with plenty of talent that should score well on Saturday, but not that figure to score enough points to cover the gap that Thompson Valley and Pueblo South have already put on the field. The remaining field events, including pole vault and discus, would tend to favor Pueblo South, while the track events should favor Thompson Valley.
Megans--as in Irvine and Patterson--figure to play a big role in the eventual outcome. Megan Patterson is a favorite to place high in the discus; Megan Irvine is a 400 favorite, and will also take a leg on a very good TV 4x400 team.
Karina Ernst will be asked to deliver one more time, this time in the 1600. But Ernst has a formidable foe on her hands in the person of Heather Bates. Bates has enjoyed a solid spring and won the 4A 3200 in today's action, while Ernst won the 4A 800. On Saturday, they meet in the middle.
Pueblo South has expectations of doing well in the 4x100; Thompson Valley has expectations of doing well in the 4x400. It's all very much up in the air right now, so show up tomorrow and see how this one settles out.