Elise Cranny may get most of the headlines, but Christa Boettiger is likely the biggest difference between last year's Niwot team and this year's. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Editorial Note: As I was collecting data for this article the first time, I had omitted Denver North from the list of teams in 4A Region 3 and therefore gave them no consideration. I apologize for the oversight and have corrected with this version of the article. And, for the record, I feel a lot better about this region with Denver North in the mix. Without Denver North, this could be thought of as a softer boys region overall. With Denver North, that changes substantially.
As regional contests go, this one still goes in figuring to produce less drama than most, but you know what starts to happen when you start counting on that sort of thing...
Here's what the season results to date suggest about this one:
Most Likely: Centaurus, Broomfield, Niwot, Denver North
Bubble: Kennedy, Denver South, Erie
Most Likely: Centaurus, Broomfield, Niwot, Erie
Bubble: Weld Central, Denver South
It's difficult to imagine a scenario where Centaurus, Broomfield, and Denver North don't advance their boys teams or one where Centaurus, Broomfield, and Niwot don't advance their girls teams. This regional allows them to, perhaps, back off of the burn ever so slightly. Centaurus has next to zero team history with this course, but it isn't a course that requires a lot of advance familiarity. There aren't many changes of rhythm required for this course, and especially not any big ones.
For a closer look, you can check out the virtual meet links below:
4A Region 3 Boys Virtual Meet
4A Region 3 Girls Virtual Meet
Bonus Exercise: Go to the Niwot team page and look at the logo there. Seem familiar? I guess if the Kansas State Wildcat logo can get used all across the country other logos probably can, too. I'm sure there's some sort of licensing thing going on here that ends up working in the favor of the schools to whom the original design belongs.