John Hays picked out ten of his top photos from Day 1 of the Chandler Rotary Invitational to showcase.
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Douglas County's Abigail Brown is a certifiable rising star in the sprint ranks.
Jackson Connelly and Ray Robinson were two of the league's fastest last year. Look for even more of the same this year.
Scenes like this have the Coronado faithful hopeful they could be seeing their team at State.
Rock Canyon has a very real shot here, but it will take big efforts down the line by guys like AJ Bishop to get it done.
Anna Ponzio added to a growing list of meet titles this fall with another win at Denver West. File photo.
Regis Jesuit's Tama Tuitele figures as the league's top returning thrower in both the shot put and discus.
Rampart's Jacob Dewey had a big race at the CSML meet on Thursday and is a big part of the reason Rampart is looking solid heading into regionals. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Brock Helvey is one of two Douglas County Huskies who figure to have some shot at claiming the Continental League crown. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Simon Kelati led his Greeley Central Wildcat teammates to an overpowering team title at the Greeley City XC Championships on Wednesday. Photo by Ron Eberhard.
Sophia Maeda leads a sharply-improved Mead team this season. They get a larger stage to show something on Friday at Dave Sanders. Photo by Alan Versaw.
As story lines go, they don't get much bigger than Brie Oakley vs. Lauren Gregory. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Last year, Jenna Fitzsimmons and Sarah O'Sullivan were top ten finishers at middle school state. This year, they have big team goals with Mountain Vista. Photos by Alan Versaw.
Harrison Scudamore buried the field at last week's Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. It should be a sterner test for Scudamore on Friday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Caroline Eck was Mountain Vista's impact freshman last year. There are more coming this year. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Alex Fu and Addison Hellier rank among the leaders in an extremely deep returning roster for Mountain Vista. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Senior Solana Quistorff of Douglas County hopes to lead her team to a state qualifying berth on Thursday. Colorado Track XC file photo by Alan Versaw.
If you like showdowns, and especially relay showdowns, you should be liking the possibilities for 5A boys track and field coming up in less than two weeks.
The commanding view of all track and field events from the press box at La Junta's Tiger Stadium is rivaled by few venues in the state. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Macy Kreutz signs on as a Colorado State University Ram. Contributed photo.
When Connor Turnage matriculates to the University of Nebraska this fall, it will be a case of returning home. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Colorado has a tradition of strong performances at Nike Southwest, though those performances have been heavily tilted toward the girls to date.
Cross country at the Legend Cross Fest includes a lot of country. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Now a flying Falcon of Highlands Ranch, Kristiana Oslund becomes one of Herbie the Husker's best friends in the fall. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Caleb Ingram had a big win at the TCA Titan Thunder and figures to be an important part of Pine Creek's bid to send a boys team to state as well. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Despite a little lead bike misdirection, Kirk Webb recovered for the win at 5A Region 3, followed by Greeley West's Evert Finger. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
The biggest invitational of the Colorado season is nearly upon us. In Colorado, and the entire Rocky Mountain region, the Liberty Bell Invitational needs no introduction. Some coaches love it, some coaches avoid it like the plague, but its presence carries a weight no other meet in the state can rival. As we do every year, we expect to see some big things tomorrow. And this year, the weather looks to be almost as ideal as last year was dreadful. There will be no 90-degree race time temperatures this year.
In a talent-rich county, Jake Dysart and Kristen Kientz are two of the best. Colorado Track XC file photos.
Taylor Floming returns to help key another very strong Monarch team this fall. Photo by Alan Versaw.
47.58, Doherty Spartan Invitational. Photo by Alan Versaw.
It's never surprising when Littleton has a good team, but this year's squad is definitely among the very best in recent memory. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Pam Yu gives the Falcons good reason to hope for state points in both horizontal jumps. Photos by Paul Jaeger.
Emily Wolff had a great freshman campaign for Arapahoe. Continued success in her sophomore season will help to keep Arapahoe at or near the top of the pile in 5A girls. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A little bit of Portland in Phoenix... Tait Rutherford negotiates the water hazard at Toka Sticks Golf Course. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Cheyenne Mountain's boys executed a near-perfect patient pack strategy to dominate the Colorado 4A boys state championship. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Colleen Koenig's third-place finish helped to lead Arapahoe to the Centennial League title on Thursday. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Desmin Ramierez, Alex Pawlak, Gerardo Rodriguez, Nic de Herrera, and Jack Burger mix it up at the front of the pack at Friday's Pat Amato Classic. Photo by Kelli Noto.
It was a Who's Who of Colorado female high school cross country runners at the start of the Pat Patten Invite on Friday. Kelsey Lakowske, second from lett, sneaked away for the win. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Rio Rancho's Caleb Rubalcaba had the weekend off, but has been running the competition ragged in New Mexico this fall. Photo contributed by Sal Gonzales.
Just a few guys you should be seeing a lot more of as the month winds down. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Let's just say that Eleanor Fulton quickly erased any doubt about the outcome of the Division II girls race. Photo by Jeff McCoy.
Boulder brings an excellent pack time and favorite status into the Division I girls race at Liberty Bell. Photo by Alan Versaw.
If you can't spot a few contenders for the individual state title in this photo, you aren't very familiar with 5A girls cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Desert Dust Storm: Due to dessicated park conditions last fall, the start of the NXN-SW girls race raised a serious cloud of dust. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Megan Patterson sends a little bronze ball on a 45-foot ride. Photo by Paul Jaeger.
Cheyenne Mountain drops the first sub-8 4x800 of the season at the Coronado Cougar Classic. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A strong set of relays, coupled with considerable individual talent, makes Fountain-Fort Carson one of the top contenders for this year's 5A boys state title. Photo by Alan Versaw.
A quick little tour of the best of cross country and track and field in Colorado for the year 2009. Colorado Track XC file photo.
It will be a new set of legs going by next fall, but it's still the same sport scored the same way. Photo by Alan Versaw.
Scott Fauble (Wheat Ridge), David Perry (Niwot), Connor Winter (Arapahoe), and Dusty Solis (Coronado) each rank among Colorado's top male runners. Photo by Cliff Jurgens.
Still undefeated on the season, Boulder's Kelsey Lakowske posted a huge win at the Front Range Conference meet in Loveland. Photo by Jim Lewis.
For the third week in a row, Scott Fauble takes home a major meet title. Photo by Rick Wilson.
Get used to the faces you see at the front of this pack. They'll be causing trouble for other teams all season long. Photo by Jim Lewis
You can figure on finding Sam Lewis, Rachel Viger, and Kelsey Lakowske at the front of the pack again this year. Photo by Jim Lewis.
Smoky Hill's Vanessa Samuel, above, returns to defend her state title in the 300 hurdles. (Photo by Alan Versaw)
Falcon got a solid 2-3 finish from Wes Rickman and Kevin Johnson, above, but it wasn't enough for Falcon to prevent Fairview and Niwot from slipping into the top two places of the team standings.
Garrett Wilson's would take an early lead at the East Angel Invite and expand it to 44 seconds by race's end.
After all of the intensity of week three, we should not count it surprising that large numbers of top athletes were out of competition in week four. Kara Slavoski (above), however, was one of the ones who was in action this week.
Santino Apodaca, winner of the Division 2 race at Friday's Kadet Invitational, is key to Rocky Ford's hopes for a repeat state championship.