POSTSEASON INFORMATION

The state championship meets for all classifications will be held at Jefferson County Stadium May 19-21.

 

TEAM-BY-TEAM OUTLOOK

Boulder Panthers

Coach: Carl Worthington, Jr. (22nd year)

Last year: Boys finished 44th at 5A state meet; Girls finished 33rd.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Sam Primozich (Jr., 3,200 relay, 11th), Isaac Fournier (Sr., 3,200 relay, 11th), Eli Fournier (Sr., 3,200 relay, 11th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Cladia Burgess (So., 1,600, 8th), Lauren Neugeboren (So., 800, 3,200 relay, 11th), Jamie Hegg (Jr., 1,600 relay, 10th), Kara Holbrook (Sr., 1,600 relay, 10th), Cassidy Eiss (Jr, 1,600 relay, 10th).

Other boys to watch: Calvin Burkharder (Sr., throws), Ellis Carroll (Sr., throws), TJ Jones (Sr., sprints, relays), Jake Regan (Sr., sprints, relays), Weston Rasmussen (Sr., sprints, relays).

Other girls to watch: Maddy Selby (Sr., throws), Olivia Gribbons (Sr., hurdles), Morgan Selby (Fr., hurdles), Anna Endler (Sr., sprints, relays), Emma Richardson (Jr., sprints, relays), Claudia Burgess (So., distance).

Outlook: Relays are going to be strong for the Panthers on both the boys and girls side. Sam Primozich leads a boys 3,200 group that could set new school marks; same can be said for Lauren Neugeboren and the girls 3,200. There's talent throughout the Boulder lineup and both teams could challenge to break into the top 25 at state.


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Broomfield Eagles

Coach: Craig Boccard (boys, 18th year); Justin Hazzard (girls, 8th year).

Last year: Boys finished 22nd at the 5A state meet; Girls finished 33rd.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Jake Mitchem (Sr., 3,200, 3rd; 1,600, 9th), Jordan Xiong (Sr., 200, 100, 7th, 800 relay), Johnathan Penrose (Sr. 110 hurdles, 300, 800 relay), Dalton Ill (Sr. 300, 800 relay).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Emily Mitchem (So, 1,600, 3,200 relay, 9th), Katelyn Mitchem (So, 3,200 relay, 9th), Alena Valdez (So, 3,200 relay 9th).

Other boys to watch: Joshua Schoep (Jr., distance), Jared Durney (Sr. distance), Grant Croell (Sr., jumps) Bryce Williams (Sr., jumps), Garret Betty (Jr. Throws), Mitchell Gorman (So., hurdles).

Other girls to watch: Brenna Fankell (Sr., throws), Allison White (Jr. pole vault) Ivy Gonzales (So. distance) Kenzie Gaines (Fr., distance).

Outlook: The Eagles' boys should be strong throughout, anchored by the talented core of Jordan Xiong, Jake Mitchem, Dalton Ill, and Johnathan Penrose. One year older and wiser, the girls team looks to do a some damage in the 800 and up.

 

Centaurus Warriors

Coach: Robin Lynch (girls, 10th year); Jesse Fassler (boys, 2nd year)

Last year: Neither team scored at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Maggie Moline (Sr., 3,200; 3,200 relay), Meghan Davinroy (Jr., 3,200 relay), Olivia Rogers (Sr., 800, 1,600, 3,200 relay), Sabrina Stern (Jr, 3,200 relay alternate).

Other boys to watch: Josh Negrey (Jr., triple jump), Brooks Macdonald (Sr., 3,200), Ryne Pucket (Sr., 400), Dylan Serlin (So., 100, 200).

Other girls to watch: Helen Gover (Fr., distance), Brooke Calvo (Fr., distance).

Outlook: The Warriors will feature a lot of new and young athletes this year, so they should get better as the season moves along. The girls return the 3,200 relay squad that qualified for state last year and a return trip is the plan.

 

Erie Tigers

Coach: Erik Stevens (2nd year)

Last year: Boys finished 14th at 4A state meet; Girls finished 9th at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Taylor Johnson (Jr., relays), Max Sease (Sr., relays).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Rylin Brett (Jr., relays), Jamie Hogan (Sr., relays)

Monarch’s Isaac Green is back this year to defend the Class 5A 1,600 state championship he won last season.
Monarch's Isaac Green is back this year to defend the Class 5A 1,600 state championship he won last season. (David R. Jennings / Staff Photographer)

Other boys to watch: Devin Hanson (Sr., pole vault), Noah Roper (Fr., long jump, sprints), Danny Trevino (So. 400, 300 hurdles, 800) Ethyn Tyson (Fr.,sprints) Quintin Hyrup (Jr., sprints), Trevor David (Jr., jumps, 300 hurdles).

Other girls to watch: Alia Brand (So., 800, 1,600) Teagan Brand (Fr., sprints) Haley Hahn (Fr., jump).

Outlook: The Tigers lost a lot of state points to graduation, but coach Erik Stevens really likes the young talent he has coming up. He expects the team to get stronger as the season goes along, and wouldn't be surprised at another strong showing at state.

 

Fairview Knights

Coach: Tricia Vieth (6th year)

Last year: Boys finished 34th at 5A state meet; Girls finished 29th.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Sarah Hopkins (Sr., triple jump, 16th), Zetta Mason, Sr., 1,600 relay, 8th; 3,200 relay, 8th; 800, 16th), Hannah Freeman (Jr., 1,600 relay, 8th; 3,200 relay, 8th; 800, 14th); Annalise Arant (Jr.), Heather Betz (Sr., high jump, 5th); Tatjana Kunz (Sr., 1,600 relay, 8th; 3,200 relay, 8th), Emily Houghton (Sr., 1,600, 8th), Sarah King (So., 3,200 relay, 8th).

Other boys to watch: Eli Chance (senior, pole vault), Stefan Suarez, (Sr., springs/relays), Alex Weseman (Sr., sprints, relays), Zach Sun (Sr., triple jump, sprints, relays), Anthony Cowell (Sr., 400, 1,600), Will Kaufman (Sr., jumps), Max Meuleman (Jr., 800, 1,600), Zach Morrissey (Jr, distance).

Other girls to watch: Vanessa Haggans (Fr., sprints), Kyra Barnes (Fr., sprints), Marlena Preigh (Fr., sprints), Kennedy Kenton (So., sprints).

Outlook: The Knights have a good group of underclassmen to add to a strong contingent of returners on the girls side, which should have them looking at a higher finish at state. coach Tricia Vieth is excited about the number of multi-sport athletes joining the team, which should strengthen the Fairview boys, which were young last year and should be an even bigger factor this season.

 

Frederick Warriors

Coach: Thad Lear (13th year)

Last year: Girls finished tied for 40th at Class 4A state meet; Boys did not score at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Lilli Martin (400 relay, 7th; 800 relay), Julia Wyatt (400 relay, 7th; 800 relay)

Other boys to watch: Levi Nicholes (sprints, relays), Kaden Jeffers (sprints, relays), Jacob Coles (throws, sprints), Jordan Lowe (distance), Rykar Burhnam (distance).

Other girls to watch: Nichole Rawson (shot put, discus), Nikayta Nue (mid distance, relays), Maya Laythrop (hurdles).

Outlook: The Warriors have good numbers bur will be inexperienced. Coach Thad Lear expects the team to get better as the season progresses.

 

Holy Family Tigers

Coach: Steve Blair

Last year: Boys finished tied for 44th at 4A state meet; Girls finished 25th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Payton Corah (So., 400, 9th), Shea Zeman (Sr., injured last year but qualified in 2014), Melanie Doty (Jr., injured last year but qualified in 2014).

Other boys to watch: Nick Larson (Sr., distance), Ryan Wells (Sr., distance), Jonah Munoz (Fr., distance), Kyle McCabe (So., distance), Christian Montoya (Fr., distance), Charlie Scerbo (Sr., sprints, jumps), Will Domier (Sr., sprints), Travis Montoya (Jr., sprints, jumps), Michael Zeman (Jr., sprints, jumps), Matthew Hren (Sr., distance), Paxton Dalton (So., sprints), Ben Jaros (Sr., sprints, throws), Tanner Price (Jr., distance), Jerome Quintana (So., sprints), Eli Ammundsen (So., sprints), Braden Bartlett (Fr., middle distance), Brandon Biehler (So., sprints).

Other girls to watch: Isabelle Hren (So., distance), Emilyl Campbell (Jr., distance), Kika Napierkowski (So., distance), Eva Napierkowski (Sr., distance), Amanda Medearis (Sr., distance), Megan Simiens (Sr., throws), Jody Gallagher (So., throws), Cydney Pittenger (So., throws), Emily Georgia (Sr., sprints), Natalie Gardon (Sr., sprints), Isabella Jimenez (Jr., springs, hurdles, jumps), Angela Rice (So., sprints), Angelina Dinsmore (Jr., sprints, hurdles).

Outlook: The Tigers will be looking to have more of an impact at state, and have a deep and talent group to do that. The return of Shea Zeman and Melanie Doty, who missed last year with injuries, will bolster the girls team.

 

Jefferson Academy Jaguars

Coach: Eric Thimsen (4th year)

Last year: Neither team scored at 3A state meet

Boys returning state qualifiers: Justin Barlow (Jr., high jump, 12th; 1,600 relay), Tyler Thimsen (Jr., triple jump, 14th), Blake Shears (Sr., 1,600 relay).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Mariah Archuleta (Sr., 3,200, 16th), Kristi Nagai (Jr., 400 relay, 15th; 800 relay, 15th), Kaitlyn Thimsen (So., 400 relay, 15th; 800 relay, 15th).

Other boys to watch: Blake Grantham (Sr., shot put), Christian Van Cleave (Jr., 1,600, 3,200), Ryan Lemuth (So., 1,600, 3,200), Nate Moore (Jr., 1,600, 3,200), Brandon Cook (Sr., 100, 200).

Other girls to watch: Madeline Wall (Jr., sprints), Samantha Lewis (Jr., jumps), Emily Grantham (So., 400), Kay O'Donell (So., 100 hurdles).

Outlook: Depth will be a concern but the Jags should have talent throughout. Several of the girls also play soccer for Jefferson Academy, so their availability week to week could be questionable. Solid group of juniors anchor both squads and the team could get better as the season moves along.

 

Legacy Lightning

Coach: Wayne Voorhees (1st year)

Last year: Boys finished 31st at 5A state meet; Girls finished 33rd at 5A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Ezekel Owen (Jr., pole vault, 17th), Braxton Hanson (400 relay), CJ Ezeonu (400 relay), Brian Arellano (400 relay), Ethan Simmons (400 relay alternate).

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Maleek Rashaad (Jr., relays), Josh Thompson (Sr., 400, 800), Hayden Anderson (triple jump), Finn Cassidy (long jump), Sean Masucci (triple jump), Anthony Lyle (springs, jumps), Trevor Muhammad (relays), Christopher Berger (pole vault), Samuel Karlson (pole vault), Alexander LeVangie (pole vault).

Other girls to watch: Haley Gottschalk (Sr.,sprints, relays), Katelyn Mackiewicz, (Jr., relays, 400) Sydney Mudgett (Jr., relays, sprints), Abigail Crosier (Jr., sprints, relays), Tiffani Osborn (Sr., discus), Kira Thomsen (Fr., long jump), Madison Mueller (Sr., long jump), Emily Zhang (Sr., hurdles).

Outlook: Wayne Voorhees, who has coached the Legacy football team for the past dozen seasons, takes over a track program that is looking to make a move up in the standings. Getting kis to state is the priority.

 

Longmont Trojans

Coach: Kevin Akers (2nd year)

Last year: Boys finished 9th at 4A state meet; Girls finished 10th at state.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Eli Sullivan (Sr., 110 hurdles, 7th; 300 hurdles, 10th), Josh Walker (Sr., 300 hurdles, 15th), Conlan Berger (Sr., long jump, 4th; triple jump, 8th, 3,200 relay, 2nd; 400 relay, 1st), Gianni Espinoza (Sr., 400 relay, 1st), Trevor Cook (Sr., 800 relay, 2nd; 400 relay, 1st), Logan Goodner (Sr., 800 relay, 2nd; 400 relay, 1st), David Speidel (Sr., 800 relay, 2nd; 1,600 relay, 15th), Ethan Gabrielle (Sr., 1,600 relay, 15th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Kate McCain (Jr., high jump, 3rd), Leah Foster (Sr., 100, 13th; 400 relay, 8th; 1,600 relay, 15th), Kate McCain (Jr., high jump, 3rd), Leah Foster (Sr., 100, 13th; 400 relay, 8th; 1,600 relay, 15th), Brianna Hitchcock (Jr., 400 relay, 8th; 1,600 relay, 15th), Shiloh Berger (Jr., 400 relay, 8th; long jump, 4th; triple jump, 7th), Sydney Wetterstrom (Sr., triple jump, 2nd; long jump, 13th; high jump 11th).

Other boys to watch: Cade Bickmore (Sr., distance), Sean Kilcullen (Jr., distance), Yarid Estrada (Jr., sprints, jumps, relays), Carson Willis (Jr., sprints, jumps, relays), Alex Santucci (Jr., sprints, mid distance), Sam Merrill (Jr., throws), Brenan Watts (Jr., throws).

Other girls to watch: Cammy Manes (Jr., mid distance, relays), Keturah Jones (Jr., mid distance, relays), Jayci Johnson (So., mid distance, relays), Kaitlyn Bridge (So., hurdles).

Outlook: The Trojans are loaded and are looking to bring home a handful of medals from the state meet this year. On the boys side, Eli Sullivan should be in contention for the top spot on the podium in the hurdles, and Longmont will be looking to defend the 400 relay crown and could add the 800 relay to it's haul. Sydney Wetterstrom leads a talented group of girls, and she should contend for the triple jump title.

 

Lyons Lions

Coach: Mark Roberts, Lyons (20th year)

Last year: Boys finished 1st at the 2A state meet and the Girls finished 2nd

Boys returning state qualifiers: Cameron Cross - Sr. (pole vault - 9th, 1600 relay, 3200 relay - 1st), Owen George - Sr. (pole vault - 2nd, long jump - 5th, 400 relay - 4th, 800 relay - 3rd), Joel Such - Sr. (1600 - 4th, 3200 - 6th, 3200 relay - 1st), and Paul Roberts - Sr. (1600 - 1st, 3200 - 1st, 800 - 4th, 3200 relay - 1st), Mitchell Simms - Sr. (800 relay - 3rd, 1600 relay), Dante Traghella - So. (400 relay - 4th, 800 relay - 3rd), Jake Laurienti - So. (1600 relay), Field Soosloff - So. (1600 relay) qualified for the State Meet.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Sierra Tucker - Jr. (800 - 7th,1600 - 2nd, 3200 - 3rd, 3200 relay - 1st), Erika Ivkov - Sr. (discus, 1600 relay - 8th), Brenna Kuskie - Jr. (pole vault - 1st), Liz Jonjak-Plahn - Jr. (400 relay), Taylor Christiansen - Jr. (long jump, 400 relay, 800 relay), Ashley Sowders - So. (high jump - 5th, 400 relay, 800 relay), Payton Goll - So. (400 relay, 800 relay), Hana Fankhouser - So. (pole vault), Sarah Roberts - So. (3200), qualified for state.

Other boys to watch: Lars Basey - Sr. (jumps), Nic Fell - Sr. (hurdles), Kyle Frohling - Jr. (throws), Colton Hanratty - Jr. (throws), Nate Christy - So. (hurdles), Nathan Radich - So. (hurdles), Nathan King - So (hurdles), Coby Faubus - So (jumps, sprints), Landon Milbrath - So. (distance), Adam Crowl - So. (distance), Colton Jonjak-Plahn - Fr. (distance), Tristan Chavez - Fr. (jumps).

Other girls to watch: Ixchel Leewuenburgh - So. (throws), Bianca Mesagno - So. (jumps), Hayley Karsel - So (sprints), Sophie Powell - So (jumps), Georgia Barone - So (distance), Madeleine Seifert - Fr. (distance), Kylen Christiansen - Fr. (throws), Halina Cope - Fr. (sprints, jumps).

Outlook: The Lions boys will be out to defend their state title with Cedaredge remaining the biggest threat to the repeat bid. A strong group of underclassmen join a stellar senior class. Look for newcomer Kyle Frohling to make an impact in throws. On the girls side, Lyons is solid throughout and hopes to challenge Paonia for the team crown.

 

Mead Mavericks

Coach: Chris Reynolds (4th season)

Last year: Boys finished 35th at state meet; Girls did not qualify.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Dane Myers (Sr., long jump, 8th; 3,200 relay, 7th), Tony Feula (Sr., 110 hurdles, 17th), Jack Weis (So., 3,200 relay, 7th), Walker Higgins (Sr., 3,200 relay, 7th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other girls to watch: Sydney Postle (So., long jump, 400, 3,200 relay), Sophia Maeda (So., 1600, 3,200 relay).

Outlook: The program is still growing, and this year may be the best for the Mavericks. Coach Chris Reynolds is looking at stronger finishes in league meets and establishing new school records. If it does that, Mead will send more athletes to state than in the past.

 

Monarch Coyotes

Coach: Kent Reider (12th year)

Last year: Boys finished 9th at the 5A state meet; Girls finished 5th

Boys returning state qualifiers: Isaac Green (Jr., 1,600, 1st; 800, 2nd)

Girls returning state qualifiers: Holly Bent (Jr., 3,200, 3rd; 1,600, 7th; 3,200 relay, 2nd), Audrey Lookner (Jr., 3,200, 5th; 3,200 relay, 2nd), Chloe Bernard (Sr., 400, 14th; medley relay, 13th; 800 relay, 15th, 1,600 relay, 6th), Paige Overcash (Sr., 1,600 relay, 6th; medley relay, 13th, 800 relay, 15th), Georgia Reis (Sr., pole vault, 12th), Danielle Honan (Jr., medley relay, 13th; 800 relay 15th), Tatiana Cherry-Santos (Jr., medley relay, 13th, 800 relay, 15th).

Other boys to watch: Charlie Perry (Jr., distance), Ben Hogan (Sr., distance), Max Manson (Fr., pole vault), Logan Burgess (Sr., jumps), Nico Heinike-Magri (Jr., throws), Jackson Spear (Sr., 300 hurdles).

Other girls to watch: Liz Hogan (So., distance), Hailey Leader (So., distance), Heide Liles (So., pole vault), Allison Stouffer (100 hurdles, high jump), Dorattya Szanyi (So., triple jump).

Outlook: The Coyotes are coming off a strong showing in 2015 with a couple of top 10 finishes in the team races at state. They lost a ton of talent to graduation, but Monarch is reloading with a good group of underclassmen. They also have top flight talent that could end up at the top of the podium including juniors Isaac Green and Holly Bent.

 

Nederland Panthers

Coach: Kristin Wagner (first year, girls) and Danny Shea (first year, boys)

Last year: Girls placed 40th at 2A state meet; Boys did not score at 2A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Sarah Davidson (So., 3,200, 7th).

Other boys to watch: Kiernan McClish (Jr., 3,200), JJ Rippey (Jr., shot put and discus), Ben Ochsner (So., 100, 200, 4x100).

Other girls to watch: Maeve Anderson, (Sr., shot put and discus)

Outlook: The Panthers welcome two new coaches to the mix who will be welcoming back some strong returning upperclassmen. Numbers aren't huge, so the team will be looking to develop leadership as they go and hoping some underclassmen step up along the way.

 

Niwot Cougars

Coach: Maurice Henriques (6th year)

Last year: Girls won 4A state meet; Boys finished tied for 42nd at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Alexis Carroll (Jr., 100 hurdles, 1st, long jump, 3rd. triple jump, 11th), Kela Fetters (Sr., 300 hurdles, 1st, 800 relay, 1st), MacKenzie Fidelak (So., 400, 3rd, 100 hurdles, 2nd; 300 hurdles, 2nd, 800 relay, 1st), Jenna McCaffrey (Jr., 3,200, 19th), Alyssa Jenkins (Sr., triple jump, 16th).

Outlook: If the Niwot girls aren't a dynasty, the Cougars are as close as you can get. The team will be going after its fourth consecutive 4A championship and have the talent to do it — headed by the top three hurdlers in the class.

 

 

Peak to Peak Pumas

Coach: Kim McConnell (2nd year)

Last year: Girls finished 17th at 3A state meet; Boys did not score at 3A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Isaac Ruble (800, 11th)

Girls returning state qualifiers: Alice Oveson (3,200 relay, 1st; 1,600, 13th; 3,200, 11th), Christina Hamerly (3,200 relay, 1st; 800, 10th), Rachael Metzler (3,200 relay, 1st; 1,600, 8th), Tessa Anderson (shot put, 3rd; discuss, 9th).

Other boys to watch: Ayush Chitrakar (sprints), Finnegan Smith (sprints), Brandon Ries (800, 1,600, 3,200), Blake Rockwell (jumps, sprints).

Other girls to watch: Robin Peterson (pole vault, jumps, sprints), Quinn McConnell (800, 1,600, 3,200), Anna Shults (800, 1,600, 3,200), Tiana Bradfield (800, 1,600, 3,200), Janelle Taylor (sprints).

Outlook: Coach Kim McConnell is excited about the Pumas potential this year, as Peak to Peak is added a lot of young talent to a pretty solid group of returners.

 

Shining Mountain Lions

Coach: Tyler Haughness (2nd year)

Last year: Boys placed 8th at 1A state meet; Girls placed 2nd at 1A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Jordan Cherin (Sr., 400, 3rd; 800, 2nd; 1,600, 12th; 3200, 5th), Ethan Kelner (Sr., pole vault, 7th), Gavin Edwards (Sr., pole vault, 9th) Howie Seim (Jr., pole vault, 9th), Ben Kearney (So., 3200, 10th),Mahito Henderson (Sr., discus, 5th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Ella Baca (Jr., 1,600, 7th; 3,200, 6th), Téa Speek (Jr., 100, 7th; 200, 8th; long jump, 8th), Emma Schaefer(So., 800, 8th; 1600, 5th; 3200, 5th), Erin Ellinwood(Jr., pole vault, 11th)

Other boys to watch: Luke Feigal (Jr., middle distance), Hans Moser (Sr., shot put), Gopal Zubaedi (Jr., middle distance).

Other girls to watch: Sarrah Claman (Sr.,), Sara Rose Gershman (Sr., discus, shot put), T a Speak (Sr., long jump, sprints, javelin)

Outlook: The Lions are coming off a strong 2015 campaign, and coach Tyler Haughness said the team is going to focus on enjoying the process. There's no reason to think that both squads won't be a factor, and top 10 finishes at state are within their grasp.

 

Silver Creek Raptors

Coach: Barbara Keith (15th year)

Last year: Boys finished tied for 42nd at 4A state meet; Girls placed 24th.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Brock Knechtel (Jr., discuss, 8th), Brock Dykema (So., 3,200 relay, 10th), James Lee (So., 3,200 relay, 10th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Abigail Gray (So., pole vault, 7th), Rylee Anderson (So., high jump, 1st).

Other boys to watch: Mathew McMann (Sr., high jump), Ryan Tesone (Sr., triple jump, sprints), Hunter Johnsen (Sr., long jump, triple jump), Kasey Frankowski (Sr., 800), Cesar Estrada (Sr., pole vault) Crayton Larson (Sr., hurdles) Caden Bradbury (Jr., sprints), Khari Diallo Harrison Scipio-Ajanku (Jr., sprints) Mitchell Long (Jr., distance), David Demers (Jr., sprints).

Other girls to watch: Brandi Boldt (Sr., sprints, hurdles), Jordan Carter (Sr., throws), Elizabeth Willes (Sr., throws) Tara Lee Wright (Sr., jumps) Tayloe Stinson (Sr., distance), Sofia Bantowsky (Jr., distance), McKinely Coppock (Jr., distance), Mikayla Gaffney (Jr., distance), Kaitlyn Daker (Jr., throws), Katie Emberley (Jr., sprints).

Outlook: The Raptors are young but fortunately have experience. The coaches are high on the crop of youngsters, and the veteran returning should have Silver Creek in the mix this year. Sophomore Rylee Anderson is the girl to beat in the high jump as she'll be looking to defend the championship she won last year as a freshman.

 

Skyline Falcons

Coach: James Davis (2nd year).

Last year: Boys did not place at 4A state meet; Girls placed 32nd at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Braden Kram (Jr., 400 relay, 800 relay), Cody Wathen (Sr., 400 relay, 800 relay).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Alex Hellenberg (Sr., long jump, triple jump, high jump)

Other boys to watch: Aaron Carmichael (Sr., hurdles, pole vault), Hayden Falkinburg (Sr., distance), Mark Boden (So., distance), Henry Carlson (So., discus), Jack Wather (Fr., sprints).

Other girls to watch: Leah Osborn (Sr., hurdles, jumps), Hannah Painter (Jr., throws), Susanna Jones (So., distance).

Outlook: With 15 seniors returning for the 2015 season, the Falcons will have solid veteran leadership at the top of their roster. Mix that in with a talented group of underclassmen coming in, and Skyline should be a bigger factor this go-round and will only get better as the season moves along.