The annual Boulder County Invitational will take place this Wednesday and as usual, there's plenty to look forward to from the area's premier track and field meet.

For the 40th anniversary of the meet, the event will don a new name: The 40th Annual Lonnie Nixon Boulder County Track & Field Championships. You might recognize the name Lonnie Nixon, as he cofounded the meet.

At the BoCo Invite, something unexpected always happens. And it's usually spectacular. This meet has two much potential to produce incredible performance to mention everything that could happen.

But here are a few things you can look forward to seeing at this year's meet:

 

Niwot girls looking to hurdle the competition

At the BoCo last season, Niwot's Alexis Carroll and Kela Fetters won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, respectively. Then they went on to win the 4A state titles in both events.

Well, Carroll and Fetters are both back. So is Niwot's Mackenzie Fidelak, who placed second in both hurdling events at last year's state meet. Then the Cougars also have Sophia Grant, who is seeded in this year's top 100 hurdles heat.

Those four girls have combined to claim six of the 16 top seeds in the two hurdling events entering this year's meet.

 

Paul Roberts record watch still in effect

Lyons senior multiple-time, multi-event state champion Paul Roberts has made it known that he is going after the all-classification state record in the 3,200-meter run before he graduates.


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That record currently belongs to Smoky Hill's Brent Vaughn, who ran a 9:05.89. Roberts' fastest time in Colorado so far this season, according to MileSplit.com, is the 9:18.13 that he ran at the Longmont Invitational.

Conditions may have to be perfect for Roberts to break the record so the weather and how he feels will be major factors that determine whether or not he goes for it this Wednesday.

 

Green Machine

Monarch's Isaac Green edged the afore-mentioned Roberts for the 1,600-meter title at BoCo last year. He will be back to defend his 2015 BoCo 1,600 title this year.

Fun fact: Isaac Green's older sister Claire Green set the BoCo girls 800-meter record at 2:12.12 in 2014.

 

Freshman phenoms on display

Wednesday's BoCo will feature two of the premier freshmen in their respective events.

Among female freshmen statewide, Mead's Abbie Glynn currently holds Colorado's top mark of 46.88 in the 300 hurdles. She is also fourth among freshmen in both the triple jump and the 400.

For male freshmen in Colorado, Longmont's Cruz Garcia is still the bar-setter with a 6-0 mark in the high jump. He is also second among freshmen in the long jump.

 

Going for the sweep

Fairview's Alex Weseman is the only runner seeded in the final heat of the boys 100, 200 and 400. It will be tough for him to win one of the three events, let alone two or three, considering the loaded fields in each.

But it says a lot about his versatility that Weseman could even claim such high seeds in all three of the sprints.

 

Gray and Anderson hope to double up again

As freshmen last season, Silver Creek's Abigail Gray and Rylee Anderson won the BoCo girls pole vault and high jump, respectively.

Anderson enters her second BoCo as the state's current high jump leader. Gray currently has the fifth best pole vault mark.

 

Longmont looks ready for relay victory

The Longmont boys track team has so many sprinters that the Trojans relays could include any number of different runners come Wednesday.

Whichever four Trojans end up in the final lineup for each event, the Trojans are seeded highly in the final heat of all three sprint relays: the 400, 800 and 1,600. In the 400-meter race, the Trojans currently hold the state's fastest time, a 42.58 they recorded at the Eagle 9-Team Invite on April 1.

Given the depth of athleticism that feeds the team's relay prowess, look for the Trojans to compete for medals in the open sprints, hurdles and jumps.

 

Broomfield bringing it all over the heat sheets

Whether it's Jordan Xiong in the boys sprints or Johnathan Penrose in the hurdles, or sprinter Brenna Chase or distance runner Emily Mitchem, the Eagles have a chance to compete for a half dozen individual titles on Wednesday. They won four last year.

Then there are the relays. Last year, the Eagles won one.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi