There will be a new king of sprints this year, now that 100/200 meter 2017 AA state champion Denzel Brown has graduated, and we're here to discuss who is among the favorites to fill the shoes at the top of the podium. For the 100 meter dash, Mounds View's junior Nick Sharma will be the clear returning favorite, as he took 2nd place last season with a wind aided time of 10.69. Sharma will be challenged by Lakeville South's senior Jeremiah Jacobson, who took 5th in the state 100 last year, but has a lifetime PR of 10.64. Other returners from the state 100m final last year are Maple Grove's Evan Hull (6th) and Hopkins' Joe Fahnbulleh (8th).
As for the 200 meter dash, Jacobson will be the top returner in that event, as he took 3rd last year with a time of 21.68 (wind aided) Hull and Sharma will also contenders, but a name to keep an eye out for is Rocori's Jack Young, who competed in 3 different events last year at State (4 x 100, 4 x 200, 200) and took 5th in the 200, just .1 behind Jacobson. Young will also be a threat in the 100 meters with a career best of 10.94. St. Paul Johnson's Keylan Jackson is a guy who has proven to be very versatile in ever event from the 100 to the 400, and is someone who you can for sure count on to be up near the front. But one athlete to pay a lot of attention to who hasn't made any individual waves at the State meet yet is St. Michael Albertville's Ethan Peal. In his first year of track, the STMA football player helped both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays make it to State, but when he ran the 100 and 200 open events during the summer, he achieved times of 10.85 and 22.06 which easily rank among the state's elite.