When a team has gone four full seasons without a loss, it's hard not to vote them in as the top team in their sport.
And that's what has happened with Colorado Academy field hockey.
The Mustangs come into the 2016 season as the clear No. 1 team in the state after winning their fourth-straight state title last year.
Cherry Creek lands at No. 2 after falling to Colorado Academy in the state title game last season.
With two competitive games played against the Mustangs last year, Palmer Ridge takes the No. 3 spot. The Bears fell to Colorado Academy 4-2 in last year's semifinals.
Kent Denver comes in at No. 4 despite losing to Regis Jesuit in the first round of last year's state tournament. The Raiders round out the poll at No. 5.
The ranking, voted upon by coaches, is the official poll of the Association. Rankings are released each Monday during the season.
A complete ranking is below.
CHSAANow.com Field Hockey Poll
Voted upon by coaches around the state. New voters can sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This ranking has no bearing on postseason seeding.
|1||Colorado Academy (7)||0-0-0||35|
|Others receiving votes:|
|Denver East 2, Golden 1.|