It was a dream year for Parker Wolfe.
Well, sort of.
Sure, the 2020 track season went up in flames last spring. And the 2020 cross country season was condensed into seven weeks. And Footlocker and Team Nationals were wiped off the calendar. Add that Wolfe endured a battle with the arch nemesis of 2020 - COVID-19 - this past summer.
It wasn't the most ideal of scenarios.
But Wolfe clearly made lemonade with lemons.
He had perhaps the most impressive fall of any athlete in the state - or the country.
The Cherry Creek senior erased two of Cole Sprout's one year-old records off the books - records that most of us presumed would be around for quite a while, given how incredible they were.
But Wolfe clearly used 2020 to make gains.
He ran a 14:30 course record - and Colorado soil record - on the Liberty Bell course. And he backed that up with a 15:10.40 state meet record by claiming his first state title.
And while Wolfe ran through most of the season without a competitive shadow, he proved his mettle by running away with the RunningLane National Cross Country title in 14:26 - his biggest win yet, as it included a star-studded field that saw a staggering 32 runners break 15 minutes.
The win preserved his clean sheet on the 2020 cross country season, and solidified his US No. 1 ranking.
Sure, the season looked a little different, and there were no trips to Portland or San Diego, but Wolfe's incredible season takes the cake as the No. 1 Story 2020.