Monday Morning Recap: Launching Into March

Courtesy photos from Coach Pack

The final weekend of February was loaded with meets across the board, indoors and out. 

Here are the highlights of the highlights... 

The biggest meet of the week had to be adidas Indoor Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA. 

As mentioned in a previous articleTy Garrett went big. The Valor Christian sophomore ran the second-fastest time ever by a sophomore in the indoor 5,000 - After leading the race into the final lap, Garrett finished second in the event in 14:50.57. 

Additional highlights on the boy's side of the competition came from Castle View's William Merrick, who finished fourth in the 800. Merrick ran 1:54.07. Likewise, Cheyenne Mountain's Erik Le Roux finished 13th in the championship mile, running 4:19.93. Drew Costelow was just four seconds back, running 4:23.19.

For the girl's Riley Stewart led the way for Colorado. The Cherry Creek junior finished sixth in the mile, running 4:51.31. Teagan Zwaanstra was another spotlight. The ThunderRidge senior ran 7.74 in the prelims of the 60, 25.11 in the prelims of the 200, and went 18-5.75 in the long jump to finish eighth.

Several of Colorado's best distance stars headed south to Arizona for the Sundown Track Series #2

Headlining for Colorado was Caleb Boutelle, who cracked 9 minutes in the 3,200 for the second time in recent months. The Pine Creek senior ran 8:59.21 to finish fourth. 3A state champ Alex Baca also had a stellar run. The Gunnison senior dropped a 9:08.64 personal best.

The Basalt duo of Katelyn Maley and Sierra Bower were highlights for Colorado on the girl's side of the competition. Maley finished fourth in 10:32.33, just ahead of Bower, who was fifth in 10:33.53. 

Back in Colorado...

The award for longest meet name goes to: Kokopelli Real Training Vista Nation Valor Winter Track Series 1

While it was one race (a 1,600 in Parker), it definitely lived up to the hype. 

Harrison WittZane Bergen, and Joaquin Herrera battled through the final lap in the 1,600 to only be separated by just over one second. Witt to the victory, running 4:23.02. Bergen and Herrera were much closer - only two-hundredths of a second between them. Bergen was second here in 4:24.95 to Herrera's 4:24.97.

In the girl's race Mia Prok ran into a league of her own.

The Niwot freshman topped a stellar 1,600 field to win in 4:59.64. Lucca Fulkerson took the runner-up spot here, finishing in 5:04.31, while teammate Madison Shults was third in 5:09.27.

On the same day but up north, the Let's Get REAL #1 meet took place at Roosevelt High. 

The big highlight from this meet was the battle between Taylor James and Kimora Northrup in the 200 and 400. James tripled with the 100-200-400, winning the 100 in 12.74. Northrup gave James a run in the 200, however. Both girls dipped under 26 seconds, with Northrup taking the win n 25.67, just ahead of James' 25.87. The two battled again in the 400, though this time it was James who crossed the line first, running 57.99, which was just ahead of Northrup's 58.28. Northrup also went on to win the 100 hurdles in 15.06 - her third PR of the meet.

Off the track and on the snow, Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos defended his Colorado Cup title. The Green Mountain senior dropped a new high school state record, completing the course in 20:18.

In the college ranks it was conference week for most schools - check out the Alumni Report for results!

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