Monday Morning Recap: 2021 Season Blazes Out Of The Blocks


A recap where I get to write the words: There were a ton of great performances across the state.


On that note, you might need a few cups of coffee to get through this recap - it's probably the longest one I've written yet... 

The first week of the season was revealing. Usually it takes a few weeks to see a handful of big performances, but no. The first week was pretty nuts. 

We waited for what felt like forever for the 2021 outdoor track & field season to start, and now that it has, it's obvious in the results that everyone had a ton of pent-up energy to release. 

Here are the highlights of the highlights... 

Did anyone hear that the 41 year-old 1,600 Colorado state record went down this past Saturday?

It's official - Parker Wolfe ran 4:06.17 at the Centennial League Qualifier #1 B to take down the late Rich Martinez's previous record of 4:10.98. That means Wolfe now owns Colorado records in the 1,600, and the 5k. 

More on his record here: Parker Wolfe Runs 4:06.17 1,600 Colorado Record

Riley Stewart put together an impressive double herself. The Cherry Creek junior won the 1,600 in 4:54.38, and the 3,200 in 10:52. 

Another big result from the meet came from Overland's Zeaniah Wedgeworth, who won the 100 Hurdles just off her personal best in 14.76. 

Meanwhile, Durango's Paul Knight and Damian Frausto headed further west to Provo, UT for the BYU High School Invitational, where both left with two PRs a piece. Frausto led the duo in the 1,600, running 4:27.91, while Knight's was less than a stride back in 4:27.93. Knight led his teammate in the 3,200, running 9:29, while Frausto ran 9:42.

Back in Colorado it was a Brandon Hills kind of day at the CSU-Pueblo Early-Bird. The Vista Ridge sophomore won the 100 in 11.04, the 200 in 22.69, the long jump in 21-9.5, and the triple jump in 44-3.

Did I mention all of those were PRs?

Meanwhile, Pueblo East's Xavier Freeman won the shot put in a big PR of 51-9, while Pueblo West's Wyatt Pruce won the discus in 150-8.

For the girl's Isabella Coscetti was the main highlight in the pole vault, winning the event in 11-6. 

Watch: CSU-Early Bird Videos

And speaking of the girl's pole vault...

We've got an exciting four years ahead of us. Another big highlight out of the first week of competition was this event.

On Tuesday Broomfield freshman Lilly Nichols soared over 12-6 to win the event at the Lafayette Season Opener, and she nearly had 13-2 on a few attempts. 

On Saturday The Classical Academy freshman Anna Willis cleared 13-0 at the R2J Invitational. On the same day Nichols added another inch, winning the pole vault in 12-7 at the B-Town Opener.

Currently the top-three pole vaulters in the state are freshmen. Add that Willis, Nichols, and Kourtney Rathke are the top-three freshmen in the country in the event. (Rathke cleared 12-1.75 last month.)

Meanwhile, the Erie Tiger Invite was a hotly contested competition. 

On the note of the pole vault, Silver Creek sophomore Megan Kelleghan joined the 12-foot club. She won the event in 12-0.

Niwot was all over the place, per the usual. Madison Shults won the 800 in 2:16.77, while Lucca Fulkerson ran a state-leading 10:50 to win the 3,200. Teammate Mia Prok was second in 11:04. Kimora Northrup continued to dominate, winning the 300 hurdles in 44.31. 

On the boy's side of the competition Zane Bergen and Ryan Montera took the 3,200 down to the line. The 4A state cross country champ took the win here, running 9:24.84, which was just ahed of Montera's 9:25.33. 

Off the track Eddie Kurjak was the name. The Longmont senior won the high jump in a state-leading 6-9, and he won the triple jump with a 45-4.25 leap.

Out west 3A state cross country champ Katelyn Maley went down in distance at the Rifle High School Invitational. Maley won the 800 in 2:19.33. Meanwhile, Coal Ridge's Marin Simons won the high jump in a PR of 5-4 - that's a Colorado No. 1 in the event.

Moving along... 

In addition to Willis' big 13-0 clearance at the R2J Invitational, there were a trio of Sub-23 clockings in the boy's 200. Drew MortonBennett Feldenkirchen ,and Braylon Fenderson finished within two-tenths of each other, with Morton taking the event in 22.41. Feldenkirchen was second in 22.46, while Fenderson was third in 22.61. Jackson Shorten showed some legit early fitness in the 1,600. The Mountain View senior ran the fastest time in 4A, winning the event in 4:22.83. 

Off the track Becker Ell soared to a Colorado No. 1 in the pole vault. The Thompson Valley senior cleared 14-8 to win the event. For the girls Kajsa Borrman tossed her shot put into the top-10 state rankings, winning the event in 37-1.5.

On Tuesday at the Lafayette Season Opener Taylor James came out of the blocks on fire. The. Niwot senior won the 200 in 25.39, and the 400 in 57.13, which was just ahead of teammate Kimora Northrup's 57.69, and Madison Shults' 57.92.

Read more here: Soaring High At The Lafayette Season Opener

Meanwhile at the 53rd Annual Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational the discus highlighted. Bryant Schoenthal and Mohamed Ibrahim went foot-for-foot, with Schoenthal winning event with a toss of 164-3, while Ibrahim was a few feet back in 157-1. 

These two went back at it at the Fort Morgan Invitational a few days later. Schoenthal won the discus there in 156-10, while Ibrahim was second again, this time in 153-7.

Ibrahim did get a W before the week was over, however - he won the shot in 52-3.75, while Schoenthal was second in 52-0.5.

4A state cross country champion Bethany Michalak opened her 2021 track season at the Palmer Terror Invitational. The Air Academy freshman won the 1,600 in 5:15.

On the boy's side of the competition Sam Weisstein won the 200 in 22.53, while Thomas Fry dipped under 50 seconds to win the 400 in 49.77.

5A state cross country runner-up Ben Conlin won the 1,600 in 4:19.02, which was just ahead of Oscar Goll's 4:21.64.

In the hurdles it was the Carsen Bruns show. The Rampart junior won the 11H in 14.66, and the 300H in 39.15. 

In the field Elijah Scott won the high jump in 6-6, while Daryon Wilson leapt to a state-leading 22-8 in the long jump. 

The girl's pole vault was the highlight at the B-Town Opener. Nichols went over 12-6 for the second time in four days, winning the event with a 12-7 clearance, while the Fairview duo of Olivia Kosanovich and Sophie Pierce both cleared 11-7. For the boy's Will Chiang took the event, clearing 14-1.

On the track Gavin Schurr revved up his engine. The Fairview senior won the 100 in 10.49, and the 200 in 21.56. 

Meanwhile, we caught our first glimpse of Valor Christian at the Valor Early Qualifier

Reese Dragovich and Camille Peisner went 1-2 in the 400, with Dragovich winning the event in 57.39, which was just ahead of Peisner's 57.86. 

Likewise, Taylor Whitfield and Brooke Wilson went 1-2 in the 3,200, with Whitfield winning the event in11:03, while Wilson was seven seconds back in 11:10.

In the 300H Kylie Bahr was the runaway winner, crossing the line in 44.77, while off the track Megan Lonneman won the long jump in 18-4.5.

In the throws the name was Giavonna Meeks. The Northfield junior won the discus in 151-0, and the shot in 47-3. Both are state-leading marks.

On the boy's side of the competition recent transfer Drew Costelow won the 800 in 1:56.44, while Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos put up an impressive double, winning the 1,600 in 4:26.62, and the the 3,200 in 9:21. Caleb Boutelle was second in 9:26.

The 300H was another competitive event, with Michael Bennett taking the win in 38.60, while Cooper Needham was second in 39.34

The result for Tuohy-Gaydos was his second double of the week - he also won both events at the Jeffco Qualifier #1 Tuesday, running 4:23 (with a 59 final quarter), and 9:38. Bryce Reeburgh was a close second in that 1,600, running 4:24.

For the girl's Amanda Opp highlighted, winning the shot with a toss of 38-1.25. 

Out west at the Mickey Dunn Invitational Tristian Spence continued to impress. The Central (GJ) won the 1,600 in 5:15, while Delta's Keely Porter won the shot in 37-8.

On the boy's side of the competition Justin Blanton joined the Sub-22 200 club. He won the event in 21.96, which is a CO No. 4

A few hours south Connor Showalter highlighted at the Mancos Early Bird. Showalter won the shot put in 50-4.

Back on the front range Logan Gullett dropped a solid 9:41 to win the 3,200 at the University Early Season Invitational. Meanwhile Nolan Johnson went big off the track, leaping to a 22-2 PR in the long jump.

Meanwhile, the shot put was the event at the Holly InvitationalColby StokerKyra Sheridan, and Lauren Reyes all tossed over 37-feet. Stoker took the victory with a 37-7.5 toss, while Sheridan was second in 36-6.5, and Reyes was third in 36-4.5.

There was plenty to talk about at the Centennial League Qualifier #1...

Agur Dwol and Melody Nwagwu took the triple jump down to the inches. Dwol won the event in 38-6.75, which was three-quarters of an inch ahead of Nwagwu's 38-6. On the track Kilah Freelon dipped under 45 seconds to win the 300H in 44.61.

On the boy's side of the competition Sterling Brassfield dominated the sprints. The Eaglecrest senior won the 100 in 10.63, and the 200 in 21.93. Meanwhile Langston Williams won the 400 in 49.88, and Caden Smith won the 800 in 1:55.39.

In Fort Collins Brooke Naughton was the highlight at the PSD QUAD #2. The Fort Collins junior won the high jump in 5-4. Meanwhile, teammate Laura Davis won the shot in 38-2.


That's just the first week of the 2021 track & field season.


BYU High School Invitational

BYU Track Stadium Provo, UT
May 7, 2021
3,404 Total Performances (8 CO)

Photo Albums (2)

Videos (47)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Boys (4)
1600mF 1 34th4:27.91Damian FraustoDurango High School
1600mF 1 36th4:27.93Paul KnightDurango High School
3200mF 1 14th9:29.61Paul KnightDurango High School
3200mF 1 21st9:42.48Damian FraustoDurango High School

CSU-Pueblo Early-Bird

Pueblo West High School Stadium Pueblo West, CO
May 8, 2021
793 Total Performances

Videos (81)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
PVF 1 1st11-6Isabella CoscettiManitou Springs High School
Boys (3)
200mF 2 1st22.69Brandon HillsVista Ridge High School
DF 3 1st150-8Wyatt PrucePueblo West High School
SF 3 1st51-9Xavier FreemanPueblo East High School

More Meets

Erie Tiger Invite

Erie HS Track Erie, CO
May 8, 2021
841 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (10)
800mF 3 1st2:16.77Madison ShultsNiwot High School
800mF 3 2nd2:19.94Stella ViethNiwot High School
3200mF 1 1st10:50.51Lucca FulkersonNiwot High School
3200mF 1 2nd11:04.87Mia ProkNiwot High School
300HF 4 1st44.31Kimora NorthrupNiwot High School
4x100mF 2 1st48.70Niwot High School
4x200mF 2 1st1:40.49Niwot High School
SMR8F 1 1st1:45.16Niwot High School
4x400mF 2 1st3:57.04Niwot High School
PVF 1 1st12-0Megan KelleghanSilver Creek High School
Boys (9)
3200mF 1 1st9:24.84Zane BergenNiwot High School
3200mF 1 2nd9:25.33Ryan MonteraLegacy High School
3200mF 1 3rd9:34.41James OverbergCentaurus High School
3200mF 1 4th9:34.71Grayden RaubaNiwot High School
3200mF 1 5th9:37.12Joey HendershotNiwot High School
3200mF 1 6th9:38.38Lukas HaugBoulder High School
3200mF 1 7th9:44.65Curtis VolfNiwot High School
HJF 1 1st6-9Eddie KurjakLongmont High School
TJF 2 1st45-4.25Eddie KurjakLongmont High School

Rifle High School Invitational

Coal Ridge HS Track New Castle, CO
May 7, 2021
715 Total Performances (714 CO)

Elite Performances

Girls (8)
800mF 1 1st2:19.33Katelyn MaleyBasalt High School
HJF 1 1st5-4Marin SimonsCoal Ridge High School
LJF 1 34th20-6Hannah ShafferRifle High School
LJF 1 33rd27-0.75Kiana LowellRifle High School
PVF 1 1st11-1Phoebe YoungCoal Ridge High School
SF 1 40th36-9Kimberly SalvidrezRifle High School
SF 1 19th37-8.75Kate RamthunDeBeque High School
SF 1 37th37-8.75Isabel Rodriguez-FloresCaprock Academy High School

R2J Invitational

Berthoud HS Track Berthoud, CO
May 7, 2021
643 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (2)
PVF 1 1st13-0Anna WillisThe Classical Academy
SF 1 1st37-1.5Kajsa BorrmanLoveland High School
Boys (6)
200mF 6 1st22.41Drew MortonThe Classical Academy
200mF 6 2nd22.46Bennett FeldenkirchenMountain View High School
200mF 6 3rd22.61Braylon FendersonRiverdale Ridge High School
1600mF 2 1st4:22.83Jackson ShortenMountain View High School
PVF 1 1st14-8Becker EllThompson Valley High School
SF 1 1st50-0.5Mitchell AndersonThe Classical Academy

NOCO Series #1

Windsor HS Track Windsor, CO
May 7, 2021
680 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Lafayette Season Opener

Centaurus HS Track Lafayette, CO
May 4, 2021
511 Total Performances

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (2)

Elite Performances

Girls (7)
200mF 8 1st25.39Taylor JamesNiwot High School
400mF 4 1st57.13Taylor JamesNiwot High School
400mF 4 2nd57.69Kimora NorthrupNiwot High School
400mF 4 3rd57.92Madison ShultsNiwot High School
4x400mF 2 1st3:55.24Niwot High School
LJF 2 1st18-3Kathryn CarrollNiwot High School
PVF 1 1st12-6Lilly NicholsBroomfield High School

Ray Headley Invitational 2021

Swink HS Track Swink, CO
May 7, 2021
646 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

53rd Annual Yuma Bill Kalb Invitational

Yuma HS Track Yuma, CO
May 4, 2021
634 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (2)
DF 1 2nd157-1Mohamed IbrahimWiggins High School
DF 1 1st164-3Bryant SchoenthalWray High School

Palmer Terror Invitational

Garry Berry Stadium Colorado Springs, CO
May 8, 2021
592 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
1600mF 2 1st5:15.42Bethany MichalakAir Academy High School
Boys (9)
200mF 6 1st22.53Sam WeissteinAir Academy High School
400mF 5 1st49.77Thomas FryPalmer Ridge High School
1600mF 2 1st4:19.02Ben ConlinRampart High School
1600mF 2 2nd4:21.64Oscar GollLiberty High School
110HF 2 1st14.66Carsen BrunsRampart High School
300HF 2 1st39.15Carsen BrunsRampart High School
HJF 1 1st6-6Elijah ScottDiscovery Canyon High School
LJF 1 1st22-8Daryon WilsonMitchell High School
DF 1 1st159-9Alec FalkPalmer Ridge High School

B-Town Opener

Broomfield HS Track Broomfield, CO
May 7, 2021
583 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (3)
PVF 1 2nd11-7Olivia KosanovichFairview High School
PVF 1 3rd11-7Sophie PierceFairview High School
PVF 1 1st12-7Lilly NicholsBroomfield High School
Boys (3)
100mF 1 1st10.49Gavin SchurrFairview High School
200mF 1 1st21.56Gavin SchurrFairview High School
PVF 1 1st14-1Will ChiangFairview High School

Valor Early Qualifier

Valor Christian HS Stadium Highlands Ranch, CO
May 8, 2021
514 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (10)
400mF 3 1st57.39Reese DragovichValor Christian High School
400mF 3 2nd57.86Camille PeisnerValor Christian High School
3200mF 1 1st11:03.68Taylor WhitfieldValor Christian High School
3200mF 1 2nd11:10.47Brooke WilsonValor Christian High School
300HF 2 1st44.77Kylie BahrValor Christian High School
4x200mF 1 1st1:41.25Valor Christian High School
4x400mF 1 1st3:59.75Valor Christian High School
LJF 1 1st18-4.5Megan LonnemanValor Christian High School
DF 1 1st151-0Giavonna MeeksNorthfield High School
SF 1 1st47-3Giavonna MeeksNorthfield High School
Boys (8)
200mF 6 1st22.65 wJonah BeardLutheran High School
200mF 6 2nd22.78 wJosh ThornValor Christian High School
800mF 2 1st1:56.44Drew CostelowValor Christian High School
1600mF 2 1st4:26.62Grahm Tuohy-GaydosGreen Mountain High School
3200mF 1 1st9:21.04Grahm Tuohy-GaydosGreen Mountain High School
3200mF 1 2nd9:26.37Caleb BoutellePine Creek High School
300HF 3 1st38.60Michael BennettLakewood High School
300HF 3 2nd39.34Cooper NeedhamDenver East High School

Fort Morgan Invitational

Legion Field Fort Morgan, CO
May 8, 2021
566 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
SF 1 1st36-5.5Emali TorresHolyoke High School
Boys (4)
DF 1 2nd153-7Mohamed IbrahimWiggins High School
DF 1 1st156-10Bryant SchoenthalWray High School
SF 1 2nd52-0.5Bryant SchoenthalWray High School
SF 1 1st52-3.75Mohamed IbrahimWiggins High School

Mickey Dunn Invitational

Stocker Stadium Grand Junction, CO
May 8, 2021
466 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (2)
1600mF 1 1st5:15.56Tristian SpenceCentral Grand Junction High School
SF 2 1st37-8Keely PorterDelta High School
Boys (1)
200mF 4 1st21.96Justin BlantonCentral Grand Junction High School

University Early Season Invitational

University HS Track Greeley, CO
May 7, 2021
457 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (3)
200mF 4 1st22.11Braycen BuxmanResurrection Christian High School
3200mF 1 1st9:41.55Logan GullettEaton High School
LJF 1 1st22-2Nolan JohnsonUniversity High School

Jeffco Qualifier #1

Jeffco Stadium Lakewood, CO
May 4, 2021
351 Total Performances

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
SF 1 1st38-1.25Amanda OppLakewood High School
Boys (4)
1600mF 2 1st4:23.41Grahm Tuohy-GaydosGreen Mountain High School
1600mF 2 2nd4:24.21Bryce ReeburghGolden High School
3200mF 1 1st9:38.38Grahm Tuohy-GaydosGreen Mountain High School
300HF 2 1st39.52Michael BennettLakewood High School


French Field Fort Collins, CO
May 6, 2021
405 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (2)
DF 1 1st153-2Kevin BruxvoortRocky Mountain High School
Dp 1 1st153-2Kevin BruxvoortRocky Mountain High School

Mancos Early Bird

Mancos HS Track Mancos, CO
May 8, 2021
390 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
SF 1 1st50-4Connor ShowalterMancos High School

Palmer JV Meet

Garry Berry Stadium Colorado Springs, CO
May 7, 2021
373 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Clint Wells Invitational

Moffat County HS Track Craig, CO
May 7, 2021
414 Total Performances (368 CO)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Holly Invitational

Holly HS Track Holly, CO
May 8, 2021
336 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (3)
SF 2 3rd36-4.5Lauren ReyesLamar High School
SF 2 2nd36-6.5Kyra SheridanEads High School
SF 2 1st37-7.5Colby StokerEads High School

Eagle Valley Invitational

Eagle Valley HS Track Gypsum, CO
May 8, 2021
342 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
LJF 1 20th27-10.75Lillian HuffordWest Grand High School

Centennial League Qualifier #1

Stutler Bowl Greenwood Village, CO
May 8, 2021
276 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (6)
800mF 1 1st2:19.58Alexis PagelCherokee Trail High School
300HF 1 1st44.61Kilah FreelonMullen High School
4x100mF 1 1st48.70Grandview High School
4x200mF 1 1st1:42.97Grandview High School
TJF 1 2nd38-6Melody NwagwuGrandview High School
TJF 1 1st38-6.75Agur DwolMullen High School
Boys (7)
100mF 3 1st10.63Sterling BrassfieldEaglecrest High School
200mF 3 1st21.93Sterling BrassfieldEaglecrest High School
200mF 3 2nd22.32David MaldonadoGrandview High School
400mF 2 1st49.88Langston WilliamsEaglecrest High School
800mF 2 1st1:55.39Caden SmithCherokee Trail High School
110HF 1 1st14.99Malique SingletonGrandview High School
4x200mF 1 1st1:28.72Grandview High School


Fort Collins HS Track Fort Collins, CO
May 7, 2021
308 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (2)
HJF 1 1st5-4Brooke NaughtonFort Collins High School
SF 1 1st38-2Laura DavisFort Collins High School
Boys (2)
110HF 2 1st14.97Jacob DoeringRocky Mountain High School
SF 1 1st51-6.25Braiden DishmanFossil Ridge High School

Jeffco Qualifier #2

Jeffco Stadium Lakewood, CO
May 5, 2021
325 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Horizon Rust-Buster

North Stadium Westminster, CO
May 5, 2021
322 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Centennial League Qualifier #1 B

Arapahoe HS Track Centennial, CO
May 8, 2021
258 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (7)
1600mF 1 1st4:54.38Riley StewartCherry Creek High School
1600mF 1 2nd5:12.62Addison PriceCherry Creek High School
1600mF 1 3rd5:15.01Shelby BaldingCherry Creek High School
1600mF 1 4th5:15.70Ava EscorciaArapahoe High School
1600mF 1 5th5:17.09Addison LaughlinCherry Creek High School
3200mF 1 1st10:52.12Riley StewartCherry Creek High School
100HF 1 1st14.76Zeaniah WedgeworthOverland High School
Boys (1)
1600mF 1 1st4:06.17Parker WolfeCherry Creek High School

Jeffco Qualifier #3

Jeffco Stadium Lakewood, CO
May 6, 2021
175 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

SCL # 2

Dutch Clark Stadium Pueblo, CO
May 7, 2021
153 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

SCL # 1

Dutch Clark Stadium Pueblo, CO
May 6, 2021
89 Total Performances

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Rangeview Raider Kickoff Invitational

Aurora Public Schools Stadium Aurora, CO
May 8, 2021

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Shawnee Mission North Relays

Shawnee Mission North HS Overland Park, KS
May 7, 2021
1,081 Total Performances (1 CO)

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
HJF 1 1st6-7Roman SmithCenter High School

Pirate Invite 2021

Grace Center (St. Mary's HS Track) Colorado Springs, CO
May 8, 2021

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

LPAA Junior High Track Meet

Wiggins HS Track Wiggins, CO
May 7, 2021

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Continental League Early Qualifier

Echo Park Stadium Parker, CO
May 8, 2021

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Durango Dust Off

Durango HS Track Durango, CO
May 5, 2021

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Delta Panther Invitational

Delta HS Track Delta, CO
May 6, 2021