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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Morton, Bennett 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.
In the hurdles it was the Carsen Bruns show. The Rampart junior won the 11H in 14.66, and the 300H in 39.15.
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.
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 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.
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 Invitational. Colby Stoker, Kyra 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.
That's just the first week of the 2021 track & field season.
Photo Albums (2)
- Varsity Girls 3200 Finals Section 1
- Girls 3200m, Heat 2: Caila Odekirk in 10:46.6
- Varsity Boys 3200 Finals Section 1
- Boys 3200m, Heat 2: Carson Burian in 9:08.79
- Varsity Girls 1600 Finals Section 1
- Varsity Girls 1600 Finals Section 2
- Varsity Girls 1600 Finals Section 3
- Varsity Girls 1600 Finals Section 4
- Varsity Girls 1600 Finals Section 5
- Varsity Girls 1600 Finals Section 6
|1600m||F 1 34th||4:27.91||Damian Frausto||Durango High School|
|1600m||F 1 36th||4:27.93||Paul Knight||Durango High School|
|3200m||F 1 14th||9:29.61||Paul Knight||Durango High School|
|3200m||F 1 21st||9:42.48||Damian Frausto||Durango High School|
- Boys 100 Heat 2
- Boys 100 Heat 1
- Girls 100 Heat 8
- Boys 100 Heat 3
- Boys 100 Heat 5
- Boys 100 Heat 6
- Girls 4x200 Relay Heat 2
- Girls 4x200 Relay Heat 1
- Boys 100 Heat 4
- Boys 4x200 Relay Heat 1
|PV||F 1 1st||11-6||Isabella Coscetti||Manitou Springs High School|
|200m||F 2 1st||22.69||Brandon Hills||Vista Ridge High School|
|D||F 3 1st||150-8||Wyatt Pruce||Pueblo West High School|
|S||F 3 1st||51-9||Xavier Freeman||Pueblo East High School|
|800m||F 3 1st||2:16.77||Madison Shults||Niwot High School|
|800m||F 3 2nd||2:19.94||Stella Vieth||Niwot High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||10:50.51||Lucca Fulkerson||Niwot High School|
|3200m||F 1 2nd||11:04.87||Mia Prok||Niwot High School|
|300H||F 4 1st||44.31||Kimora Northrup||Niwot High School|
|4x100m||F 2 1st||48.70||Niwot High School|
|4x200m||F 2 1st||1:40.49||Niwot High School|
|SMR8||F 1 1st||1:45.16||Niwot High School|
|4x400m||F 2 1st||3:57.04||Niwot High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||12-0||Megan Kelleghan||Silver Creek High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||9:24.84||Zane Bergen||Niwot High School|
|3200m||F 1 2nd||9:25.33||Ryan Montera||Legacy High School|
|3200m||F 1 3rd||9:34.41||James Overberg||Centaurus High School|
|3200m||F 1 4th||9:34.71||Grayden Rauba||Niwot High School|
|3200m||F 1 5th||9:37.12||Joey Hendershot||Niwot High School|
|3200m||F 1 6th||9:38.38||Lukas Haug||Boulder High School|
|3200m||F 1 7th||9:44.65||Curtis Volf||Niwot High School|
|HJ||F 1 1st||6-9||Eddie Kurjak||Longmont High School|
|TJ||F 2 1st||45-4.25||Eddie Kurjak||Longmont High School|
|800m||F 1 1st||2:19.33||Katelyn Maley||Basalt High School|
|HJ||F 1 1st||5-4||Marin Simons||Coal Ridge High School|
|LJ||F 1 34th||20-6||Hannah Shaffer||Rifle High School|
|LJ||F 1 33rd||27-0.75||Kiana Lowell||Rifle High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||11-1||Phoebe Young||Coal Ridge High School|
|S||F 1 40th||36-9||Kimberly Salvidrez||Rifle High School|
|S||F 1 19th||37-8.75||Kate Ramthun||DeBeque High School|
|S||F 1 37th||37-8.75||Isabel Rodriguez-Flores||Caprock Academy High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||13-0||Anna Willis||The Classical Academy|
|S||F 1 1st||37-1.5||Kajsa Borrman||Loveland High School|
|200m||F 6 1st||22.41||Drew Morton||The Classical Academy|
|200m||F 6 2nd||22.46||Bennett Feldenkirchen||Mountain View High School|
|200m||F 6 3rd||22.61||Braylon Fenderson||Riverdale Ridge High School|
|1600m||F 2 1st||4:22.83||Jackson Shorten||Mountain View High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||14-8||Becker Ell||Thompson Valley High School|
|S||F 1 1st||50-0.5||Mitchell Anderson||The Classical Academy|
Photo Albums (1)
|200m||F 8 1st||25.39||Taylor James||Niwot High School|
|400m||F 4 1st||57.13||Taylor James||Niwot High School|
|400m||F 4 2nd||57.69||Kimora Northrup||Niwot High School|
|400m||F 4 3rd||57.92||Madison Shults||Niwot High School|
|4x400m||F 2 1st||3:55.24||Niwot High School|
|LJ||F 2 1st||18-3||Kathryn Carroll||Niwot High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||12-6||Lilly Nichols||Broomfield High School|
|D||F 1 2nd||157-1||Mohamed Ibrahim||Wiggins High School|
|D||F 1 1st||164-3||Bryant Schoenthal||Wray High School|
|1600m||F 2 1st||5:15.42||Bethany Michalak||Air Academy High School|
|200m||F 6 1st||22.53||Sam Weisstein||Air Academy High School|
|400m||F 5 1st||49.77||Thomas Fry||Palmer Ridge High School|
|1600m||F 2 1st||4:19.02||Ben Conlin||Rampart High School|
|1600m||F 2 2nd||4:21.64||Oscar Goll||Liberty High School|
|110H||F 2 1st||14.66||Carsen Bruns||Rampart High School|
|300H||F 2 1st||39.15||Carsen Bruns||Rampart High School|
|HJ||F 1 1st||6-6||Elijah Scott||Discovery Canyon High School|
|LJ||F 1 1st||22-8||Daryon Wilson||Mitchell High School|
|D||F 1 1st||159-9||Alec Falk||Palmer Ridge High School|
|PV||F 1 2nd||11-7||Olivia Kosanovich||Fairview High School|
|PV||F 1 3rd||11-7||Sophie Pierce||Fairview High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||12-7||Lilly Nichols||Broomfield High School|
|100m||F 1 1st||10.49||Gavin Schurr||Fairview High School|
|200m||F 1 1st||21.56||Gavin Schurr||Fairview High School|
|PV||F 1 1st||14-1||Will Chiang||Fairview High School|
|400m||F 3 1st||57.39||Reese Dragovich||Valor Christian High School|
|400m||F 3 2nd||57.86||Camille Peisner||Valor Christian High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||11:03.68||Taylor Whitfield||Valor Christian High School|
|3200m||F 1 2nd||11:10.47||Brooke Wilson||Valor Christian High School|
|300H||F 2 1st||44.77||Kylie Bahr||Valor Christian High School|
|4x200m||F 1 1st||1:41.25||Valor Christian High School|
|4x400m||F 1 1st||3:59.75||Valor Christian High School|
|LJ||F 1 1st||18-4.5||Megan Lonneman||Valor Christian High School|
|D||F 1 1st||151-0||Giavonna Meeks||Northfield High School|
|S||F 1 1st||47-3||Giavonna Meeks||Northfield High School|
|200m||F 6 1st||22.65 w||Jonah Beard||Lutheran High School|
|200m||F 6 2nd||22.78 w||Josh Thorn||Valor Christian High School|
|800m||F 2 1st||1:56.44||Drew Costelow||Valor Christian High School|
|1600m||F 2 1st||4:26.62||Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos||Green Mountain High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||9:21.04||Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos||Green Mountain High School|
|3200m||F 1 2nd||9:26.37||Caleb Boutelle||Pine Creek High School|
|300H||F 3 1st||38.60||Michael Bennett||Lakewood High School|
|300H||F 3 2nd||39.34||Cooper Needham||Denver East High School|
|S||F 1 1st||36-5.5||Emali Torres||Holyoke High School|
|D||F 1 2nd||153-7||Mohamed Ibrahim||Wiggins High School|
|D||F 1 1st||156-10||Bryant Schoenthal||Wray High School|
|S||F 1 2nd||52-0.5||Bryant Schoenthal||Wray High School|
|S||F 1 1st||52-3.75||Mohamed Ibrahim||Wiggins High School|
|1600m||F 1 1st||5:15.56||Tristian Spence||Central Grand Junction High School|
|S||F 2 1st||37-8||Keely Porter||Delta High School|
|200m||F 4 1st||21.96||Justin Blanton||Central Grand Junction High School|
|200m||F 4 1st||22.11||Braycen Buxman||Resurrection Christian High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||9:41.55||Logan Gullett||Eaton High School|
|LJ||F 1 1st||22-2||Nolan Johnson||University High School|
Photo Albums (1)
|S||F 1 1st||38-1.25||Amanda Opp||Lakewood High School|
|1600m||F 2 1st||4:23.41||Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos||Green Mountain High School|
|1600m||F 2 2nd||4:24.21||Bryce Reeburgh||Golden High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||9:38.38||Grahm Tuohy-Gaydos||Green Mountain High School|
|300H||F 2 1st||39.52||Michael Bennett||Lakewood High School|
|D||F 1 1st||153-2||Kevin Bruxvoort||Rocky Mountain High School|
|D||p 1 1st||153-2||Kevin Bruxvoort||Rocky Mountain High School|
|S||F 1 1st||50-4||Connor Showalter||Mancos High School|
|S||F 2 3rd||36-4.5||Lauren Reyes||Lamar High School|
|S||F 2 2nd||36-6.5||Kyra Sheridan||Eads High School|
|S||F 2 1st||37-7.5||Colby Stoker||Eads High School|
|LJ||F 1 20th||27-10.75||Lillian Hufford||West Grand High School|
|800m||F 1 1st||2:19.58||Alexis Pagel||Cherokee Trail High School|
|300H||F 1 1st||44.61||Kilah Freelon||Mullen High School|
|4x100m||F 1 1st||48.70||Grandview High School|
|4x200m||F 1 1st||1:42.97||Grandview High School|
|TJ||F 1 2nd||38-6||Melody Nwagwu||Grandview High School|
|TJ||F 1 1st||38-6.75||Agur Dwol||Mullen High School|
|100m||F 3 1st||10.63||Sterling Brassfield||Eaglecrest High School|
|200m||F 3 1st||21.93||Sterling Brassfield||Eaglecrest High School|
|200m||F 3 2nd||22.32||David Maldonado||Grandview High School|
|400m||F 2 1st||49.88||Langston Williams||Eaglecrest High School|
|800m||F 2 1st||1:55.39||Caden Smith||Cherokee Trail High School|
|110H||F 1 1st||14.99||Malique Singleton||Grandview High School|
|4x200m||F 1 1st||1:28.72||Grandview High School|
|HJ||F 1 1st||5-4||Brooke Naughton||Fort Collins High School|
|S||F 1 1st||38-2||Laura Davis||Fort Collins High School|
|110H||F 2 1st||14.97||Jacob Doering||Rocky Mountain High School|
|S||F 1 1st||51-6.25||Braiden Dishman||Fossil Ridge High School|
|1600m||F 1 1st||4:54.38||Riley Stewart||Cherry Creek High School|
|1600m||F 1 2nd||5:12.62||Addison Price||Cherry Creek High School|
|1600m||F 1 3rd||5:15.01||Shelby Balding||Cherry Creek High School|
|1600m||F 1 4th||5:15.70||Ava Escorcia||Arapahoe High School|
|1600m||F 1 5th||5:17.09||Addison Laughlin||Cherry Creek High School|
|3200m||F 1 1st||10:52.12||Riley Stewart||Cherry Creek High School|
|100H||F 1 1st||14.76||Zeaniah Wedgeworth||Overland High School|
|1600m||F 1 1st||4:06.17||Parker Wolfe||Cherry Creek High School|
Photo Albums (1)
|HJ||F 1 1st||6-7||Roman Smith||Center High School|