Monday Morning Recap: Clearing The First Week Of The Season

The dust has finally settled on the first week of Colorado's 2022 outdoor track & field season!

(And the second week launches off the starting line today...)

While winter had another go halfway through the week, stopping a few meets before they could even get on the line, there was still plenty of action.

Let's get into it, here are the highlights of the highlights...

The Centennial League Opener saw some eyebrow-raising performances. 

In the girls 1,600 it was The Addisons' verses The Avas', with Cherry Creek's Addison Price and Addison Laughlin going 1-2, running 5:11.20, and 5:11.25. Ava Escorcia and Ava Mitchell finished 3-4, running 5:13.85, and 5:15.27. Doubling up in distance Emily Lamontagne ran away with the 3,200, running 11:04.

In the field events we caught a glimpse of the future - Cherokee Trail freshman Sky Thompson won the long jump in 18-9.25. That's the fourth-best in the country among freshmen. Blythe Cayko and Savannah Jorgens took the shot put down to the inches with Cayko winning the event in 36-5 to Jorgens' 36-0.

Meanwhile Grandview went 1-2 in the 200, with Evan Johnson winning the event in 22.34, which was just ahead of teammate David Maldonado's 22.63.

In the field events NiiAmon Levias Kotey won the long jump in a wind-aided 22-3.5, while Mateo Munoz won pole vault with a 14-0 clearance.

Defending 1,600 state champion Bethany Michalak opened up her outdoor season at the Palmer Terror Invitational. The Air Academy sophomore won the 800 in 2:16.30, while teammate Tessa Walter won the 1,600 in 5:15.14. A highlight on the boys side was Widefield's Dallen Booker, who won the 200 in 22.42.

Wind didn't slow down much of competition at the Coyote/Panther Invite

Big highlights came from Prospect Ridge Academy's Avery Marr, who won the 800 in 2:18.60, Centaurus' Maggie McCleskey, who won the 1,600 in 5:19.71, and Isabel Allori, who won the 3,200 in 11:11. For the boys Grayson Arnold (pictured above) starred with a 22.77 head-wind victory in the 200.

READ: A Whirlwind Of A Meet At The Coyote/Panther Invite

Meanwhile the CSU-Pueblo Early-Bird saw some impressive performances in the field events. Isabella Coscetti won the pole vault in 11-0, while Lamar went 1-2 in shot put. Alexandria Tice won the shot put with a toss of 39-4.25. Teammate Lauren Reyes was second in 36-8.75. For the boys Lawrence Walker won the 200 in 22.29. 

Another big highlight came from the Cheyenne Mountain boy's 4x800, who dropped a US No. 7 of 8:00.74.

Niwot starred at the St. Vrain RE-1J District Meet

4A state cross country champion Eva Klingbeil clocked Colorado's first sub-5 1,600 of the 2022 season, winning the event in 4:56.39. Kimora Northrup swept the hurdles, winning the 100H in 14.82, and the 300H in 44.56

The The Banana Belt Classic also had some stellar performances in the field events. For the girls, defending 3A state champion Anna Willis won the pole vault with a clearance of 12-4. For the boys, Brandon Hills won the long jump with a 22-8 leap, while Alec Falk won the discus with a throw of 161-0.

On the Western Slope Tristian Spence was the main highlight at the Fruita Monument Early Bird Meet. The Central (GJ) season won the 3,200 in 11:06. 

At the PIEDRA VISTA TURNER RELAYS in New Mexico Durango's William Knight won the discus with a toss of 155-11.

Colorado had a few stars head to the Big Apple for the New Balance Nationals Indoor, and Nike Indoor Nationals.

Editor's Note: Bare with us -- results from these meets are still be loaded, and will take some time to filter into our system...

Among the highlights..

For the full mile - Niwot's Zane Bergen flirted with a sub-4 mile, running 4:02.64 to finish second, while Cherry Creek's Riley Stewart finished third 4:40.93.

Meanwhile Kourtney Rathke and Megan Kelleghan went 3-4 in the pole vault, with both clearing 13-3.

Cherry Creek's Kinsey Christianson had a huge weekend of her own - she won the Rising Stars 800 in 2:10.47, and finished second in the Rising Stars 400 in 56.49.

Across town at the Nike Indoor Nationals Northfield senior Giavonna Meeks claimed the Weight Throws national title with a toss of 57-03.50, and finished second in the shot put in 46-6.25.

Bring on the second week of the outdoor track season!

Featured Meets

New Balance Nationals Indoor

The Armory Track & Field Center New York, NY
Mar 11, 2022 Mar 13, 2022
3,739 Total Performances (37 CO)

Photo Albums (9)

Videos (106)

Articles (58)

Elite Performances

Girls (15)
55mF 6 38th7.33Julia PattisonMonarch High School
200mp 10 24th25.13Julia PattisonMonarch High School
200mp 8 30th25.97Sophia McHenryRock Canyon High School
400mF 2 2nd56.49Kinsey ChristiansonCherry Creek High School
400mp 11 2nd57.20Kinsey ChristiansonCherry Creek High School
800mF 3 1st2:10.47Kinsey ChristiansonCherry Creek High School
1500mF 6 3rd4:22.58Riley StewartCherry Creek High School
MileF 6 3rd4:40.93Riley StewartCherry Creek High School
HJF 1 21st5-0.5Dallis RobinsonGrandview High School
HJF 1 11th5-1Fabiola BelibiRegis Jesuit
HJF 1 4th5-2.25Ariel BaileyMountain Vista High School
LJF 1 9th18-8.5Fabiola BelibiRegis Jesuit
TJF 2 3rd40-10.25Agur DwolMullen High School
PVF 1 34th11-1.75Olivia KosanovichAbove the Bar Track Club
WTF 1 26th39-4Brooke FrankeRiverdale Ridge High School
Boys (7)
200mp 8 12th22.48Ben KirkDenver East High School
55HF 2 12th7.48PJ RobinsonCherry Creek High School
55HF 2 12th7.54Carsen BrunsRampart High School
60Hp 2 13th8.05PJ RobinsonCherry Creek High School
60Hp 4 15th8.09Carsen BrunsRampart High School
60Hs 3 11th8.09PJ RobinsonCherry Creek High School
60Hs 2 13th8.11Carsen BrunsRampart High School

Red Rock Invitational

Grand County HS Track Moab, UT
Mar 12, 2022
655 Total Performances (27 CO)

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

The Banana Belt Classic

Dutch Clark Stadium Pueblo, CO
Mar 12, 2022
983 Total Performances

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Girls (3)
300HF 4 1st46.28Leyah MartinezPueblo East High School
PVF 1 2nd10-7Grace MuellerThe Classical Academy
PVF 1 1st12-4Anna WillisThe Classical Academy
Boys (2)
LJF 5 1st22-8Brandon HillsVista Ridge High School
DF 5 1st161-0Alec FalkPalmer Ridge High School

Coyote/Panther Invite

Centaurus HS Track Lafayette, CO
Mar 12, 2022
782 Total Performances

Photo Albums (1)

Articles (2)

Elite Performances

Girls (2)
800mF 1 1st2:18.60Avery MarrProspect Ridge Academy
3200mF 1 1st11:11.65Isabel AlloriLiberty Common High School

Palmer Terror Invitational

Garry Berry Stadium Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 12, 2022
863 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
800mF 2 1st2:16.30Bethany MichalakAir Academy High School

CSU-Pueblo Early-Bird

CSU-Pueblo Thunderbowl Pueblo, CO
Mar 12, 2022
846 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (3)
PVF 1 1st11-0Isabella CoscettiManitou Springs High School
DF 5 1st120-8.5Alexandria TiceLamar High School
SF 4 1st39-4.25Alexandria TiceLamar High School
Boys (1)
4x800mF 1 1st8:00.74Cheyenne Mountain High School

Centennial League Opener

Stutler Bowl Greenwood Village, CO
Mar 12, 2022
572 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (7)
1600mF 2 1st5:11.20Addison PriceCherry Creek High School
1600mF 2 2nd5:11.25Addison LaughlinCherry Creek High School
1600mF 2 3rd5:13.85Ava EscorciaArapahoe High School
3200mF 1 1st11:04.27Emily LamontagneArapahoe High School
4x800mF 1 1st9:44.20Arapahoe High School
LJF 2 1st18-9.25Sky ThompsonCherokee Trail High School
TJF 1 1st36-6Kaeli PoweCherokee Trail High School
Boys (1)
PVF 1 1st14-0Mateo MunozGrandview High School

St. Vrain RE-1J District Meet

Mead HS Track Longmont, CO
Mar 12, 2022
530 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (6)
1600mF 2 1st4:56.39Eva KlingbeilNiwot High School
1600mF 2 2nd5:12.61Olivia AlessandriniNiwot High School
1600mF 2 3rd5:14.05Sarah PerkinsNiwot High School
100HF 3 1st14.82Kimora NorthrupNiwot High School
300HF 3 1st44.56Kimora NorthrupNiwot High School
SMR8F 1 1st1:50.00Niwot High School

Fruita Monument Early Bird Meet

Stocker Stadium Grand Junction, CO
Mar 12, 2022
516 Total Performances

Elite Performances

Girls (1)
3200mF 1 1st11:06.58Tristian SpenceCentral Grand Junction High School


Piedra Vista HS Track Farmington, NM
Mar 12, 2022
722 Total Performances (193 CO)

Articles (1)

Elite Performances

Boys (1)
DF 2 1st155-11William KnightDurango High School

Icicle Invitational

Montrose HS Track Montrose, CO
Mar 12, 2022

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

2022 Continental League Relays

Echo Park Stadium Parker, CO
Mar 12, 2022

Elite Performances

No elite performances.

Fruita Invite

Stocker Stadium Grand Junction, CO
Mar 12, 2022

Elite Performances

No elite performances.