Monday Morning Recap: Soaring Into Championship Season

Something big happened in nearly every corner of the state this past weekend. Literally. This recap just may take the cake as the biggest recap I've ever put together - that's how many performances stood out. 

My mind is still spinning...

We've got a lot to cover, so let's get into it - are the highlights of the highlights.

The Patriot League Meet saw some great performances. Logan Gullett ran himself into the 3,200 state conversation. The Eaton junior ran a 3A No. 3 of 9:36 in his first 3,200 of the season. Likewise, Cody Michaelson added three-inches to his PR in the high jump to win the event with a 3A No. 2 of 6-6.5. For the girls Allyson Weichel won the 300H in 46.49, while Peighton Marrero torched a 3A No. 3 of 57.89 to win the 400.

At the Doherty Spartan Invitational Gabriella Cunningham won the 100H in 14.62, while Victoria Sanders vaulted herself to a 4A No. 2 of 11-4 to win the pole vault. Likewise, Hope Callan tossed 38-0 to win the shot put with a 4A No. 4. On the boy's side of the competition Malique Singleton won the 300H in 39.29, while Simeon Whitaker cracked 50-seconds in the 400 for the first time, running 49.47 to in the event. Meanwhile Alec Falk won the discus with a toss of 169-11. Vista Ridge's Brandon Hills kept his unblemished long jump record alive, as he leapt to 22-9.25 for his sixth consecutive victory in the event.

Doherty Spartan Photos

The Cherry Creek Invitational played host to not only a state record, but a slew of top-tier performances. 

The Cherry Creek girls 4x800 ran a state record and US No. 1, but their 4x400 also ran a state-leading 3:49.93. Going way down in distance, Fabiola Belibi won the 100H in 14.52, while - taking out the hurdles - Sophia McHenry won the 100 in 12.25. 

Emily Lamontagne ran away with the victory in the 800, running 2:13. Eloise Stuart was second three-seconds back in 2:16. In the 1,600 Addison Price took the W, running 5:03. Arapahoe's Ava Mitchell and Ava Escorcia ran 5:07 and 5:10. Doubling upwards in distance, Mountain Vista's Brooke Adams ran a Colorado personal best in the 3,200 for the third consecutive time, winning the event in 11:16.

In the long jump Agur Dwol leapt over 19-feet for the third time this season, landing at 19-3.75. Meanwhile Natalia Leu-Pierre took a two-inch victory over Amanda Licht in the shot put, tossing 38-3 to Licht's 38-1 - which is a 3A No. 2

On the boy's side of the competition D'Andre Barnes won a tight 200 race over Ben Kirk and Sam Beckham, as all three dipped under 22-seconds. Barnes took the W with a 21.86 clocking, which was three-hundredths-of-a-second ahead of Kirk's 21.89. Beckham was third in 21.99. In the 400 Ace Malone and Luke Dry battled all the way around the track, with both cracking 48-seconds. Malone and Dry torched the Top-2 times in the state, with Malone winning the event with a 47.36 clocking. Dry was a half-second back in 47.81. Meanwhile Carsen Bruns torched a state-leading 37.29 in the 300H

In the 800 Mountain Vista's Tyler Downs ran himself into the spotlight with a 1:52.79 PR - that's also a 5A No. 1. As dominate as Downs was in the 800, the 1,600 was a battle all the way through the line. Jayden Nats took the victory with a 4:23.75, which was just a stride ahead of Jack Tolbert's 4:23.80. Corbin Hobert and David Flaig were a second back in 4:24.31 and 4:24.98.

In the high jump Randahl Butler cleared 6-6, and the competition, while Jackson Wray cleared 14-0 to win the pole vault. In the horizontal jumps Grant Haskins won the long jump with a leap of 23-11.25, and David Wardlaw won the triple jump in a 5A No. 1 of 45-9.5.

Cherry Creek Race Videos


A day earlier Fabiola Belibi torched a state-leading 14.02 100H at the Denver North Viking InvitationalKatie Wrona won the 400 in a PR of 57.62 - that's a 3A No. 2, and the first time she's run the event this season. Meanwhile Ryan Kennett sliced a second off her 300H PR to win the event in a 4A No. 4 of  45.61. In the 800 Isabel Allori took a tight victory over Elizabeth Jenulis, running 2:17.99 to Jenulis' 2:18.44. In the high jump Sierra Haberman cleared 5-4 for her seventh victory in the event this season. In the horizontal jumps Kourtney Rathke dominated. The Peak to Peak sophomore leapt to 3A No. 1 of 18-6 to win the long jump, and 3A No. 2 of 36-9 to win the triple jump.

On the boy's side of the competition Ben Kirk and Joe Ciccio took the 100 down to the hundredth-of-a-second. Kirk won in 10.74, which was a lean ahead of Ciccio's 10.75.

Zadie Mackey picked up her sixth consecutive victory at the Black Forest League Championships. The Elbert County sophomore won the event with a toss of 129-11.

At the LPAA/YWKC LEAGUE MEET Bryant Schoenthal and Mohamed Ibrahim battled in the throws like they have all season. Schoenthal won the discus with a toss of 170-3, while Ibrahim was second in 165-10. The two swapped positions in the shot put, with Ibrahim winning the event with a toss of 56-10.5, which was just beyond Schoenthal's 56-1.5. For the girls Correy Koellner tossed 40-1 for her second time over 40-feet this season.

Colorado just might see its first seven-foot high jump - perhaps question isn't just when, it's who. 

Sonny Ciccarelli is clearly rounding into shape right in time for State. The Woodland Park senior cleared 6-10 at the Canon City Blossom Invitational.

Rather than recap the Front Range League Championships again, I'll send you here: Leaping Into History At The Front Range League Championships

Front Range League Photos

Front Range League Videos

Meanwhile the throws were on fire at the HWAY Invitational. It was a Holyoke sweep in the girl's throws, with Lauren Herman winning the discus with a toss o 125-6, while teammate Correy Koellner won the shot put with a toss of 39-4.5. Meanwhile Bryant Schoenthal swept the boy's side, with a toss of 169-5 in the discus and 54-7.5 in the shot put.

The Jeffco 4A/5A League Championships was another hotly contested meet.

Chatfield's Amelia Hubbell torched a 14.43 100H in the prelims, though Casia Provencal would take the victory in the finals, running 15.01. Hubbell did get a victory, however - she won the 300H in 44.87. Taking the hurdles off the track, Peyton Holmes stormed to a 12.19 victory in the 100. In the 800 Keeghan Edwards ran away with the win, running  2:16.79. Likewise, Emma Stutzman dominated the 1,600, running 5:02 for a 10-second victory. Stutzman also won the 3,200, running 11:05. Meanwhile Coral Tolman had a massive breakthrough in the pole vault. The Standley Lake senior cleared 11-1 to win the event in a PR.

In the boy's 1,600 Bryce Reeburgh cracked 4:20 for the third time this season. The Golden senior ran 4:19 for a two-second victory over Camden Law, who ran 4:21. Dane Eike was a close third, running a 4:22 PR. Reeburgh also won the 3,200 in 9:36.38. The 800 was a tight race as well, with Bear Creek's Jacob Culig winning in a massive PR of 1:53.29 - that's a 5A No. 2. Law was a close second in 1:54.89. Likewise, Jack Wetterling and Myles Wilson cracked 40-seconds in the 300H, with Wetterling taking the win in 39.05 to Wilson's 39.32.


There was plenty to talk about at the Longs Peak/NCAC/Mile High League Meets