History Was Made At The Colorado State T&F Championships


Blink and you missed it. 

There were records falling at all corners of Jeffco Stadium at the 2024 edition of the Colorado State Track and Field Championships

Two all-time, all-classification state records fell on the first day of competition

That's what kind of Colorado State Championships went down. 

On Day One Northfield's Karamoko Sacko torched a 13.45 in the prelims of the 110H to take down a 20 year-old state record - and he'd lower that two days later, but we'll come back to that... 

Previous recover-holder Wilbert Smith ran 13.61 back when no current high schooler at the 2024 state meet was born - in 2004.

Likewise, Broomfield's Lilly Nichols finally did what I've been writing about for three years now - set a new pole vault state record -- and ironically enough, she wasn't the only one - the previous state record of 13-9 was broken by three pole vaulters this weekend. 

Nichols cleared 14-0 on Thursday, which was threatened a day later when Peak to Peak's Kourtney Rathke, and The Classical Academy's Anna Willis both surpassed the previous 13-9 record, clearing 13-10. 

But Nichols' one-day-old record survived. It's currently a US No. 4, while Rathke and Willis are tied for a US No. 7.  

Photo by Tim McDonald

State record No. 3 came on Day Two, when Cherokee Trail's 4x200 broke their own state record, and became the first Colorado squad to ever break 1:25, when they ran 1:24.93.

Editor's Note: to clarify, when I write "state record" I'm not referring to a state meet record (there were plenty of those...), I'm referring to all-time, all-classification state records.

Back to Sacko...

On Day Three the Northfield senior lowered his two day-old state record, running 13.43 in the 110H finals. The time is a US No. 4

On the topic of almost state records, the Niwot boy's 4x800 ran a All-Time No. 2 of 7:43.92. 

There was plenty to talk about...

Let's get into the highlights!



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Moving along to highlights in 1A...

The wind wasn't quite cooperating by the time DeBeque's Scottie Vines was set to jump. 

The Colorado state record-holder still cleared 7-0, which not only kept his streak of seven-foot clearances alive, but it was his third-consecutive state title in the high jump. 

Roxy Unruh swept the sprints. The Cheyenne Wells sophomore ran 12.21 in the 100, 25.64 in the 200, and 57.52 in the 400 - her 100 and her 400 were personal bests. 

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Meanwhile in 2A Eboselulu Omofoma capped her high school career with perfection. The Dayspring Christian Academy senior swept every individual event she competed in, winning the 100H in 14.24, the high jump in 5-7, and the triple jump in 35-11.75.

What's additionally impressive is that she wracked up PRs in the 100H and the high jump, despite her busy weekend. 

On the topic of domination, Nadhia Campos swept the distance events, running 5:12 in the 1,600, and 11:14 in the 3,200.

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In 3A Heidi Nielsen came, saw, and conquered. 

The Classical Academy junior swept the sprints, winning the 100 in 11.86, and the 200 in 24.08. She torched a 3A state meet record of 24.04 in the 200 prelims, and her winning time in the 100 was a PR. 

On the topic of domination, cue Isabel Allori

The Liberty Common senior swept the distance events, and picked up a rare quadruple - she won the 800 in a mind-blowing 2:09.16 PR, the 1,600 in 4:45.44, the 3,200 in 10:39, and she was the anchor leg in Liberty Common's 4x800 state champion squad.

Likewise, Kourtney Rathke was everywhere on and off the track.

The Peak to Peak senior won the long jump in 18-9, the triple jump in 36-9.75, the pole vault in 13-10, and finished third in the 100H in 15.27. 

Of additional note on the pole vault, and as mentioned further up in this story - Rathke and Anna Willis both cleared 13-10 in a wild back-and-forth competition that saw both go over the previous state record, and state-meet record.

Speaking of being everywhere cue Andie Rasmussen.