Danny Ahern, Sr., Longmont: At the end of last season, he finished 13th in the 4A triple jump and enters the 2017 campaign in a good position to improve his standing.

Mitchell Gorman, Jr., Broomfield: Only a sophomore in 2016, he placed sixth in the 300 hurdles and figures to claim a number of other medals before he is finished.

Isaac Green, Sr., Monarch: Already the owner of multiple Colorado state titles and a growing reputation at the national level, he's back for one more run in Class 5A.

Nico Heineke Magri, Sr., Monarch: His mark of 45 feet, 10 seconds landed him a mere three feet from the 5A podium and he is dead set on finishing higher than 14th place as a senior.

Brock Knechtel, Sr., Silver Creek: Another big-time thrower from the area, he threw 157 feet, 6 inches in the 4A discus to place fourth last year and is within striking distance of a state title.

Anthony Lyle, Sr., Legacy: He placed 15th in both the open 100 and 200 last season and enters the 2017 season with a shot at the podium in a handful of events.

Max Manson, So., Monarch: He was just a freshman last season when he cleared 15 feet, 7 inches to place second in the 5A pole vault at last year's state meet.

Sam Primozich, Sr., Boulder: A key member on the Panthers' distance relays, he also placed 12th in the 5A 800-meter run and will get a chance to lead his team's distance unit as a senior in 2017.


Isaac Roberts, Fr., Lyons: Yes, there's another Roberts arriving on the scene, and this one showed his potential by placing fourth in Class 2A at the cross country state championships in the fall.

Tyler Thimsen, Sr., Jefferson Academy: After placing third last season in the 3A triple jump, he'll be looking to improve on last year's mark of 43 feet, 3.5 inches.


Monarch senior Isaac Green will be one top athletes in the state this season.
Monarch senior Isaac Green will be one top athletes in the state this season. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Rylee Anderson, Jr., Silver Creek: Will be aiming for a third straight state title in the high jump and has the state meet record of 5 feet, 8.25 inches in her sights.

Holly Bent, Sr., Monarch: The Coyotes girls return as a force yet again, and the CU-bound Bent could easily be top-5 in both distance races.

Claudia Burgess, Jr., Boulder: Another name one should be well aware of between cross country and track, Burgess is another two-miler in the area that should score points.

Alexis Carroll, Sr., Niwot: Carroll has established herself as a top threat in the 4A hurdles races as well as the triple jump, but this year is working to score in the long jump, too.

Abby Glynn, So., Mead: Glynn, a middle blocker on the volleyball team, burst onto the scene as a freshman scoring points in the 400 and 300 hurdles. She'll be one of the Mavericks' more experienced returners.

Samantha Lewis, Sr., Jefferson Academy: One of the few area sprinters to excel state-wide last year, Lewis is also looking to improve on her 9th place standing in the high jump.

Quinn McConnell, So., Peak to Peak: McConnell has shown enormous talent in her short time as a Puma, and the expectations continue to rise along with that, especially in the 800 where she won a state title last year.

Katelyn Mitchem, Jr., Broomfield: Broomfield's girls look poised to make a big jump in 5A, and Mitchem will factor in with the slightest drop in her times. She finished 10th in the 2-mile and 11th in the mile last year.

Emma Schaefer, Jr., Shining Mountain: Along with Abby Leuchten, the Lions have a duo that should bring a lot of points their way for the next 2-3 years. For Scheafer, a state title in the 2-mile is a legit goal.

Carina Schmid, Sr., Fairview: The Knights senior was literally just a couple inches in her triple jump and long jump from scoring in both events. The goals are pretty evident.


Fairview’s Carina Schmid will be a threat to place in both the triple and long jumps this season.
Fairview's Carina Schmid will be a threat to place in both the triple and long jumps this season. (Autumn Parry / File photo)

The CHSAA state track and field championship meet for all classifications (1A-5A) runs May 18-20 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.




Coach: Carl Worthington, Jr. (23rd year)

Last year: Boys finished 20th at 5A state meet; Girls finished 40th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Gage Hornung (Sr., 3,200 relay, 2nd), Sam Primozich (Sr., 800, 12th; 3,200 relay, 2nd).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Claudia Burgess (Jr., 3,200 relay, 17th; 3,200, 8th), Lily Geer (Sr., 3,200 relay, 17th), Jamie Hegg (Sr., 1,600 relay, 10th; 800 relay, 15th), Cassidy Eiss (Sr., 1,600 relay, 10th; 800 relay, 15th), Lily Margolis (So., 800 relay, 15th), Lauren Neugeboren (Jr., 800, 10th; 3,200 relay, 17th; 1,600 relay, 10th).

Other boys to watch: Calvin Burkhardt (Sr., throws), Peter Chopra (Sr., jumps, sprints, relays), Alec Eyl (So., jumps, pole vault, relays), Patrick Fletcher (Jr., sprints, relays), Josh Lazaroby (So., jumps, sprints, relays), Max McLoughlin (Sr., sprints, relays), Sean Riedel (Sr., distance), Dylan Rodgers (So., pole vault, jumps, relays), Ryan Travis (Jr., sprints, relays, jumps), Luke Zacharias (Sr., distance, relays).

Other girls to watch: Emma Chow (Sr., jumps), Izzy Heart (Jr., distance), Emma Richardson (Sr., sprints, relays).

Outlook: Relays are going to be a strength for the Panthers on both the boys and girls sides. Sam Primozich and Luke Zacharias lead a talented boys distance group that has the potential to set new school marks. The same can be said for Jamie Hegg and the sprint crew that she leads, as well as for Lauren Neugeboren in the 800 and the girls 3,200 relay. Claudia Burgess also figures to be in the mix for a distance medal or two. There's talent throughout the Boulder lineup and both teams could challenge to break into the top 25 at state.



Coach: Craig Boccard (boys, 19th year); Justin Hazzard (girls, 9th year).

Last year: Boys finished 4th at 5A state meet; Girls finished 39th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Garret Betty (Sr., discus, 16th), Mitchell Gorman (Jr., 300 hurdles, 6th), Shane Kaiser (Sr., 3,200 relay, 8th), Josh Schoep (Sr., 3,200 relay, 8th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Ivy Gonzales (Jr., 1,600, 13th; 3,200, 12th; 3,200 relay, 14th), Katelyn Mitchem (Jr.,1,600, 11th; 3,200m, 10th; 3,200 relay, 14th), Madison Mooney (Jr., 800, 3rd; 1,600, 2nd), Laura Thompson (Jr., 3,200 relay, 14th), Alena Valdez (Jr., 3,200 relay, 14th).

Other boys to watch: Caleb Kennedy (Jr., throws), Tino Martinez (Jr., sprints), Michael Mooney (Jr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Joy Fifita (So., throws), Allison White (Sr., pole vault).

Outlook: The girls were comprised of mostly underclassmen last season and are starting to mature more as competitors. The girls squad will look to develop around a tough nucleus from their distant events. The boys team lost a lot to graduation but look to reload with a well-balanced squad.



Coach: Robin Lynch (Girls, 11th year), Jesse Fassler (Boys, 3rd year)

Last year: Neither the boys or girls scored at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Brooke Calvo (So., 3,200 relay, 12th), Helen Gover (So., 3,200 relay, 12th), Sabrina Stern (Sr., 3,200 alternate, 12th).

Other boys to watch: Mikale Conway (Fr., sprints, middle distance), Alex Hooten (Jr., distance), Ian Mackeigan (Fr., sprints), Josh Negrey (Sr., jumps), John O'Malley (Jr., distance), Charley Sagrillo (So., hurdles).

Other girls to watch: Kira Biener (So., jumps/hurdles), Sarah Boyer (So., sprints), Riley Geldean (Fr., distance), Katie Hooten (Fr., distance), Britney Jones (So., sprints).

Outlook: This year's Warriors will draw their strength from the distance and jumps crews, but are also looking to make big improvements in sprints, relays and throws this season. Centaurus is returning three girls from its strong 3,200-meter relay team that set a school record and will be bolstered by the addition of freshman Riley Geldean, who placed eight in 4A at the cross country state meet in the fall. The overall goal is to steadily improve all around this season and the Warriors expect to place higher in the Northern League, as well as send a few more athletes to state in 2017.



Coach: Cody Martus (1st year)

Last year: Boys finished 46th at 4A state meet; Girls finished 39th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Alia Brand (Jr., 1,600 relay, 16th); Teagan Brand (So., 400 relay, 16th; 800 relay, 17th; 1,600 relay, 16th; sprint medley, 7th); Rylin Brett (Sr., 400 relay, 16th; 800 relay, 17th; 1,600 relay, 16th; sprint medley, 7th), Haley Hahn (So., 400 relay, 16th; sprint medley, 7th), Kaelin Hawkins (So., 800 relay, 17th).

Other girls to watch: Emily Condon (So., distance), Kieli Davia (So., jumps), Bekah Weigand (So., middle distance).

Other boys to watch: Jamison Cartwright (So., distance), Sean-Tyler Curell (Sr., sprints), Cameron Marcucci (So., throws), Noah Roper (So., jumps, sprints), John Sexton (Sr., middle distance), Daniel Trevino (Jr., middle distance).

Outlook: The Erie girls are returning four strong state-qualifying relays from last season and the girls who form those relays - A. Brand, T. Brand, Brett, Hahn and Hawkins - will also form the bedrock of the Tigers team this season. Looking to build on last season's success, the Tigers have brought in new head coach Cody Martus to lead them into the next chapter. While the boys won't return any state qualifiers from last season, they will be looking to build off their youth and put up some big performances this year.



Coach: Tricia Vieth (7th year)

Last year: Boys finished 32nd at 5A state meet; Girls finished 14th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Annalise Arant (Sr., pole vault, 6th), Hannah Freeman (Sr., 800m, 4th; 1,600 relay, 7th; 3,200 relay, 2nd), Vanessa Haggans (So., sprint medley relay, 16th; 1,600 relay, 7th), Sarah King (Sr., 3,200 relay, 2nd), Marlena Preigh (So., 3,200 relay, 2nd; 1,600 relay, 7th), Carina Schmid (Sr., long jump, 16th; triple jump, 16th).

Other boys to watch: Max Carter-Kemp (Jr., middle distance, relays), , Greg Lund (Sr., distance), Zach Morrissey (Sr., distance), Max Meuleman (Sr., distance, relays), Max Ward (Sr., jumps).

Other girls to watch: Tegan Bartholomew Brown (Fr., distance), Isabella Bowland (Jr., distance), Kinsey Hall (Fr., distance), Claire Jamison (Sr., pole vault), Kennedy Kenton (Jr., sprints).

Outlook: The Knights are doing more things as a full team of over 200 athletes this season and Vieth hopes that the bonding that occurs will help improve the team's standings at meets to the top half. The returning girls from last season are performing strong already, and the Knights are expecting great things from their 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays, and several field events. On the boys side, the Knights feel they have great leadership and that practices have been promising thus far. Vieth said she is most excited to see how the boys sprint squad will do since most of this crew is newer to the sport with a few strong leaders returning from last season.



Coach: Thomas Klem (1st year)

Last year: Neither the boys or girls scored at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Julia Wyatt (Sr., shot put, 12th), Kelly Aragon (Sr., high jump, 13th).

Other boys to watch: Brandon Akers (Sr., middle distance), Jake Cole (sprints, throws).

Other girls to watch: Lilliana Martin (Jr., sprints), Nikayta Neu (Sr., middle distance).

Outlook: With 13-year veteran coach Thad Lear transitioning into an assistant coaching position, the Warriors are a young team with a new coach as Thomas Klem takes the helm. The Warriors are focusing on gaining their footing as a team and on improving every day at practice as well as improving each time they compete. Both Martin and Neu return with state meet experience, having both narrowly missed the podium in 2016.



Coach: Steve Blair (33rd year)

Last year: Boys finished 22nd at 4A state meet; Girls did not score at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Braden Bartlett (So., 3,200 relay, 14th); Tanner Price (Sr., 3,200 relay, 14th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Raice Engelhardt (So., sprints), Kyle McCabe (Jr., distance), Travis Montoya (Sr., jumps, sprints), Nick Sloan (Sr., throws), Michael Zeman (Sr., sprints, relays).

Other girls to watch: Payton Corah (Jr., sprints), Melanie Doty (Sr., sprints, relays), Jody Gallagher (Jr., throws), Isabelle Hren (Jr., distance), Isabella Jimenez (Sr., hurdles, jumps), Cydney Pittenger (Jr., throws), DiAndra Romero (So., throws).

Outlook: The Tigers are returning to Class 3A, where Corah and Doty have qualified and done quite well at state in the past. The team's distance runners should be a strength on both the girls and boys sides, while the girls throwers should be a standout group. Coach Blair said he has a feeling that a couple of Tigers sprinters could surprise and that the relays at all levels should take a step forward in 2017. Overall, Blair also expects the Tigers to have a deeper team this year, which opens a number of possibilities for athletes to improve and stand out.



Coach: Eric Thimsen (5th year)

Last year: Boys finished 17th at 3A state meet; Girls finished 24th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Aidan Boyd (Jr., 110 hurdles, 15th), Jake Claeys (Jr., 300 hurdles, 12th), Tyler Thimsen (Sr., triple jump 3rd; long jump 16th), Christian VanCleave (Sr., 800, 5th; 1,600, 12th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Samantha Lewis (Sr., 100, 9th; 200, 12th; high jump, 9th), Kaele O'Donnell (Jr., 100 hurdles, 12th; 300 hurdles, 7th), Madeline Wall (Sr., 100, 18th; 400, 15th,).

Other boys to watch: Trever Ballard (Sr., sprints, jumps), Justin Barlow (Sr., sprints, jumps), Ryan Lehmuth (Jr., distance), Nathan Moore (Sr., middle distance), Liam Mueller (Jr., middle distance).

Other girls to watch: Mira Houck (So., sprints), Kristi Nagai (Sr., sprints), Kelliann Raff (Sr., throws), Kaitlyn Thimsen (Jr., sprints, jumps).

Outlook: Overall, this could potentially be the deepest Jaguars squad Jefferson Academy has had in its short existence. After the program showed well while drawing strength from its junior class last season, it appears that JA could make some waves at state this year. The boys team will look to seniors Tyler Thimsen, Chistian VanCleave and Justin Barlow and cross country stalwart junior Ryan Lehmuth (missed the state meet last year due to illness) to lead the way for relays and many individual events. On the girls side, distance continues to be a question mark while bright spots for the Jaguars girls will be the sprints and jumps with Samantha Lewis and Madeline Wall anchoring those units.



Coach: Wayne Voorhees (Boys, 2nd year); Greg Miller (Girls, 2nd year)

Last year: Neither boys or girls scored at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Anthony Lyle (Sr., 100, 15th; 200, 15th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Brian Arellano (Sr., sprints), Matt Gee (Sr., distance), Braxton Hansen (Sr., jumps, relays), Ethan Simmons (Sr., sprints, relays).

Other girls to watch: Brittney Baum (So., throws), Abigail Crosier (Sr., sprints), Katelyn Mackiewicz (sprints, middle distance), Sydney Mudgett (Sr., sprints), Brynn Siles (Fr., distance).

Outlook: The Lightning girls are working to qualify several groups in the sprint relays as well as the distance events this year. Sophomore Brittany Baum is shooting to reach the state tournament in both the shot put and discus, as well. The boys 800-meter relay team just missed state last season and the runners return, leaving them excited for their potential in 2017. The boys were close to qualifying for state in a number of other events, particularly the sprints, and should be able to add to their state meet numbers this May.



Coach: Scott Dickinson (1st year)

Last year: Boys finished 6th at 4A state meet; Girls finished 29th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Danny Ahern (Sr., triple jump, 13th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Shiloh Berger (Sr., long jump, 15th), Brianna Hitchcock (Sr., 800 relay, 16th; sprint medley, 12th), Cammy Manes (Sr., 800, 10th; 1,600, 18th; 800 relay, 16th; sprint medley, 12th), Katherine McCain (Sr., high jump, 6th), Kayla Waterman (Jr., 800 relay, 16th; sprint medley, 12th).

Other boys to watch: Yarid Estrada (Sr., sprints, jumps, relays), Sam Merrill (Sr., throws), Nick Paone (Jr., sprints, jumps, relays), Alex Santucci (Sr., sprints, relays), Carson Willis (Sr., sprints, jumps, relays).

Other girls to watch: Katelyn Bridge (Jr., hurdles, relays), Tara Hitchcock (So., hurdles, relays), Jayci Johnson (Jr., middle distance, relays), Grace Leger (Fr., middle distance), Kayla Waterman (Jr., sprints, jumps, relays).

Outlook: Going into this season, the Trojans have a number of upperclassmen on the girls and boys teams who could be ready to break out some great races and jumps now that a lot of seniors last year have graduated. At the same time, last year's senior class will also be quite difficult to replace. Yarid Estrada and Carson Willis are ready to round out the boys relay teams and Cammy Manes and Katherine McCain, who have both committed to collegiate programs, are ready to finish their senior years with a bang. Young talent stepping up to make a name for itself at the varsity level will be an ongoing theme for the Trojans this season.



Coach: Mark Roberts (21st year)

Last year: Boys finished 3rd at the 2A state meet; Girls finished 5th at state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Adam Crowl (Jr., 1,600 relay, 14th), Colton Jonjak-Plahn (So., 3,200, 15th; 3,200 relay, 3rd), Jake Laurienti (Jr., 400 relay, 15th), Landon Milbrath (Jr., 3,200, 18th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Georgia Barone (Jr., 3,200, 18th; 3,200 relay, 4th), Hana Fankhouser (Jr., pole vault, 8th), Payton Goll (Jr., 400 relay, DQ; 800 relay, 13th), Hayley Karsel (Jr., 400 relay, DQ; 800 relay, 13th; 1,600 relay, 11th), Brenna Kuskie (Sr., pole vault, 2nd), Logan Kuskie (So., pole vault, 10th), Ixchel Leewuenburgh (Jr., 400 relay, DQ; 800 relay, 13th), CeAnn Udovich (Sr., 800, 18th; 1,600, 4th; 3,200, 3rd; 3,200 relay, 4th).

Other boys to watch: Tristan Chavez (So., jumps), Nate Christy (Jr., hurdles, sprints), Coby Faubus (Jr., jumps, sprints), Kyle Frohling (Sr., throws), Colton Hanratty (Sr., throws), Nathan Radich (Jr., hurdles, sprints), Jackson Reeves (Fr., sprints), Isaac Roberts (Fr., distance), Field Soosloff (Jr., distance), Dante Traghella (Jr., jumps, sprints).

Other girls to watch: Kylen Christiansen (So., throws), Alora Cross (Fr., distance), Katie Fankhouser (Fr., jumps, distance), Laura Hickey (So., mid-distance), Liz Jonjak-Plahn (Sr., throws, sprints), Alexa Karsel (Fr., sprints), Taylor Maguire (Fr., jumps, sprints), Hannah Paton (Fr., sprints), Sophie Powell (Jr., jumps), Sarah Roberts (Jr., distance), Charlotte Rogers (Fr., hurdles, jumps, sprints), Ashley Sowders (Jr., jumps, sprints), Emily VanLeeuwen (Fr., jumps, sprints).

Outlook: Always in the mix in Class 2A, this year's Lions boys team is young and relatively inexperienced while the girls bring back more state-scoring potential. There are very good numbers in the program, and strong freshmen classes should help on both the girls and boys sides, but especially on the girls side. CeAnn Udovich and Brenna Kuskie are proven state competitors and are without a doubt in the mix to stand high on the podiums for their respective events. If the teams can stay healthy and progress through the season, they should both be in contention for top-5 finishes at state at the end of May.



Coach: Chris Reynolds (fourth year).

Last year: Boys finished 27th at 4A state meet; girls finished 27th.

Returning boys state qualifiers: Jack Weis (Jr., 1,600 relay, 14th; 3,200 relay, 13th).

Returning girls state qualifiers: Sierra Bell (Sr., 3,200 relay, 14th); Renee Choksy (Jr., Sprint medley, DQ); Abby Glynn (So., 400, 7th; 300 hurdles, 5th; 1,600 relay, 9th; Sprint medley, DQ); Sophia Maeda (Jr., 3,200, 15th; 3,200 relay, 14th); Sydney Postle (Jr., 1,600 relay, 9th; Sprint medley, DQ; Triple jump, 17th).

Other boys to watch: Dom Esters (Jr., sprints, jumps); Nathan Mackey (Jr., sprints).

Other girls to watch: None.

Outlook: It's been a special year for several Mead sports, and Reynolds is pretty sure that all of the multi-sport athletes that came out for the team are going to contribute on a lot of ways. The girls have a bit of experience, and Glynn is emerging as an excellent athlete in the area Maeda had another fantastic cross country season, as well.



Coach: Kent Rieder (13th year).

Last year: Boys placed seventh at 5A state meet; Girls finished 16th.

Returning boys state qualifiers: Will Dixon (Jr., 3,200 relay, 1st); Isaac Green (Sr., 800, 13th; 1,600, 2nd; 3,200 relay, 1st); Zach Litoff (Sr., 800, 10th; 3,200 relay, 1st); Nico Magri (Sr., shot put, 14th); Max Manson (So., pole vault, 2nd); Cole Rowan (Jr., pole vault, 4th).

Returning girls state qualifiers: Holly Bent (Sr., 1,600, 7th; 3,200, 5th; 3,200 relay, 15th); Liz Hogan (Jr., 3,200 relay, 15th); Danielle Honan (Sr., 400 relay, 17th; 800 relay, 7th; sprint medley, 6th); Heidi Liles (Jr., pole vault, 7th); Audrey Lookner (Sr., 3,200, 9th; 3,200 relay, 15th); Libby Moore (Jr., 3,200 relay, 15th); Tati Cherry-Santos (Sr., 400 relay, 17th; 800 relay, 7th; sprint medley, 6th).

Other boys to watch: Matt Chen (So., vault); Sean Gambone (Sr., sprints); Alex Matsumoto (Jr., sprints); Charlie Perry (Jr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Hailey Leader (Jr., distance); Mia Manson (Jr., vault, jumps, sprints).

Outlook: The Coyotes have a storied history of getting top placers in individual events and as teams, and this year the abundance of returners who scored points at state leads one to believe there's a lot of excitement. The distance races and vault will continue to be top-notch.



Coach: Jen Lavely (girls, first year) and Ellen Wiitala (boys, first year).

Last year: Boys did not score at 2A state meet; Girls finished 37th.

Returning boys state qualifiers: None.

Returning girls state qualifiers: Sarah Davidson (Jr., 1,600, 9th; 3,200, 13th).

Other boys to watch: Scout Edmondson (So., distance, mid-distance); Adam Figgins (So., distance); Adler Mueller (So., mid-distance, sprints); Wesley Nation (So., distance).

Other girls to watch: Helen Cross (Fr., distance); Megan Feeley (So., distance); Alex Sorokach (Fr., distance).

Outlook: The Panthers had some great finishes in cross country and Davidson leads a group of young girls that continue to train hard. They'll be a factor. Lavely has experience with the team, and she spoke for Wiitala in saying there is a good group of multi-sport athletes that will look to break through on the track and with field events, too.



Coach: Maurice Henriques.

Last year: Boys finished 40th at 4A state meet; Girls finished third.

Returning boys state qualifiers: None.

Returning girls state qualifiers: Alexis Carroll (Sr., 100 hurdles, 2nd; 400 relay, 9th; long jump, 11th; triple jump, 7th); Emma Falk (So., high jump, 10th); Mackenzie Fidelak (Jr., 400, 4th; 300 hurdles, 2nd; 400 relay, 9th; 1,600 relay, 2nd); Claire Gillett (Sr., 1,600 relay, 2nd, 3,200 relay, 2nd); Mary Gillett (Jr., 400, 10th; 800 relay, DQ; 1,600 relay, 2nd; sprint medley, 4th); Sophie Grant (Jr., 100 hurdles, 13th; 400 relay, 9th; sprint medley, 4th); Ashley Herring (Sr., 800 relay, DQ;) ; Jenna McCaffrey (Sr., 3,200 relay, 2nd); Maggie Smith (So., 800 relay, DQ; 3,200 relay, 2nd).

Other boys to watch: Benjamin Bi (So., middle distance); Cruz Culpepper (distance); Jenson Douillard (So., hurdles, relays); Jesse Falk (Sr., mid-distance); Jason Fetters (Sr., hurdles); Matthew Funk (Sr., distance); Alex Herman (Jr., sprints); Jeremy Hollingsworth (So., sprints); Nolan Johan (So., sprints, hurdles); Kenny Lang (Sr., distance); Peter Lecavalier (Jr., distance); Jose Lopez (Jr., throws); Alex Oelsner (Sr., throws); Carter Osteen (Sr., hurdles); Chandler Seroogy (Jr., sprints); Ethan Steiner (Jr., distance); Daniel Thomas (So., jumps); Oskar Wells (Jr., mid-distance) .

Other girls to watch: Naomi Bastow (Sr., sprints); Erin Carroll (So., hurdles, vault); Elise Gillett (Fr., sprints, relays); Caitlin Hyers (Jr., distance); Claire Jensen (So, distance); Grace Martinson (Jr., mid-distance, relays); Hailey Noterman (Sr., jumps, relays); Rachel Oliver (Sr., throws); Courtney Smoljan (Sr., distance); Erika Timbang (So., sprints, relays); Jeri Wilcox (Jr., distance); .

Outlook: Especially on the girls side, Niwot track has become a way of life and the Cougars will be looking to get back on top of the podium after a still-solid third place team finish last year. They will win a lot of meets with their hurdles and jumping crew providing the highlights. For the boys, there are high expectations from a large group of kids who nearly made state but just couldn't make that final push. The Cougars have the most experience in their distance crew, with Lang leading the way.



Coach: Kim McConnell (third year).

Last year: Boys team did not score at 3A state meet; Girls finished third .

Returning boys state qualifiers: Finnegan Smith (So., 200, 15th).

Returning girls state qualifiers: Tiana Bradfield (So., 800, 9th; 1,600, 7th); Quinn McConnell (So., 800, 1st; 1,600, 2nd; 3,200 relay, 1st); Mikaela Massie (Jr., 800 relay, 16th); Rachel Metzler (Sr., 800, 17th); Julia O'Brien (So., 400 relay, 15th; 800 relay, 16th); Robin Peterson (Jr., 400 relay, 15th; pole vault, 3rd); Anna Shults (So., 1,600, 1st; 3,200, 2nd; 3,200 relay, 1st); Elle Triem (So., 800, 15th; 1,600, 17th).

Other boys to watch: Brian Graylin (So., sprints, jumps); Justin Hager (So., mid-distance); William Ledden (Fr., distance).

Other girls to watch: None.

Outlook: Increased depth and more specific coaching continues to make Peak to Peak strong, and coach McConnell is loving the direction right now. There will be some more girls to emerge, she said, but there is not doubt the middle distance and distance racers are strong among the girls. A growing boys team is aiming for a state-qualifying 4x800, too.



Coach: Ben Mulvaney (first year).

Last year: First year competing in CHSAA.

Boys to watch: Nathan Helmick (Jr., distance); Arpit Mishra (Jr., sprints); Jackson Taylor (Jr., distance).

Girls to watch: Jordan Dolan (Fr., distance); Jocelyn Korbe (Fr., sprints).

Outlook: It's going to be an exciting and future-driven year for the Miners, who enter the CHSAA ranks in the 3A Metro League. Mulvaney said he anticipates the boys sprint group to blossom eventually, whereas the distance racers are a little more established.



Coach: Tyler Haughness (second year).

Last year: Boys finished third at 1A state meet; Girls finished fifth.

Returning boys state qualifiers: Jack Colvin (Sr., pole vault, 5th); Reid Hill (So., pole vault, 7th); Ben Kearney (Jr., 3,200, 10th); Max Saliman (So., 3,200, 9th); Howie Seim (Sr., pole vault, DNS).

Returning girls state qualifiers: Ella Baca (Sr., 3,200 relay, 3rd); Marina Flandrick (Jr., pole vault, 4th); Abby Leuchten (So., 800, 5th; 1,600, 3rd; 3,200, 5th; 3,200 relay, 3rd; pole vault, DNS); Emma Schaefer (Jr., 800, 6th; 1,600, 4th; 3,200, 3rd; 3,200 relay, 3rd).

Other boys to watch: None.

Other girls to watch: None.

Outlook: Haughness has a fun-to-coach, well-rounded team that could produce some surprises, but the Lions will look to a deep vaulting crew and some exceptional distance runners to score points at state. Schaefer placed ninth in the 2A cross country state meet this past fall.



Coach: Craig Sherman (first year).

Last year: Boys finished 31st at 4A state meet; Girls finished 22nd at 4A state meet.

Returning boys state qualifiers: Brock Dykema (Jr., 3,200, 15th); Brock Knechtel (Sr., shot put, 16th; discus, 4th); James Lee (Jr., 800, 13th); Austin Leech (Jr., pole vault, 16th).

Returning girls state qualifiers: Rylee Anderson (Jr., high jump, 1st); Abigail Gray (Jr., pole vault, 5th).

Other boys to watch: Sam Dirkes (So., throws); Trent Dykema (Jr., hurdles, jumps); Daniel Ford (So., 400); Andreik Knechtel (Jr., sprints); Jack Maroney (So., distance); Trevor Pickett (Jr., sprints); Matt Sarafin (So., throws); Logan Simington (Jr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Zoe Baker (Jr., distance); Rebecca Hasting (Sr., sprints).

Outlook: The Raptors bring to the track an exceptional group of distance runners, including Simington who transferred from Thompson Valley and was influential in cross country. On the girls side, Anderson has a high jump title to defend on the girls side while Gray will aim for top-five in the vault once again.



Coach: James Davis (third year).

Last year: Boys finished 36th at 4A state meet; Girls finished 15th.

Returning boys state qualifiers: None.

Returning girls state qualifiers: Hannah Painter (Sr., shot put, 11th).

Other boys to watch: Henry Carlson (Jr., throws); Braden Kram (Sr., sprints, relays); Moses Rivera (Jr., sprints, relays); Jack Wathen (So, sprints, relays, jumps); Kyle West (So., sprints, relays).

Other girls to watch: None.

Outlook: The Falcons will be looking for a couple of boys relays to break through to state after just missing out last year, and Carlson and Wathen also have breakthrough potential in field events for SHS. As for the girls, there is a lot of youth and Davis is still getting a feel for who is going to emerge.



Coach: Spencer Cone (second year).

Last year: Did not qualify runners for 2A state meet.

Returning boys state qualifiers: None.

Returning girls state qualifiers: None.

Other boys to watch: Caleb Bishop (Fr., distance); Michael Erickson (Sr., jumps, mid-distance).

Other girls to watch: Maria Comp (So., distance).

Outlook: Cone has but a few upperclassmen among the roughly 20 or so athletes that came out for the team this year, and there is excitement in getting to build some long-lasting relays with that youth. The Timberwolves hope to make themselves known in the distance races but could have some good jumpers, as well.

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