• PAUL AIKEN

    Mead's Alex Mead, center, won both the Class 3A 100 and 200-meter titles last spring at the state track meet. He'll compete for 4A crowns this spring.

  • Matthew Jonas

    Niwot's Elise Cranny rounds a corner during the 3,200-meter run at last spring's state track meet.

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10 BOYS TO KNOW

Justin Boldt, Sr., Lyons: He was a big scorer for the Lions in 2012 — when he was second in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the long jump — and should be again.

Ryan Boucher, Sr., Lyons: Defending the 2A 400-meter title will be Boucher’s focus in 2013.

Lorne Jenkins, Sr., Niwot: Jenkins is leading a Cougars team that placed fifth in 4A last season and hopes to reclaim his podium spots in the long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles.

Marcus Johnson, Sr., Longmont: With a seventh-place finish under his belt and an open field in the shot put, Johnson has a good shot to move into the top five or higher his senior season.

Alex Mead, Sr., Mead: After setting new 3A state meet records in the 100, 200 and 400 relay, Mead looks to raise the stakes and win titles at the 4A level in his final go-around with the Mavericks.

Matt Radich, Sr., Lyons: While the Lyons look to win their third straight team title, Radich will defend his title in the 110 hurdles and in three relays.

Richard Sanchez, Jr., Fairview: Finishing top four in two events and two relays last season, the junior distance runner should be a big point-scorer for the Knights in 2013.

Forrest Wetterstrom, Sr., Longmont: He was a big contributor on last year’s state title winning team and will be a contender for the podium in the jumps and middle distance events again.

Ryne Atkins, Sr., Erie: Just making it onto the 4A 400-meter podium last season, the Tigers senior would love to move up a few spots.

Chandler Reid, Sr., Centaurus: Top 10 in the 1,600 and 3,200 at state last season, Reid will look to improve on his school record in the 3,200.

 

10 GIRLS TO KNOW

Valarie Allman, Sr., Silver Creek: Already the best discus thrower in Colorado prep history, Allman will be chasing her own all-classification record in 2013.

Shanlie Anderson, Sr., Centaurus: A valuable member on several relays, Anderson will also be a leader in the sprinting and middle distance events for the Warriors.

Nola Basey, Sr., Lyons: One of the top jumpers in the state, Basey won the 2A high jump last year and could contend for several titles her senior season.

Alexei Cox, Jr., Broomfield: Second in the 200 and fourth in the 100, she will anchor the sprints for the Eagles to hope to move up into the top 10 in 4A this season.

Elise Cranny, Jr., Niwot: Running blistering mile times on the national level, the Cougars’ junior leader has a legitimate shot at Melody Fairchild’s 12-year-old state record in the 1,600.

Deandra Elcock, Sr., Skyline: Taking ninth in the 100 hurdles in 2012, the multi-sport athlete hopes to improve on that finish this season, as well as make the podium in the jumps.

Ginger Hutton, So., Shining Mountain: Now that her older sister Birdie Hutton and 1A state meet record holder in the 1,600 has graduated, the Lions sophomore appears to be in good shape to make a title run of her own.

Dailyn Johnson, Jr., Longmont: Third in the 4A discus as a sophomore last year, the Trojans sophomore will look to get back into the top five amidst a tough field in 2013.

Elissa Mann, So., Monarch: Pacing the Coyotes to a cross country team title in the fall, she’ll combine with Kaitlyn Benner, Claire Green and her twin Karina Mann to try for a 5A title in the 3,200 relay.

Erin McLaughlin, Jr., Boulder: Fourth in the 1,600 a year ago, 2013 could hold another top five finish for the Panthers junior.

POSTSEASON INFORMATION

State championships for all classifications will be held May 16-18 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.


BOULDER PANTHERS

Coach: Carl Worthington, Jr. (19th year)

Last year: Boys placed 38th at 5A state meet, Girls placed 19th at 5A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Erin McLaughlin (Jr., 1,600, 4th; 3,200, 10th; 3,200 relay, 16th), Hailey Hampson (So., high jump, 8th), Zoe Robb (Jr., pole vault, 7th), Kayla Reeves (So., 400 relay, 7th), Alexis Jacobs (Jr., 400 relay), Caly Jardonnet (Sr., 400 relay, 7th), Rachel Edson (Jr., 400 relay, 7th), Deaydrah Williams (Jr., 400 relay, 7th), Emery Brandelina (So., 3,200 relay, 16th), Lauren Jortberg (So., 3,200 relay, 16th).

Other boys to watch: David Ritzwoller (Jr., sprints, middle distance), Keegan Velasquez (Jr., sprints, middle distance), Josh Young (Sr., sprints, relays), Max Worthy (Sr., distance), Kyle Lewis (Jr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Grace Green (Jr., hurdles), Lauren Reeves (Sr., shot put), Rachel Burd (Jr., pole vault).

Outlook: On the girls side, the Panthers are led by junior distance runner Erin McLaughlin who expects to be a top point-scorer at the 2013 state meet. The girls also return many of their top sprinters and field athletes from last season, as well as their relays. The Panthers are considerably thinner on the boys side after graduating state qualifiers Mackenzie Felkley and Hans Lehndorff and returning none. But Panthers coach Carl Worthington believes he has a solid senior leadership base on the boys team and there are “other diamonds in the rough just waiting to be found as we enter the season.”

 

BROOMFIELD EAGLES

Coach: Justin Hazzard (5th year, girls), Craig Boccard (15th year, boys)

Last year: Boys placed 2nd at 4A state meet, Girls placed 17th at 4A state meet

Boys returning state qualifiers: Ethan Gonzales (Jr., 1,600, 15th; 3,200, 15th), Jake Morris (Jr., 800 relay, 3rd), Noah Tripp (Jr., 800 relay, 3rd), Jayson Dupre (Sr., high jump, 14th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Alexei Cox (Jr., 100, 4th; 200, 2nd), Katie Croell (Sr., 100 hurdles, 11th; 300 hurdles 14th), Amanda Campbell (Jr., 300 hurdles,13th).

Other boys to watch: Matt Sarno (Sr., middle distance), Zach Barton (Jr., hurdles), Jordan Xiong (Fr., sprints).

Other girls to watch: Rebecca Rosenblum (Sr., pole vault), Abby Gardner (Sr. distance), Reagan VanDePol (So., distance).

Outlook: Graduating a bunch from last year’s second-place team, the Eagles boys are incredibly young but the coaches expect them to figure it out quickly. The distance squad, led by Ethan Gonzales and Matt Sarno, is going to carry a lot of the weight this season. Jake Morris and Noah Tripp need to build off the sprinting tradition passed down by Trent Ireland and Harrison Einspahr. Last year’s girls team featured a lot of underclassmen who just missed out on the state meet. Girls coach Justin Hazzard said the 2013 girls need to compete and work hard for a top-10 finish in state this year, which they are capable of achieving. Junior Alexei Cox will lead them in the sprints, Croell brings three years of state experience to the hurdles and Abby Gardner will return from injury to lead the Eagles distance runners.

 

CENTAURUS WARRIORS

Coach: Robin Lynch (9th year, girls), Devin Rourke (2nd year, boys)

Last year: Boys placed 25th at 4A state meet, girls placed 24th at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Chandler Reid (Sr., 3,200, 10th; 1,600, 9th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Katie Dishman (Sr., pole vault, 7th), Madison Miller (Jr., high jump, 13th), Shanlie Anderson (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 7th; 400 relay, 2nd; 100, 12th), Jordan Jackson (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 7th; 400 relay, 2nd), Sara Neitenbach (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 7th; 400 relay, 2nd).

Other boys to watch: Jake Link (So., distance), Derek French (Jr., sprints), Grant Dunbar (Sr., discus), Alex Miller (Sr., shot put), Theron Crawford (Jr., hurdles), Kenneth Sweetnam (Jr., triple jump).

Other girls to watch: Kelsey Wood (Jr., distance), Erin Twaddell (Sr., distance), Alexis Llerandi (So., hurdles), Hannah Davinroy (Sr., distance), MeLena Trujillo (Jr., throws), Mariah Gallogly (Fr., middle distance).

Outlook: Warriors boys coach Devin Rourke said the Warriors roster has grown considerably over last year, with lots of new talent and enthusiasm. On the girls side, the Warriors return great speed in the sprint medley relay and they’re hoping the distance squad can carry over their cross country training into a strong 3,200 relay showing. On the boys side, Chandler Reid looks to improve on his school record in the 3,200 and be a contender for a place on the 4A 1,600 state podium. Reid’s cross country teammates will be right on his heels, rounding out a very strong distance squad.

 

ERIE TIGERS

Coach: Scott Leiding (11th year)

Last year: Boys placed 28th at 4A state meet, Girls placed 34th at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: William Schell (Jr., 800 relay, 10th; 400 relay, 5th), Ryne Atkins (Sr., 400, 9th), Brett Goodwin (Sr., 400 relay, 5th; 800 relay, 10th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Kenzie Kudrna (So., 800 sprint medley, 8th; 400 relay, 16th), Haley Gallagher (Jr., high jump, 9th; pole vault, NH), Tonya Campbell (Jr., triple jump, 14th), Chelsea Martus (Sr., 200, 15th; 400, 15th; 800 sprint medley, 8th; 400 relay, 16th), Bella Steinhauer (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 8th; 400 relay, 16th), Kyleen Newman (So., 800 sprint medley, 8th; 400 relay, 16th).

Other boys to watch: Cole Lewis (Sr., middle distance), Brennan Manion (Sr., middle distance), Kyle True (Jr., middle distance), Nate Wedekind (Jr., middle distance), Shane Mathis (So., distance), Ladd Bunker (Jr., pole vault), Quinton Elkins (So., throws).

Other girls to watch: Amanda Ochoa (Sr., sprints and jumps), Piper Zeir (Sr., throws), Marissa Atkins (Jr., middle distance), Amelia Sease (Jr., middle distance).

Outlook: The biggest change for this season’s Erie Tigers is a trend toward a more veteran squad than they’ve had in several years. The Tigers believe they could have enough depth and veteran leadership to challenge for the Tri-Valley League title on the boys side. The girls, who have won the Tri-Valley for the past two years, are looking for a third. For both the Tigers boys and girls, their relay teams will be big point contributors this season.

 

FAIRVIEW KNIGHTS

Coach: Tricia Vieth (1st year)

Last year: Boys placed 2nd at 5A state meet, Girls placed 26th at 5A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Zane Vanderberg (Jr., 400, 13th; 800 relay, 6th; 1,600 relay, 4th), Richard Sanchez (Jr., 800, 4th; 1,600 relay, 4th; 1,600, 4th; 3,200 relay, 2nd), Joris Van Zeghbroeck (Sr., 400 relay, 15th), Lee Pappas (Sr., 400 relay, 15th; 800 relay, 6th), Sawyer Hammond (Jr., 1,600 relay, 4th), Zach Swenson (Jr., 3,200 relay, 2nd), Ryan Prinster (Jr., 400 relay, 15th; triple jump, 4th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Heather Harrower (Jr., 800 relay, 18th; 800 sprint medley, 13th; 1,600 relay, 7th; 3,200 relay, 13th), Isabelle Kennedy (Jr., 3,200, 7th), Justine Sherman (Jr., 100 hurdles, 7th; 400 relay, 12th; 800 sprint medley, 13th), Brooke Harrower (Jr., 800 relay, 18th), Katie Kowal (Sr., 400 relay, 18th; 1,600 relay, 7th), Kendall Richarz (Jr., 3,200 relay, 13th), Kate Cuddington (Sr., 3,200 relay, 13th), Emma Sanchez (Jr., 800 sprint medley, 13th; 3,200 relay, 13th).

Other boys to watch: Nate Gilbert (Sr., middle distance), Axel Linsley (Jr., throws).

Other girls to watch: McKenna Payes (So., middle distance), Sophie Lattes (So., jumps, middle distance).

Outlook: The Knights have a new coach at the helm this season with Tricia Vieth taking over as head coach after three years as an assistant. Luckily for her, she returns a formidable core of state medalists from last year’s runner-up boys team and plenty of state placers on the girls side. “We have a record high of 195 athletes and growing,” she said. “There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming season and we expect to surprise many teams with our numbers and returning dedication.” With depth to support their top runners, Vieth feels the Knights will field another strong squad in 2013.

 

FREDERICK WARRIORS

Coach: Thad Lear (9th year)

Last year: Boys did not score at 4A state meet, Girls placed 38th at 4A state meet

Boys returning state qualifiers: Joe Wise (Sr., 400 relay, DNF), Jacob Sleeth (Sr., 400 relay, DNF).

Girls returning state qualifier: Makenzie Urban (Sr., 1,600, 9th; 800, 6th).

Other boy to watch: Chris Erwin (Jr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Emily Eckelberger (Sr., triple jump, sprints), Brittany Pepitone (Sr., sprints/jumps), Jordan Sleeth (So., sprints, relays).

Outlook: On the girls side, they’ve got over 30 people signed up for the first time since Lear has been there. They’ll need to mold young talent to fill out a lineup. A little more senior leadership on the boys side but not a lot. Boys qualified the 400-meter relay team last season but were disqualified in preliminaries.

 

HOLY FAMILY TIGERS

Coach: Steve Blair (21st year)

Last year: Boys placed 12th at 3A state meet, Girls placed 9th at 3A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Sean Ankarlo (Sr., 3,200, 13th; 3,200 relay, 9th), Tyler Dudden (So., discus, DNP), Ryan Willis (Jr., 110 hurdles, 2nd; 300 hurdles, 4th; 800 relay, 7th; 1,600 relay, 13th), Tyler Hsin (Sr., 300 hurdles, 15th; 400 relay, 15th; 800 relay, 7th), Dylan Pilkington (Sr., 1,600 relay, 13th; 800 relay, 7th; 400 relay, 15th), Erich Hixson (Jr., 3,200 relay, 9th), Ryan Youngreen (So., 300 hurdles, 13th; 400 relay, 15th), Westin Dinsmore (So., 110 hurdles, 17th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Monica Stokes (Sr., sprint medley, 11th; 800 relay, 6th; 400 relay, 16th), Lauren Shurnas (Sr., long jump, 16th; sprint medley, 11th; 800 relay, 6th; 1,600 relay, 8th), Kendall Russell (Jr., sprint medley 11th; 400 relay, 16th), Danielle Medearis (Sr., 3,200 relay, 3rd), Lindsey Chavez (Jr., 3,200 relay, 3rd; 3,200, 5th; 1,600, 7th), Cassidy Hemp (So., 400 relay, 16th), Hannah Disberger (So., 400 relay, 16th), Katrina Gallic (Sr., shot put, 7th; discus, 14th).

Other boys to watch: Jared DeHerrera (Sr., sprints), Nick Harris (Sr., sprints), Aaron Hillman (Jr., distance), Dillon Roddy (Jr., distance), Daniel Kubistek (Sr., throws).

Other girls to watch: Shea Zeman (Fr., sprints), Alexa Rauvola (So., sprints, jumps), Rae Balthazor (Fr., high jump), Katie Chavez (Fr., middle distance), Olivia Bartoletti (Fr., distance), Emma Stokes (Fr., distance), Eva Napierkowski (Fr., distance), Amanda Medearis (Fr., middle distance).

Outlook: The Tigers have already dealt with some bad news when they lost Ryan Willis, a possible 20-30 point producer at state, for the season with an ACL tear during basketball season. Despite that, they remain upbeat about their young, inexperienced talent with exceptional potential, especially after both the girls and boys placed high in the 2012 team scoring at state. Coach Blair said the he distance runners should be solid on both sides and to watch out for Katrina Gallic, who could score big points at state in the throws.

 

LEGACY LIGHTNING

Coach: Dean Crumley (4th year)

Last year: Boys placed 20th at 5A state meet, Girls placed 42nd at 5A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Melanie Nun (Sr., 800, 18th; 1,600, 16th; 3,200, 12th), Emma Gee (So., 3,200, 11th), Kara Walling (Sr., discus, 9th).

Other boys to watch: Matthew Drotar (Sr., sprints), Daniel Diaz (Jr., distance), Christopher Carroll (Jr., distance), Zakery Wieman (Sr., throws).

Other girls to watch: Megan Close (Sr., jumps, hurdles), Christine Emory (Sr., jumps, hurdles).

Outlook: Coach Dean Crumley thinks the Lightning will be competitive on both sides, particularly in the girls distance events where they return state podium hopefuls in Emma Gee and Melanie Nun. The girls should also be solid in the jumping events. The Lightning boys have no returning state experience after graduating multi-event qualifier Camren McWee so they’re looking for some new faces to step into larger roles in 2013, possibly in the distance and sprinting events.

 

LONGMONT TROJANS

Coach: Tim McIntire (13th year)

Last year: Boys placed 1st at 4A state meet, Girls placed 30th at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Forrest Wetterstrom (Sr., 1,600 relay, 3rd; long jump, 12th; triple jump, 6th), Marcus Johnson (Sr., shot put, 7th), Miles Bergner (Sr., discus, 13th)

Girls returning state qualifiers: Molly Klotz (Jr., 300 hurdles, 6th; 1,600 relay, 15th), Dailyn Johnson (Jr., discus, 3rd).

Other boys to watch: Ethan Hitchcock (So., hurdles, jumps); Ryan Brant Cogburn (Jr., hurdles, relays), Chase Stenson (Sr., sprints, relays), Kyler Auernhammer (Sr., middle distance, relays), Miles Rivera (Jr., discus, shot put), Trevor Cook (Fr., sprints, relays), Logan Goodner (Fr., sprints, relays), Eli Sullivan (Fr., sprints, relays), Colter Sparks (sprints, relays).

Other girls to watch: Geneieve McIntire (Sr., sprints, sprint relays), Julia Morrison (Sr., sprints, sprint relays), Jamie Cropp (Jr., distance), Samantha Cropp (So., sprints, relays), Izzy Johnson (So., hurdles), Alia Culbertson (So., sprints, relays), Sydney Wetterstrom (Fr., jumps, relays), Madelyn Brown (Fr., hurdles, relays), Madison Gaibler (Fr., jumps), Keely Parish (So., throws), Katie Novosad (Sr., throws).

Outlook: The Trojans boys have had a wonderful run with three state titles in the past five years and one runner up finish there mixed in. Trojans coach Tim McIntire said 2013 will likely be a rebuilding year for the Trojans boys and girls. Both teams have athletic freshman classes that expect to contribute right away and despite the rebuilding label, the Trojans still have a handful of veteran athletes who can compete for podium spots.

 

LYONS LIONS

Coach: Mark Roberts (17th year)

Last year: Boys placed 1st at 2A state meet, Girls placed 1st at 2A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Matt Radich (Sr., 110 hurdles, 1st; 400 relay, 1st; 800 relay, 1st; 1,600 relay, 1st), Ryan Boucher (Sr., 400, 1st; 800 relay, 1st; 1,600 relay, 1st), Justin Boldt (Sr., 300 hurdles, 2nd; long jump, 5th; 800 relay, 1st; 1,600 relay, 1st), Clint Hirschfeld (Sr., 3,200 relay, 16th), Zack Tucker (Sr., 3,200 relay, 16th), Jacob Anderson (Sr., 3,200 relay, 16th), Kelten Tschanz (Sr., pole vault, 10th), James Hinker (Sr., pole vault, 6th), Trent Poulsen (Jr., pole vault, 10th), Marcel Such (Jr., 3,200, 8th; 1,600, 17th), Matt Dillon (Jr., 3,200 relay, 16th), Tullef Rudlong (So., 100, 8th; 200, 11th; pole vault, 13th; 400 relay, 1st).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Nola Basey (Sr., high jump, 1st; long jump, 3rd; triple jump, 2nd; 200, 9th), Olivia Raspotnik (Sr., high jump, 7th; 1,600, 7th; 1,600 relay, 6th), Kelsey Miner (Sr., 3,200, 7th; 1,600, 11th), Dana Arling (Sr., 400 relay, 8th; 800 relay, 6th; 1,600 relay, 6th), Amber Boyington (Sr., pole vault, 6th; 400 relay, 8th; 800 relay, 6th), Brittany King (Sr., pole vault, 9th), Austen Fankhouser (Sr., pole vault, 11th), Hazel Myers (Sr., 800 medley relay, 16th), Maddie Keen (Jr., 800 medley relay, 16th; 800 relay, 6th), Miriam Roberts (Jr., 1,600, 5th; 3,200, 4th; 3,200 relay, 3rd; 1,600 relay, 6th), Carla Walko (Jr., 800 relay), Sammy Bashor (Jr., 100 hurdles, 8th; 300 hurdles, 10th; 400 relay, 8th), Carla Walko (Jr., 800 relay, 6th), Jenna Anderson (So., 800, 18th; 3,200 relay, 3rd), Anna Sundrud (So., 3,200 relay, 3rd; 1,600 relay, 6th), Faith Myers (3,200 relay, 3rd)

Other boys to watch: Zach Christiansen (So., hurdles, relays), Chris Lennard (So., jumps), Brian Flynn, (So., middle distance), Paul Roberts (Fr., distance), Joel Such (Fr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Lauren Simms (So, hurdles), Jessica Boxrud (Fr., sprints, jumps), Sierra Tucker (Fr., distance).

Outlook: After winning back-to-back team titles on both the boys and girls sides, both teams return a strong nucleus from last year and should be contenders for team state titles again in 2013. Nola Basey is one of the top jumpers in the state, regardless of classification, and leads a strong group of girls. Ryan Boucher was undefeated in the 400 last year, Matt Radich brought home four first-place medals (1 individual, 3 relays) and Justin Boldt medaled four times as well, and they lead a very competitive boys team. Mark Roberts’ Lions appear to be reloaded and ready for another pair of state title campaigns.

 

MEAD MAVERICKS

Coach: Chris Reynolds (1st year)

Last year: Boys placed 6th at 3A state meet, Girls placed 31st at 3A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Alex Mead (Sr., 100, 1st; 200, 1st; 400 relay, 1st; 800 relay, DNS), Logan Anderson (Jr., 400 relay, 1st), Patrick Parker (So., 800 relay, 17th), Robert Kowalski (Jr., 800 relay, 17th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Kelsey Lutz (Sr., 100 hurdles, 11th; 300 hurdles, 7th; 800 sprint medley, 13th), Brianna Hallmark (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 13th), Riglie Reeves (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 13th), Ally Hart (So., 800 sprint medley, 13th).

Other boys to watch: Robert Kowalski (Jr., sprints, distance), Sean Esch (So., sprints, distance), Nolan Testerot (Sr., shot put, discus), Braden Ruddy (Jr., shot put, discus).

Other girls to watch: Morgan Lu (Jr., sprints, distance, jumps), Morgan Mead (Fr., sprints, jumps), Molly Neiley (Sr., relays), Amanda Esch (Sr., relays), Kelsey Lutz (Sr., relays), Brianna Hallmark (Sr., relays).

Outlook: First-year head coach Chris Reynolds said the Mavericks’ expectations for the upcoming season are positive. However Reynolds, who joins the team after coaching distance in 2012 and assisting with cross country from three season, is the fourth head coach in as many years, so continuity has been a struggle. This season is special for the Mavericks because they are graduating their first ever four-year athletes, including Alex Mead, who holds the state meet records in the 100 and 200. The Mavericks move up to Class 4A this season.

 

MONARCH COYOTES

Coach: Kent Rieder (9th year)

Last year: Boys placed 13th at 5A state meet, Girls finished 22nd at 5A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifier: Parker Sitton (Sr., 3,200 relay, 17th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Lilly Armijo (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 10th), Caroline Bartlett (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 10th; 1,600 relay, 9th), Kaitlyn Benner (Jr., 1,600 relay, 9th; 1,600, 15th), Taylor Floming (Sr., 3,200, did not race because of injury), Claire Green (Jr., 800, 10th; 1,600, 8th; 3,200 relay, 2nd; 1,600 relay, 9th), Elissa Mann (So., 800, 9th; 3,200 relay, 2nd; 1,600 relay, 9th; Karina Mann (So., 800, 16th; 3,200 relay, 2nd; 1,600 relay, 9th).

Other boys to watch: Andrew Barlow (So., pole vault), Ben Beauchamp (Jr., high jump), Alec Clement (Jr., 110 hurdles, relays), Julian Dulaney (Jr., middle distance, relays), Changdae Hahm (Sr., sprints, relays), Ben Hogan (Fr., distance), John Pham (Jr., throws), Tyger Roch (So., distance), Riley Sorbo (Fr., distance), Chay Weaver (Jr., distance), Kingston Wagner (Sr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Chloe Bernard (Fr., sprints, relays), Paige Overcash (Fr., sprints, relays), Rachel Keatley (Sr., throws), Anna Hogan (Jr., distance), Ashley Litoff (Jr., distance).

Outlook: Led by a title-hungry 3,200-meter relay team, the Coyotes girls team is young and deep, particularly in the distance events. If the field events start to develop, the team could be very strong by the end of the year. The Coyotes are young on the guys side, but coach Kent Rieder says they have considerable potential after some of the juniors showed promise near the end of their sophomore seasons. Though Parker Sitton is their lone male returning state qualifier, Rieder expects to have a handful more by the end of the season.

 

NEDERLAND PANTHERS

Coach: Theresa Bagby (1st year), David Femmer (7th year)

Last year: Boys did not place at 2A state meet, Girls placed 6th at 2A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Bailey Kuechenmeister (Jr., 3,200 relay, 1st; 800, 17th; 1,600, 9th), Jenna Mahon (Jr., 1,600 relay, 5th), Amanda Cook (Jr., 1,600 relay, 5th; 200, 17th)

Other boys to watch: TJ Bolt (Jr., sprints), Jake Aguilar (Jr., sprints, hurdles).

Other girl to watch: Mackenzie Radandt (So., distance).

Outlook: The Panthers have traditionally been a distance team but they are hoping to improve in the other disciplines, particularly sprinting and field events this season. After the boys didn’t score at the state 2012 state meet, coach David Femmer said they are hoping to increase their number of state qualifiers this year and to improve their performance as a well-rounded team. On the girls side, the Panthers return a tough group of runners led by juniors Bailey Kuechenmeister, Jenna Mahon and Amanda Cook.

 

NIWOT COUGARS

Coach: Maurice Henriques (4th year)

Last year: Boys placed 5th at 4A state meet, Girls placed 7th at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Lorne Jenkins (Sr., long jump, 5th; triple jump, 4th; 300 hurdles, 9th; 1,600 relay, 15th), Elijah Noterman (Jr., 1,600 relay, 15th), Austin Ebbers (Sr., 1,600 relay, 15th), Cahill Kelleghan (Sr., 1,600 relay, 15th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Elise Cranny (Jr., 800, 10th; 1,600, DNS; 3,200, 11th; 3,200 relay, 6th), Dana Maydew (Jr., 800 relay, 6th; 1,600 relay, 4th; 3,200 relay, 6th; 800 sprint medley, 3rd) Deyja Enriquez (Sr., 1,600 relay, 4th; 3,200 relay, 6th), Christa Boettiger (So., 3,200 relay, 6th), Nickie Blue (Sr., discus, 8th), Paige Hillen (So., pole vault, NH), Amber Liu (Jr., long jump, 6th; 400 relay, 7th; 800 relay, 6th; 800 sprint medley, 3rd), Haylie Johns (Jr., pole vault, 9th), Julia Vaiser (Sr., 400 relay, 7th; 800 sprint medley, 3rd), Rachel Sharpe (So., 400 relay, 7th; 800 relay, 6th; 800 sprint medley, 3rd; 1,600 relay, 4th), Louise Vandenberge (So., 1,600 relay, 4th), Lauren Sharpe (So., 800 relay, 6th; 1,600 relay, 4th).

Other boys to watch: Alex Braman (Sr., jumps, sprints), Ben Braman (Sr., sprints), Yoni Desta (So., jumps, sprints), Jacob Fisk (So., distance), Austin Schuler (Jr., distance), Jeff Richards (Sr., distance), Evan Crowley (Sr., throws).

Other girls to watch: Niki Marshall (Fr., distance), Anna Ifft (So., jumps), Kela Fetters (Fr., distance), Kira Burleson (Jr. hurdles), Libby Summers (Jr., hurdler), Gabby Casey (Jr., pole vault, hurdles), Nyla Prasad (So., sprints).

Outlook: At Niwot this season they have adopted a team focus on four concepts: attitude, effort, passion and finish. Head coach Maurice Henriques believed that if they can grasp these concepts, they will have a successful season on both the girls and boys. Adding a little punch to their determined mentality is a slew of returning state qualifiers, particularly on the girls side. Highlighting their girls team, which placed five relays in 2012, will be junior national distance runner Elise Cranny, who recently set a new mile record at the New Balance Nationals in New York, NY. Senior Lorne Jenkins will lead the Cougars boys in several events, including the 1,600 relay team that returns all four legs.

 

PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS

Coach: Richard Hansen (2nd year)

Last year: Boys did not qualify for state, Girls placed 10th at 3A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Dallas Frisbie (So., 800, 7th; 3,200 relay, 5th; 1,600 relay, 6th), Emily Williams, (Sr., 3,200 relay, 5th; 3,200, 16th), Mallory Oveson (So., 3,200 relay, 5th), Erica Howard (So., 800 sprint medley, 3rd), Morgan Hazzard (Sr., 800 sprint medley, 3rd), Lia Hankla (Sr., high jump,14th).

Other boys to watch: Chris Roob (Sr., jumps), Josh Goertzen (Sr., hurdles), Ben Pagel (Jr., middle distance), Cameron Healy (Sr., distance), Nathaniel Ruble (Jr., sprints and throws), Riley Rodenburg (Sr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Mauri Taylor (Sr., sprints), Alice Oveson (Fr., distance), Tara Mensch (Fr., hurdles), Tessa Anderson (Fr., throws), Christina Hamerly (Fr., middle distance).

Outlook: With the largest team in Peak to Peak’s short history, second-year head coach Richard Hansen thinks this season has the makings of a special one. The girls look to improve on a 10th-place team finish from last year at the state level and intend to contend for the 3A Metro League title. Although they will rely heavily on youth, many of the Pumas’ key contributors were state qualifiers a year ago. The boys will be led by a strong senior contingent that had many near state qualifiers from a year ago. The middle distance, distance, and jump crews should to be the strong points on the guys side who are looking to join the girls squad in the top 10 at the state meet this season.

 

SHINING MOUNTAIN LIONS

Coach: John Hamilton (4th year), Tyler Haughness (4th year)

Last year: Boys did not qualify for state, Girls placed 4th at 1A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: None.

Girls returning state qualifiers: Sabina Flandrick (Sr., 1,600 relay, 9th; 3,200 relay, 2nd), Paisley Sheehan (So., 3,200, 9th; 1,600 relay, 9th; 3,200 relay, 2nd), Chloe Weber (So., pole vault, 7th; 1,600 relay, 9th), Ginger Hutton (1,600, 2nd; 800, 3rd; 1,600 relay, 9th; 3,200 relay, 2nd).

Other boys to watch: Colin Cantwell (Sr., high jump), Jonah Baca (So., pole vault).

Other girls to watch: N/A.

Outlook: The Lions track team is expecting large numbers in just its fourth season in existence. The girls, paced by sophomore distance runner Ginger Hutton, hope to improve upon their fourth-place team finish from 2012, when they were led by her older sister Birdie Hutton. The boys will look to follow their lead by qualifying some more individuals and a relay or two. Their chances are good with Colin Cantwell, who was 1A state runner-up in the high jump in 2011, and Jonah Baca, who narrowly missed qualifying in 2012, returning.

 

SILVER CREEK RAPTORS

Coach: Barbara Keith (12th year)

Last year: Boys placed 25 at 4A state meet, Girls placed 27th at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifiers: Brian Hardy (Sr., 800 relay, 16th), Austin Gunnarson (Sr., 800 relay, 16th), James White (Sr., 800 relay), Ben Wood (Jr., 100, 14th; 800 relay, 16th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Valarie Allman (Sr., discus, 1st; shot put 8th), Megan Foster (Sr., high jump, 13th), Jade Vandersteen (Sr., pole vault, 18th).

Other boys to watch: Alex Bush (Jr., distance), Anthony Emberley (Sr., hurdles, sprints, throws), Austin Metzner (Sr., pole vault), James White (Sr., jumps, sprints), Hamilton Nelson (Sr., distance, relays), Connor Christoffersen (Jr., distance, relays), Joey Fischer (Jr., distance, relays), Michael Gafney (Jr., distance).

Other girls to watch: Krista Cullen (Sr., jumps), Allison Howlett (Jr., distance), Sheridan Jones (Jr., pole vault, middle distance, throws), Gabriele Koski (Sr., distance), Emilie Rembert (Jr., jumps), Allison Tripp (Jr., distance), Mahala Willmann (Jr., sprints).

Outlook: The 2013 Raptors are looking forward to a repeat performance at state with returning seniors Valarie Allman, who shattered the state records in the discus last season, Brian Hardy and Austin Gunnarson. Head coach Barbara Keith said numbers are up and the Raptors athletes have been working hard in the offseason to make this year better than the last few previous years at state. The freshman and sophomore classes will compliment the juniors and seniors with experience, talent and a competitive attitude.

 

SKYLINE FALCONS

Coach: Lonnie Jones (8th year)

Last year: Boys placed 16th at 4A state meet, Girls placed 41st at 4A state meet.

Boys returning state qualifier: James Henry (Sr., triple jump, 18th).

Girls returning state qualifiers: Deandra Elcock (Sr., 100 hurdles, 9th; long jump, 11th), Sydney Richards (So., 3,200, DNF).

Other boys to watch: Israel Valdez (Sr., sprints), Alex McHone (Sr., sprints), Sam Berg (So., distance), Chris Meduna (Jr., distance), Garret Angstead (Jr., sprints).

Other girl to watch: Zenia Quintana (Sr., throws), Ali Goebel (So., hurdles).

Outlook: After graduating seniors Trey Harrison, Conner Timms and state champion shot put thrower Chico Feltenberger, the Falcons boys team will be looking for some new people to step up this season. One of them could be junior quarterback Garret Angstead, who will both play baseball and run sprints for the Falcons this spring. Coach Lonnie Jones said they’re hoping to get a relay or two, possibly the 3,200 team, qualified for the state meet. Senior multi-event athlete Deandra Elcock is back for the girls and with 90 athletes out for track, the most in several seasons, the Falcons think they should be able to reload effectively in 2013.