Boys track & field: Monarch’s Isaac Green earns 2017 athlete of the year honors

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    Monarch's Isaac Green is the 2017 boys track and field athlete of the year after adding four more state titles to his already impressive resume.

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    Monarch's Isaac Green won state titles in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the 3,200-meter relay this season.

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    Monarch's Isaac Green, center, stands tall on the podium after winning the 5A state title in the 1,600 while flanked by teammates Charlie Perr, left, and Zach Litoff.



LOUISVILLE — All it took was a pair of eyes to notice that Isaac Green has been a special athlete in the world of Colorado prep distance running since he was a freshman.

Built more like a football player and bound for the University of Washington, Green has been one of the top distance runners in the state for years. As a senior, however, it all came together and Green won Class 5A individual state titles in the 800 (1:52.92), the 1,600 (4:21.98) and the 3,200 (9:26.39). He also ran on the Coyotes’ 3,200-meter relay that won the state championship with a time of 7:50.04 in leading the Coyotes to a second-place finish in the 5A team competition.

For his dominant 2017 campaign, Green has been named the boys track and field athlete of the year.

“It was memorable, that’s for sure,” Green said. “I definitely had some ups and downs, but there really wasn’t a better way to end it than with this track season. Especially with the boys and I being able to go one-two-three in the mile and the two-mile, that was great. It was a great season for me, a great season for our team and I couldn’t have asked for more.”

In his high school career at the Colorado state championships, Green amassed a total of 10 medals including six first-place finishes. Adding four gold medals to his trophy case in 2017 was made even more impressive by the fact that weather compacted all four of his events into two days at this year’s state meet.

Green, who also is a two-time cross country state champion, hasn’t taken much time off after his dominant senior season, either.

Just this past weekend in Boston, Green placed fourth in the Adidas Boys’ Dream Mile. He finished the race in 4 minutes, 5.23 seconds. Next week Green will fly to Seattle to compete in the Brooks PR Invitational, where he will be attempting to break the four-minute mark in the mile.

“I think with the field that’s going to be there, I should have a pretty good chance,” Green said.

Whatever comes after high school in Green’s considerably bright future in track and cross country, he certainly left a lasting impression during his four years competing for Monarch High.

“It was a very big year for us,” Monarch track and cross country coach Kent Reider said. “It was obviously a huge year for Isaac, especially at the state meet, which was a huge part of our team’s success. The last time I remember somebody tripling like that was Connor Winter about eight years ago. So that’s something we won’t soon forget.”

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