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Track and field: Several girls meet standards set at Boulder County Championships

Niwot’s Northrup shines brightly

  • Niwot High School's Zane Bergen celebrates winning the Boys 1600 Meter Run at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Lucca Fulkerson runs in the Girls 1600 Meter Run during the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Mead High School's Marlee Morris throws in the Girls Discus event during the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

  • Erie High School's Myla Wilkes touches down during the Girls Long Jump event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Silver Creek High School's Megan Kellegham clears the bar during in the Girls Pole Vault event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

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    Longmont High School's Eddie Kurjak jumps during the Boys Triple Jump event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

  • Broomfield High School's Lilly Nichols smiles after clearing 12 foot 3 inches dduring in the Girls Pole Vault event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Margot Diasabeygunawardena, left, crosses the finish line first during the Girls 4 x 200 Meter Relay at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Lucca Fulkerson crosses the finish line first in the Girls 1600 Meter Run at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Margaret Gillett smiles after winning the 100 Meter Dash during the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Longmont High School's Sally Marshall touches down during the Girls Long Jump event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Kathryn Carroll takes off during the Girls Long Jump event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Erie High School's Myla Wilkes takes off during the Girls Long Jump event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Eric Walker, left, pulls ahead to the finish during the Boys 4 x 200 Meter Relay at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Broomfield High School's Lilly Nichols clears the bar during in the Girls Pole Vault event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Zane Bergen turns the first corner during the Boys 1600 Meter Run at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Silver Creek High School's Megan Kellegham clears 12 foot 3 inches during in the Girls Pole Vault event at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Niwot High School's Eric Walker sprints toward the finish during the Boys 4 x 200 Meter Relay at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • From right: Niwot High School's Margaret Gillett starts to pull away from teammate Taylor James and Longmont High School's Christine D'Epagnier during the 100 Meter Dash at the Boulder County Track Championships at Everly Montgomery Field in Longmont on Saturday, June 5, 2021. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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LONGMONT — Oppressive heat couldn’t stop Boulder Valley’s nor St. Vrain Valley’s finest at the 44th annual Boulder County Track Championships at Longmont High School on Saturday.

Despite temperatures in the 90s and blaring sun for most of the day, the local ladies put up their best performances and took down five records. In a meet with nearly five decades of history, the feat proved to be impressive as the boys also knocked out three more top marks.

Niwot’s Kimora Northrup and Taylor James both tied for most valuable athlete as each lady earned 30.50 points. Northrup, however, won the day by also claiming the most valuable performer award.

Count Northrup as one of the brightest young athletes who may get a chance to do even more damage in forthcoming years than what she did Saturday.

She may only be a sophomore competing in her first-ever high school track season, but any common bystander would never know it.

Northrup, a shining star on an already-formidable track team, hasn’t lost a single hurdles finals race this year — not in the 100-meter race, not in the 300. Saturday was no different.

In fact, she dropped not one, but two meet records in one day. She ran a 14.71-second race in the 100 hurdles and a 43.32 in the 300 hurdles, beating out the former marks of Broomfield’s Kayla Wein (14.78, 2008) and Mead’s Abbey Glynn (44.11, 2019), respectively.

To add a bit of perspective, Glynn will be competing next week at the NCAA national championships in hurdles for the University of Colorado.

“I’m just so grateful because my team works their butts off and our coaches do everything for us, so I’m finally glad all my hard work is showing off,” Northrup said. “We’ve been training since the shutdown, so that’s like April? We’ve just been nonstop, so it’s really nice seeing results.”

Five records see new owners

Every year, the BoCo Championships welcome some of the top track and field athletes in the state. On Saturday, the ladies proved that they’re not only some of the best talent in Colorado but the best in BVSD and SVVSD history.

Northrup broke the records in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and she was far from the only Niwot girl to achieve the feat. Her teammate, Taylor James, claimed ownership of the 200 record (24.64) to beat out the former 24.86-second mark set by Longmont’s Shannon Patterson in 2001.

The Cougars girls 1,600-meter relay team destroyed the last record with a 3:48.66 time to sit atop both the meet and stadium all-time rankings. Niwot’s 2014 relay team held the previous lowest time at 3:58.27. Finally, in the 800, Madison Shults added her name to the history books as she clocked a 2:11.83 to take out Monarch’s Claire Green, who ran a 2:12.12 in 2014.

Jumping to (almost) new heights

It’s always a tossup whenever Silver Creek’s Megan Kelleghan and Broomfield’s Lilly Nichols meet each other in a pole vault competition. The two ladies are just too good, and they never know who’s going to bring their A+ game on any given day.

On Saturday, Kelleghan just barely got the best of her Class 5A foe as she hurled herself to first place with a max height of 12 feet, 9 inches. Nichols topped out at 12-3. Even though she couldn’t hit her PR, Kelleghan was happy with her performance in the final weeks leading up to the state meet on June 24.

“It was super gratifying. It was really hot this morning,” Kelleghan said. “I took only a couple warmup jumps and then I just sat for a couple hours. It was really hot and it was really tiring trying to get more energy to get those vaults in, but in the end, it worked out pretty well. I would have hoped I made that (13-feet, 2-inch) bar, but it was a new pole and just a different feel.”

Ladies from six different schools earn BoCo Championships scholarships

One of the more unique aspects that arise out of the Boulder County Championships is the scholarships that meet organizers present to some of the top athletes in the area. This year, not one school saw more than one girls scholarship winner as Longmont’s Sally Marshall, Monarch’s Emily Cameron, Peak to Peak’s Allison Beasley, Lyons’ Hannah Thomas, Silver Creek’s Madeline Manning and Fairview’s Ann Russell each took home one of the honors.