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Megan Kelleghan, of Silver Creek, sets a state record in winning the 4A pole vault during the first day of the Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on June 24, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

First team

100 — MARGARET GILLETT, So., Niwot: The Niwot sophomore didn’t just help set a meet record in the Class 4A 800-meter relay at the state track championships and earn another gold medal in the 400-meter relay. She also entered the meet as the three-way eighth seed for the 100 before jumping four spots to a fourth-place finish (12.56 seconds).

200 — SKYLAR HAWK, Jr., Holy Family: Hawk entered the state meet having already broken her school records in the 100 (12.50), 200 (25.59), 400 (57.87) and 300 hurdles (44.70) and as a part of three relays (400 relay, 1,600 relay and 800 sprint medley). She won the 3A title in the 300 hurdles at 46.05 and took bronze in the 200 (25.97).

400 — TAYLOR JAMES, Sr., Niwot: James completed one of the most illustrious track careers the region has ever seen. The athlete of the year won the gold in every event she ran in: the 200 (24.61), the 400 (54.69), the 400-meter relay (48.30) and the 800-meter relay.

800 — MADISON SHULTS, So., Niwot: As a member of perhaps the most dominant girls team Niwot has ever seen, Shults won an individual title in the 800 (2:12.27) and as part of the 1,600-meter relay (3:56.49) and the 3,200-meter relay (9:22.62).

1,600 — LUCCA FULKERSON, Sr., Niwot: Fulkerson finished second in the 4A 1,600 individual event with a time of 4:55.08, but the Niwot powerhouse didn’t stop there. Not content with a mere silver, she went into overdrive in the 3,200-meter run to win by an astonishing 17.15 seconds (10:34.65) while dropping nine seconds off of her qualifying time. Fulkerson won CHSAA’s 4A girls Athlete of the Year honors as she also helped the Cougar 3,200 relay team to gold.

3,200 — ALLISON BEASLEY, Sr., Peak to Peak: Beasley, living up to her school name, Peaked at the right time. She improved her 3,200 seed time by 22 seconds to win the 3A crown in the event (11:02.51) while also winning bronze in the 1,600 (5:06.79).

LAKEWOOD CO - June 24, 2021: ...
Longmont’s Sally Marshall runs in the 4A 4 X 200 relay during the second day of the Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on June 25, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

800 sprint medley relay — LONGMONT (SALLY MARSHALL (Sr.), MEGAN LEICK (Jr.), CHRISTINE E’PAGNIER (So.), ELLA PEARS (Fr.)): This Longmont relay team, which represents all ages for a strong Trojan squad, engaged in a photo finish with Palmer Ridge’s quartet. The Trojans took the silver in this event by a time of 1:49.31 — just 0.51 seconds ahead of the Bears.

400-meter relay — ERIE (HEIDI WARLOCK (Jr.), MADELINE HARTEL (Fr.), MYLA WILKES (Fr.) AND LILY MESKERS (Jr.)): The Tiger ladies couldn’t quite get the better of the Niwot quartet, crossing the finish line just 0.9 seconds behind the Cougars, but they managed to keep their cool to nab silver in an incredibly competitive race. Five teams clocked in the three seconds after Niwot’s 48.30 finish and Erie’s 49.20 time.

800-meter relay — NIWOT (MARGARET GILLETT (So.), KATHRYN CARROLL (Jr.), KIMORA NORTHRUP (So.), TAYLOR JAMES (Sr.)): Not only did Niwot’s star-studded relay team run away with the 800 relay by a stunning five-second lead, but the Cougars also broke an old meet record by 0.31 seconds as James crossed the finish line at 1:39.49.

1,600-meter relay — NIWOT (JULIA RUDOLPH (Fr.), STELLA VIETH (Jr.), GENEVA-GRACE DOUILLARD (Sr.), MADISON SHULTS (So.)): Not to be outdone, a different Niwot relay team took home the gold in the 1,600 and stayed solid under pressure. They only defeated Battle Mountain by a mere 1.3 seconds as third-place Widefield finished 12 seconds after that.

3,200-meter relay — NIWOT (LUCCA FULKERSON (Sr.), MIA PROK (Fr.), STELLA VIETH (Jr.), MADISON SHULTS (So.)): In a race that wasn’t anywhere near close, Niwot’s ladies showed their range as — again — they ran away with the gold. Second-place Battle Mountain didn’t finish the race until nearly 10 seconds after the Cougars.

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Hallie Williams, of Jefferson Academy, in the 100 meter hurdles during the second day of the Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on June 26, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

100 hurdles — HALLIE WILLIAMS, So., Jefferson Academy: An uber-competitive hurdles race in Class 3A gave way to a sixth-place finish for Hallie Williams, who clocked in at 16.81, less than a second after the winner, Liberty Common’s Logan Haugestuen (15.90).

300 hurdles — KIMORA NORTHRUP, So., Niwot: Few athletes had as dominant of a year as Kimora Northrup. In her first-ever high school season, the phenom only lost one hurdles final event, and that was the 100 hurdles at state (second, 14.70). That Saturday morning loss fueled her fire for the 300 hurdles just a few hours later, which she easily won by 1.5 seconds (43.78).

High jump — SIERRA HABERMAN, Jr., Jefferson Academy: Prior to the state meet, Jefferson Academy didn’t have a single state champion. After Saturday, they had three. Sierra Haberman began the weekend on a high for the Jaguars, literally. She hurled herself to a gold standard as she narrowly beat out Coal Ridge’s Marin Simons with a 5-4, winning leap.

Long jump — AALIYAH ROBINSON, Sr., Jefferson Academy: Aaliyah Robinson didn’t want her teammate to be alone in school history on the female side of things. She also added to JA’s history books when she leaped for gold in the long jump at 17-8.50 at a full five inches past Berthoud’s Paige Farnam, who finished second.

Pole vault — MEGAN KELLEGHAN, So., Silver Creek: Megan Kelleghan began the weekend with one of the best performances of the entire state meet. The sophomore phenom not only took home the crown in the Class 4A pole vault, but she secured the best vault of any girl at any classification by clearing a 13-4.50 pole. The 4A second-place finisher, Lewis-Palmer’s Alexa Oatman, only managed to clear 11-6.

Shot put — LYDIA NICHOLS, Jr., Longmont: Nichols, the region’s only girls shot put finalist, threw for 10th place in the 4A event with a 32-4.50 distance.

Discus — KAMBRY FRASER, Sr., Erie: Much like Nichols, Fraser served as the lone representative from the area in the discus event. She, too, claimed 10th with a throw of 99-3.

Honorable mention: Addison Babcock, Sr., Mead; Sophie Buschmann, Jr., Broomfield; Charlotte Elliston, Fr., Fairview; Tessa Everett, Jr., Niwot;  Imani Fernandez-Gorbea, Sr., Fairview; Josie Gaines, Fr., Lyons; Grace Galvin, Sr., Broomfield;  Quin Gregg, Jr., Lyons;  Natalie Guanella, So., Monarch; Maelynn Higgins, So., Broomfield;

Frances Hudson, So., Mead; Lauren Kidney, Fr., Centaurus; Eva Klingbeil, Jr., Niwot; Olivia Kosanovich, So., Fairview; Alyssa Lee, Sr., Boulder; Danika Lumbard, Fr., Monarch;  Maggie McCleskey, Jr., Centaurus; Mia Munoz, So., Monarch; Lilly Nichols, Fr., Broomfield; Kourtney Rathke, Fr., Peak to Peak;

Greta Richardson, Jr., Mead;  Julia Pattison, Jr., Monarch; Amy Perkins, Fr., Boulder; Sophie Pierce, So, Fairview;  Kate Runyon, So., Jefferson Academy;  Madeline Tapp, Sr., Holy Family; Lizzbeth Villalobos, Sr., Holy Family;  Kiara Welch, Fr., Erie; Kalea Zeender, Jr., Shining Mountain.

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