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LAKEWOOD CO - June 26, 2021: ...
Peak to Peak’s Aidan Graziano wins the 3A 110 meter hurdles during the third day of the Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on June 26, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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First Team 

100 — LUKE WERNER, Sr., Boulder: The Class 5A 100-meter finals saw perhaps one of the most competitive races of the entire weekend. While Werner finished fourth at 10.92 seconds, he lost out to third-place D’Andre Barnes of Regis Jesuit by 0.01 seconds and defeated two others by 0.04 seconds.

200 — GAVIN SCHURR, Sr., Fairview: Schurr entered the 2021 state track and field championship weekend as the 5A No. 1 seed in the 200 (21.56) and the No. 2 seed in the 100 (10.61). He ultimately decided not to compete at state and instead tried his luck in the 200 at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, where he finished sixth in his heat and fell just short of qualifying for the semifinal round.

400 — RYAN CHACON, Sr., Frederick: Chacon finished his high school career on a high as he took second in the 4A 400 (48.13), first in the 200 (21.96) by 0.9 seconds, fourth in the 100 (11.20)  by just 0.24 seconds and first in the 1,600-meter relay (3 minutes, 23.78 seconds).

800 — CONNOR MCCORMICK, Jr., Longmont: McCormick waded through an incredibly difficult 4A 800 field as he clocked in second at 1:53.32 behind Niwot’s Zane Bergen, holding off a two other close competitors to retain silver.

1,600 — ZANE BERGEN, Jr., Niwot: The BoCoPreps.com athlete of the year put up the most dominant weekend of all the male area athletes. Not only did the junior phenom win the 4A 800 (1:51.26), the 3,200 (9:18.78) and as part of the 3,200-meter relay (7:59.25), but he also broke the old 4A meet record in the 1,600, which is now 4:09.51.

3,200 — SIMON SAIA, Sr., Niwot: Saia took second in the 4A 3,200-meter run behind teammate Bergen with a 9:22.09 time, but his accomplishments after the state meet proved more impressive. At the Nike Outdoor Nationals just a week later, Saia secured his spot as a national champion in the 5,000-meter run — which he finished at 14:30.66 — and as part of the 4×1-mile relay, which took home the gold at 17:19.70.

400-meter relay — HOLY FAMILY (CONOR BYRNE, So.; PIERCE KUNZ, Jr.; DOMINIC NEELY, Jr.; GRAYSON ARNOLD, Jr.): The Holy Family relay team may have faced stiff competition in the 3A 400 relay, but the Tigers kept their cool under pressure. They crossed the finish line at fourth (43.67), just 0.44 seconds behind second-place University and 0.02 seconds behind third-place Platte Valley.

800-meter relay — ERIE (SEAN THOMAS FRANCISCO, Jr.; MASON VEVE, Sr.; BLAKE DONALDSON, Sr.; QUENTIN HARTEL, Sr.): The top five teams of the 4A 800-meter relay finished within just 1.44 seconds of one another, but that didn’t faze Erie’s top boys. The Tiger quartet took home the gold with a final time of 1:29.52 to beat them all out in the end. The same relay team also claimed the bronze in the 400 relay at 43.78.

1,600-meter relay — FREDERICK (GARRETT COLVIN, Jr.; ALEXANDER CARRILLO, Jr.; WYATT SCHROTH, Sr.; RYAN CHACON, Sr.): The Frederick boys kept the team success going in the 1,600 relay as the Warrior quartet won out with a 3:23.78 finishing time. The next team, Niwot, didn’t complete the race until 0.76 seconds later.

3,200-meter relay — NIWOT (GRAYDEN RAUBA, Sr.; JOAQUIN HERRERA, Sr.; CURTIS VOLF, Sr.; ZANE BERGEN, Jr.): Niwot’s relay team played a big part in elevating the boys to a team state championship victory over second-place Longmont, and the 3,200 relay win certainly helped. The Cougar quartet defeated the Trojans by a time of 7:59.25, which was over four seconds better than Longmont’s silver-quality mark.

110 hurdles — AARON STRAUBER, Sr., Jefferson Academy: Although he ultimately disqualified during the finals race of the 3A 110 hurdles, Strauber entered the state meet tied with Peak to Peak’s Aidan Graziano for the No. 1 seed in the event at 15.37 seconds. He beat out Graziano in the prelim race with a 15.29 time.

300 hurdles — AIDAN GRAZIANO, Sr., Peak to Peak: Graziano improved upon his No. 1 seed time of 15.37 seconds in the 3A 110 hurdles by 0.32 seconds as he went on to win the event at 15.05. He also finished sixth in the 300 hurdles, finishing less than two seconds behind 3A champion Logan Hafey of Moffat County at 41.22.

High jump — EDDIE KURJAK, Sr., Longmont: Not only did Kurjak take home the gold in the 4A triple jump at 45 feet, 5.75 inches, but the Longmont leaper also set a 4A state meet record in the high jump at 7 feet even. He brought down Colt Sessions’ former mark to beat of 6-11, which was set in 2013.

Long jump — CHRISLY KELLY-CANNON, So., Jefferson Academy: Prior to the 2021 state track and field championships, Jefferson Academy had never had a state champion. By weekend’s end, they had three. Kelly-Cannon not only won the 3A triple jump competition, but he set a 3A meet record at 23 feet, 1.50 inches while doing it. The sophomore jumping master also claimed second in the triple jump at 44-7.75.

Triple jump — BRAELON TATE, Jr., Legacy: Even though Tate didn’t get the chance to compete in the 5A triple jump at the state meet, the Legacy junior entered the competition seeded seventh with a best season jump of 44-3.00.

Pole vault — TIMO HEINE, Sr., Monarch: Heine entered the 5A state competition as the No. 2 seed with a 14 foot, 8-inch vault on his resume, and that placement is exactly where he ended up. Although the Monarch senior couldn’t ultimately hit the 14-8 height again, he did manage to nab silver with a height of 14-6.

Shot put — BRODY WELCH, Sr., Holy Family: Welch waited anxiously through each round after his third-round 50 foot, 4.5-inch throw, but the Holy Family senior had nothing to worry about. Although he ended each of the next three tries with fouls, his longest shot held up to win him the gold the 3A shot put.

Discus — JOHN PASTORE, Jr., Erie: Pastore, a highly touted football recruit, ended his regular season run with a Northern League championship in the discus, where he threw a mark of 138 feet, 4 inches.

HONORABLE MENTION

Baylor Baessler, Fr., Broomfield; Nathan Bailey, Sr., Mead; Kyle Berg, Jr., Centaurus;  Benden Cantanon, So., Mead; Will Chiang, Sr., Fairview; Aidan Christiansen, Sr., Fairview; Benjamin Classen, So., Niwot; Jacob Crookston, Sr., Jefferson Academy; Jack Culp, Sr., Holy Family; Andrew Descalzo, Jr., Holy Family;

Quin Dukes, Jr., Mead; Jacoby Ennis, Fr., Centaurus; Quinn Featherson, Sr., Longmont; Adam Granger, Sr., Holy Family; Connor Grant, Sr., Niwot; Jose Guevara, Sr., Longmont; Lukas Haug, Sr., Boulder; Luke Hixson, Jr., Holy Family;  Aaron Jenkins, Jr., Twin Peaks; Caleb Johnson, Jr., Longmont;

Brecken Khleif, Sr., Longmont; Justice Lillie, Jr., Longmont; Kaleb Lorenz, Sr., Broomfield; Tyler Mayer, Jr., Mead; Sean Medlock, So., Mead; Aidan Miller, Jr., Silver Creek; Ryan Montera, Sr., Legacy; Andreas O’Malley, Jr., Longmont; Dayne Ortega, Sr., Broomfield; James Overberg, Sr., Centaurus;

Corte Peterson, Sr., Peak to Peak; Benji Schatz, Sr., Centaurus; Joseph Silva, Jr., Holy Family;  Kailer Smith, Sr., Centaurus; Tyson Spradling, Sr., Legacy;  Nicholas Stade, Jr., Niwot; Jackson Stone, Sr., Broomfield; Leo Sundstrom, Sr., Fairview;  Cole Thomas, So., Lyons;  James Thomas, Sr., Broomfield; Tavon Underwood, So., Mead; Kyle Varra, Sr., Centaurus; Dominic Warner, Jr., Longmont; Craig Wright, Jr., Niwot.

LAKEWOOD CO - June 24, 2021: ...
Erie’s Quentin Hartel finishes his team’s 4 X 200 meter relay win during the second day of the Colorado Track and Field State Championships at Jeffco Stadium on June 25, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)