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Class 5A

Boulder Panthers

Coach: Carl Worthington Jr.

The Scorecard: The Panthers return four state qualifiers from last year’s state meet, said Worthington Jr. The coach going into his 27th season in charge has a strong core of returning boys, led by Gavin Geer. The senior leads the Panthers’ state qualifiers after taking 17th in last year’s 5A 3,200-meter race, coming in at 9 minutes and 41.56 seconds. He also was part of the 4×800 relay that placed 17th (8:22.13), which also included Nathan Reseigh. At an early season invite at Centaurus, the Coyote/Panther Invite, Geer took second in the 1,600 at 4:42.42. On the girls’ side, Amy Perkins is back after she placed ninth in the 5A pole vault. Her state mark of 10 feet was two feet shy of last year’s winner Lilly Nichols of Broomfield. Others to watch on the boys’ side include seniors Logan Marshall (sprints, relays, jumps), Christian Munoz (throws) and Hobbes Giberson (jumps). On the girls, look out for sophomores Ava Priest and Embla Weibring in hurdles, while senior Lindsay Cook should be a nice threat in both distance and jumping events.

Broomfield Eagles

Coach: Craig Boccard (boys) and Justin Hazzard (girls)

The Scorecard: The Eagles return nine state qualifiers from last year, including seven on the girls’ side. Leading the bunch is pole vault extraordinaire Lilly Nichols, who won a state title in the event last year as a freshman. Her highest jump last season, per MileSplit, was 13-feet, 3 1/2 inches. That ranked second in the state and 28th in the country among high school girls in 2021. Along with her on the girls’ side will be Maelynn Higgins, who took second in the state 800-meter run and fourth in the 1,600. The others from the 2021 state squad are seniors Sophie Buschmann (4×200, seventh last year at state; 4×400, ninth), Emma Alford (4×200, seventh; long jump, 16th), and juniors Paisley Williamson (4×800, 14th), Norah Powers (4×800, 14th) and Lexi Harris (4×200, 7th). On the boys’ side, Miles Dondelinger returns, as does Baylor Baessler, who listed on the 4×200 relay that placed eighth at state. Others to watch include the ever-versatile senior Josh Dunn (hurdles/relays) and fellow classmates Matt Winston (sprints/jumps) and Leo Mowery-Evans (sprints). On the girls’ side, look out for junior Grace Mosley (throws), and sophomores Rylee Kane (sprints) and Kayleigh Jones (sprints/jumps).

Fairview Knights

Coach: Tricia Vieth

The Scorecard: The Knights have doubled in size since last year, said Vieth, who is headed into her 12th year as head of the program. At the forefront are eight returning state qualifiers, including two state medalists in pole vault. Sophie Pierce finished second in the event and Olivia Kosanovich was third. Both are back as juniors. Along with them on the girls’ side are sophomores Helen Carlson (800, 12th last year at state; 4×800, sixth) and Charlotte Elliston (long jump, sixth). On the boys’ side, the Knights bring back Ethan DesJardins and Jackson Zoldak, who were listed on the 4×100 that placed 10th at the state meet, as well as sprinter Marcus Cote. Also back is 5A distance threat Eric Sankey, who finished 15th in the 1,600 and 13th in the 3,200 at last year’s state track meet. In the fall, he took third at the 5A cross country meet. “Kids are eager to compete again in what feels like more of a normal season,” Vieth said.

Legacy Lightning

Coach: Kory Skattum

The Scorecard: The Lightning return three state qualifiers, per their second-year coach, led by standout girls’ runner Mia Mraz. Mraz was a stud last year during the track season, posting the fourth-fastest time in the state in the 5,000, the 12th fastest in the 3,200 and the 34th in the 1,600. She finished 10th at state in the 3,200 and 14th in the 1,600. On the boys’ side, Zander Irish and Lucas Montera return after placing 15th in last year’s 4×400 relay. Irish also placed 16th in the 400. Others to watch include Lexie Lit on the girls’ team. Skattum said she is “going to have a breakout season and we look forward to seeing what she can do.” Another name the coach mentioned was Keira Wilkinson, who is “looking stronger than ever” and could have a breakout season in the 3,200.  “We have a young team but expect to do big things,” the coach said. “With a new sprints (coach) in Ron Jones, we are looking forward to big gains on the sprinting side of things.”

Monarch Coyotes

Coach: Kent Rieder

The Scorecard: The Coyotes listed that they return six state qualifiers on the girls’ team and none on the boys’, per coach Rieder, who is headed into his 18th year in charge. Leading the returnees is senior Julia Pattison — who took ninth in the state 200, seventh in the 400, sixth in the 4×100 and third in the 4×200 — and junior Mia Munoz, who was 15th in the 100, 10th as part of the sprint medley relay and was also in the 4×100 and 200 relays. Other returning qualifiers are sophomores Charlotte Coleman (pole vault, 14th) and Lauren McKenzie (pole vault, 15th), junior Waverly Fisher (4×400, 14th) and senior McKenna Selby (pole vault, 18th). On the boys’ side look out for Keiran Singh, who was the Coyotes standout running back and is a threat in sprints. At an early-season meet, he won the 100 in 11.29 seconds, which ranked ninth in the state per MileSplit. Others to watch include junior Levi Hoenninger (sprints, jumps), sophomore Owen Mellish (sprints) and junior Sam Kapner (distance). From the girls’ team, look out for distance runners Layla Fisher (So.), Amanda Rampy and Ella Tyrrell (Jr.).

Centaurus' Maggie McCleskey crosses the finish ...
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Centaurus’ Maggie McCleskey crosses the finish line during the Fairview Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Fairview High School.

Class 4A

Centaurus Warriors

Coaches: Eddie Taylor and Meaghan Goodman

The Scorecard: The Warriors are looking forward to having a more normal track season, and they have a few good leaders to lean on early as the season starts to pick up. They’ll return senior distance queen Maggie McCleskey and senior distance king Kyle Berg — both of whom excelled during the fall cross country season — as well as sophomore pole vaulter Lauren Kidney.

Erie Tigers

Coach: Brandon Havard

The Scorecard: After their boys 4×200-meter relay team — which was mostly comprised of seniors — won the state title in 2021, the Tigers will look to build upon that championship with a large pool of talent that they have coming in for 2022. While they boast athletes from every class, they’ll have a large senior group of 19 kids to guide the younger talent through the 2022 season.

Frederick Warriors

Coach: Sheli Mares

The Scorecard: The Warriors are entering the 2022 season with excitement and positivity as they welcome a host of new athletes and a strong group of seniors to introduce them to the sport. They return two state champions in seniors Garrett Colvin and Alex Carrillo, who both took part in their gold-medal-worthy 4×400-meter relay effort at the state meet in 2021, while also welcoming back a leaping state qualifier in Isabella Hewitt. They’ll also be looking to Chase Svela, Kyla Mares, Elli Clapp and Gracie Wilts for guidance early on.

Longmont Trojans

Coach: Scott Dickinson

The Scorecard: The Trojans welcome back twice as many athletes as they had last year, some of which are utilizing the sport to help them keep or get back into form for the other sports they play. They’ll be led by 2021 Class 4A silver medalists in their sprint medley relay girls (senior Megan Leick, junior Christine E’pagnier and sophomore Ella Pears) and senior Connor McCormick (800-meter run, 1,600-meter run and 4×800-meter relay). They’ll also look to Caroline Bishop, Sara Hakanson, Lydia Nichols, Caleb Johnson, Justice Lillie, Dominic Warner and Andreas O’Malley to make some noise.

Mead Mavericks

Coach: Amanda Macaluso

The Scorecard: The Mavericks return a strong core of field athletes who don’t seem to be too fond of existing school records as senior pole vaulters Quin Dukes and Greta Richardson as well as sophomore high jumper Addison Babcock, junior discus thrower Marlee Morris and senior long jumper Tyler Mayer — all of whom broke the old school records in their respective events — come back for 2022. They’ll also be welcoming a track record-breaker in senior Frances Hudson (800-meter run) and another strong athlete in junior Tavon Underwood back into the fold.

Niwot Cougars

Coach: Maurice Henriques

The Scorecard: After yet another blockbuster state meet for the Cougars in 2021 — during which both the boys and girls took home team championships — they’ll look nearly as dangerous for 2022. Though they graduated a generational athlete in Taylor James, they’ll still bring back 2021 individual state champions in senior Zane Bergen (distance), junior Kimora Northrup (hurdler) and junior Madison Shults (distance). While they have an incredibly large talent pool with running and jumping events, as always, they’ll also be adding some throwers in Jade West, Chloe Mitchell, Ben Rauschkolb, Kevin Chen and Garrett Eker. Arabella Chen and Ashlyn Crall will both compete as pole vaulters on the ladies’ side.

Silver Creek Raptors

Coach: Jacy Riel

The Scorecard: The Raptors bring back their highest-achieving — literally — athlete in 2021 Class 4A state pole vault champion/record holder in junior Megan Kelleghan as well as multifaceted athletes in senior Kayla Farwell and junior Katie Bogdanova, who helped break the school record in the 4×100-meter relay last year. Some other Raptors to keep an eye on this season will be Grace Moroney, Elle Murray, Aidan Miller, Simon Murray, Tanner Stevens, Sam Shipman, Evan Horton and Kade Robinson.

Skyline Falcons

Coach: James Davis

The Scorecard: The Falcons have spent much of their offseason training at other high schools due to their own track construction, but are still primed and ready for what 2022 can bring. They’ll return a speedster in senior Andrew Muncy, who won NCAC League championships in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, as well as seniors Soren Gulsrud (400-meter dash) and Kaleb Allen (shot put, discus).

Class 3A

Holy Family Tigers

Coach: Nick Harris

The Scorecard: The magnificent Skylar Hawk  — a name that fits her soaring ability on the track — she’s always one to watch. Last year, Hawk won a state title in the 300-meter hurdles event and placed on the podium in the 200 (third), 100 (fifth) and 400 (seventh). At the early-season Coyote/Panther Invite, she won the 100, 200 and 300 hurdles with times all ranked in the top-12 in the state, per MileSplit. She’ll be joined by another top sprinting talent on the boys’ side in Grayson Arnold, who took ninth in the state 100 last year and 11th in the 200. Pierce Kunz is back after he took 16th in the 100. The Tigers have a very solid mid-to-long distance core, led by returning state qualifiers on the boys’ side in Luke Hixson (800, 11th last year at state), Luke Busot (3,200, 14th) Anthony Haberkorn (3,200, 16th) and Patrick Cavanaugh (3,200 17th). Evelyn Boyd is back on the girls’ side after taking 18th in the 3,200. Others to watch for the boys include sophomores Griffin Eastman (sprints/jumps), Chris Johnnides (hurdles) and senior John Hulquest (throws). On the girls’ side, look out for senior hurdlers Ava Brunner and Nicole Chavers as well as junior distance runner Olivia Bertagnolli.

Jefferson Academy Jaguars

Coach: Eric Thimsen

The Scorecard: The Jaguars welcome back a pair of jumping state champions in Chrisly Kelly-Cannon, who won the boys’ long jump, and Sierra Haberman, who won the girls’ high jump. Kelly-Cannon also took second in the triple jump and fifth in the 100 and 200 last year. He is joined by returning boys’ qualifiers in junior Caden Fullerton (triple jump, 18th at 2021 state) and senior Evan Mills (800, 12th; 1,600, 11th). Haberman, meanwhile, is joined by returning qualifiers on the girls’ side in juniors Hallie Williams (high jump, tied for fourth last year at state; 100 hurdles, sixth; 300 hurdles, seventh), Kate Runyon (100, ninth) and sophomore Jessica Schaffer (300 hurdles, 13th). Haberman has led the girls’ team early this season with wins in the high jump and pole vault. Thimsen, who is now in Year 11 ahead of the program, said his teams will look to duplicate their top-10 team finishes at state. He said the girls’ team has strong depth, while the boys lack a bit of it. Others to keep an eye out for include seniors Ethan Runyon (sprints) and Jacob Balle (throws) on the boys’ side. Sophomore Maya Ross will be a solid threat in distance events for the girls’ team.

Peak to Peak Pumas

Coach: Kim McConnell

The Scorecard: Kourtney Rathke returns to the Pumas after she was top-seven in three state events last year. In the pole vault at state, she leapt 12-feet, three inches — just three inches shy of state winner Anna Willis of The Classical Academy. She also placed seventh in the long and triple jumps. This year during the indoor track season, she has jumped 12-10 in the vault, the third-best mark in the state and 30th best in the nation. At their home meet on March 15, she won the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. On the boys’ side, the Pumas have a talented hurdler in senior Cole DiGiacomo and a solid 800-runner in Thomas Liu. McConnell said her expectations this season are “continual improvement for each athlete and a team focus on all of the relays.” She said she has “excitement about the youth of this team and the process of ‘shared hard work’ that will occur over time.”

Prospect Ridge Academy Miners

Coach: Von Miller

The Scorecard: At least one Von Miller will be taking part in athletics in Colorado. The Miners welcome their new coach with a popular name, who inherits two returning state qualifiers on each of the boys’ and girls’ teams. For the boys, senior Tristen Zeidman took fifth in the state 110 hurdles, while fellow-classmate Caleb Perruzza took 10th in the 300 hurdles and 13th in the 110. For the girls, Avery Marr, a sophomore, was 13th in the 400, 11th in the 800, 17th in the 4×400 and 10th in the 4×800. Senior Faith Torres, meanwhile, placed 10th in shot put. Others to watch for PRA include juniors Vidhura Kumar (discus/shot put) and Tyler Stewart (high jump) for the boys. Jaelyn Korbe, a senior on the girls’ team, will be a threat in sprinting events. “Our team is the largest it’s ever been in the relatively short history at PRA,” Miller said. “We are also bringing back a very high-quality coaching staff. Overall, we have a very fun, exciting and hard-working atmosphere amongst our track and field program.”

Class 2A

Lyons Lions

Coach: Mark Roberts

The Scorecard: The Lions look strong heading into the 2022 season as they welcome 2A state cross country champion Tyler Ball and 2021 state track placer, senior Quin Greg (1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run). They’ll also welcome back state qualifiers in Grant Gau, Harper Leino, Keenan Young, Jesse Uecker, Arjen Wynja, Cole Thomas, Sage Wynja, Gemma Powell and Josei Gaines. Roberts believes his boys have the potential to rank among the Class 2A top-10 teams if everyone stays healthy.

Nederland Panthers

Coaches: Skylyn Webb and Gavin Coombs

The Scorecard: The Panthers bring back a small team for 2022 with talent coming in from every class. They boast three seniors, Ivy Brundege, Eirwen McClish and Zach Weiner to give them some guidance early as the season kicks off.

Twins Peaks Timberwolves

Coach: Pamela Wanninger

The Scorecard: After a successful 2021 season, during which now-senior Aaron Jenkins placed in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run and junior Giorgio Spensieri qualified in the sprint events but couldn’t attend, the Timberwolves are chasing even higher aspirations for 2022. Wanninger believes those two, as well as athletes like sophomore Yannis Diby, not only have chances to qualify for the state meet but maybe even win a few state titles for the first time in school history.

Class 1A

Shining Mountain Waldorf Lions

Coach: Luke English

The Scorecard: The Lions field a brand new team this year after not having one last year, but will have a couple of seniors, Kalea Zeender and Sophia Matarrese, to lean on early. “With it being our first season, we are more focused on getting kids to join and building a good culture to set us up for the future,” English said. “Any achievements by the team will be an added bonus. I’m incredibly excited to get to develop this team from the ground up, though. This is all of our athletes’ first time participating in track and field so it’s a great opportunity to lay a solid foundation.”

Cream of the crop: 2021 boys all-region team
Boys first team (Name, 2020-21 class, school)
Luke Werner, Sr., Boulder; Gavin Schurr, Sr., Fairview; Ryan Chacon, Sr., Frederick; Connor McCormick, Jr., Longmont; Zane Bergen, Jr., Niwot; Simon Saia, Sr., Niwot; Holy Family 400-meter relay (Conor Byrne, So.; Pierce Kunz, Jr; Dominic Neely, Jr., Grayson Arnold, Jr.); Erie 800-meter relay (Sean Thomas Francisco, Jr.; Mason Veve, Sr.; Blake Donaldson, Sr.; Quentin Hartel, Sr.); Frederick 1,600-meter relay (Garrett Colvin, Jr.; Alexander Carrillo, Jr.; Wyatt Schroth, Sr.; Ryan Chacon, Sr.); Niwot 3,200-meter relay (Grayden Rauba, Sr.; Joaquin Herrera, Sr.; Curtis Volf, Sr.; Zane Bergen, Jr.); Aaron Strauber, Sr., Jefferson Academy; Aidan Graziano, Sr., Peak to Peak; Eddie Kurjak, Sr., Longmont; Chrisly Kelly-Cannon, So., Jefferson Academy; Braelon Tate, Jr., Legacy; Timo Heine, Sr., Monarch; Brody Welch, Sr., Holy Family; John Pastore, Jr., Erie.

Boys 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.

Cream of the crop: 2021 girls all-region team
Girls first team (Name, 2020-21 class, school)
Margaret Gillett, So., Niwot; Skylar Hawk, Jr., Holy Family; Taylor James, Sr., Niwot; Madison Shults, So., Niwot; Lucca Fulkerson, Sr., Niwot; Allison Beasley, Sr., Peak to Peak; Longmont sprint medley relay (Sally Marshall, Sr.; Megan Leick, Jr.; Christine D’Epagnier, So.; Ella Pears, Fr.); Erie 400-meter relay (Heidi Warlock, Jr.; Madeline Hartel, Fr.; Myla Wilkes, Fr.; Lily Meskers, Jr.); Niwot 800-meter relay (Margaret Gillett, So.; Kathryn Carroll, Jr.; Kimora Northrup, So.; Taylor James, Sr.); Niwot 1,600-meter relay (Julia Rudolph, Fr.; Stella Vieth, Jr.; Geneva-Grace Douillard, Sr.; Madison Shults, So.); Niwot 3,200-meter relay (Lucca Fulkerson, Sr.; Mia Prok, Fr.; Stella Vieth, Jr.; Madison Shults, So.); Hallie Williams, So., Jefferson Academy; Kimora Northrup, So., Niwot; Sirra Haberman, Jr., Jefferson Academy; Aaliyah Robinson, Sr., Jefferson Academy; Megan Kelleghan, So., Silver Creek; Lydia Nichols, Jr., Longmont; Kambry Fraser, Sr., Erie.

Girls 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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