BROOMFIELD — Winners of the last 11 Boulder County Track and Field Championships, the Niwot girls squad once again littered the podium on Saturday at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. Niwot ended the meet with a first-place total of 214 points, plenty ahead of second place Broomfield and third place Fairview.
Cougars senior Eva Klingbeil said that after running in the Arcadia Invitational in California the previous weekend, she had been struggling to adjust back to altitude. But despite not feeling her best, Klingbeil set her season-best time of 4 minutes, 54.18 seconds in the 1,600-meter run. She comfortably bested second place Maggie McCleskey of Centaurus and third place Sarah Perkins, also of Niwot.
“I still pushed as hard as I could and had a pretty decent race,” said Klingbeil, who is the state’s top-ranked runner in the event after winning a cross coutry championship in the fall. “I definitely felt a lot less in control and (it was) a lot harder effort than my other races this season. I think it was good to know that I can run hard even when I’m not feeling good.”
Klingbeil, a North Carolina commit, remarked that having McCleskey on her tail for most of the race helped push her to a season-best performance.
Other Cougars to take home first place included Kimora Northrup (100 and 300 hurdles), Stella Vieth (400), Mia Prok (800), Sierra Parks (3,200) and Jade West (shot put).
The girls meet MVP, however, went to Monarch’s Julia Pattison, who won both the 100 and 200.
Peak to Peak’s Kourtney Rathke narrowly wins star-studded pole vault competition
Although Peak to Peak sophomore Kourtney Rathke and Broomfield sophomore Lilly Nichols — the returning 5A state champion — both cleared 12 feet, 8 inches, Rathke did so in fewer attempts and was thus awarded first place in pole vault.
The formidable weather on Saturday played a big role for Rathke, who said she has been trying to match her outdoor marks with her indoor marks.
“I was feeling a little off in the beginning, but it shaped up to be a pretty good day,” Rathke said.
Last year’s 4A state champion and Silver Creek junior Megan Kelleghan cleared 12-2 for third place and Fairview junior Olivia Kosanovich finished fourth at 10-2. All four of the aforementioned finishers are ranked within the top-10 in Colorado, making for quite the spectacle.
For Kosanovich, she said the stout competition left her wanting to create bigger goals for herself.
“I like having the competition because it makes me more competitive and then I focus more on my plan and on my technique so that I jump better,” Kosanovich said. “They motivate me.”
Fairview sophomore Charlotte Elliston has banner day in long jump
Three consecutive jumps led to three consecutive personal bests for Charlotte Elliston. The Fairview sophomore hit 17 feet, 10.25 inches, then 18-2 and finally 18-3.25 in the finals to land her first place in the long jump.
Elliston credited a simple yet valuable feeling for her success.
“I felt pretty bouncy today,” she said.
After finishing sixth in the 5A state championships last season as a freshman, Elliston said her confidence has grown significantly with this year’s state meet on the horizon.
“I’m really excited, I feel good,” Elliston said. “Last year I was going in (to state) a little bit like ‘Oh, I don’t know if I should be here.’ But this year I feel confident.”
Silver Creek junior Katherine Bogdanova finished second on Saturday and Niwot senior Kathryn Carroll placed third — both with a jump of 16-7.
Winners of the meet:
100: Julia Pattison, Monarch (12.46 seconds)
200: Julia Pattison, Monarch (24.68)
400: Stella Vieth, Niwot (57.47)
800: Mia Prok, Niwot (2:13.85)
1,600: Eva Klingbeil, Niwot (4:54.18)
3,200: Sierra Parks, Niwot (11:20.85)
4×100 relay: Silver Creek (50.85)
4×200 relay: Niwot (1:45.09)
4×400 relay: Niwot (3:59.88)
4×800 relay: Niwot (9:56.45)
Sprint medley relay: Niwot (1:51.71)
100 hurdles: Kimora Northrup (14.97)
300 hurdles: Kimora Northrup (44.01)
High jump: Addison Babcock, Mead (5 feet, 0.5 inches)
Long jump: Charlotte Elliston, Fairview (18-3.25)
Triple jump: Kourtney Rathke, Peak to Peak (36-3.50)
Discus: Jade West, Niwot (34-7)
Shot put: Gemma Powell, Lyons (117-1)
Pole vault: Kourtney Rathke, Peak to Peak (12-8j)
Top three teams: Niwot (214 points), Broomfield (94), Fairview (76).