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Scenarios, returning champions and what to know ahead of this weekend

A preview of the CHSAA State Athletics meet Thursday through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood:

10 things to watch

Snowy day? Either way, the two coldest days of spring are expected to land on the final two days of the state meet, with the potential for snow starting Friday. While the CHSAA still plans to hold the meet as scheduled, a contingency plan is in place to move the final day to Sunday if snow accumulation makes things too complicated.

Dwol’s Grand Final – Mullen senior Agur Dwol entered this week with the longest triple jump mark in the country (41 feet, 11.75 inches) and the third best long jump mark (20-0.5) this spring. If not for the pandemic, Oklahoma’s commitment would likely be aiming for a fourth consecutive Class 4A triple jump crown. As it stands, she will have to settle for the No. 3 title and defend her 4A long jump title.

Another Stewart sweep? – Cherry Creek senior Riley Stewart swept the distance running events in last year’s 5A meet, and Stanford’s commitment is favored to do it again while also anchoring the 4×800 relay Bruins record. The reigning female athlete of the year in Colorado Gatorade track and field already holds a state record in the 1,600 meters (4 minutes, 44.13 seconds).

Here is Niwot…again — The men’s and women’s teams of Niwot coach Maurice Henriques are aiming for three rounds in 4A. Senior Zane Bergen (Stanford commitment) leads the men’s team after sweeping distance races last year. He may be an underdog in the 3200 against Erik Le Roux of Cheyenne Mountain. Meanwhile, senior Eva Klingbeil (North Carolina) headlines a talented women’s team with the nation’s fifth-fastest time in 3,200 (10:00.26).

Pole vault rising stars – Broomfield’s Lilly Nichols is one of three top female pole vaulters in the Class of 2024, including Anna Willis of The Classical Academy and Kourtney Rathke of Peak to Peak. The bottom two will face off in the 3A encounter, while Nichols will look to defend his 5A title and top his 13-4 tie for 21st nationally.

Meeks goes for two – Northfield senior Giavonna Meeks enters the state with the third-longest discus throw in the nation (165-0) and 18th-longest shot put (46-3.25). After winning the 4A women’s discus throw last year, she couldn’t finish the shot put competition. She gets one last chance to sweep the pitches this week before heading to Vanderbilt.

Coal Ridge Garrison Peyton –The Coal Ridge girls’ 3A title defense begins with senior Peyton Garrison, a Montana State hire who swept the sprint events last spring. Garrison’s best time in the 400m (56.16) is the fastest in the state, regardless of ranking.

High potentials – An impressive collection of high jumping boys dot several classes, including Woodland Park junior Sonny Ciccarelli (3A), DeBeque sophomore Scottie Vines (1A) and Cheyenne Mountain junior Antoni Smith (4A). Ciccarelli and Vines cleared 6-10 (tied 11th nationally), while Smith topped 6-9. Defending 5A long jump champion Brandon Hills could also put on a show. The Vista Ridge junior has the eighth longest jump in the nation (24-6).

The Cherokee Trail Grade One Phenomena – In Sky Thompson and Kaeli Powe, the Cougars have two of the best jumpers in the state. The two freshmen could challenge the defending 5A long jump champion, senior Fabiola Belibi of Regis Jesuit. Thompson holds the 33rd-highest mark in the nation in the long jump (18-9.25), while Powe has the 33rd-longest mark in the triple jump (38-9) and 42nd-longest in the long jump (18-7 ,5).

Grandview Boys Relay – Grandview’s collection of sprinters is unmatched in 5A, with its 4×100 relay already posting a state record (40.59) earlier this season. While Wolves are heavy favorites to repeat in this event, their defense of the 4×200 title could produce a run on the wire with Fountain-Fort Carson and Vista Ridge.

Returning State Champions

Class 5A Boys

Athlete School year Event ’21 mark
By André Barnes Regis Jesuit, Jr. 200 21.69
Ky Oday Cherry Creek, sr. 400 48.00
Rhys Travis Powder, sr. big jump 6-7
Rhys Travis Powder, sr. Triple jump 46-3
Brandon Hills Vista Ridge, Jr. long jump 23-2

Class 5A Girls

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Riley Stewart Cherry Creek, sr. 800 2:09.60
Riley Stewart Cherry Creek, sr. 1600 4:45.96
Riley Stewart Cherry Creek, sr, 3200 10:31.45
Kajsa Borrman Loveland, Sr. Disk* 145-10
Brooke Naughton Fort Collins, Sr. big jump 5-7
Fabiola Belibi Regis Jesuit, sr. long jump 18-0
Lilly Nichols Broomfield, then. Pole vault 12-0

Class 4A boys

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
justin blanton GJ Central, sr. 400 47.84
Zane Bergen Niwot, sr. 800 1:51.26
Zane Bergen Niwot, sr. 1600 4:09.51
Zane Bergen Niwot, sr. 3200 9:18.78
Derek Allen Widefield, Sr. 300H 38.73

Class 4A Girls

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Madison Shults Niwot, jr. 800 2:12.27
Bethany Michalak Air Academy, therefore. 1600 4:55.01
Kimora Northrup Niwot, jr. 300H 43.78
Giavonna Meeks Northfield, sr. Disk 141-2
Agur Dwol Mullen, Sr. long jump 18-11.25
Agur Dwol Mullen, Sr. Triple jump* 40-9
Megan Kelleghan Silver Creek, Jr. Pole vault 13-4.50

Class 3A Boys

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Devyn Lauer Duarte Platte Valley, Sr. 200 21.94
Logan Hafey Moffat County, Sr. 300H 39.26
Sonny Ciccarelli Woodland Park, Jr. big jump 6-8
Chrisly Kelly Cannon Jefferson Academy, Jr. long jump 23-1.50

Class 3A Girls

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Garrison Peyton Coal Ridge, Sr. 100 12:38
Garrison Peyton Coal Ridge, Sr. 200 25.02
Garrison Peyton Coal Ridge, Sr. 400 56.23
Mikaila Cheney Coal Ridge, Jr. 800 2:15.22
Katelyn Maley Basalt, Jr. 1600 5:01.10
Logan Haugestuen Liberty Common, Jr. 100H 15.90
celestial falcon Holy Family, Sr. 300H 46.05
Tice of Alexandria Lamar, sr. Disk 125-0
Tice of Alexandria Lamar, sr. Shot put 40-5.25
Sierra Haberman Jefferson Academy, Sr. big jump 5-4
Anna Willis The Classical Academy, then. Pole vault 12-6

Class 2A Boys

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Robinson clay Yuma, sr. 100 11.17
Robinson clay Yuma, sr. 200 22.17
Clanch Mason Centaur, sr. 400 49.70
Bryant Schoenthal Wray, sr. Disk 173-8
Mohammad Ibrahim Wiggins, Sr. Shot put 56-4
Nate Early Ban Lewis, sr. big jump 6-1
Jeremiah Leeper Limon, sr. Triple jump 42-6.75

Class 2A Girls

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Isabelle’s case Colorado Springs Christian, sr, 800 2:23.41
Eowyn Dalbec Peyton, sr. 1600 5:24.65
Zaila Smith Buena Vista, Sr. 3200 12:00.18
Eboselulu Omofoma Dayspring Christian, therefore., 100H 3:41 p.m.
Eboselulu Omofoma Dayspring Christian, therefore. big jump 5-3.50
Megan Jenkins Cedaredge, Sr. 300H 46.20
Lauren Hermann Holyoke, sr. Disk 126-1
Correy Koellner Holyoke), sr. Shot put 38-8.25
Hannah Tourpin St. Mary’s, Jr. long jump 16-11.75
Alison Rajzer Hayden, sr. Triple jump* 35-7
Hannah Grover Platte Canyon, sr. Pole vault 9-5

Class 1A Boys

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Cade Mitchell Cheyenne Wells, sr. 200 23.10
Jacob Jefferson Arickaree/Woodlin, Jr. 400 52.49
Jacob Jefferson Arickaree/Woodlin, Jr. 110H 16.24
Trevor Lewis DeBeque, Sr. 800 2:01.84
Trevor Lewis DeBeque, Sr. 1600 4:36.14
Jack Nauman Christian Heritage, Jr. 3200 10:27.15
John Hainer Granada, Jr. Shot put 45-0.25

Class 1A Girls

Athlete School year Event 21 dots
Taysa Conger Merinos, sr. 400 1:01.91
Ainsley Stanton Christian heritage, therefore. 1600 5:43.77
Ainsley Stanton Christian heritage, then. 3200 12:44.87
Alivia Weather Lone Star, sr. 100H 16.5
Alivia Weather Lone Star, sr. Triple jump 34-8
Alivia Weather Lone Star, sr. Pole vault 10-0
Maggie Hase Eds, jr. big jump 5-3

Times and distances taken from milesplit.com. | * Also won in 2019

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