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Meet title contenders in the Fort Collins area

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The Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships are back this weekend at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

This year is shaping up to be a fairly strong one for the Fort Collins area, with only a few former champions but several rising stars poised for a breakthrough on the state stage.

As usual, Northern Colorado runners should shine in the distance events, but there is potential for state titles in almost every classification and type of event.

Here’s a look at the area’s most likely state champions for the Colorado state competition, which takes place Thursday through Saturday:

Isabel Allori, Liberty Common

Fresh off a state record time in the 2 mile, Allori enters the state as a prohibitive favorite as the top-seeded Class 3A girls runner in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

She is already a four-time state champion (two track, two cross country) and one of Fort Collins’ all-time best runners. Can she cap off her legendary Liberty Common career with another special performance?

Mikey Munn, Windsor

Munn has zoomed onto the scene this spring, from mostly a JV performer and relayer last year to Colorado’s dominant sprinter in 2024.

The Senior of the Wizards has the top time (of all classifications) in the 100-, 200- And 400-meter sprint events, so it would probably take a stunner to deny him multiple 4A gold medals.

Tatum Mountain, fossil ridge

The SabreCats junior has proven himself as a distance dynamo in track and field and cross country, capable of beating the best.

She’ll have two prime chances at state titles this weekend, as Berg has the top qualifying time in the 5A girls two-mile run while holding onto third place (less than two seconds back) in the one-mile.

Natalie Washburn, Timnath

The Cubs junior is one of a handful of returning local state champions and it will once again be difficult to avoid her.

Washburn is the top seed by nearly six seconds in the 2A 800-meter run, just seconds back in third place in the 2A 400-meter run and will figure prominently on Timnath’s top distance relay teams.

Kiana Cumings, Windsor

Alongside Munn, Cumings is the other half of Windsor’s dynamic sprint duo, both chasing historic sprints.

The Wizards sophomore is the top seed in the 100 and second in the 200 and 400 races, less than half a second behind the leader in both events. Additionally, she will be an important part of Windsor’s sturdy relay units.

Cameron Glasgow, Timnath

The girls got the Cubs to the state title table last season. Can Glasgow get the Timnath boys some gold this spring?

The sophomore is the top 2A boys pole vaulter coming into the state, but he stands just an inch above a crowded top group of vaulters.

Mia Williams, Fossil Ridge

Williams set a school record in the 800 meters last month, giving her the top seed among 5A girls in the middle distance.

The SabreCats junior is also in the top-10 (six seconds back) in the mile run and could also be a key runner for Fossil’s competing relay teams.

Izzy Schimmelpfennig, Timnath

The Cubs freshman had a phenomenal fall in cross country, finishing fifth among the 3A girls at the state championships.

Schimmelpfennig will be a Class 2A favorite on the track, coming in with the top time in the 2-mile run and finishing third (within 10 seconds of the top seed) in the 1-mile event.

Cadel Ruthven, Fort Collins

Ruthven has a chance to become one of the Lambkins’ next great distance runners. He won two city titles last month and remained among the state’s best all spring.

The Fort Collins sophomore has the second-fastest qualifying score in the 5A Boys 800 run and is within 11 seconds of the one-mile race.

Luke Garvin, Fossil Ridge

Garvin is the jack of all trades in jumping and jumped to the elite level as a junior this spring.

The SabreCats standout enters the 5A state standings second in the triple jump, third in the high jump and less than a foot from the top long jump mark. Expect at least plenty of podium finishes for Garvin.

Addison Geraets, Timnath

The Cubs sophomore is a pure hurdler and will be instrumental in Timnath’s pursuit of the school’s first-ever team title in the 2A girls classification.

Geraets leads the field by almost three seconds in the 300 hurdles and is in the top five and within striking distance of both the 110 hurdles and the 400 sprint.

5A contenders who could take a step further

There is plenty more top-tier 5A talent among Fort Collins city teams. Here are a few more athletes who could outperform their qualifying qualifications with a state title:

  • Marcus Mozer, Fossil Ridge: 2nd in long jump, within a second each in the 100 and 200 meter sprint
  • Boys high jump: Finn Conway-Reiser, Joe Cottingham (Fort Collins) and Charlie Sparks (Rocky) are all within inches of the top score
  • Girls high jump: Nevaeh Rura (Rocky), Addison Hayes (Fossil), Addi Forrest (Poudre) within half a foot of leader
  • DJ Ruff, Fort Collins: Top-five finish, less than half a second back in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes
  • Erin Herrman, Fossil Ridge: No. 2 seed in girls shot put and top 10 in discus qualifiers
  • Tyson Bhalla, Rocky Mountain: Within 10 seconds of top time in one- and two-mile runs
  • Girls triple jump: Maggie Hoyer, Frankie McCoy (Fossil) and Khloe Scharf (Rocky) all in the top five

Relay ready to rock

Relays were the strength of the Fort Collins area’s presence last year, winning three state titles with 17 top-five finishes in four classifications.

These are this year’s best local relay teams:

  • Class 5A: Fossil girls 4×800 (third), Fossil boys 4×800 (sixth), Fort Collins boys 4×200 (eighth), Fort Collins boys 4×800 (10th)
  • Class 4A: Windsor girls 4×200 (first), Windsor girls 800 sprint medley (first), Windsor girls 4×100 (second), Windsor girls 4×400 (third)
  • Class 3A: Liberty Common boys 4×400 (first), Liberty Common boys 4×800 (second)
  • Class 2A: Timnath girls 4×100/200/400/800 (first overall), Timnath girls 800 sprint medley (second), Heritage Christian boys 4×800 (second), Timnath boys 4×400 (second), Timnath boys 4×100 (eighth)

Other top candidates (2A-4A)

  • Emili Voelker, Timnath: Top seed in 2A girls 100 dash, 4th in 200 dash
  • Jack Friesen, Liberty Common: 2nd in 3A boys 400 dash
  • Justin Bate, Liberty Common: 2nd in 3A boys pole vault
  • Lilly Lukens, Heritage Christian: 2nd in 2A girls 1600, 3200 runs
  • Windsor pole vaulters: Danner Bakula (boys) and Finley Bach (girls), both 3rd in Class 4A

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