High school boys' track and field capsules

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Photo - Manitou Springs Jared Keul races toward the finishline for the 3A 800-meter run state title Friday, May 20, 2016, during the second day of the Colorado State Track and Field meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Manitou Springs Jared Keul races toward the finishline for the 3A 800-meter run state title Friday, May 20, 2016, during the second day of the Colorado State Track and Field meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

5A

Coronado

Coach: Jeremy Kane (13th season)

Key players: Charles Broomfield, jr., thrower; Jaydon Lewis, sr., jumper; Carver Engstrom, sr., pole vaulter; Justin Dwinell, jr., sprinter; and Raiden Mares, sr., sprinter.

Outlook: The Cougars have a chance to improve on their 37th-place finish at state from a season ago. Broomfield, an emerging thrower, could find himself in contention for a state title in discus after finishing seventh as a sophomore. Lewis, meanwhile, should qualify for state in the high jump for the third straight year.

Doherty

Coach: Rob Duensing (14th season)

Key players: Jack Mann, pole vaulter; and Hayden Martinez, distance.

Outlook: The Spartans did not score any points at the state meet last season. Mann and Martinez look to be the team's best chances to change those fortunes, but others may emerge as well.

Fountain-Fort Carson

Coach: Ben Montoya (27th season)

Key players: Donovan Williams, sr., sprinter; Malic Bonner, jr. middle distance; Jalen Lyon, jr., sprinter; Jason Farrell, jr., sprinter; James Thomas, jr., middle distance; Sergio Cedano, sprinter; and Jequan Hogan, fr., jumps.

Outlook: Christian Lyon graduated after winning the 100 and 200 at state, but the Trojans are still in a good place. They'll be solid in relays, like always, and Williams could contend for titles in the 100 and 200. F-FC finished second in 5A last year.

Liberty

Coach: Dick Geddes (19th season)

Key players: Alex Thomas, sprinter; and Emerson Collins, sprinter.

Outlook: Thomas was solid in the 200 last season for the Lancers, finishing eighth at the state meet. He and Collins should score a big bulk of their team's points this season, too.

Rampart

Coach: Robert Young (second season)

Key players: Xavier Bishop-Falu, sr., hurdler/sprints; Connor McCabe, jr., distance; Josh Kavalec, jr., jumper/sprinter; Jacob Dewey, jr., distance; and TJ Barker, sr., middle distance.

Outlook: Bishop-Falu should be the favorite in the 110 hurdles - since he finished second to Fort Collins senior Thomas Robillard last season. He's just one nice piece for the Rams, though, who also bring back distance runner McCabe, a finals hopeful in the 3,200.

 

4A

Air Academy

Coach: Kimberly Whitaker (third season)

Key players: Nik Chappee, sr., sprinter; Skylar Smoker, sr., hurdler; Ethan Powell, sr., distance; Cal Banta, soph.; and Luke Thurman, jr.

Outlook: In cross country, Powell was 4A's best and most improved runner. He outsprinted Montrose's Ian Meek for the state title. This spring, he and sprinter Chappee could be contenders to win gold for the Kadets, who took seventh at state last year.

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: Stan Lambros (15th season)

Key players: Thomas Chaston, distance; Shamauri Rivera, sprinter and jumper; Matt Kelly, thrower; and Cian Quiroga, thrower.

Outlook: The Indians will look for someone to step up and fill the voids left by runners Thomas Staines and James Jones, both who graduated after scoring points for the team at state. Chaston could have a breakout year following an 18th-place finish in the 3,200 a year ago.

Falcon

Coach: Nathan Borchers (second season)

Key players: Deshaun Stevens, jr., middle distance; Will Boswell, sr., distance; Jalen Hernandez, sr. jumper; and D'Mitrius Brooks, sr., hurdler.

Outlook: The Falcons are looking to build a foundation for the future. Borchers says the team is young, but athletes like Stevens could be on the verge of a breakout season.

Harrison

Coach: Al Melo (10th season)

Key players: Devon Washington, soph., sprinter; Ramone Daley, sr., sprinter; Daymion Richard, middle distance; Matt Terry, jr., distance; and Jared Morris, sr., thrower.

Outlook: Washington had the fastest 200 time among freshmen in the state. He and Daley should help give the Panthers a nice presence in sprints.

Lewis-Palmer

Coach: Nancy Pellow (fourth season)

Key players: Dieudonne Chea, jr., sprinter; Thomas McNabb, sr, jumper; Michael Corkill, sr., hurdler; and Cameron Barry, sr., distance.

Outlook: Just by what he did on the football field, it will be no surprise if Chea improves on his 16th-place finish in last year's 100 at state. McNabb will also seek improvement after he fouled out of the state triple jump last spring.

Palmer Ridge

Coach: Rob Collins (first season)

Key players: Jeremy Meadows, sr., distance; Andrew Rudnicki, sr., distance, Drew Lester, sr., distance; Brandon Pappas, sr., middle distance; and AJ Oswald, sr. jumper.

Outlook: One of the best and deepest cross country teams in the nation is at Palmer Ridge. So that'll be nice for the Bears. Now they must look to mend the holes left by last year's senior class, which included Colorado's Gatorade Boys' Track Athlete of the year, Caleb Ojennes.

Pine Creek

Coach: Max Oliver (17th season)

Key players: DJ Armstead, soph., sprinter; David Moore III, fr. Sprinter; Damario Rogan-Portillos, sr., hurdler; Wyatt Wieland, sr., hurdler/sprinter; and Danny Fuhr, jr., hurdler/jumper.

Outlook: The Eagles showed off their athleticism in the fall during their state championship run in football -- which bodes well for the track and field team, too. DM3, for instance, may not only be one of the fastest freshman in the state, but could end up as one of the fastest sprinters in the state.

Sand Creek

Coach: Monte Gutowski (first season)

Key players: Tanner Teeples, Isaiah Aguilar, Anthony Colby and Da'Jonte Stokes.

Outlook: Gutowski takes over a young and inexperienced roster at Sand Creek. The Scorpions did not qualify any athletes to the state meet a year ago.

Widefield

Coach: Fred Marjerrison (12th season)

Key players: Jaquaireus Grant, sprints; Rasheen Reaves, sprinter; Nate Miller, thrower; Lucas Fitzmorris, sprints; Maximilliano Martinez, sr., distance; and Cole Munoz, distance.

Outlook: The Gladiators have some nice talent across the events, including a deep distance squad that took second at state cross country. Grant, Fitzmorris and Reaves are returning medalists in sprints and relays, and Miller should be a favorite to win the discus. 

 

3A

Florence

Coach: Tom Torres (19th season)

Key players: Noah Torres, sr., middle distance; Brandon Turner, sr., thrower.

Outlook: Torres was the only state qualifier from the Huskies last season as he finished fifth in the 400. Perhaps Turner, a thrower, can give him some company this year.

Manitou Springs

Coach: Phil Rich (22nd season)

Key players: Jared Keul, sr., middle distance/sprints; Lucas Rodholm, sr. middle distance/sprints; Bryce Coop, sr., middle distance/sprints and Jayden Omi, sprints.

Outlook: Keul certainly has his share of golds, winning both the 800 and 1,600 relay last season at state. But there's still plenty of motivation -- Keul finished second to Aspen's Sunday Abarca in the state 400, and it looks as if the two will be the leaders in the event again this year.

Sierra

Coach: Andrea Shuler (second season)

Key players: Dante Thomas, jr., sprinter; Isaiah Agyekum, sr., jumper; and Xavier Brown, jr., sprinter/jumper.

Outlook: Dante Thomas finished 10th in the 100 in 4A last season. Now he and the Stallions will see how they fare against the 3A field.

The Classical Academy

Coach: Tim Daggett (15th season)

Key players: Tanner Norman, sr., distance.

Outlook: The Titans took third in 4A last season and now are back in 3A. Norman will lead the show as the top distance runner in the state. The senior won the 3A cross country title in the fall, and was named Colorado's cross country runner of the year by Gatorade in January. A good bet? There's more accolades to come.

 

2A

Ellicott

Coach: Jim Van Hoesen (10th season)

Key players: Jaylen Hayes, sr., sprinter/jumper; Chiante Stewart, jr. sprinter/jumper; and Jacob McAllister, sr., thrower.

Outlook: Losing Kevin Vargas, their top sprinter, will be tough. But Hayes and Stewart gives the Thunderhawks a nice sprints core after they were part of the 800 relay that won gold last year.

Fountain Valley

Coach: Scott Lebo (third season)

Key players: Fabian Guerrero, soph., middle distance; Nic Jenkins, sr. distance; and Keita Kadokura, sprints.

Outlook: Jenkins is one of the few experienced athletes on roster as he won the 1,600 at the Tri-Peaks League championship last year. The Danes, like many teams in 3A, however, will mostly look to gain experience with so many young faces.

Peyton

Coach: Gary Vandemark (25th season)

Key players: Dominic Gentile, sr., sprinter; Trystan Hanks, sr., middle distance; Caleb Smith, sr., distance; Seth Anderson, sr., jumper and hurdler; and Joseph Enright, sr., distance.

Outlook: Another name to look out for is Cannon Baker, who qualified in four events in 2015 before sitting out 2016 with an injury. The Panthers are one of the few 2A teams in the area that are reporting a large turnout.

St. Mary's

Coach: Archie Malloy III

Key players: Nathaniel Bodnar, sr, middle distance/distance; Colton Barta, sr., middle distance/distance; Matt Garduno, sr., thrower; Matthew Depner, jr, thrower; and Sean Hiramatsu, jr., sprinter/hurdler.

Outlook: The Pirates are young and inexperienced. Led by Bodnar, their strengths are in their middle distance and distance events.

 

1A

Evangelical Christian

Coach: Will Pinson (first season)

Key players: N/A.

Outlook: The Eagles have only seven athletes on roster. Pinson says the team's longer relays could be their strength.

Pikes Peak Christian

Coach: Lisa Ratterree (ninth season)

Key players: Tommy Harmon, soph., pole vaulter.

Outlook: Harmon took second in state pole vault as a freshman last year. His rivalry against now-junior Tate Goble, who won the event last spring, should be fun to watch over the next two years.

*Teams not listed did not report.