The Niwot track and field team captured the girls and boys team titles at the Class 4A state championships, held May 16-18 at Jeffco Stadium.
The Niwot girls took the team lead early on day one and were never in much danger of losing it. Over the next two days, the girls nabbed three individual and two relay titles, and took second place in three more. In all, nine individuals and all four relay teams made it onto the podium for the Niwot girls, including sophomore standout Taylor James who made it to the top four times over the weekend.
There was more nail-biting over on the boys side, where their championship was won on the final event. The 4x400 relay team of Nolan Johan, Jensen Douillard, Milo Ostwald and Jack Kenkel took first overall in a dramatic photo finish, giving them enough points to surpass Pueblo East for the title.
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Elise Gillett crosses the finish line just behind Cheyenne Mountain in the 4x100 relay finals on May 18.
Taylor James finishes just head of Mead's Abby Glynn in the 400m finals on May 18.
Cruz Culpepper approaches the finish line of the 1600m finals in first place.
Cruz Culpepper and Ares Reading race together at the start of the boys 1600m finals on May 18.
Taylor James at the start of the 400m finals.
Julea Trank finished 8th overall in the 100m dash finals.
Senior Nolan Johan finished fifth overall in the boys 110 m hurdles.
Elise Gillett finished second overall in the girls 100m hurdles
Donnie Schwartz stands on the podium with teammate Misha Barrett after both competed in the Special Olympics/paralympic shot put.
Jack Kenkel and Cruz Culpepper at the finish line of the 400m.
Cruz Culpepper crossed the finish line to capture his first state championship, in the 800m.
Taylor James reacts to her record-setting time in the girls 800m finals on May 17.
Misha Barrett competes in the Special Olympic/Paralympic shot put on May 17.
The girls 800 sprint medley team finished fifth overall in the finals with a time of 1:49.81. From left, Princess Sagala, Erika Timbang, Elise Crall, and Elise Gillett.
Senior Nolan Johan clipped a hurdle and fell during the 300m hurdles preliminary on May 17.
Misha Barrett and Donnie Schwartz raced in the paralympic 100 m dash at the state track championships on May 16.
Junior Samrawit Dishon finished second overall in the girls 3200m, where five of her teammates also competed.