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By Jocelyn Rowley 

Niwot girls cruise to Northern League title


Jocelyn Rowley

Niwot junior Elise Gillett took fourth overall in the long jump at the 2019 Northern League meet on May 4, 2019.

The Niwot girls track team continued its march towards the 2019 Class 4A title with a dominating performance at this year’s Northern Conference Championships, held May 3-4 at Everly Montgomery Field. The Cougars finished in first or second in all but a handful of events to end the day with 247 points, nearly triple that of second-place finisher Thompson Valley (95.5).

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Taylor James (right) and Kayla Nowlin compete for Niwot in the 400M race at the 2019 Northern League meet on May 4.

Sophomore Taylor James was once again Niwot’s top point scorer, with wins in the 400 (56.40 seconds) and 800-meter (2:13.78) races, as well as the high-jump and a relay. Junior Julea Trank also had a big day for the Cougars, with first-place finishes in the 100- (12.72) and 200M (25.83), both with season-best times.

Meanwhile, Elise Gillett posted another top time in 100m hurdles (15.23), and took fourth overall in the long jump (16-3.5).

On the boys side, Niwot took second overall with 134 points, behind Longmont (153). Juniors Cruz Culpepper and Jack Kenkel finished one-two in the 800M, and senior Nolan Johan took second overall in 110mH (15.59).

The Cougars will be back at Everly-Montgomery Field for the St. Vrain Invite and a final chance to qualify for state on May 11. The Class 4A State Championships open on May 16 at Jeffco Stadium.


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