Coyotes Off to a Great Start on the Season!

By Sam Wexler
The coyotes are off to a roaring start on the season with a school record and a lot of PRs already. The coyotes kicked things off with the Boulder Invite and the Boulder Quad before heading off to spring break. Post break, the rescheduled Longmont Invite and the Mountain Range Invite turned in some great performances. The weather could not have been more variable for the early part of the season. The Boulder Invite and the Mountain Range Invite were hot, sunny days while the Boulder Quad and the Longmont Invite, that was postponed in the first place due to the blizzard, were cloudy and cooler. Nonetheless, the season is off the a great start.

On the girls side, Heidi Liles became the first girl ever at Monarch to eclipse 10 feet in the pole vault. That school record vault of 10’0” currently ranks her 7th in the state. Heidi’s high jump of 4’11” ranks her 16th in the state. Georgia Reis, with her current pole vault of 9’0” is ranked 13th, and Alison Stouffer, with her high 5′ 1.5″ high jump is currently ranked 10th. Kudos to the team of Chloe Bernard, Paige Overcash, Tati Cherry-Santos and Danielle Honan for their two relay wins at Mountain Range last Saturday. They started the meet off with 2nd fastest time in the state in the sprint medley relay and capped it off with the 10th fastest time in the 4×200 relay. Two great wins for a meet this size! The distance duo of Holly Bent and Audrey Lookner are looking towards a great meet in Arcadia, CA this weekend and are currently both ranked in the top 18 in the 1600 and 3200. While Holly is also currently qualified for state in the 800 as well.

On the boys side, the pole vaulting trio of Max Manson, Sean Chen, and Cole Rowan are all ranked in the top 10, with Max at the top of the list. Nico Heineke-Magri is off to a great start in the shot and disc this year, currently ranked in the top 30 in both events and improving every week. Isaac Green, in typical fashion, is running very fast times and winning races. His winning time in the 800 at Mountain Range currently ranks first in the states he heads off to the Arcadia Meet in California. Ben Hogan is running well in every race he is put into, with top 18 times in the 800 and 3200 right now. Charlie Perry, coming off an injury in cross country, looks strong is currently ranked 18th in the 3200. The season is looking bright for the coyotes, lots of time for many more wins and PRs!

If you are new to Colorado high school track and field, at the end of the season, if an athlete is ranked in the top 18, they qualify for the State meet. Select the result tab at the left and then click on the “Top Boys (or Girls) Times”. This page should give you an idea of where our Coyotes rank. I try to update this page after each weekend. Each runner on the team also has their own page in the “Roster” section. Each runner’s individual results are listed on their roster page.
Rick Mann