- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
The week that was: A wrap-up of CCSD Athletics for the week of May 16
5A State Track & Field: District teams take top four spots in Colorado
Grandview, Cherry Creek and Cherokee Trail swept the top spots in the 5A State Track & Field Championships held at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Competition started on May 19, but was snowed out on May 20, so the championships finished up on May 21-22.
Grandview completed back-to-back team titles for the boys, Cherry Creek took the state team title for the girls and Cherokee Trail took runners-up trophies in both categories.
“The Centennial League is easily the best track and field league in the state,” said CT Head Coach Chris Faust. “We push each other every week, and these are the results you get.”
The Wolves won their second boys title in as many years, with 96 total points to Cherokee Trail’s 69.
“It’s exciting,” said Wolves Head Coach John Reyes. “I mean these kids for the last two seasons have been the best group I’ve ever coached. I’m not just talking about talent. They’ve been the most coachable group, they listen to our whole staff, and that makes it real fun. They’re really close-knit. They do everything together and they make each other better.”
The GHS boys sprint relay teams had great performances, winning the 4x200 meter relay on Saturday, and the 4x100 meter relay on Sunday.
“It feels great, said Grandview senior sprinter Evan Johnson. “Being out here with my boys and doing what we’re supposed to do, and on such a big stage just makes it so much more special.”
Johnson said Grandview coaching paid off throughout the meet, especially in the relay events.
“The (baton) exchanges were great, and we know once that happens we have a good chance to run with anybody,” he said.
“We have so much depth,” said Wolves Coach Reyes. “Making our relay teams is very hard. It’s a competitive environment, but it’s a positive environment.”
On the girls’ side, Cherry Creek won their first team title since 2013, with 112 total points, to CT’s 70.5. An emotional Bruins Head Coach Delisa McDavid took pause.
“Honestly, it’s been a long time coming,” she said. “These kids have put in so much work to get this moment. You always have good athletes every year, but to get them to all be there, working together at the same time, there has to be a lot that goes right, especially to win a state championship.”
The Cherry Creek girls were led by senior Riley Stewart, who capped her great high school career with a win in the 1600 meter run on Sunday. The win gave the Standford commit three titles out of four events on the weekend, including anchoring the Bruins in the 3200 meter relay win.
“This is it for wearing the red and blue, so I wanted to go out there and give it all I had,” Stewart said.
Coach McDavid spoke highly of the track and cross-country student-athlete.
“She has been absolutely incredible,” McDavid said. “She’s undoubtedly the best athlete I think any of us has ever seen. She’s mentally tough, so engaged appropriately, and by that I mean she’s not so intense that it’s not fun. She’s a special, once-in-a-lifetime kid.”
Senior Bruins teammate Kinsey Christianson bested Stewart in the 800 meter run, winning the state crown.
“I got out hard, which was my goal, because I usually struggle with that. I just set the momentum for the rest of the race,” said Christianson. “It was nice being in the race with Riley, someone I’m close to, which gave me more confidence, really.”
Cherokee Trail took home the state runners-up trophies for both boys and girls. Cougars Head Coach Chris Faust said his charges had realistic goals going in.
“It feels great,” he said. “I was telling somebody before, we knew that the Cherry Creek girls were the most dominant team all season, and the Grandview boys were the defending state champs with just about everybody back, so things would really have had to go bad for them to not win, so we told the kids coming in, ‘Let’s go beat everybody else.’”
The CT Boys took state titles in both the 4x400 and 4x800 meter events, and junior Symone Adams took the state crown in the girls 100 meter dash.
“It feels so good, it really does,” Adams said. “I actually had knee surgery a year ago, so to be able to come back and win feels really surreal. The race felt good. It wasn’t my best race – I didn’t get to PR (personal record) but it was enough.”
The Eaglecrest girls relay sprinters went 1 and 1 on the weekend, winning the 4x200 meter relay, but falling to Chatfield in the 4x100. Raptor sprinters had strong performances throughout the year.
“I feel on top of the world right now,” said Raptors senior sprinter Favour Akpokiere. “It feels unreal. I’m so proud of my teammates. This my first year competing in track, and this is everything I could have hoped for.”
Teammate and senior Haley Esser took the state crown in the 200 meter dash.
"It’s my first year doing track also, and this season has exceeded our expectations,” Esser said. “We’ve been on top week after week and we just kept getting faster every week and we just continue to push through at events and at practice. I’ve never had better chemistry with a group of people.”
Congratulations to all the CCSD Track & Field athletes!
5A Girls State Soccer – Grandview is in the State Championship
The Grandview Wolves went 2-0 last week to get to the 2022 State Championship game, which will be held at 8 p.m. on May 25 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The fourth-seeded Wolves will take on No. 2 and defending champion Broomfield.
On May 16, the Wolves defeated No. 5 Legacy 3-1 at Legacy Stadium. Junior Naomi Clark had two goals and an assist in the win.
Then it was on to the University of Denver to take on No. 1 Valor Christian in the semifinals on May 19. The first game of the evening – Broomfield’s 2-1 win over Columbine – started late and went into overtime, delaying the GHS-Valor game by 50 minutes. Then a strong cold front blew in, dropping temperatures 30 degrees during the first half of the match. The two teams couldn’t settle things, going scoreless in regulation and the first overtime, which included the stadium lights going out for 20 minutes. But the lights came on for the second extra session, and it was Naomi Clark finding the back of the net at 4:32 of the frame for the dramatic 1-0 win.
Good luck to the Wolves in the State Championship game!
5A State Lacrosse – CCSD teams fall short
The Cherry Creek girls and boys lacrosse clubs were in state tourney games last week.
On May 17, the Bruin girls took on No. 1 Colorado Academy at Englewood High School in a semifinal match. Under perfect weather conditions the two teams engaged in a very tight battle, but the Mustangs prevailed 9-7 over Creek, ending the Bruins season at 14-4. CA went on to win its seventh straight state title on May 22.
On the boys’ side, Cherry Creek lost a quarterfinal match to the Poudre Valley consortium club in sudden-death overtime last Wednesday at the Stutler Bowl. The heart-breaking loss eliminated the Bruins. They finish the season 14-3.