Longmont Ford’s April Athlete of the Month
Each athlete has been nominated for outstanding athletic and/or academic performance. Read about this month’s athletes below, then click the “Vote Now” link to vote! On behalf of Longmont Ford – Thank you for your continued support of our local athletics!
Voting closes on April 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Below are this month’s nominations:
Octavio Querol / Longmont High School / Varsity Swim
Ocativo is in his Senior year of swimming and all four years he has made state. He shows up to practice determined to do his best and to lead his team. Octavio takes on hard sets each work-out and this attitude trickles into his academics. He will be attending Colorado School of Mines in the Fall. He is working on qualifying all events for State this year which will not be a big enough challenge for him. We hope to see some top times once he gets to state and can compete in his main events. But the main reason for this nomination, outside of him being an outstanding student-athlete, Octavio is humble and always wanting to improve. A coachable athlete and one my newer swimmers look up to.
Brady Renck / Longmont High School / Baseball
Brady is hitting .588 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 3 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, 20 runs, 9 SB’s, and only 2 strikeouts in 42 plate appearances. Brady is also an All-State basketball player and has achieved a GPA of 4.2 while taking AP classes.
Colton Jonjak-Plahn / Lyons High School / Track and Field
Colton is not only an amazing athlete, he’s also the student council student-body president, on the yearbook staff, a member of National Honor Society, part of the upcoming musical, a member of the jazz band, and several other clubs and service organizations. Colton has been accepted to Stanford and plans to study aerospace engineering. He’s currently leading the 2A State track rankings in the 400 (51.75), the 800 (2:00.44), has a leg on the 2A-State leading 3200 relay (8:21.7), and is tied for 4th in the high jump (6′). He was also a standout in cross country and basketball and has earned all-state and all-conference awards multiple times during his high school career cross country and track. Colton is an excellent leader, mentor and role model, and I would give him my highest recommendation for your monthly recognition.
Reygan Garcia / Fort Lupton High School / Soccer
Varsity as a freshman and is a born leader. She controls the field and knows when to make runs and when to hold on to the ball or take shots. Student has 11 goals half way through the season.
Payton Wallace / Frederick High School / Girls Golf
The reason for Payton Wallace. She is a two time state qualifier in golf. Looking for a 3rd in her senior year. She ranks in the Top 10 in the Tri-Valley League and has committed to play golf at Northeastern JC in Sterling in the fall
Chasen Marinoff / Frederick High School / Tennis
She was the first player to qualify for state from her high school.
Izzy Neves / Longmont High School / Soccer
She is a Varsity Captain who hasn’t missed a practice or game and has played every minute of every game except when she was sent off for blood. She is also a NHS member and plays for St. Vrain Club.
Tara Hitchcock / Longmont High School / Track and Field
Tara is one of the best athletes I have ever came across as a Head Track and Field Coach. She has a first one in, last one out mentality that carries over to the rest of the girls on the team. She knows the hard work and the strong mentality that is needed to be successful on the Track and in the classroom.
Classroom: 4.28 GPA
Current state rankings:
9th in the 100m Hurdles. 4th in the 300m Hurdles. 1st in the Long Jump.
Big past performances:
Conference Champion in 300m Hurdles and 11th at state.
3rd place at conference in 100m Hurdles and 11th at state.
3rd place at conference in long jump and 13th at state.
Taylor James / Niwot High School / Track & Field
At one point in the 2019 track season, Taylor was leading the 4A State classifications in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1600m and 2nd in high jump. She is nationally ranked in the 400 and 800, but remains humble and hungry for more. She placed second in the 800m with a time of 2:07.12 at the nationally-renowned Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, CA. This is currently the 3rd best time in the country for high school girls.
Julia Solem / Niwot High School / Girls Golf
Julia is a Junior on the Niwot High Golf Team. She is the hardest working player on our team, and is very dedicated to improving her game. She has won (2) Individual Conference Titles out of the 4 Conference events played so far, and has the lowest scoring average in the entire Conference. She has already posted 2 “personal best” scores this year, and is in the hunt for Conference Player of the Year. Scoring average for the season 78. Lowest scoring average in the Conference. 2 Individual Conference Titles.
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