Recap – Northfield Nighthawk Invitational 2023

Conditions at the Northfield Nighthawk Invitational were favorable for fast times and competitive performances, and the Denver East Angels delivered at this meet which featured mostly Denver and Aurora public schools.

This week’s review of highlights has to start with the excellent performances of the Angel relays. The Angel Boys 4x400m of Corbin Hobert, Jameson Leigh, Sean Donelson, and Nigel James capped off the meet with a resounding win and the Colorado 5A #4 time of 3:25.85. Earlier in the meet, the Boys 4x100m of Will Germain, James, Donelson, and Josh Kao ran a 5A #8 43.01, with Kao bringing the homestretch crowd to its feet as he pulled ahead for the Angel’s victory. The Boys 4x200m team of Jackson Llewellyn, Leigh, Nikasio Brown and Harry Hittle took 12th.  In the Girls relays, the 4x100m team of Emma Van De Velde, Alexis Powell, Olivia Ellis and Amelie Campbell took third in 50.50 (Colorado 5A #10) and the Sprint Medley team of Van De Velde, Isabella Raworth, Elsa Manly, and Sawyer Voas took 4th.

Season and personal bests were happening out on the field. Olivia Ellis went 16-1.5 in the long jump for 2nd place, while Camille Cummings went 10-7 (5A #7) in the pole vault for 3rd place and 4-9 in the high jump for 5th place. Leah Maina leaped to a personal best 30-10 in the triple jump for 9th place. 

Back on the track, there were additional victories, top-10 performances and personal bests. Kao and Leigh went 6th and 12th respectively in the 100m. Kao also put up a personal best and 5A #16 22.47 in the 200m for 3rd place. Aidan Logan grabbed 12th in the 400m with a personal best 54.0, while his older brother Ian Logan took 2nd in the 3200m with a personal best 9:55.7. The Angels Boys got two individual victories from their distance runners, with Corbin Hobert going pole to wire for the win in the 800m in 1:58.3 (5A #7) and Jonas Scudamore kicking for the win and a huge personal best of 4:30.9 in the 1600m. Quinn Higgins took 8th in 1600m in a personal best 4:40.  

A pair of underclasswomen also grabbed victories on the track. Sophomore Amelie Campbell won both the 100m and 200m (25.63 personal best and #4 Colorado 5A), while ninth grader Julieta Ochoa won her debut 3200m in 12:16. Also among the top finishers in the running events were: Alexis Powell 11th in the 100m; Olivia Ellis 10th in the 200m; Scout Chomas (5:50) and Avery Ash, 6th and 11th in the 1600m respectively; and Sophia Shiroff (4th), Lila Cypers (5th), and Evelyn Higgins (9th) in the 3200m. Over the hurdles, Camila Read took 9th in the 100H and 4th in the 300H while teammate Trinity Andrews was 5th in the 300H. 

This week much of the team will compete at the very competitive Pomona Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium, while a few varsity and near varsity runners will compete at the Thomas Jefferson Twilight Meet on Friday. Details of this weekend’s meets and JV opportunities will be posted on the website later in the week.

Go Angels!