South Routt’s Ben Kelley leads the pack as area athletes collect all-state honors |

South Routt’s Ben Kelley leads the pack as area athletes collect all-state honors

Soroco's Ben Kelley was named 2A athlete of the year in track and field this season. He was among the many Routt County athletes that earned All-State Honors from the CHSAA this season.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Soroco High School cross country and track star Ben Kelley once again finds himself leading the pack, and this time he didn’t even have to lace up his running shoes.

Kelley was named Colorado High School Activities Association’s 2A athlete of the year in track and field last month. He said it wasn’t unexpected after he pocketed titles in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs at the Colorado State Track and Field Championships in May.

“It’s definitely nice,” said Kelley, who is looking forward to the next chapter of his life at Columbia University this fall. “You put in work all year round. To get recognized like that, it makes you feel good. You put in all the blood, sweat and, I guess, tears, and you finally get something out of it. It’s cool.”

It was the second straight year that Kelley has been named athlete of the year and the second time he has been given the honor this school year. He was also named the 2A cross country athlete of the year last fall.

9 Sailors, 3 Rams named to all-state teams

While Kelley led the pack, he was far from alone in the post-season honors. The long list of athletes from Routt County that were named to the CHSAA all-state teams from the spring season includes nine Sailors and three Rams.

The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team was the best represented after advancing to the state quarterfinals with a 12-5 record for the season. Senior Davis Petersen was named to the all-state second team. He scored 49 goals this season and had 14 assists. Teammates Sam Frackowiak, a senior defenseman; Bridger Boyd, a long-stick midfielder; and junior Kieran Hahn, a midfielder; were named to the all-state team as honorable mentions.

On the tennis court, the Sailors were well represented by Mae Thorp, who was selected to the all-state first team in tennis. The No. 1 singles player lost in the championship match at the 3A Colorado State High School State Championships in May, placing second to player of the year Trisha Somasundaram, a Peak to Peak senior who won the 3A No. 1 singles state title, defeating Thorp, 6-2, 6-2.

Sailor Lucy Shimek was a second team selection for the all-state girls lacrosse team. She was an honorable mention as a freshman and was second team last year. The junior midfielder played 15 games this season scoring 53 goals and 27 assists.

“It just speaks huge volumes for what a strong all-around player she is,” Betsy Frick, the Sailors girls lacrosse coach said. “She was on the all-Colorado team that went to nationals, and she is just a super strong player.”

On the soccer field, the Sailors were represented by junior Delany Moon, who scored seven goals this season, leading the team along with fellow junior Rachel Koly, who also had seven goals on the season.

Steamboat also got a few nods for its efforts in track and field, where sophomore Maggi Congdon was given all-state honors for her efforts in the 800- and 1,600-meter events this spring along with junior teammate Eric Casey for his work in the pole vault.

Kelley was joined by fellow Ram Grant Redmond, a junior, who competed in the high jump, and senior Mattie Rossi, who excelled in the 100-meter hurdles.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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