Aryelle Wright of Montezuma-Cortez High School has signed a letter of intent to run track at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
When local sports fans think back to 2018, it is highly likely that their first thought will be of the junior athlete diving across the finish line to capture the state title in the 400-meter dash at the Colorado State Track and Field Championships.
Among the most scintillating performances ever delivered by a local athlete, Wright’s trip around the track took just 57.90 seconds, which beat Regan Aurich by a hundredth of a second.
She also finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (25.81) and 12th in the 100-meter dash (12.65), the third state meet of her already illustrious high school career.
Wright’s state-winning time was good enough to break her own school record of 52.28, which was set last year and broke the previous school record set by Wright’s mother, Amber (Cunningham) Wright, in 1990. In 2017, Wright’s time of 58.28 was put her in second place in Colorado’s 3A Class.
She is the daughter of Robby and Amber Wright of Cortez.