Niwot's Taylor James named girls track athlete of the year by Gatorade

(Brad Cochi/

Niwot junior Taylor James has been named the best girls track athlete in Colorado by Gatorade.

James, who was named the Class 4A track athlete of the year last season, is the first girl from Niwot to win the track award, and becomes the fifth Niwot student to be honored by Gatorade overall. Niwot's most recent Gatorade winner was Elise Cranny for girls cross country in 2013-14.

At last year's state meet, James won the 800, 200 and 400, and was part of Niwot's championship 4x400 team. She set a meet record in the 800 (2:08.29). This year's state meet, of course, was wiped out by the Coronavirus pandemic.

In April, Gatorade announced that it would continue to honor spring sport athletes despite the cancellation of the season nationwide.

This past fall, James was part of Niwot's championship-winning girls cross country team, and she placed 10th individually in Class 4A.

"Taylor's range and versatility are unmatched," said Niwot coach Maurice Henriques. "Her athleticism shows clearly given her ability to run against the best from the 100 to the 1600, and on the cross country course."

A senior this coming school year, James has a 4.0 GPA, and has volunteered locally on behalf of Lifeline Puppy Rescue.