Cherry Creek's Parker Wolfe named boys cross country Gatorade Player of the Year

(Dan Mohrmann/

A state record has a tendency to attract attention. That was the case for Cherry Creek's Parker Wolfe as he was named the Colorado boys cross country Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday.

This makes it a clean sweep for the Bruins as Riley Stewart earned the honor for the girls last week.

After battling through COVID-19 last summer, Wolfe was uncertain how his cross country year was going to play out. He put his energy into getting his lungs back into shape and it paid off when he crossed the finish line at Norris-Penrose Event Center with a time of 15 minutes, 10.4 seconds which beat the record of his friend Cole Sprout.

“Parker has taken about 30 seconds off his 5K time every year because of his constant dedication and focus,” Cherry Creek coach Ethan Dusto said. “He’s amazing at doing all the little things correctly, and does a great job of staying humble and being part of the team.”

Earlier in the season, Wolfe ran a race in 14:38.4 seconds which is an overall state record. He was hoping to break the 15-minute mark at state, but was just off the mark.

Wolfe is a member of the DECA club and has maintained a 3.86 GPA in the classroom. He will run for the University of North Carolina.

He is the 22nd athlete from Cherry Creek to win a Gatorade Player of the Year which is the most for any school in the state.