Katelyn Kaltenbach – 2003
Smoky Hill junior Katelyn Kaltenbach had a 2003 season that was breathtaking. Competition after competition, win after win, she staked her claim as the very best in her sport, not only in Colorado but also in the entire country. A great deal was expected of her and she managed to deliver even more.
Katelyn went undefeated all year long, clinched the state championship, the regional championship and the national championship—a high-pressure race featuring the 32 top competitors in the country—becoming only the 3rd Colorado athlete ever, male or female, to bring home the national crown. Her time at Nationals made her the second-fastest Colorado female athlete and the second fastest ever in her event.
But the Kaltenbach name did not just appear on the scene. Last year when Katelyn competed for the state title in her sport she was edged out by only Megan Kaltenbach—her own sister—who had captured the crown for 4 years straight. There’s a family dynasty at play here with the latest champion building a legacy of her own as the #1 prep star in her sport.
Katelyn also happens to be a state championship track and field star, but the sport she rules is cross-country, where she owns the 5K.