Love for sports prompts Summit’s Ella Hagen to make freshman debut at state track meet
Ella Hagen, a freshman at Summit High School, is well known in the area as a talented endurance athlete. So it’s no surprise that Hagen qualified for the Colorado State Track and Field Championships after her freshman year of high school competition.
Hagen qualified in two individual distance events, the 1600 meter and 3200 meter races. Impressively, she is currently ranked in the top 10 of her division, easily making it into the top 18 for the athletics competition which takes place next weekend May 19-21.
Instead of racing May 13 at the St. Vrain Invitational in Longmont, Hagen decided to rest in order to prepare for state.
Hagen and her father, Mike, who oversees distance events for the Summit Track and Field team, are confident that Ella’s ranking will not fall below the qualifying mark in the final weekend of track and field competitions. .
“Personally, I think it’s easy for me to overrun,” Ella Hagen said of missing the last regular season game. “St. Vrain is a very competitive game. No matter what happens, I’m going to run hard and it will impact my body. So I’m going to rest and let the condition be the main focus.
Ella has been involved in endurance sports for most of her life, enjoying both running and Nordic skiing from a young age.
Last winter, Ella placed fourth in the classic Nordic skiing and skating disciplines at the 2022 Colorado State Ski Championships near Winter Park. His mother, Eva, oversees Summit High School’s Nordic ski team.
Ella comes from a family with a strong endurance background. His father, mother and brother, Luc, all competed in endurance sports.
Luc even raced at the college level for five years in Golden while competing for the Colorado School of Mines.
“I’ve been running for as long as I can remember,” Ella said. “I fell in love with endurance sports. It’s part of my family and what I like to do.
Ella fondly remembers growing up alongside Luc and looking up to him for finding the inspiration to become a successful long-distance runner herself.
At the national track meet of Luc’s junior or senior year, Ella recalls running down the track, overwhelmed with emotion as she watched her older brother run to a personal best of 20 seconds in the 3200 meter race.
“When he finished, I just remember running down the track and jumping into his arms,” Ella said. “I didn’t even know what was going on or why he was so excited, but obviously running gave him that joy. After seeing that, I decided that was what I wanted to do.
With a deep love for running and Nordic skiing, Ella says she wants to continue running more seriously in the future.
“I want to continue to follow my passions and be someone like my brother was to me – someone who can inspire other people to run,” Ella said. “I want to keep chasing my dreams and racing with my future – potentially racing through college and beyond.”
One of the reasons Ella enjoys running so much is the love and support she feels from her daily training partners at Summit High School. Plus, she loves the feeling running gives her every time she laces up her shoes and hits the pavement.
“I feel more comfortable running,” Ella said. “I feel like my thoughts are the clearest. I’m just the most myself when I’m running.
Ella hopes to have her own happy and memorable experience like her brother Luke did many years ago, but she doesn’t care too much about how it fits.
“Being able to race in the States meet is amazing and it’s so cool, especially in first year knowing there will be so many other opportunities,” Ella said. “I just want to have fun in this encounter.”
Ella is scheduled to compete in the 4A women’s 3,200-meter race on Friday, May 20 at 8:20 a.m. and the 4A women’s 1,600-meter race on Saturday, May 21 at 11:10 a.m.
All Colorado State athletics events for the 2A-5A classifications will be held at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.