Avery Wright from Montezuma-Cortez chooses School of Mines – The Journal

Avery Wright, a graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High School, signs a letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic career at the Colorado School of Mines. On her day of the autograph session, she is accompanied by her parents and trainers. (Courtesy photo)

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Senior is outstanding in the classroom, is a record holder in athletics

There is hardly a spot in the Montezuma-Cortez volleyball and track and field records that does not bear Avery Wright’s signature.

The senior from Montezuma-Cortez, who will crown a sensational high school track and field career this spring with the track and field program, has decided to continue her academic and athletic activities next year in Golden as part of the Colorado School of Mines track and field program.

A pre-eminent figure in the classroom and athletic endeavors, Wright attributes much of the success of their journey to her teachers and coaches during her four years at M-CHS.

“I’ve always had this sense of support,” Wright said, “be it from my family, my coaches, my teachers, my teammates. I feel like the whole community helped me get here. “

She wants to study computer science or engineering, but her path was not always geared towards it.

“I never thought I was STEM-oriented – I really enjoyed English and history, so I didn’t think I would love math and science,” Wright said. “But in my junior year I really learned how passionate I was for these subjects.”

The Colorado School of Mines has it all. The Orediggers have established one of the premier track and field programs in Division II track and field, with their cross-country and track and field teams producing national elite competitors.

Wright would know – her sister Aryelle also runs for Mines and has earned All-American status in the 800 meters.

“I appreciate the respect the coaches show the student athletes,” added Wright, referring to the academically rigorous mines. “I loved the feeling I got from school.”

Since entering the M-CHS campus, Wright has raised the bar.

Montezuma-Cortez High School freshman Avery Wright celebrates winning the 2019 Colorado State High School Track and Field Championships in Lakewood.

As a freshman, Wright dominated the Colorado athletics scene, winning both the 100 and 200 meter runs and leading the 4 x 100 meter relay to a runner-up at the 3A State Championships.

During the same meeting, Wright teamed up with her sister in the Panthers 4×200 season, which set a new 3A state record of 1: 42.61 in the run-up to the championships.

Wright also added a trio of individual all-state performances in 2021, led by a runner-up over 100 meters.

Her dominance in the local circle made Wright a household name in the Western Slope track and field circles, much like she had become on the volleyball court.

Wright received the honor of being named Player of the Year for the Panthers volleyball team in the 3A Intermountain League for her clinical accuracy in attack, adding to national recognition.

Avery Wright from Montezuma-Cortez stands out ahead of Camryn Jarvies (13) and Brynli Sowards (2) from Centauri in 2019.

During her tenure for the Panthers, she played a pivotal role in the production of four consecutive winning seasons, including the program’s masterful run through to the state semi-finals during the 2021 spring season.

“I knew I wanted to keep competing in athletics,” Wright said of her difficult decision to focus on one sport, athletics would be a better option. “

Wins and losses aside, what Wright takes most is the contacts she has made with her teammates over the years, which she has shared together on the pitch and track.

“I think I’ll always remember Senior Nights and how important they were to me,” Wright said. “The support from the entire community during my four years at M-CHS is something I really appreciate.”

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