Southeast athletes remained local last weekend as the track seasons nears its conclusion.

Teams and individuals stacked first-place finishes at their competitions and Sierra High School boys placed second overall at the District 2 Invitational at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.

Sierra’s girls team also had a stout performance and placed fourth out of 15 teams at the event.

Below are athletes and teams who placed in the top 5 of their events over the weekend.

Harrison (District 2 Invitational)

(Boys, seventh, 49 points; Girls, tied for seventh, 48 points)

Ayauna Smith led the charge for the Panthers as she earned a first-place finish and a pair of second-place honors.

Smith clocked in at 1 minute, .88 seconds in the 400 to earn first. She checked in at 12.80 in the 100 and 26.37 in the 200 for second place in both races.

Eunice Rivera earned second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.46 and teammate Michaela Cruickshank earned third in the 200 at 26.72 and fourth in the long jump with a mark of 15 feet, 3 inches.

For the boys, Jesus Alvarado claimed first in the 300 hurdles at 41.83. The boys 4x100 and 4x200 relays each earned second place with times of 45.24 in the 4x1 and 1:34.89 in the 4x2.

Jacob Coleson finished third in the two-mile race for the Panthers and clocked in at 11:13.08. Cameron Champagnie rounded out the top-five placers and earned fourth in the 200 with a time of 24.44.

Mitchell (Doherty Spartan Invitational)

(Boys, tied for 15th, 15 points; Girls, DNP)

The two-day event at Garry Berry Stadium produced a first-place finisher for the Marauders in one of their final meets of the season.

Daryon Wilson continued to astonish in the long jump and won the event with a distance of 22’1.75”. Wilson also placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 40’6”.   

Sierra (District 2 Invitational)

(Boys, second place, 84 points; Girls, tied for fourth, 54 points)  

The Stallions hosted the District 2 Invitational and left their stamp at the meet.

The boys and girls relay teams dominated and the boys earned top-five status for all three relay events where the Stallions competed.

The boys finished first in the 4x400 and 4x200. The 4x2 clocked in at 1:33.97 while the 4x4 finished in 3:38.37. The 4x100 earned a time of 45.90 for fourth place. Jamario Kearse earned first in the open 100 with a time of 11.59 and teammate Marcus Mills won first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.20.

Mills also had a strong performance in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.57 for second. Daryl Mills also ran the 300 hurdles and clocked in at 45.30 to pick up third.

In field events, Sierra nearly had a pair of first-place competitors in Justin Parker and Odain Cunningham. Parker launched his discus 120’8” to finish second and Cunningham jumped 34’11.7” in the triple jump to snag third.

For the girls, their relays ruled the roost as their four teams teams earned a pair of first- and second-place finishes.

The medley relay began the day with a first-place, 1:56.88 race and the 4x1 clocked in at 53.09 for the top spot.

The 4x4 ended the afternoon with a time of 4:37.57 to take second and the 4x2 checked in at 1:52 for second.

Laina Richard continued her romp in the triple jump and earned first place with a distance of 31’7”.

Delzie Gamez was the lone open runner to gain a top-five spot. Gamez finished fourth in the mile with a time of 6:27.16.

Teams have one more week prior to the state championships in Lakewood at Jeffco Stadium. Harrison will host the Southern Colorado Springs Metro League Championships on June 15-17.

Mitchell along with Sierra will attend the Last Chance meet at Jeffco Stadium meet June 19.


Marcus Hill is a reporter for the Southeast Express and Schriever Sentinel. He graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2012 with a degree in Mass Communication.