Laina triple jump

Sierra High School’s Laina Richard glides through the air during a warm up for her heat of the girls triple jump during the Panther Invitational at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on May 15, 2021. Richard placed seventh in the competition with a mark of 32 feet, eight inches.   

As Season D sports wind down for the 2020-2021 calendar, Southeast schools continue to strive for state bids in track and field.

Mitchell High School hosted Harrison and Sierra at the Petrelli and Hunt Invitational 2021 meet May 28 at Gerry Barry Stadium.

All three schools had several competitors finish in the top five of their events and multiple athletes earn first-place.

Below is a recap of those who earned placed in the top five of the meet.


(Placement: Girls, 10th, 25 points; Boys, 12th, 26 points)

Harrison placed two relays and five individuals in the top five of the meet May 28 with Jesus Alvarado earning the top spot.

Alvarado finished first in the 300 meter hurdles and clocked in at 42.85 seconds. The boys 4x100 relay clocked in at 45.52 to earn second and the 4x800 checked in at 9:00.47 to earn fifth.

Ayauna Smith had a stellar performance at the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 at 26.70 and 13.22 in the 100 for fifth place.

Michaela Cruickshank had three top-10 finishes in her individual events with her best performance coming in the 200. The freshman completed the race in 27.39 for fifth place.

Eunice Rivera had a pair of top-10 finishes in the hurdles with her best race happening in the 300 hurdles. She finished fourth overall with a time of 52.26.


(Placement: Boys, 11th, 28 points; Girls, Did not place)

The Marauders had two athletes place top five at the meet, all coming in field events.

Daryon Wilson, who briefly held the top spot for senior long jumpers in Class 4A, illustrated his prowess in the event as well as triple jump.

Wilson earned first place in both field events with a mark of 22 feet, 4.5 inches in the long jump and 42’ 08” in the triple jump.

Teammate and fellow senior Daniel Sebben placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 38’ 05.5”.


(Placement: Boys, fifth, 59 points; Girls, seventh, 42 points)

A slew of Stallions nabbed first place at the event as Sierra’s boys and girls teams each placed in the top 10 of the 21-team field.

Each team had two competitors or teams finish first with the girls sprint medley relay placing first with a time of 1:58.83. Laina Richard finished first in the high jump at a height of 5’1”.

Both the girls’ 4x100 and 4x200 relays placed second and the 4x1 checked in at 54.63 and the 4x2 finished in 2:00.15. Delzie Gamez rounded out the top-five placers for the girls with a fifth place, 1:09.67 race in the open 400.

For the boys, the relays earned top finishes as the 4x1 and 4x4 earned first. The boys 400 relay finished in 44.97 and the 4x4 crossed the line at 3:36.59. The 4x2 earned second with a time of 1:33.23.

Marcus Mills had another solid performance in the 110 hurdles and placed second with a time of 16.06. Michael Bias finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.81 and Daryl Mills earned fifth in the 400 at 55.49.

In field events, Maleik Goldman jumped 20’7” in the long jump to snag fifth place for the Stallions.

Harrison will head to the Cougar Classic Invitational on June 4 while Sierra will attend the Titan Invite on June 5. Mitchell does not have a meet scheduled for the week but can add an event before the weekend.

If Mitchell elects to forego competition this week, the Marauders will next compete at the Doherty Spartan Invitational on June 11.


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.