State stampede

Elijah Smith (left) passes the baton to Connor Burgess during the CHSAA coed State Track and Field Championships. The Sierra High School relay squad earned fifth place honors in the competitive 4×200. [Courtesy photo/Amy Dolbeare]

Southeast Colorado Springs athletes took their A-games to Denver May 16, 17 and 18 for the Colorado High School Athletic Association’s coed State Track and Field Championships. They brought home some heavy metal and bragging rights. 

The Harrison High School Panthers roared at the state meet, qualifying 13 students in as many events and bringing home a trunk-full of honors.

Ereana McCallister digs deep during a practice sprint at Harrison High School. The senior won state gold in the Colorado High School Athletic Association girls 100-meter dash. [Express photo/Cory Peterson]

Powerhouse girls sprinter Ereana McCallister blasted her way to the top of the Division 4A 100-meter dash, claiming the championship in 12.37 seconds. The senior, who recently signed to Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, brought home an additional solo medal in the 200 (fourth, 25.41); and a pair of relay recognitions with team mates Ayauna Smith (a sophomore), Kaija Johnson and Adriana Vasquez (both juniors). The relay squad clinched third place medals in the 4×100 (49.15) and the 4×200 (1:44.04). 

Junior Tyrese VanHorne set a blistering pace for his male teammates, securing the silver in both the boy’s 100 with a 10.81-second finish and in the 400 (48.21). He also clinched a fourth-place medal in the 200 (21.77) and mounted the pedestal a fourth time — this time with partners Devon Washington, Jasseim Mitchell and Darius Cheatom — for a fifth place finish in the boy’s 4×100 relay (43.09 seconds). 

Senior Cheatom soared to a solo spot on the podium in the triple jump, claiming fourth place with a whopping 44-foot, 4 ½-inch blast across the sand. 

Washington, a senior, earned sixth place honors for his strong showing in the 400 (49.86), and finished in the money with the ninth-fastest time (42.69) in the 300-meter hurdles. Fellow senior Sergio Alvarado also leapt his way onto the podium in the 300 hurdles, finishing with a 41.49 time and clinching the seventh-place spot. 

On the field side, Mitchell flew to a seventh-place finish in the long jump with a 22-foot, ¾-inch leap. That landed him one placing above and a quarter-inch farther than Cheatom (eighth, 22 ½). 

The Sierra High School Stallions did some stampeding of their own.

Senior Gya’ni Sami won the school’s top award, claiming the silver in the 4A girls discus, with a massive 131-foot, 8-inch toss. She capped her final high school season with a ninth-place finish in the girls shot put (37 feet).

The boys’ relay squad of seniors Blake Brooks, Connar Burgess and Tristan Burris and junior Elijah Smith brought home the fifth place honors in a competitive boys 4×200 (1:30.01). 

Their female teammates likewise proved their mettel, and won some medals, in the relays. The squad of sophomore Kiana Wardrett and seniors Taleisha McMiller, Natalie Pollock and Daejuana Rhoads earned a sixth-place finish in the 800 sprint medley, finishing with a 1-minute, 51.2-second time. The same team returned to the podium in the girls 4×200 (1:46.54) to celebrate its the seventh-place finish. 

Mitchell High School’s Daryon Wilson wowed in the long jump. The sophomore’s 22-5½ leap earned him a fifth-place spot on the podium and the distinction of being the school’s top finishemitchellr. 

In the 5A division, the Palmer High School Terrors did a bit of terrorizing, earning a handful of medals in both the girls and boys events.

Senior Elijah Brown capped his high school career as the school’s top performer. He claimed both the fifth place spot in the boys 300 hurdles (38.66) and sixth in the 110 hurdles (14.73).

Juniors Keyanda Bolton and Gus McIntyre also brought home fifth place honors for the Terrors, albeit in very different divisions. Bolton bolted to her win in the girls 200 meter dash (24.92), while McIntyre stayed the course and secured his medal in the boys 3,200-meter run (9:33.43). 

And a trio of Palmer runners dominated the Mixed 100 Meter Dash Special Olympics. Sophomore Braxton Morgan-Miranda flew to the gold medal with a 13.81-second time; junior John Smith (14.05) finished third; and junior Wendell Renteira (14.25) was hot on his heels to claim the fourth-place medal.   

For more 4A and 5A state track and field results, visit CHSAAnow.com.

— Compiled by Cory Peterson

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