Southeast athletes made their presence felt at the state track and field meet June 24-26 in Lakewood despite small numbers.

Despite having just one participant, Mitchell High School had the highest team score of all area teams with 11 points. The Marauders boys finished 28th out of 45 teams in Class 4A.

Harrison and Sierra both had athletes earn podium finishes at the event. Below is a recap of the final weekend in prep sports in track and field.

Daryon Wilson/Mitchell

The senior served as the only competitor for Mitchell but had the best performance of the weekend.

Wilson earned first place in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 5½ inches, which was nearly a foot better than runner-up Eddie Kurjak of Longmont. Wilson also placed ninth in the triple jump with a final mark of 41-05.75.

His title in the long jump gave him the school’s first individual crown since 2011.

“I wanted to bring something special back to the school,” Wilson said. “Our school gets unnecessary hate. I wanted to do something to show that Mitchell isn’t that bad of a school and we can actually compete with the big dogs. It was a prideful moment.”

Sierra (Boys, tied for 30th, 5 points; Girls, 35th, 1 point)

The boys and girls each had a podium finish at state with the boys 4x2 having the best performance at the event.

They clocked in at 1 minute, 31.80 seconds to place fifth and missed fourth place by just .47 seconds.

Laina Richard finished tied for eighth in the high jump and cleared 4-10 in the event. Richard also placed 17th in the triple jump at a distance of 32-07.

The girls 4x200 placed 12th with a time of 1:51.58; the sprint medley relay finished 13th overall with a time of 1:57.90; and their 4x1 placed 17th at 53.48. Semajae Parker earned 15th in the shot put with a throw of 29¾. 

For the boys, Marcus Mills finished fourth in the prelims of the 110 hurdles, but was disqualified in the finals of the event after landing in another runner’s lane.

The boys 4x1 and 4x4 narrowly missed the podium with their 10th-place finishes. The top nine of each event qualified for the finals. The 4x1 finished in 45.57 and the 4x4 clocked in at 3:35.34. Michael Bias finished 14th in the 200 with a time of 23.36. Maleik Goldman placed 15th in the long jump with a mark of 19-01¼.

“Everyone is proud and everyone is happy to be able to do their thing this year,” Richard said. “I definitely feel like I could have jumped a little further and higher but I’m still proud of what myself and my teammates accomplished.”

Harrison (Boys, tied for 35th, 5 points; Girls, tied for 41st, 4 points)   

The Panthers had just three competitors make the trip to Lakewood. However, two of those three made it to the podium in their events.

Ayauna Smith qualified in the 100, 200 and 400 and made finals in the latter two events. Smith earned two eight-place finishes in the 200 and 400 with times of 26.14 and 1:00.39, respectively. She placed 15th in the open 100 at 12.93.

Jaseim Mitchell was the lone boy to make the trip for Harrison but still managed to get the Panthers on the board. He finished fifth overall in the long jump with a mark of 21-05½.

Freshman Michaela Cruickshank made it to state in the long jump, 100 and 200. Her best finish came in the 200 where she earned 13th and a time of 26.22.

Cruickshank placed 15th in the long jump with a distance of 14-06¾ and clocked in at 12.98 in the 100 for 16th.

“I wasn’t expecting to come to state for the 400,” Smith said. “To qualify and get on the podium is amazing. It shows how far I’ve come since my freshman year and I know my grandma is proud of me. She’s (in heaven) and I continue to run to make her proud.”  


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.