Aurora boys track & field athletes put their stamp all over the Class 5A/4A state meet May 14-16 at Jefferson County Stadium.
While that’s nothing new, the volume of state champions and their performances clearly stood out this time.
The 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team — determined primarily by the results from the state meet — includes four state champions, a Colorado prep record holder and Gatorade Colorado Athlete of the Year and multiple others who earned their way onto the medal podium in impressive fashion.
Gatorade recognized the season of Smoky Hill’s Blake Yount as the best in the state for the 2015 season and its hard to argue with that assessment.
With a team state championship already in his pocket as part of the Cherry Creek School District co-op ice hockey team in the winter, Yount claimed an individual 5A state championship in the 800 meters. The University of Oklahoma signee didn’t just win the race, he knocked it out of the park with a Colorado state record-time of 1 minute, 50.59 seconds. It was the third time Yount set the state standard in just over a year span.
Yount didn’t compete in the 1,600 meters at the state meet, but he posted Aurora’s best time in the event earlier in the season at the Pomona Invitational. He also earned All-City spots with fellow seniors Dominique Carrasco and Kevin Del Mazo and junior Tahir Hopkins on the Buffs’ 4×400 relay (2nd) & 4×800 (5th). The 4×400 unit set a 4-second PR and pushed winner Fountain-Fort Carson to the brink before falling just short at the finish line.
Three other Aurora boys won state championships in Gateway’s Mike Ware, Grandview’s Triston Sisneros and Overland’s Joshua Wright.
Ware broke a lengthy state championship drought for Gateway in running events when he took the 400 meter dash in a time of 47.93 seconds that was the best in 5A for the entire season. While the Olys had a recent two-time state champion in the discus in Zack Golditch, the last running event won by the school is believed to be a relay back in the mid-1990s.
He had the state’s top time in the 200 meters regardless of classification — a 21.24 posted at the Liberty Bell Invitational — but took second in the event at state as Fountain-Fort Caron’s Tevin Donnell edged him at the finish line. Ware owns Gateway school records in both events, topping Eric Oglesby’s standards set in 1983.
Sisneros, who is headed to compete at the Colorado School of Mines, won the state championship in the 300-meter hurdles to highlight his three places at state.
Joining Sisneros on the All-City team are Grandview teammates Andrew Casner (pole vault) and Chukwuma Obinnah (shot put).
Casner cleared 13 feet, 6 inches — three inches below his season-best of 13-9 that came at the Aurora City Championships — at the state meet to finish in a three-way tie for third, while Obinnah came up short of his season-best effort of 54 feet with a 53-1/2 that landed him fourth in his first state meet.
Recruited by Washburn State to play football, Wright starred on the track all season and finished it off with a state title in the closely contested 110-meter hurdles. He posted the top times in both prelims (14.55 seconds) and finals (14.34) to get past friendly rival Olabisi Johnson of Bear Creek and others for the state title.
Wright also teamed with fellow senior Jordan Logan, junior Mosi Golden and freshman Cameron Murray on Aurora’s top-finishing 4×200 meter relay team, which took third, just 0.08 of a second behind Pomona for second place.
Cherokee Trail didn’t have the firepower to contend for a second state championship in three season, but the Cougars loaded up the relay events and placed in the top five in three relays. Leading the way was the 4×100 meter team of seniors Ivan Johnson, Kyree Herron, Keelan Thompson and sophomore Tyler Kruse, which finished second.
Cherokee Trail senior Arsean Wilbon vastly outperformed his seeding coming into state in the long jump and managed to come in third with a jump of 22 feet, 1 1/2 inches.
Regis Jesuit had two outstanding jumpers in senior Rayvon Solomon, who finished second in the triple jump, and junior Austin Campbell, the fifth-place finisher in the high jump.
Solomon match his season-best effort of 45 feet in the triple jump, which was sixth-best overall in 5A this season, but came at the right time for him to finish second.
Campbell threw down the gauntlet early in the season with a school-record jump of 6 feet, 11 inches at the Runners Roost Invite, a mark passed only by Pine Creek’s Dionne Taylor (7-0) just before the state meet. With 6-9 the winning effort at state, Campbell exited at 6-4 and in fifth place.
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2015 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY BOYS TRACK TEAM
100 meters: Ryan Eddings, Grandview, jr.; 200 & 400 meters: Mike Ware, Gateway, sr.*; 800 & 1,600 meters: Blake Yount, Smoky Hill, sr.*; 3,200 meters: Nathan Graham, Grandview, sr.; 110 meter hurdles: Josh Wright, Overland, sr.*; 300 meter hurdles: Triston Sisneros, Grandview, sr.*; 4×100 meter relay: Cherokee Trail (Ivan Johnson, Kyree Herron, Tyler Kruse, Keelan Thompson); 4×200 meter relay: Overland (Jordan Logan, Mosi Golden, Cameron Murray, Josh Wright); 4×400 & 4×800 meter relays: Smoky Hill (Tahir Hopkins, Dominique Carrasco, Kevin Del Mazo, Blake Yount); High jump: Austin Campbell, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Long jump: Arsean Wilbon, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Triple jump: Rayvon Solomon, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Pole vault: Andrew Casner, Grandview, sr.; Discus: Juan Fraire, Aurora Central, sr.; Shot put: Chukwuma Obinnah, Grandview, sr.
* — State champion
Dominique Carrasco, Smoky Hill, sr. (300 meter hurdles); Ryan Cornell, Regis Jesuit, jr. (triple jump); Idrissa Diallo, Hinkley, sr. (200 meter dash); Ricky Hayes, Grandview, sr. (shot put); Kyree Herron, Cherokee Trail, sr. (triple jump); Evan Keely, Eaglecrest, sr. (800 meter run); Javan Lanier, Regis Jesuit, jr. (100 meter dash); Jordan Rodgers, Cherokee Trail, sr. (300 meter hurdles); Triston Sisneros, Grandview, sr. (300 meter hurdles/high jump); Justice Taylor, Regis Jesuit, sr. (300 meter hurdles); Joshua Wright, Overland, sr. (300 meter hurdles); Blake Yount, Smoky Hill, sr. (400 meter dash); Relays: Eaglecrest 4×100 meter relay, Grandview 4×100 meter relay; Cherokee Trail 4×200 meter relay, Eaglecrest 4×200 meter relay; Regis Jesuit 4×200 meter relay; Cherokee Trail 4×400 meter relay, Grandview 4×400 meter relay