All-City 2013: Seven boys state track titles total come from fantastic 2013 season

2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team
Members of the 2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team pose June 7 at Regis Jesuit High School. Back row, from left, Smoky Hill’s Amir Kassahun, Dan Kasberg, Ryan Parker and Blake Yount, Grandview’s Mick Norton and Regis Jesuit’s Jordan Hatfield. Front row, from left, Cherokee Trail’s Devin Arnold, Leighton Lafrombois, Brandon Singleton and Jaylyn Mars. (Nathan Leach-Proffer/For the Aurora Sentinel)

Any way you crunch it, the 2013 boys track and field season was a huge success for Aurora athletes.

When the Class 5A state meet concluded at Jefferson County Stadium May 16-18, Aurora boys had captured a team championship (Cherokee Trail) plus a whopping six individual state titles.

Eaglecrest’s Marcus Harris, Gateway’s Zack Golditch, Grandview’s Jordan Charles and Regis Jesuit’s Jordan Hatfield climbed to the top of the medal podium, along with members of Cherokee Trail’s 4×200 and 4×400 meter relay teams in an awesome display of city power in a wide variety of events.

Those state champions highlight a fast, versatile and talented 2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team, which is based primarily on state meet results.

Cherokee Trail’s first 5A state championship — and second overall, joining the 4A crown in 2007 — came from the efforts of a self-sacrificing team made up of big scorers and individuals who gained vital points elsewhere.

Seniors Jaylyn Mars and Devin Arnold were tone-setters for the Cougars, who finished 10.5 points clear of runner-up and competitive rival Fountain-Fort Carson, as both picked up significant points individually and with relays.

Mars made the finals of all three open sprint events — leading city runners in the 200 meters —and ran the opening leg of the Cougars’ state championship-winning 4×200 meter relay. Arnold, the city’s top long jumper with a third-place finish, also ran on the 4×200 relay as well as the title-winning 4×400 relay, which sealed the team title.

Junior Brandon Singleton anchored both championship relays and was Aurora’s best in the 400 meters with a second-place finish, besides scoring in another open event, while fellow juniors Evan White, MarKeith Bailey and Leighton Lafrombois each ran a leg on a title-winning relay.

Gateway's Zack Golditch
Gateway’s Zack Golditch won his second straight 5A boys discus state title. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Among Aurora’s individual state champions, Golditch defended last season’s state title in the 5A boys discus and nearly brought home the shot put title as well.

Golditch — who won the discus with an effort of 176 feet, 10 inches that came on his first attempt — became the first Gateway athlete ever to win multiple state track championships.

The efforts of Golditch and junior Devundrick Walker — who finished his breakout season with a second-place finish in the 800 meters and city-best 12th place showing in the 1,600 plus a leg on Gateway’s third-place 4×400 relay — placed the Olys eighth overall.

Charles had a big hand in Grandview’s sixth-place team finish, as the Wyoming-bound senior won his first state championship in the 110 meter hurdles, placed second in the 300 hurdles and anchored two relays, including the second-place 4×100 and 4×200.

Juniors Kossi Tchenawou and Garrett De Carlo and sophomore Shayne Watson also contributed to the Wolves’ 4×100 relay, which was Aurora’s fastest unit at state. Senior Steven Clopine placed in two events for Grandview and was the city’s best high jumper.

Grandview's Jordan Charles
Grandview’s Jordan Charles won the 110 meter hurdles state title. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

No city boys qualified for state in the 3,200 meter run, but Grandview sophomore Mick Norton had the top time for an Aurora athlete.

Ten of the 16 points Eaglecrest put up came from Harris, who won a cathartic state championship in the 100 meter dash.

The future Colorado State athlete had never been able to compete in the finals at state after injuries sidelined him after prelims in each of the past three seasons. Harris clocked a time of 10.60 seconds and threw his arms up as he crossed the finish line and saw his name on the scoreboard, racing an extra 25 meters with a big smile.

Eaglecrest's Marcus Harris
Eaglecrest senior Marcus Harris hopped for joy after winning the 100 meter dash. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Hatfield had been Colorado’s standard in the pole vault all season and though he didn’t have his best performance at state — his winning jump of 15 feet was just the fourth-best of the season for him — he ended up with the state championship.

Hatfield broke a 40-year-old Regis Jesuit school record previously in the season and had a state-best jump of 16 feet a week before state at the Continental League Championships. He could win a second title next season if he can hold off a growing field of quality local pole vaulters.

The Smoky Hill unit of senior Dan Kasberg, junior Ryan Parker and sophomores Blake Yount and Amir Kassahun led Aurora teams in the 4×800 relay, while Rangeview’s Dezant Burks-Hetherington — who was disqualified from last season’s state meet because he wore the wrong uniform — topped city triple jumpers with his sixth-place result.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team
Members of the 2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team pose June 7 at Regis Jesuit High School. Back row, from left, Smoky Hill’s Amir Kassahun, Cherokee Trail’s Leighton Lafrombois, Jaylyn Mars, Devin Arnold and Brandon Singleton and Regis Jesuit’s Jordan Hatfield. Front row, from left, Grandview’s Mick Norton and Smoky Hill’s Ryan Parker, Blake Yount and Dan Kasberg. (Nathan Leach-Proffer/For the Aurora Sentinel)


100 meters: Marcus Harris, Eaglecrest, sr.*; 200 meters: Jaylyn Mars, Cherokee Trail, sr.; 400 meters: Brandon Singleton, Cherokee Trail, jr.; 800 meters, 1,600 meters: Devundrick Walker, Gateway, jr.; 3,200 meters: Mick Norton, Grandview, soph.; 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles: Jordan Charles, Grandview, sr.*; 4×100 meter relay: Grandview (Kossi Tchenawou, Shayne Watson, Garrett De Carlo, Jordan Charles); 4×200 meter relay: Cherokee Trail (Jaylyn Mars, Evan White, Devin Arnold, Brandon Singleton)*; 4×400 meter relay: Cherokee Trail (Leighton Lafrombois, MarKeith Bailey, Devin Arnold, Brandon Singleton)*; 4×800 meter relay: Smoky Hill (Ryan Parker, Blake Yount, Dan Kasberg, Amir Kassahun); High jump: Steven Clopine, Grandview, sr.; Long jump: Devin Arnold, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Triple jump: Dezant Burks-Hetherington, Rangeview, sr.; Pole vault: Jordan Hatfield, Regis Jesuit, jr.*; Discus, shot put: Zack Golditch, Gateway, sr.*

* — State champion

HONORABLE MENTION: Steven Clopine, sr., Grandview (pole vault); Tesfai Holt, jr., Smoky Hill (pole vault); Harley Korte, jr., Cherokee Trail (pole vault); Jaylyn Mars, sr., Cherokee Trail (100, 400 meters);  Connor McClaran, sr., Eaglecrest (shot put); Jordan Medina, sr., Rangeview (400 meters); John Schmidt, jr., Regis Jesuit (100, 200 meters); Brandon Singleton, jr., Cherokee Trail (200 meters); JR Smith, jr., Grandview (long jump);  David Thornton, fr., Cherokee Trail (high jump); Mitchell Waltz, sr., Cherokee Trail (pole vault); Elijah Warnick, sr., Cherokee Trail (triple jump); Blake Yount, soph., Smoky Hill (800 meters); Relays: Gateway 4×400 meter relay; Grandview 4×200 meter relay; Cherokee Trail 4×100 meter relay