Track & Field: Aurora standouts help Colorado girls win Great Southwest team title

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico | Shayna Yon and Maya Evans each won event championships to help the Colorado girls team repeat as the team champion at the 40th annual Great Southwest Classic track meet at the University of New Mexico.

The standouts from Aurora high schools — Yon from Cherokee Trail, Evans from Vista PEAK — contributed heavily to the 150 points the Colorado team racked up to finish 30 points ahead of runner-up Missouri atop a field that included teams from 16 states along with Jamaica.

Vista PEAK sophomore-to-be Maya Evans won the long jump at the Great Southwest Classic with a jump of 20 feet, 8 1/2 inches on June 6, 2015, at the University of New Mexico. (Photo courtesy Myisha Evans)
Vista PEAK sophomore-to-be Maya Evans won the long jump at the Great Southwest Classic with a jump of 20 feet, 8 1/2 inches on June 6, 2015, at the University of New Mexico. (Photo courtesy Myisha Evans)

Yon, a Louisiana State signee who won four championships (100 and 200 meters, long jump and 4×100 meter relay) for Cherokee Trail at the Class 5A state track meet last month, won the girls 200 meter dash, which included 52 competitors from all over the country. Yon won the eighth heat of the event in 24.24 seconds, beating Florida’s Sharrika Barnett — who won the 400 meter dash — and Oklahoma’s Carsyn Spurgeon to the finish line.

Those three posted the top times among all heats. Yon also placed fourth in the girls 100 meter dash Elite race, ran on Colorado’s sixth-place 4×100 meter relay team and finished 26th overall in the long jump.

Evans — who won the first state championship in Vista PEAK’s young history when she won the 4A state title in the long jump — surpassed herself with her performance in winning the long jump. The sophomore-to-be soared 20 feet, 8 1/2 inches on her second attempt, which was good enough to win the event by more than a foot, though she scratched her last four attempts.

The 20-8 1/2 surpassed the 20-2 1/2 effort of graduated Denver East star and University of Texas signee Chyna Ries, who won the Great Southwest meet long jump last season.

Evans also ran in the 100 meter dash Elite final and ran a PR of 11.79 seconds to finish seventh.

On the boys side, graduated Smoky Hill senior Blake Yount — Colorado’s prep state record holder — finished second in the 800 meter run. Running against a significant wind, the University of Oklahoma signee won his heat in 1:56.46, second only to the 1:56.33 run by Texas’ Fred Jackson III in a different heat.

Gateway grad Mike Ware, the 5A 400 meter dash state champion, clocked a time of 21.88 seconds to finish eighth in the boys 200 meter dash Elite category and Grandview grad Isaiah Brown ran a leg of the Colorado 4×400 meter relay team that finished third.

The Colorado boys scored 76 points to finish tied for fifth in a field that included 15 states and Jamaica.

A variety of other Aurora boys and girls competed well over three-day meet, but finished off the medal podium.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2015 GREAT SOUTHWEST CLASSIC TRACK MEET

Team scores and placing results involving athletes from Aurora high schools

Boys team scores: 1. Texas 170 points; 2. Utah 136; 3. Missouri 90; 4. Arizona 82; T5. COLORADO 76; T5. Illinois 76; 7. Florida 46; 8. Kansas 30; 9. Jamaica 28; 10. New Mexico 27; 11. Oklahoma 24; 12. Louisiana 18; 13. Maryland 10; 14. Idaho 8; 15. Arkansas 4; 16. Nebraska 3

Girls team scores: 1. COLORADO 150 points; 2. Missouri 120; 3. Texas 107; 4. Arizona 105; 5. Utah 76; 6. New Mexico 72; 7. Illinois 43; 8. Florida 34; 9. Oklahoma 31; 10. Arkansas 25; 11. Louisiana 22; 12. Jamaica 18; 13. Washington 13; T14. Kansas 10; T14. California 10; T14. Montana 10; 17. Iowa 8

Boys 200 meter dash Elite: 1. Michael O’Hara (Jamaica), 20.46 seconds; 2. Maxwell Willis (Maryland), 20.55; 3. Devin Quinn (Florida), 20.96; 4. Dartez Hamlin (Texas), 21.09; 5. Darryl Haraway (Maryland) 21.31; 6. Ian Braxton (Texas), 21.35; 7. Brandon Cachon (Florida), 21.38; 8. MIKE WARE (GATEWAY), 21.88

Boys 800 meter run: 1. Fred Jackson III (Texas), 1 minute, 56.33 seconds; 2. BLAKE YOUNT (SMOKY HILL), 1:56.46; 3. Derek Meeks (Kansas), 1:56.49; 4. Bryce Hoppel (Texas), 1:56.60; 5. Payton Riggs (Utah), 1:56.66; 6. Austin Swann (Oklahoma), 1:56.86; Other Aurora results: 25. Kyle Jones (Cherokee Trail), 2:04.56

Boys 4×400 meter relay: 1. Florida, 3 minutes, 13.63 seconds; 2. Illinois, 3:16.28; 3. Colorado (ISAIAH BROWN (GRANDVIEW), Trevor Cook, Kent Harris, Brock Miller), 3:16.68; 4. Utah, 3:18.83; 5. New Mexico, 3:19.49; 6. Texas, 3:20.43

Girls 100 meter dash Elite: 1. Candace Hill (Georgia), 11.15 seconds; 2. Hannah Jackson (Louisiana), 11.55; 3. Kira White (Texas), 11.60; 4. SHAYNA YON (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 11.66; 5. Jernaya Sharp (Texas), 11.71; 6. Janie O’Connor (Louisiana), 11.72; 7. MAYA EVANS (VISTA PEAK), 11.79; 8. Natasia Peevy (Arizona), 11.91

Girls 200 meter dash: 1. SHAYNA YON (CHEROKEE TRAIL), 24.24 seconds; 2. Sharrika Barnett (Florida), 24.46; 3. Carsyn Spurgeon (Oklahoma), 24.49; 4. Saenea Williams (Missouri), 24.58; 5. Sasha Jarrett (Arizona), 24.63; 6. Nia Powdrell (New Mexico), 24.63; 7. Jadsia Warden (Texas), 24.67; 8. Becca Schulte (Colorado), 24.67

Girls long jump: 1. MAYA EVANS (VISTA PEAK), 20 feet, 8 1/2 inches; 2. Abby Taylor (Utah), 19-7; 3. Jernaya Sharp (Texas), 19-6 3/4; 4. Tamara Moncrieffe (Jamaica), 19-1/2; 5. LaJarvia Brown (Missouri), 18-11 1/4; 6. Akeisha Ayanniyi (New Mexico), 18-11 1/4; Other Aurora results: 26. Shayna Yon (Cherokee Trail), 17-4 3/4; 37. Keisha Lopes (Smoky Hill), 15-6 1/4

Girls 4×100 meter relay: 1. Texas, 44.68 seconds; 2. Jamaica, 45.28; 3. Missouri, 45.55; 4. Arizona, 45.56; 5. Illinois, 45.77; 6. COLORADO, 46.11