Track & Field


AURORA | Mike Schmitt didn’t quite get to have the quintessential storybook ending to his football coaching career at Eaglecrest High School, but it was good to the very last page. Just two days after leading the Raptors to the brink of a historic Class 5A state championship in a 56-49 loss to Pomona at Mile High Stadium, Schmitt informed his players on Tuesday morning that he was stepping down after eight years with the program.


MARINA DEL REY, Calif. | MacKenzie Gore, a pitcher drafted by the San Diego Padres, and Olympic hurdler and sprinter Sydney McLaughlin were honored as national prep athletes of the year. McLaughlin is the first two-time winner since the awards began in 2003. They received their trophies on Tuesday night during the annual event sponsored by Gatorade at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey.


The recently graduated Grandview senior track star competed one last time at the prep level before she enters the college ranks and put on a memorable show Saturday at the prestigious Brooks PR Invitational. Running at sea level, the two-time Colorado Class 5A state champion in the two-mile crossed the finish line in 9 minutes, 51.35 seconds, a time that represents the fastest girls outdoor prep two-time time according to Milesplit.com. Mary Cain recorded a 9:38.68 indoors in 2013.


Hinkley’s continued resurgence again marked the biggest story in Aurora boys track in 2017. Stars Darrien Wells and Angel Heredia each won individual state championships for the second straight season — and threw in a relay title to boot — as the Thunderbirds headline the Aurora Sentinel’s 2017 All-Aurora Boys Track Team, which is based primarily on results from the Class 5A state track meet.
Cherokee Trail, Regis Jesuit, Grandview, Rangeview, Overland and Smoky Hill also earned at least some representation among the city’s top performers.


A whole pack of Wolves combined to produce the greatest track season in Grandview girls history in 2017. Eleven members of the Grandview team that scored 120 points over two days at the abbreviated Class 5A state meet — the most since George Washington’s 124 in 2000 — make up the lion’s share of the Aurora Sentinel’s 2017 All-Aurora Girls Track Team, which is determined primarily by state results.


AURORA | City teams and athletes won one team state championship and 11 individual titles during the 2017 spring prep sports season. Here’s an in-depth look at Grandview’s Lily Williams, Kaitlyn Mercer, Kennede Brown and Michaela Onyenwere, the Class 5A girls 4×400 meter relay state champions.


AURORA | City teams and athletes won one team state championship and 11 individual titles during the final weeks of the 2017 spring prep sports season. Here’s an in-depth look at Grandview’s Kameryn Brown, Lily Williams, Kennede Brown and Michaela Onyenwere, the Class 5A girls 4×200 meter relay state champions.


AURORA | City teams and athletes won one team state championship and 11 individual titles during the final weeks of the 2017 spring prep sports season. Here’s an in-depth look at Cherokee Trail’s Jaiden Paris, Taylor Watson, Chian DeLoach and Sydnee Larkin, the Class 5A girls 4×100 meter relay state champions.


AURORA | City teams and athletes won one team state championship and 11 individual titles during the final weeks of the 2017 spring prep sports season. Here’s an in-depth look at Grandview’s Kylee Harr, Jordyn Moore, Kameryn Brown and Lily Williams, the Class 5A girls 800 meter sprint medley relay state champions.