Three prep athletes honored for track prowess

Evans, Sloan head for college teams; Sprout has year remaining at Valor


Maya Evans and Emily Sloan will head off to college carrying a combined 14 Colorado High School Activities Association state track titles with them.

And, sophomore Cole Sprout of Valor Christian will be seeking more laurels in a third classification next season.

Evans and Sloan have been selected as the 2018 Colorado Community Media South Metro co-winners of the Girls Track Athlete of Year award. Sprout is the boys’ winner.

Evans, a Class 3A standout at Lutheran High School in Parker who will be attending and competing at Texas A&M, won three more individual state championships at the May 17-19 state track championships at Jeffco Stadium.

She won the 100-meter dash in Class 3A in 12:02, the 200 meters in 24.88 and the long jump with a leap of 18:03.50. That gave her eight individual state titles to go along with another as a member of a relay team.

“Maya is a special talent and one of the greatest athletes to ever participate in Colorado,” said Lutheran coach Darwin Horan.

Sloan, who graduated from Rock Canyon in May, will continue her schooling and athletic career at Oregon after winning the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at the state meet to give her six state titles.

She won her fourth straight 100-meter hurdles state title in 13:59 at last month’s state meet and her second 300 hurdles crown in 44.42, which was special after she fell in the 2017 state meet 300 finals with a big lead and crawled to a second-place finish.

In the 300 hurdles state meet preliminaries, Sloan set an all-time Colorado record with a 40.60 clocking.

“This will get my ready for Oregon,” Sloan said after winning on a cold, rainy final day of the state meet. “I had a goal of winning the 100 meters from my freshman year and I did that. And winning the 300 was good.”

Sprout, who transferred from Faith Christian to Valor, won the Class 4A races in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at this season’s state meet after taking the 4A cross country title last fall for Valor.

He was the runner-up in both track events for 3A Faith Christian in 2017 and next season he will be competing in 5A when the Eagles move up a classification.

Sprout set a Colorado all-time classification record of 9:01.53 in the 3,200 on May 4 at the Jeffco championships.

“I improved a lot during the track season,” said Sprout. “I’m looking forward to next year to see what I can do. Next year I want to break the mile record (1,600) and take down my two-mile record (3,200).”


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