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Mitchell’s Daryon Wilson leaps 23-feet 5.25 inches for the 4A state championship at the 2021 State Track & Field Championships at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. (Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)

LAKEWOOD – There’s no need to remind Daryon Wilson to smile anymore.

The Mitchell senior, who won his school’s first individual state championship in at least a decade Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium, has a habit of getting a little too tense, according to the Marauders’ jumps coach.

“He likes to be serious in the jump game, so I always have to come at him with a quick comeback to try to get him to smile a little bit,” Tracy Babers said. “I told his parents that’s how I know he’s loose on the runway. If you look at him on the runway and he’s smiling, I’m like ‘OK, we’re going to get a good jump.’”

Wilson was at his loosest during his second jump of the finals when he uncorked a 23-foot, 5.25-inch jump, setting off a celebration by Babers and a small Mitchell cheering section seated in the bleachers right behind the pit.