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Sikeston track star signs with SEMO

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

SIKESTON -- Sikeston track and field standout Michael Colon signed a letter of intent to join the track program at Southeast Missouri State University.

"Mike has been blessed with some ability, and he's put in enough work to become successful," said Sikeston track coach Jerry Dement. "We're very proud that he has been rewarded with a scholarship to Southeast."

This year Colon became Sikeston's first state champion since 1995, winning the triple jump at state with a leap of 45-feet, 10 1/2 inches. He was also a member of Sikeston's 4 x 100 meter relay team that placed at state.

Dement feels his success in high school can transfer to the next level.

"I think he has the ability," Dement said. "If he continues his good work habits and gets some progressive coaching, he will get to that level. I look for good things out of him. I don't think he's peaked yet. He's going to make some big strides in college."

Colon has played a big part in the resurgence of Sikeston's track program. He competed on the varsity level since he was a freshman, and was a major contributor as a sophomore, junior and senior, qualifying for state in three events each year.