Elks, Lady Elks come up big at district meet
JOSHUA — The highlight of last Thursday’s District 8-5A track and field championships was the 1,600 meter run at Joshua’s Owl Stadium.
Trailing heading into the final turn Burleson junior Cesar Limones showed off an amazing kick that helped him get past Cleburne’s Reagan Mead for the photo-finish victory.
Limones clocked a time of four minutes, 26.69 seconds to win. Mead finished four one-hundreds of a second behind Limones.
The top four competitors from each event qualified for District 7-5A/8-5A area championships that concludes today at Fort Worth’s Herman Clark Stadium. The top two finishers there will compete at the Class 5A Region I championships April 28-20 in Lubbock.
The Elks will be sending 11 individuals in nine events to the area meet along with all three relay teams while The Lady Elks advanced four individuals in five events and one relay team to Clark Stadium.
Aledo won the boys title with 137 points. Burleson finished second with 123 points and Everman was third (108 points). Crowley’s girls took the crown after scoring 139 points. Aledo was second (121) and Centennial placed third (91). The Lady Elks finished seventh with 39 points.
“Our kids came here and were ready to compete for the championships, we had that mind set coming into the meet,” Burleson boys track and field coach Steve Goben said. “I think they responded and did well. We gave Aledo a good push. We had some adversity along the way. Overall, it was a good meet for us.”
While Cesar Limones was winning the 1,600 and finishing second in the 800 in a time of 1:56.98 his brother Michael Limones was winning the 400 meters in a time of 50.42. Also in the 400, Tanner Haynes placed fourth in a time of 51.94 to qualify for regionals and Ryan Post was fifth (52.33).
In other individual running events, Lester Gurira finished second in the 200 in a time of 22.61 and Justin McMaster was third in a time of 22.92. Gurira also qualified in the 100 after finishing fourth in a time of 11.30.
In the field events, Kody Russey placed second in the shot put with an effort of 50 feet, two inches. Jon Saal placed second in the discus with a toss of 136-4 and Russey was fifth (130-6). Gurira qualified for the area meet in the triple jump by finishing third with an effort of 43-6.25. Conner Schrayer placed sixth with an effort of 41-1.75. In the high jump, Brendon McNeeley cleared 5-6 to place fifth.
In the 1,600 relay, the team of Schrayer, Michael Limones, McMaster and Brady Camp won in a time of 3:21.49. The Elks team of Garrett Green, Alex Broome, Kody Gentry and Garrett Austin placed second in a time of 1:30.08. In the 400 relay, the team of Tanner Haynes, Green, Gurira and Camp finished fourth in a time of 43.17.
Corinth Johnson had a big day for the Lady Elks qualifying in three events. Johnson won the 200 in a time of 25.51 and brought home the title in long jump with an effort of 18-2.25. She finished second in the 100 in time of 12.34. Also qualifying for the area meet was Jailah Ivory thanks to her fourth place finished in the triple jump with an effort of 35-1.25.
In the 3,200, Mackenzie Clark placed fifth in a time of 13:14.10 and Blythe Goebel was sixth in a time of 13:37.46.
The Lady Elks 400 relay team of Ivory, Kayla Perkins, Autumn Kincheloe and Merrical Miller finished fourth in a time of 50.99.
“I thought things went really well,” Burleson girls track and field coach Mike Copeland said. “It’s been a long road with this program. The girls came out and competed. We [had personal bests] in all six relays, varsity and junior varsity. This is the most girls we’ve had qualify for us in field and running events for us it a while, so it’s been a good day for us.”