BHS’ Word claims title, Lady Elks finish third
Things went right for the Burleson girls cross country squad at Friday’s District 9-5A championships as the Lady Elks finished third to qualify for the Class 5A Region II championships.
The Elks weren’t as lucky as they finished tied with Joshua for third place and lost a sixth runner tie-breaker for the chance to run at regionals.
The boys might not have qualified for regionals as a team, but they did get three individual runners – sophomores Elias Wood, Chris Smith and senior CJ Kinsey, through to regionals. Word was the district champion, Smith finished third and Kinsey was fifth.
“At the start of the year, I thought Elias and Chris would be in the top five at district,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “I figured there would be some junior or senior out there that would keep them from being the district champion. As the season went on, they kept working and working. After the Granbury meet, we told them we needed them to be top three so the team could get to regionals.”
The Class 5A Region II meet will take place Monday at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Park. The top four teams and top 10 individual runners at the meet advance to the state championships at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park.
Word, Smith and CJ Kinsey dominated the season for the Elks.
Word took the district title in a time of 17 minutes, 10.13 seconds. Smith finished just behind Word in third place in a time of 17:15.60. Kinsey clocked a time of 17:30.68 to place fifth.
“Elias was very deserving of the district title,” Enis said. “He worked really hard and it meant a lot to him to get that spot.”
Sophomore Will Stevens placed 37th in a time of 19:32.25. Junior Andrew Cranford was 39th in a time of 19:43.10.
Freshman Alex Adame finished 41st in a time of 19:54.91 and senior Zane Rice was 48th in a time of 21:44.12.
The Lady Elks scored 67 points to clinch third. Centennial won the title with 18 points and Joshua was second (65 points).
“We knew it was going to be tight between us and Joshua,” Enis said.
Sophomores Meadow Renfro and Bridgette Montes had a solid day for Elks. Renfro finished fifth in a time of 20:32.17 and Montes placed sixth in a time of 20:56.02. Kassedi Zapata, a sophomore, placed 18th in a time of 22:27.79. A pair of freshmen were the fourth and fifth Lady Elks to cross the finish line. Emily Tebo finished 20th in time of 22:34.83 and Kaela Juarez was 21st in a time of 22:51.25.
Freshman Bryanne Barajas finished 22nd in a time of 22:51.44 and sophomore Kaylie Hoerig placed 30th in a time of 24:17.30.