Limones, Trammel ready to race again at state championships

Burleson will be represented Saturday morning at the UIL Class 5A state cross country championships in Round Rock with Burleson senior Cesar Limones and Centennial sophomore Sarah Trammel racing on the course at Old Settlers Park.

Both runners will be making their second consecutive appearance at state. Running in bitter, muddy conditions Limones finished 72nd overall last season and Trammel placed 16th. Both are looking to improve on their showings.

Limones will run as an individual again this time around. Trammel will do the same but she will run alone this season. Last year, teammate Delanie Vance raced with Trammel.

Burleson coach Curtis Enis is waiting to see what will happen Saturday. A big plus for Limones is the fact he’s already run at state and hopefully won’t be nervous.

“It just depends on how he feels,” Enis said. “If he feels good going in and confident, things should go fine. But, if he is nervous I think having already run at state should eliminate any of that and give him confidence.”

Enis, assistant coach Ken Edwards and Limones have brainstormed since the regional meet and if Limones can finish in the 15-minute mark then the three will call the season a successful one.

“We want him to shoot for a top 10 finish and a medal,” Enis said. “Right now his time sits him about 25th in the field but we know what he is capable of doing and he’s capable of finishing in the Top 10.”

Posting a good finishing time and finishing in the Top 10 would also go a long was towards Limones achieving his dream of running cross country and track at the Division I level in college.

After watching Trammel finish 16th as a freshman, Centennial coach Sarah Eden doesn’t want to put any undo pressure on the her before Saturday’s race.

Eden said she will approach the state meet the same way she approached the District 9-5A championships and Class 5A Region II meet.

“I want her to try and duplicate her finish last season or do better,” Eden said. “But I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on her. I just want her to run a good race and do her best. If that’s 20th or 10th whatever it is, I just want her to give me everything she’s got, that’s all I asked of my runners in the last two races.”
 

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