Burleson’s Enis pleased with effort in first meet
The conditions weren’t great, but Burleson’s cross country teams turned in strong showings at the Cowtown Challenge in Richland Hills.
“I thought the kids who have been coming [to workouts] since we started running in July did pretty well,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “The kids who have been out for a week were obviously struggling.”
The Lady Elks finished ninth with 234 points while the Elks placed 13th with 332 points.
The course at The BUFF is a difficult one in the best of weather conditions, but rain Saturday morning made things even tougher.
“I was pleased with what I saw because that course is already difficult and you aren’t going to run a good time on it,” Enis said. “Then, to top it off, it is wet, slippery and muddy, and that is like a double whammy.”
Pacing the Lady Elks were sophomores Meadow Renfro and Bridgette Montes. Renfro finished 25th in a time of 23 minutes 7.50 seconds, while Montes placed 36th in a time of 23:41.02. Freshman Emily Tebo finished 69th in a time of 24:51.54. Bryanne Barajas, a freshman, placed 72nd in a time of 24:54.55. Sophomore Kassedi Zapata finished 74th in a time of 24:55.58.
Also running with the varsity were freshmen Kaela Juarez (75th, 24:55.94) and sophomores Kaylie Hoerig (88th, 25:28.23) and Haley Vasquez (93rd, 25:48.63).
“Our girls looked strong, while I think our boys will be looking for that fifth runner all season long,” Enis said.
Sophomores Chris Smith and Elias Word led the Elks efforts. Smith finished 29th in a time of 18:51.73 and Word placed 30th in a time of 18:52.74. Seniors Zane Rice (83rd, 20:17.03) and Clinton Kinsey (87th, 20:25.53) were the next Elks to finish. Sophomore Will Stevens was the fifth Elk to cross, placing 127th in a time of 21:33.36.
Also competing for the boys were freshman Xavien Garcia (140th, 22:41.76), senior Colin Rios (146th, 23:14.59) and juniors Andrew Cranford (147th, 23:15.01) and Payton Brown (150th, 23:26.17).
Friday, the cross country program is slated to host the Elk Run 16 at Chisenhall Fields Sports Complex.
Enis said the meet couldn’t take place without help of the booster club, parents, and Jeff Scott and his staff at the Burleson Parks and Recreation Department..
“It takes a lot of people to put the run on,” Enis.