Burleson’s Limones finishes 11th at state
Friday during his practices runs on the UIL Class 5A cross country state championship course at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park, Burleson senior Cesar Limones concentrated most of his effort on how he would attack the bridge that is around 400 meters from the finish line.
The strategy was to be in position to race pass runners using his tremendous kick and hopefully finish in the Top 10.
Limones, running in his second consecutive state meet was right in position when he reached the bridge. He passed five runners but came up three seconds behind a sixth competitor and finished 11th at the state meet.
His time of 15 minutes, 49.71 seconds was his best of the season and should putting him on the radar from Division I cross country programs.
“I thought Cesar ran the perfect race for him,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “When he saw his time he was really pleased. He’s been wanting to get into the 15 minutes on a true 5K race.”
A key for Limones was breaking free from the pack at the start and reaching a series of sharp turns at the start of the course. The plan was to sprint out with the main group and not get bunched up with the rest of the pack in the turns.
He did just that and the strategy allowed him to get into position for his final burst at the bridge.
“He’s had a great year and his time will improve his looks to run in college. that has been his goal from day one,” Enis said. “He’s probably the most talent boy runner I’ve ever coached in 29 years. I’ve never had a someone with that kind of foot speed and been in elite condition. With him all I had to coach was the mental part of cross country. We worked on strategy and getting him to believe in himself.”