Burleson cross country regional bound
At the start of the season, Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis knew his boys and girls teams would be going to regionals in October.
Thursday morning, the Elks and Lady Elks fulfilled Enis’ dream as each finished second at the District 5-5A championships. In a twist, both squads tallied 73 points while racing on the course at Burleson’s Chisenhall Fields.
After losing a third-place tiebreaker to Joshua last season, the Elks finished second. Centennial won the district title with 18 points and Granbury was third with 81 points.
“I thought our kids ran extremely well,” Enis said. “I was really happy with both squads. They deserved to go to regionals considering how hard they worked this summer. They have been dedicated and a fun group to coach.”
Junior Elias Word finished seventh in a time of 16 minutes, 40.24 seconds while junior Chris Smith placed 10th in a time of 16:42.26. The pair qualified for regionals last season as individuals.
“It feels amazing to be going to regionals as a team,” Word said. “That was the goal we set at the start of the season.”
Junor Adrian Reyes was 16th in a time of 17:32.51. Junior Will Stevenson finished 18th in a time of 17:42.54. Freshman Ace Garcia placed 22nd in a time of 17:55.91. Sophomore Isaac Smith was 28th in a time of 18:16.45 and senior Andrew Cranford was 31st in a time of 18:32.62.
The Lady Elks, who finished third at district last season, topped Grabury by eight points for second place. Centennial won the district crown with 34 points. The Lady Elks will be making their third consecutive trip to regionals.
Junior Meadow Renfro finished fourth in a time of a 19:52.40. Sophomore Emily Tebo placed ninth in a time of 20:24.84.
“I’m proud of myself. My goal going into the race was to finish fourth and that’s what I did,” Renfro said. “I’m so glad that we are going as a team to regionals.”
Sophomore Briyanna Barajas was 15th in a time of 20:54.77. The next two Lady Elks to finish were freshman. Avery Wang placed 20th in a time of 21:03.52 and Maggie Prewitt was 25th in a time of 21:20.10. Sophomore Keila Juarez placed 28th in a time of 21:48.76 and junior Kassedi Zapata was 36th in a time of 23:09.65.