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    Burleson junior Elias Word finished ninth at Friday’s Elk Run XVIII. The Elks finished fourth at the race. BURLESON STAR/RITCH MYERS

Burleson runs well at home

Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis was pleased with the way his teams ran at Friday’s Elk Run XVIII at Chisenhall Field.

The Elks running in the Class 5A division scored 152 points. Centennial took the title with 38 points. Midlothian placed second (74 points) and Fort Worth South Hills was third (106).

Competing in the Class 6A-5A division the Lady Elks tallied 162 points to finish fifth. Hurst L.D. Bell finished first with 52 points. Centennial was second (63 points) and Arlington Martin placed third (118).

“I was really pleased with  both my groups and where they are right now,” Enis said. “It was a good meet. We had great competition and there were some really good runners there.”

Junior Elias Word was the top runner for the Elks finishing ninth in a time of 17 minutes, 1.17 seconds. Junior Chris Smith placed 21st in a time of 17:24.59 and freshman Ace Garcia was 29th in a time of 17:39.98.

Junior Adrian Reyes finished 53rd in a time of 18:29.95. Sophomore Isaac Smith placed 60th in a time of 18:33.03. Senior Andrew Cranford was 67th in a time of 18:49.48. Freshman Yash Dalal finished 78th in a time of 19:00.23.

The Elks final three runners were sophomore Xavien Garcia (82nd, 19:01.57), freshman Dylan McMullen (116th, 20:22.39) and sophomore Jacob Perez (119th, 20:35.33).

For the Lady Elks, junior Meadow Renfro finished 16th in a time of 20:17.15. Sophomore Bryanne Barajas placed 36th in a time of 21:11.75 and junior Kassedi Zapata was 39th in a time of 21:19.84.

Sophomore Emily Tebo finished 54th in a time of 21:54.76. Sophomore Kelia Juarez placed 67th in a time of 22:24.58 and freshman Maddie Prewitt was 68th in a time of 22:25.68. The girls last three runners were freshman Avery Wang (74th, 22:43.01), junior Haley Vasquez (96th, 23:23.87) and freshman Ellie Kirkpatrick (118th, 24:13.28).

Enis had many people to thank for getting the race to go off without a hitch.

He praised city of Burleson Athletic Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Scott who had everything at Chisenhall Field in perfect shape.

Many of the coaches at Burleson helped run the event. The Burleson Cross Country Booster Club handled the pavilion area and Jeff Smith provided the announcing and played music.

“It takes a team to run an event this big,” Enis said. “We had 52 schools and over 1,800 runners here this year. I was pleased with how it went off.”

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