Burleson turns in big showing at area meet
FORT WORTH - The last trip for at least the next two years for athletes from Burleson to the Class 5A Region I track and field championships to Lubbock should be a good for one.
Burleson’s boys team will have three individual competing in three events and five runners competing in two relays. Lady Elk Corinth Johnson will compete in three events at regionals.
In the next two school years, Burleson will compete in District 9-5A meaning the Elks and Lady Elks track and field teams will compete at the Region II championships at Texas-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.
The athletes qualified for regionals by finishing in the top four on Wednesday at Thursday at the District 7-5A/8-5A area championships in Fort Worth’s Clark Stadium.
The regional championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Texas Tech’s Fuller Track and Field Stadium in Lubbock. The top three finishers there will head to the UIL Class 5A state championships.
The Elks placed fourth at area with 57 points. Fort Worth Arlington Heights won boys title with 110 points. Fort Worth Trimble Tech placed second (90 points) and Aledo was third (82). The Lady Elks scored 24 points to place 10th. Arlington Heights took the girls title with 93.5 points. Everman and Crowley tied for second place with 84 points each.
“I thought we competed well at the area meet,” Burleson boys coach Steve Goben said. “With Garrett Geeen out I thought our kids stepped up and met the challenge. I look for us to go to Lubbock and compete for the right to go to state.”
Cesar Limones qualified for regionals in the 800 and 1,600 meters. Cesar Limones finished second in the 1,600 in time of four minutes, 28.24 seconds and third in the 800 in a time of 1:57.84.
In the field events, two Elks qualified for regionals. Kody Russey finished third in the shot put with an effort of 49 feet, one inch and Jon Saal placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 132-9.5.
The Elks will have two relay teams competing in Lubbock. The 800 relay team of Lester Gurira, Conner Schrayer, Justin McMaster and Brady Camp finished second in a time of 1:29.15. The team of Schrayer, Michael Limones, McMaster and Camp placed third in the 1,600 relay in a time of 3:21.60.
In the 400, Michael Limones finished fifth in a time of 51.22 and Tanner Haynes placed eighth in time of 53.31. Gurira was sixth in the 200 in a time of 22.75 and McMaster was eighth in a time of 23.12. In the 100, Gurira placed seventh in a time of 11.21. Gurira was fifth in the triple jump with an effort of 42-6.
The Elks 400 relay team of Tanner Haynes, Ryan Post, Jaylen Johnson and Camp finished eighth in a time of 44.01.
In girls competition, Johnson qualified for regionals in the 100, 200 and the long lump. Johnson finished second in the long jump with an effort of 17-4. In the 100, Johnson placed second in a time of 12.21 and she finished third in the 200 in a time of 25.77.
In the triple jump, Jailah Ivory placed fifth with an effort of 33-7.