Burleson's Edwards pleased with effort
Considering it was just their second competition of this season, Burleson cross country coach Ken Edwards was pleased with what he saw Friday from his Elks and Lady Elks at the Elk Run XIX.
Led by senior Elias Word and sophomore Ace Garica, the Elks scored 106 points to finish second in the boys Class 5A Division. Centennial was first with 64 points and Colleyville Heritage placed third (167 points).
“I was pleased with the way the boys ran considering the level of competition they were going up against,” Edwards said. “Elias (Smith) and Ace (Garcia) were impressive.”
Smith covered the course at Chisenhall Fields in a time of 16 minutes, 47.08 seconds to finished third. Garcia placed ninth in a time of 17:01.29. Senior Adrian Reyes was 14th in a time of 17:15.28. Senior Chris Smith finished 21st in a time of 17:29.27 and sophomore Yash Dala was 61st in a time of 18:26.
Also running for the Elks were, junior Isaac Smith (79th, 18:45.29), freshman Xander Garcia (93rd, 19:03.85), junior Jacob Perez (107th, 19:17.50), junior Xavien Garcia (111th, 19:29.22), sophomore Dylan McMullen (113th, 19:30.88), and senior Silas Moll (115th, 19:33.71)
The Lady Elks finished 10th overall in the Class 6A/5A division with 285 points. Heritage took the title with 48 points. Centennial was second (132 points) and Northwest Eaton placed third (152).
“The girls are about where I think they should be,” Edwards said. “It's the second meet of the year, so I'm not as concerned where they are as much as I am that they are progressing. They are just young.”
Freshman Lennon Porter led the Lady Elks finishing 27th in a time of 21:00.97. Junior Briyanna Barajas finished 48th in a time of 21:27. Junior Emily Tebo was 51st in a time of 21:30.81. Sophomore Ellie Ellie Kirkpatrick finished 88th in a time of 22:33.80 and senior Meadow Renfro placed 106th in a time of 22:59.77.
Competing for the girls were: junior Keila Juarez (127th, 23:24.15), sophomore Avery Wang (129th, 23:24.69), sophomore Courtney Watson (159th, 24:01.53), sophomore Maggie Prewitt (169th, 24:20.68), senior Kassedi Zapata (178th, 24:44.34) and sophomore Elissa Jackson (191st, 25:28.37).
Edwards said he wanted to thank his booster club and the coaches from Burleson who helped make the event possible.
“We had 70 schools and 2,200 entries,” Edwards said. “It is a big meet. It amazes me at times that we get the meet done.