Burleson's Limones claims 9-5A crown
GRAND PRAIRIE — Having beaten top contender Centennial each time they have met this season, Burleson’s cross country team entered last Thursday’s District 9-5A championships as a hunted squad.
The Lady Elks on the other hand came into the race as hunters.
In the end both teams qualified to run at Saturday’s Class 5A Region II championships although the Elks missed out on bring home the district title.
The Elks finished a point behind Centennial, 57-58, for first place on the course at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Park. Cleburne was third with 103 points to Joshua’s 105 points. The Lady Elks finished third with 70 points, a point behind second place Cleburne and seven points ahead of fourth-place Joshua. Centennial won the girls title with 32 points.
The top three teams advanced to the regional meet. At regionals the top three teams and top 10 individuals qualify for the state championships.
“I knew the girls were going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat and do real well to get out to regionals,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “They did what they were asked to do. I didn’t know how they would respond since they are a young team with five freshmen. They did really well. The girls had nothing to lose and could go all out. The boys had beaten Centennial all year but we knew they were right there.
We are going to pin our ears back at regionals and see what we can do. We will be comfortable with the course and the kids are ready. We should be sharp. I’m hoping we run our best race of the year next week.”
After finishing third at district last season, senior Cesar Limones raced to the boys title in a time of 16 minutes, 32.50 seconds. Last season, Limones was 14th regionals and 72nd at the state meet.
“I already knew I had a good chance of winning and was going to have a big lead,” Limones said. “The course was muddy but I had spikes in, I learned a lesson from the state meet. I think I ran good. I had a huge lead. Hopefully I can get first at regionals.”
Sophomore Alex Devora finished ninth in a time of 17:54.70. Senor Kenny Longoria placed 10th in a time of 17:57.40. Larry Jones was 16th in a time of 18:16.80. Freshman Chris Smith finished 22nd in a time of 18:39.10. Seniors Brady Brunson 23rd (18:49.00) and Logan Hamit (25th, 18:51.70) round out the field for the Elks.
The Lady Elks top five runners were all freshmen. Jordan Rosser finished fifth in a time of 20:56.70. Meadow Renfro placed 14th in a time of 22:15.50. Bridgette Montes was 15th in a time of 22:23.20. Kaylie Hoerig finished 16th in a time of 22:24.90 and Kristianne Smedholen was 24th in a time of 23:15.60. Senior Mackenzie Clark finished 27th in a time of 23:36.70 and senior Blythe Goebel was 35th (25:12.40).
“The course was very slippery but all the girls in front of me had spikes so it wasn’t that bad,” Rosser said. “I had a pretty good start but I think if I could change anything I should have waited until I passed the last hill to go into my final kick.”