Burleson's Limones qualifies for state cross country meet
The odds of getting out to the state meet at last Friday’s Class 5A Region II cross country championships were long for Burleson’s boys and girls team.
“We knew going in that it was going be difficult for our teams to get it. It’s a very tough region with some strong teams,’ Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “Our goal for our kids was to runner better times on the course they had run the week before. Six did that. All and all I was proud of our kids and how they competed.”
Things were different for Burleson senior Cesar Limones, who had won the District 9-5A championships and raced at the state meet last year. Limones goal for regionals was to find a way to run again at regionals.
Limones covered the course at Grand Prairie’s Lynn Creek Parkway in a time of 16 minutes, 42.99 seconds to finish 17th and qualify for state. The top three teams and top 10 runners not on a qualifying team made it to state.
“Cesar didn’t have a great start but he finished strong,” Enis said. “His goal going in was to qualify for state. He accomplished his goal.”
The state meet will be Saturday morning at Round Rock’s Old Settler’s Park. Last season, Limones finished 14th the Region I championships and 72nd at the state meet.
In team competition, Burleson’s boys finished 12th with a score 309 points. Lucas Lovejoy won the title with 41 points. Frisco Wakeland placed second (116 points) and Dallas Conrad was third (122). The Lady Elks scored 364 points to finish 14th. Prosper took first (51 points), Frisco Liberty was second (63) and Frisco Wakeland was third (80 points).
Sophomore Alex Devora finished 62nd in a time of 17:49.56. Senior Kenneth Longoria placed 94th in time of 18:27.46. Senior Brady Bruson was 106th in a time of 18:34.61 and senior Brit Jones placed 124th in a time of 18:56.20. Also running for the Elks were freshmen Chris Smith (19:18.14) and Elias Word (150th, 19:32.98).
“I was glad to see our seniors show great leadership,” Enis said. “The seniors prepared all week and ran their tails off.”
The first six runners to cross for the Lady Elks were all freshmen and that has Enis thrilled about the programs future.
“I was really excited about how our freshmen girls performed,” Enis said. “They got out there and didn’t run like they were scared. It was a really good day for them.
Jordan Rosser, finished four spots shy of qualifying for regionals, after placing 30th in a time of 20:48.11. Meadow Renfro placed 58th in a time of 21:28.17. Bridgette Montes was 78th in a time of 22:03.91. Kaylie Hoerig finished 116th in a time of 23:18.22. Kristianne was 116th in a time of 23:39.84 and Haley Vasquez placed 129th in a time of 23:56.76. Senior Mackenzie Clark finished 147th in a time of 24:57.11.
“I think our boys and girls program at Burleson is moving in the right direction,” Enis said.