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    Junior Elias Word is back for Burleson’s cross country team this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Elks’ Enis excited to get season started

A coaches dream is the way Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis describes his situation as the season is about to open.

Enis has plenty of runners back on the girls and boys side and they are all pushing each other in daily competitive runs.

“They are hungry,” Enis said.

And they know who they are chasing.

That would be Centennial’s girls and boys teams. The Lady Spartans finished third at state and the Spartans were second at the District 9-5A meet last season.

“Centennial’s girls are an elite program,” Enis said. “We are probably the second-best team. My girls are going to be in the same boat as the boys, chasing Centennial. If the girls can get semi close to Centennial that will be a pretty good season, considering how good they are.”

The Lady Elks finished third at district and 15th at the Region II meet. The Elks tied for third at district but lost a sixth-runner tiebreaker and missed out on a trip to regionals.

“The boys are going to be right there with Centennial this year,” Enis said.

Leading the girls will be juniors Meadow Renfro and Bridgette Montes, who finished fifth and sixth respectively at district.

Also back are sophomores Bryanne Barajas, Emily Tebow, and Kaela Juarez. The trio run side-by-side in practice each day. Also back are juniors Kassedi Zapata and Hayley Vasquez.

Added to the mix are promising freshman Maggie Prewitt and Ellie Kirkpatrick.

The top runner for the boys’ squad is junior Elias Word, who won the district title last season. Enis said Word finishes first on each run,

Right behind Word is junior Chris Smith and freshman Ace Garcia. Smith finished third at district last year and Garcia is a nice surprise.

Also returning from last season is senior Andrew Cranford, the lone senior in the program, and sophomore Xavien Garcia, who ran some with the varsity last year.

Enis had been counting on freshman Isaac Smith and Jacob Perez to join the fold last season but the duo decided to go to Burleson Collegiate School instead. After a semester there, the pair decided they missed athletics and returned to Burleson. Enis is glad to have them back.

Burleson opens its season Saturday at the Cowtown Challenge. The District 5-5A championships are slated for Oct. 11 at Chisenhall Fields in Burleson.

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