Elks Kirby qualifies for regionals in pole vault
Burleson’s Caleb Kirby will represent the Elks at the Class 5A Region II track and field championships after finishing in the pole vault at the District 9/10 9-5A championships.
The sophomore cleared 13 feet, six inches Thursday to finish third. Teammate Matthew Shuler placed sixth after clearing 12 feet.
“I’m really happy for him,” Burleson boys track and field coach Steve Goben said. “He has invested much time and effort into becoming a pole vaulter. He also splits time with baseball where he is a catcher. He has had a great spring.
The top four competitors in each event at the area meet advance to regional meet which will take place Friday and Saturday at Maverick Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington.
The Elks scored 12 points to finished 12th at the meet while the Lady Elks tallied two points to place 14th. Lancaster swept the girls and boys titles with Mansfield Lake Ridge finishing second.
For the boys, Iver Macauley was fifth in the triple jump with an effort 45-11.5.
In the 3,200, Elias finished fifth in a time of 10 minutes, 43.12 seconds and Chris Smith placed sixth in a season-best time of 10:47.53 Raymond Lynch placed sixth in the 400 in a time of 52.38 and Willie Stevenson was eighth in a time of 54.57.
“I thought our kids competed very well at the area meet,” Goben said. “We competed against some of the best in Texas and didn’t blink. We are young and we will learn from this.”
For the Lady Elks, Jakia Wade placed fifth in the discus with a season-best throw of 92-8. Emily Tebow finished eighth in the 3,200 in a time of 14:02.91.
The Lady Elks 1,600 relay team of Chatira Rubio, Madison Lewis, Katie Arguello and Elizabeth Robertson placed sixth in a time of 4:14.55.
“I’m was very impressed how those young ladies went out and competed,” Burleson girls track and field coach Michael Copeland said. “Jakiya Wade was only four inches from qualifying for regionals and our 1,600 relay team ran its fastest time of the year in a very tough area meet. I’m pleased with our team especially given how young there are. There is a bright future ahead for those young ladies.”