Elks run strong at home
As it has for the last 16 seasons, Burleson’s cross country program hosted the Elk Run 16 at Chisenhall Fields.
The Elks and Lady Elks competed in the Class 5A Division and senior Cesar Limones covered the course for the final time in a time of 16 minutes and 4.81 seconds to finished second.
The Elks tallied 115 points to place fourth. Mansfield Summit won the 5A boys title with 81 points. Azle and Birdville each scored 82 points. Azle finished second in a sixth runner tiebreaker and Birdville was third.
“I thought our (varsity and junior varsity) boys had good days,” Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis said. “I like the work ethic and competitiveness they are showing in the meets so far.”
As they did at their first meet of the season, the Elks ran 10 runners with the varsity to get them valuable experience and try to develop depth.
Two boys, Alex Devora and Chris Smith finished in the top 15. Devora placed 13th in a time of 17:06.83 and Smith was 15th in a time of 17:12.47.The next three Elks to cross the finish line within 13 spots of each other. Brady Brunson placed 41st (17:51.02), Larry Jones was 46th (17:55.92) and Kenny Longoria finished 54th (17:59.56).
Also running for Burleson were Elias Word (73rd, 18:20.41), Logan Hamit (100th, 18:39.14), Peter Nguyen (107th, 18:44.97) and Christian Frazier (131st, 20:12.33).
In the girls competition, the Lady Elks finished 18th with 460 points. Saginaw scored 63 points to win the crown. Euless Trinity was second with 87 points and Centennial finished third (88 points).
“Our girls are a little banged up right now and are a few weeks away from having a full team,” Enis said. “The girls effort is there we just are not in elite shape yet. I think we will be okay when it counts.”
The Lady Elks were paced by Mackenzie Clark who placed 55th in a time of 21:44.25. Kaylie Hoerig finished 66th in a time of 21:57.63. Madison Mahan finished 119th (23:31.39), Abby Boatright placed 127th (23:53.47) and Haley Vasquez was 146th (25:03.37).
Enis had plenty of praise for those who helped make sure the meet was a success. The main group he thanked was the his booster club and volunteer parents that came either Thursday evening to help set up or to help on Friday.
“Thanks to Jeff Scott for allowing us to use Chisenhall park and his staff for preparing the park for us to use,” Enis said. “Thanks to Mike Welch for coming in and doing our scoring system and to Jeff Smith for announcing.”
Other Burleson coaches came out to help. The Lady Elk coaches worked at the finish line and coach Ted Tomchesson served as the starter and a monitor. Burleson and Centennial’s training staffs were on hand to help with hydration and injuries.
“It was a great meet, tough competition with well coached teams in all classifications,” Enis said.
Burleson will run Saturday at the Spartan Invitational on the campus of Centennial.