Lady Elks ready for big things this year
After having to convince girls to run last season, Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis opened the 2017 season with plenty of options.
Enis has three runners back from last season in standout Jordan Rosser, Meadow Renfro and Bridgette Montes. Also fighting for varsity are sophomores Kassedi Zapata and Kaylie Hoerig, who saw time with the varsity last season, along with freshmen Kaela Juarez, Haylie Vasquez, Emily Tebo and Briyanne Barajas.
“The plan is coming together on the girls side,” Enis said. “We had to splice together a team last season and I appreciate what the seniors last year did giving the freshmen runners leadership.”
Last July many freshmen didn’t show up for the six-day a week running program Enis had in place. Enis said those freshmen girls started workouts in August and were playing catch-up from there.
“As the season went on also those freshmen had this moment where it dawned on them why they needed to be running in July,” Enis said. “They told me they wouldn’t make that mistake again then, in turn, they told the incoming freshmen and told them when coach says be there in July you need to be there in July.”
After barely scraping together a seven-girl team at times last season, now there is competition between 15 to 18 girls who could run for the varsity.
“The girls are doing really well,” Enis said. “I’m excited about watching them grow this season. I don’t know if we can catch Centennial but we have gotten closer. I think these girls are going to put Burleson girls cross country on the map as team sport. There have always been a few good individual runners at Burleson but not great girl’s teams.”
The boys team was hurt by graduated include the loss of Ceasar Limones, who is now at Texas-Arlington.
The Elks took another blow when Alex Devora moved to El Paso. That meant sophomores Chris Smith and Elias Word are the only runners in the program with varsity experience.
“I was begging and pleading for runners to show up in July,” Enis said. “I just wanted three runners to show up so we could have a five-man team.”
Enis lost two solid incoming freshman when they decided to go the academic route and transferred to the Burleson Collegiate High School.
“If the boys come together it is going to be late in the season,” Enis said. “Don’t judge us as a team until district.”
Burleson opens the season Friday at the Cowtown Challenge. The Elks host the Elk Run 16 Sept. 1 and run at the Spartan Invitational Sept. 8.