Limones’ work ethic fuels Elks
Cesar Limones had a magical cross country campaign in 2015 as a junior.
Limones success last season could pay off big for new Burleson cross country coach Curtis Enis this season.
Limones comes into his senior year fresh off a third place finish in district and trip to state after finishing 14th at the Class 5A Region I meet. Limones, who was the first Elk to compete at state since 2010, placed 72nd on a mud strewn course.
Before his junior season, Limones registered a lot of miles and did the hard work needed to succeed. The other runners took notice and the team realized that hard work can lead to great things.
“Cesar Limones’ success has pushed the other guys,” Enis said. “They see how his hard work paid off. That’s what I love about this sport, you cannot cheat it. This sport rewards those that work hard.”
Enis takes over a boys team that is on the brink of doing great things once he figures out among more than a dozen candidates who will be on the varsity.
“A lot of seniors that have been running together for a long time,” Enis said. “The boys already have a chemistry. We have three freshmen boys that have come in and have really pressed the returning seniors. We have good competition.”
Back for the Elks are seniors Brit Jones, Kenny Longoria, Brady Brunson and Logan Hamit along with sophomore Alex Devora. The three freshman that are pushing the competition are Chris Smith, Elias Word and Will Stevens. Also vying for spots on the varsity are senior Chris Frazier and Peter Nguyen and juniors Christian Barnes, Colin Rios and Zane Rice.
“I’m hoping a lot of meets will let us run 10,” Enis said. “Being able to do that makes for a great combination and depth. Right now we have a lead dog that can compete for the win and a pack (of runners) that can score points for the team.”
So far it is really good.
The girls team will be led by senior Blythe Goebel along with seniors Mackenzie Clark and Madison Mayhan, who is retuning to cross country. There are also four freshmen — Jordan Rosser, Brigette Montes, Kaylie Hoerig and Abby Boatright.
“Those freshman girls are getting better and better,” Enis said.
Burleson opens its season Friday at the Cowtown Challenge. The program then hosts the Elk Run 16 Sept. 2 at Chisenhall Fields and competes Sept. 10 at the Spartan Invitational.
The District 9-5A championships take place Oct. 20 at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.