Panthers step up to competition at Chap Relays

By Joseph Garcia

Liberty Hill’s Will Fromme leaps a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdle race at the Chap Relays, in which he earned a silver medal. (Photo by Doug Germann)

Liberty Hill’s Will Fromme leaps a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdle race at the Chap Relays, in which he earned a silver medal. (Photo by Doug Germann)

In only the second track and field meet of the season, the Liberty Hill Panthers showed vast improvement in a multitude of areas on both the girls’ and boys’ teams.

On Feb. 23, the Panthers traveled south to Westlake High School for the Chap Relays and fared well against top competition from the 5A, 4A and 3A levels.

On the boys’ side, Liberty Hill’s varsity team finished fourth with 57.43 points and the freshmen team placed seventh, scoring 48 points.

The Liberty Hill varsity girls took fifth place with a 70-point total, just one point behind Pflugerville (71) and the JV girls earned a fourth-place finish, scoring 76.5 points.

“We were really impressed at the level of competition and how well our kids stepped up,” said Liberty Hill girls track and field Coach Gretchen Peterson. “They competed extremely well and we saw improvement in every area and at every level.”

There were a few standout performances on each side from Saturday’s event.

Will Fromme put out an outstanding performance on Saturday, taking the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.11 seconds. He beat out Westlake runner Robert Dutton, who ran a 15.40.

Fromme was not done, however, as he was edged out by Westlake’s Rusty Hutson by .10 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles, earning a second-place finish. Hutson ran a 40.58, while Fromme clocked in at 40.68.

Another notable result for the boys was a third-place finish in the shot put, by senior Jordan Skinner. Skinner earned the bronze medal with a toss of 43-8 to help push the Panthers to a fourth overall finish.

Both Fromme and Skinner led the Panthers with 12 points each.

Liberty Hill’s girls’ team had two noteworthy individual results on Saturday and both earned a silver medal for their efforts.

Freshman Danielle Rimann, a cross country virtuoso, took second place in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:23.81. And Liberty Hill’s Brianna Burns did the Lady Panthers proud by earning a second-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 32-8.

Rimann earned 12 points for Liberty Hill as did Chelsea Cole and Madi Sharp for their bountiful hard work.

With just the second track and field meet behind them, the Panthers will continue to improve their techniques and remain focused on the district meet coming up in April.

“At this point in the season, that is what we need to be focused on,” Peterson said. (We need to work on) improving our times and distances and getting ready for April (10-11).”

Up next for the Liberty Hill track and field teams is a trip to Round Rock for the Round Rock Invitational, to be held at Dragon Stadium on Saturday, March 2.